Paris is the best city for students, according to this year’s QS world university rankings.
Melbourne is the second most student-friendly city (fifth last year), while the high cost of living in London has seen it fall a place in the rankings, from second to third.
The only other British cities to make it into this year’s top 50 are Edinburgh (26), Manchester (29), and Coventry (45).
The table is compiled by assigning cities scores based on their student mix, quality of living, affordability, employer activity and desirability.
Ben Sowter, head of research at QS says: “[The cities data] provides students with a complementary tool to university rankings. After all, a university experience is intrinsically influenced by the location.”
To be included in the ranking, each city must have a population of over 250,000, and be home to at least two ranked institutions in the QS World University Rankings. In all, 116 cities in the world qualify on this basis.
Twenty-nine countries are represented in top 50: the US has eight cities on the list, followed by Australia (6), the UK (4) and Canada and Japan with three apiece. Europe boasts 20 cities, North America 12, Asia nine, Oceania seven and South America two.
London’s drop in position this year is mostly down to its high cost of living, says Sowter. “London is an amazing city for students and the only city in the world to come top in two out of five of our indicator categories.
“However, affordability is a key factor for many international students and thus for us here as well, and perhaps due to the relative strength of the UK economy, more than half of London’s dropped points are in this category.”
Edinburgh’s position has improved by six places on last year’s performance, Manchester has held steady, while Coventry makes it into the top 50 for the first time, owing to its very high score for student diversity.
The top ten student cities
- (1) Paris
- (5) Melbourne
- (2) London
- (4) Sydney
- (7) Hong Kong
- (8) Boston
- (17) Tokyo
- (9) Montreal
- (13) Toronto
- (14) Seoul
Source: http://www.theguardian.com, First published on November 25, 2014