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Best Student Cities 2015 revealed #QSBestCities

London 20th November 2014: Paris tops for the third consecutive year, the QS Best Student Cities, a ranking of the world’s top cities for students, released today on TopUniversities.com.

Melbourne (2nd) gains three places while London drops to the third position.
 

The ranking, compiled by the team behind the QS World University Rankings,
is based on five key pillars, which are then broken down into individual criteria: university rankings; student mix; quality of living; employer activity and affordability. 

 

To be included in the ranking, each city must have a population of over 250,000, and must be home to at least two ranked institutions in the QS World University Rankings.  116 cities in the world qualify on this basis, 50 have been ranked.

 

This year, the number of criteria has increased from 14 to 18, adding in metrics on safety and pollution as well as the Transparency International's Corruption Perception Index and the
Social Progress Index.

 

Twenty-nine countries are represented with the most cities in the US (8), followed by Australia (6), UK (4) and by Canada and  Japan with three apiece.
Europe boasts 20 cities, North America 12, Asia 9, Oceania 7 and South America 2.

 

QS Best Student Cities 2015 - Top 10

2015

2014

CITY

OVERALL SCORE

1

1

PARIS

412

2

5

MELBOURNE

397

3

2

LONDON

392

4

4

SYDNEY

388

5

7

HONG KONG

387

6

8

BOSTON

386

7

17

TOKYO

385

8

9

MONTREAL

380

9

13

TORONTO

375

10

14

SEOUL

372

Source: ©QS Quacquarelli Symonds 2004-2014 www.TopUniversities.com

 

London and Paris retain the two strongest scores in the “university rankings” category, thanks to their large contingents of internationally ranked institutions. Melbourne gets the strongest score for “student mix”, which considers both the size and diversity of the student population, followed by Irish capital Dublin. Toronto is the leader in the “desirability” group of indicators, with Sydney in second place.

London and Boston are tied at the top of the “employer activity” category, which is calculated based on QS’s surveys of employers around the world, who are asked to identify the institutions they prefer to recruit from. Meanwhile the most “affordable” cities included in the ranking – based on a combination of factors reflecting tuition fees and general living expenses – are Taipei and Mexico City.

 

Ben Sowter, head of research at QS says: “QS Best Student Cities provides students with a complementary tool to the university-focused rankings. After all, a university experience is intrinsically influenced by the location, especially for international students.”

 

Students globally are sharing opinions and experiences about their #QSBestCities

Amanda Smith from the USA says: “London is an incredible place to be a student as it gives you access to amazing experiences and sources of knowledge. Furthermore it’s unique in its diversity and heritage.”

“Montreal offers a melting pot of languages, cultures, and ideas, it's impossible not to be inspired here. For me, a great student city is one where you learn more outside of the classroom than in it, and in this regard, Montreal has proved to be a perfect student city. '', echoes Michael M. from the UK.

 

“Studying Tokyo is enriching my life culturally and academically: it’s such a creative city!” says Ming Li from China.

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Media contact:

Simona Bizzozero

simona@qs.com

 +44(0) 7880620856


 


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