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 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.
There has been an improvement in student satisfaction ratings, up to 81.9% but still in the bottom six performers.
The Times and The Sunday Times Good University Guide 2015 provides students and their parents with an invaluable first reference point on the path to finding a university place.
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.