Anglia Polytechnic: Ex-poly, in spite of name. Sites all over East Anglia; 13,000 students, 60 per cent over 21.
Contact: 01245 493131
Birkbeck College: The place to go if you missed the boat at 18. Almost all part-time mature students.
Contact: 020-7631 3000
Brighton: (above) Ex-poly. Many courses with strong European focus.
Contact: 01273 600900
Brunel: Strong techno base. It has diversified widely. Four sites in west London.
Contact: 01895 274000
Buckingham: UK's only private uni. Pioneered two-year degrees.
Contact: 01280 820338
Cambridge: Ancient, elite uni, less worldly than Oxford and better at attracting state school pupils.
Contact: 01223 332200
City: Ex-college of advanced technology, it's a uni for business and professions. Close links to the City.
Contact: 020-7477 8000
Cranfield: Mostly postgraduate. Main undergrad study areas include agriculture and defence.
Contact: 01234 751122
East Anglia: Outside Norwich, child of the Sixties. Creative writing under Poet Laureate, Andrew Motion. Plenty of biotechies too.
Contact: 01603 456161.
East London: Ex-poly, it's very East London. Kaleidoscopic ethnic mix. Brand new futuristic complex just opened by Mayor Ken.
Contact: 020-8590 7000
Essex: Once wild Essex, now New Labour of universities, having grown respectable and academic.
Contact: 01206 8733333
Goldsmiths College: Exciting, in gritty and grotty part of south- east London. Produces some of Britain's best-known modern artists, including enfant terrible Damien Hirst.
Contact: 020-7919 7171
Greenwich: Ex-poly and the place to be in the year 2000 for wonderful views of the glorious Millennium Dome.
Contact: 020-8331 8000
Hertfordshire: Flagship ex-poly has grown a lot, but kept status in computer science and engineering.
Contact: 01707 284000
Imperial College: For brainy anoraks. Tip-top reputation. Superior teaching, research staff.
Contact: 020-7589 5111
King's College: Good academic standards with multicultural and social mix. Hot on theology.
Contact: 020-7836 5454
Kingston: Ex-poly, famous for art and design as well as for business courses and aerospace engineering.
Contact: 020-8547 2000
Ex-poly which specialises in degrees for City and professional exams, eg banking, tax.
Contact: 020-7320 1000
LSE: International powerhouse that still retains traces of the high- minded radicalism from the era of Sidney and Beatrice Webb.
Contact: 020-7405 7686
Luton: Recruits heavily through Clearing. Has around 9,000 of 15,000 students on degree courses.
Contact: 01582 734111
Middlesex: Big ex-poly with 22,000 students, many mature and from overseas. Takes around 1,000 students who are work-based.
Contact: 020-8362 5000
North London: (above) Ex-poly with name for past student militancy. Reputation now rests on access.
Contact: 020-7607 2789
Oxford: Dreaming spires. Highly specialised courses, heavy workload, tutorial system with tutor/student ratio of one to three at most. …