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King's College London's campus has a higher crime rate than any other university in England

Kate Lloyd

London's universities are regular chart-toppers for education and student experience, but their most recent win isn't a cause for celebration.

A study by the Complete University Guide has found that the capital's universities have the highest crime rates. The study looked at all higher education institutions across England and Wales, and included data for crimes committed within a three-mile radius of their campuses.

Violent and sexual offences, burglaries and robberies were all looked at, using official police figures to calculate the number of crime incidents per 1,000 people. 

London universities filled the top 18 places, followed by Manchester and Salford. King's College London, the Courtauld Institute of Art and University College London (UCL) had the highest rates of crime, with researchers finding that 47.65 incidents were reported per 1,000 residents around King's College London.

The incidents included in the study weren't solely those involving students, so statistics reflect the safety of the general area rather than the behaviour of university attendees. 

Read the full list from the Complete University Guide

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