The blog points out that any persistent decline in actual student numbers would be likely to result in a corresponding drop in spending, hitting the local economy.
Only 12 cities saw a year-on-year rise in applications, with Reading at 10.5 per cent, Huddersfield with 9.6 per cent and Cambridge at 9.4 per cent leading the way, according to the breakdown.
Overall, there was a five per cent decline in the number of degree applications for the next academic year, the blog reveals.
However, it says that there was likely to have been a short-term spike in applications to start courses ahead the introduction of higher tuition fees in September this year.
The blog is available here.