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London achieves top ranking for university students

London Ranked Top City In the World For Students

QS Higher Education Data analysts have released that latest figures on the top 30 cities in the world for students. London has managed to replace the likes of Montreal and Paris as the most popular destination for students.

The data, which takes into account the number of top universities in a city, the local jobs market, diversity of culture and quality of life surveys over 50,000 students from across the globe.

QS Higher Education Group, which publishes the World University Rankings, regularly undertakes this research so as to ascertain some of the advantages and disadvantages for students in various cities.

The research indicated that London is indeed a cultural capital; with easy access to the cultural life of museums, theatres, cinemas and restaurants.

Such culture is also viewed strongly because of London’s status as an international city. The high levels of tolerance and diversity, mean not only that overseas students feel less isolated or excluded but also expose the city to wider forms of education and culture.

London’s high concentration of world-class institutions have also contributed to its top placement. Universities such as the Imperial College, the London School of Economics, King’s College and the University College London offer students some of the most prestigious degrees in the world.

Student experience is also viewed to be enhanced by the relative ease of connecting with potential employers and getting a job with reasonable conditions and pay.

There is however one issue that detracts some students from London and that is the cost of living. London is viewed as a particularly difficult city to manage student budgets.

Nevertheless, Ben Sowter, research director at QS, says the results show that London “remains a great place to study, despite eye-watering costs”.

Behind London is Tokyo in Japan, which does very well in terms of the “desirability” of the city, which measures safety, pollution and quality of living.

Across all cities, Toronto in Canada is rated highest for this desirability, ahead of Tokyo and Amsterdam.

Australia is also pushing its way in as students begin to rate Melbourne, Sydney and Canberra within the top 30.

The full list is as follows:

  1. London
  2. Tokyo
  3. Melbourne
  4. Montreal
  5. Paris
  6. Munich
  7. Berlin
  8. Zurich
  9. Sydney
  10. Seoul
  11. Vienna
  12. Hong Kong
  13. Toronto
  14. Boston
  15. Singapore
  16. Edinburgh
  17. Vancouver
  18. New York
  19. Kyoto-Osaka-Kobe
  20. Taipei
  21. Brisbane
  22. Canberra
  23. Auckland
  24. Manchester
  25. Buenos Aires
  26. Beijing
  27. Amsterdam
  28. Moscow
  29. Shanghai
  30. Prague