New students will be relieved as Lancaster University stands high on the The Times and The Sunday Times Good University Guide.
Lancaster University came first in the north west due to consistently good results in student satisfaction, a strong graduate jobs record, high entry standards and outstanding research.
Student satisfaction rates are currently up to 84.2 per cent. Lancaster University is known for its research, into ageing, cyber security and energy and has links with overseas universities with a teaching and research campus in Ghana.
The University of Manchester came second with University of Liverpool and University of Chester following closely behind.
Manchester University remains in the top 30 in The Times and The Sunday Times Good University Guide league table, despite a fall of two places.
The league table is drawn up from criteria including student satisfaction, research quality, graduate prospects, entrance qualifications held by new students, degree results achieved, student and staff ratios, service and facilities spend, and university dropout rates.
The Times and The Sunday Times Good University Guide provides students and parents with a first reference point for a university place.