THE University of York has been voted the country’s top university by international students.

It walked away from the Waldorf Hilton Hotel in London with one of the top prizes at the Whatuni Student Choice awards.

Votes were cast by users of Hotcourses’ flagship international education site and their dozen local language sites.

Decided solely by thousands of university reviews and ratings left by international students and graduates on the sites over the past year, the International category saw York beat nine of the top British institutions to claim the honour, with Durham and Plymouth coming second and third.

Nearly 18,000 student reviews decided the evening’s winners at a ceremony hosted by broadcaster Clive Anderson and attended by former education minister Estelle Morris.

Hotcourses chief executive Mike Elms said the TripAdvisor-style reviews offered a real insight into what studying at university was really like. “I’d like to offer my congratulations to all universities that won or were short-listed for an award category.”