15 February 2017

Quacquarelli Symonds (QS) have published the latest edition of their Best Student Cities Ranking. This year the top spot is held by Montreal which has pushed Paris into second place. The requirements for inclusion in the rankings are that a city should have a population of at least 250,000 and two universities included in the QS World University Rankings. Indicators include the number of ranked universities in the city, the ranking performance of those universities, student mix, desirability, employer activity, and affordability.

A new category in the 2017 ranking is student view which is based on a survey of 18,000 students. Respondents were asked to rate cities according to tolerance and inclusion, diversity, ease of getting around, friendliness, affordability, nightlife, employment opportunities, and arts and culture. There was an adjustment for international responses. Inaddition, universities were rated according to the number of students who wished to stay after graduation.

The top ten cities this year are:

  1. Montreal, Canada
  2. Paris, France
  3. London, UK
  4. Seoul, South Korea
  5. Melbourne, Australia
  6. Berlin, Germany
  7. Tokyo, Japan
  8. Boston, USA
  9. Munich, Germany
  10. Vancouver, Canada.

English speaking countries performed well. Altogether there were twelve US, eight UK, seven Australian, and five Canadian cities in the top 100.


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