London named world’s best student city

London had been named the world’s best student city for the first time.

The fifth edition of the QS Best Student Cities Rankings sees the UK capital city replace Canada’s Montreal as the world-leading student city.

London rises to first primarily as a result of increasingly positive responses to QS’s student survey, which asks students about the quality of experience in a city, and their willingness to remain there after graduating.

“The 2018 ranking highlights the enduring quality of the student experience available in London,” said Ben Sowter, Research Director at QS. “The city benefits from outstanding employment prospects, more world-class universities than any other city, and enviable lifestyle opportunities. These factors mean that the capital remains a great place to study despite eye-watering costs – as more than 50,000 student respondents to QS’s survey have made clear.”

Tokyo was ranked the second-best student city, its highest-ever position, while Melbourne rose from 5th to 3rd.

Surprisingly, no US city achieved a place in the top 10. All US cities saw declines in the latest rankings for Affordability, Employer Activity, and Student Mix.

Australia and Germany were the only countries to have two cities ranked in the top ten. Sydney joined Melbourne in the higher echelon of the rankings, while Munich and Berlin also filled positions in the top ten.

In total, 100 cities made up the QS Best Student Cities Rankings.

Top ten best student cities

  1. London
  2. Tokyo
  3. Melbourne
  4. Montreal
  5. Paris
  6. Munich
  7. Berlin
  8. Zurich
  9. Sydney
  10. Seoul

Article published 9th May 2018