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QS Best Student Cities ranking: 4th

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Welcome to Sydney, home of five universities featured within the QS World University Rankings® 2014/15 and also one of the best student cities in the world, according to the latest QS Best Student Cities index.

Although overtaken by Melbourne as Australia’s leading student city this year, Sydney holds its position of 4th best city for students in the world. The reasons for this are numerous, but largely due to the remarkable scores the city gets for “student mix” (student diversity, social inclusion and tolerance), “desirability” (quality of life) and “employer activity” (based on employers’ perspectives on the world’s best places to recruit from).  The only factor that Sydney receives a lower score for is affordability, due to the nation’s high tuition fees and substantial living costs. But it’s easy to see why so many international students find ways to cover the costs; the combination of education and lifestyle Sydney offers are certainly a compelling mix.

As well as being Australia’s financial and economic hub, Sydney is known for the stunning panorama of its harbor, iconic opera house, large selection of green spaces within the city, and proximity to beaches which are among the most paradisiacal not just in Australia but anywhere in the world. It’s been ranked one of the 10 most livable cities on the planet by both Mercer and The Economist.

Sydney currently has five universities included in the QS World University Rankings®, led by the University of Sydney at 37th in the world and the University of New South Wales at 48th.

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QS ranked universities

More about Sydney

Number of universities ranked by QS

5

Top ranked institution

The University of Sydney (37th in the world)

Population

4,760,000

Students (% of total population)

3.3% (based on ranked institutions)

International students

25.0% (of students at ranked institutions)

Average tuition fees

US$28,600

Global Liveability Ranking

7th  (out of 140)

Mercer Cost of Living rank

26th (out of 214)

Cost of a Big Mac

US$4.81

Cost of an iPad

US$561.66

Numbeo safety rank

144th  (out of 372)

Numbeo pollution rank

255th  (out of 299)

Transparency International score

9th  (out of 177)

Sources: QS World University RankingsGlobal Liveability Ranking (The Economist’s Intelligence Unit); Big Mac Index (The Economist’s Intelligence Unit); iPad Index (Commsec); Cost of Living Survey (Mercer);Corruption Perceptions Index (Transparency International).

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