Paris named world’s ‘best student city’

Paris has been named the best city in the world for students in an annual poll carried out by Quacquarelli Symonds (QS).

The French capital retained the title of best student city for the third year running, scoring a total of 412 points in five main criteria used in QS’s student city point system: university rankings, student diversity, qualify of life, recruiters’ reputation and access to finance.

“While Paris does have a reputation for being an expensive place to live, relatively low tuition fees mean that for students, it actually represents a more affordable destination when compared to many other popular student cities,” the QS report stated. “Parisian graduates are targeted by a vast range of employers across the continent… and students in Paris often enjoy extensive access to leading academics, with small class sizes and intensive teaching,” it added.

Paris scored 15 more points than the second ranked city, Melbourne, Australia and 20 more than third placed London (the only other European city inside the top ten).

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.

Article published 9th December 2014