London institutions have taken the 18 highest places in a league table of robbery and assaults around universities in England and Wales.
The study used police figures to measure crime rates in a three-mile radius around campuses.
The study's authors say the information will help potential applicants "assess the risks of individual institutions".
The rankings from the Complete University Guide provide the most detailed breakdown so far of robbery, burglary and violent crime around universities.
Outside of the capital, Manchester Metropolitan, Leeds and Manchester have the highest crime rates. Buckingham, Aberystwyth and Durham have the lowest.
For robbery, the highest rates outside London are concentrated around Birmingham - in Birmingham City, Aston and Birmingham.
Leeds and Leeds Metropolitan have the highest levels of burglary.