UCAS has recorded an almost 20 percent rise in the number of students from Northern Ireland studying at English universities.
This has come despite predictions that Brexit would trigger an increase in students choosing to study at Irish universities.
In 2016-17 a total of 4,060 Northern Irish students were accepted into English universities, compared with 3,430 in 2013-14. Overall, 5,380 Northern Irish students were accepted into universities elsewhere in the UK this year, a rise of 17 per cent since 2013-14.
Figures released by the Department for the Economy for 2014/5 show that only 31.5 per cent of those who graduated elsewhere in the UK return to Northern Ireland to work.
As a result of the cap on student numbers at Northern Irish universities, there has been increased competition to attract students to England, where the cap was lifted in 2015.
This has led to a yearly increase in the number of young people across the UK being accepted into university.
Tuition fees in Northern Irish universities are £3,925 per year whereas English students pay £9,000 a year – a figure soon to rise.
Meanwhile, the number of UK students applying to study at university in the Republic of Ireland has risen by 28 per cent, from 1,923 last year to 2,455 this year.
These students are expected to pay just £1,810 a year as qualifying EU citizens.