QS Best Student Cities ranking: 4

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Climbing three places since the last edition of the QS Best Student Cities, Sydney is now the highest placed Australian study destination, having overtaken Melbourne, which is just one place behind.

In fact the two are almost tied, both boasting a strong selection of universities, highly international student communities, and excellent ratings from graduate employers. But Sydney edges ahead thanks to a slightly stronger score for quality of living – a category in which Australian cities in general do well.

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 among the most paradisiacal not just in Australia but anywhere in the world. It’s been ranked one of the ten most livable cities on the planet by both Mercer and The Economist.

Like Melbourne, Sydney also features a large and diverse student community, with five universities included in the QS World University Rankings®, led by the University of Sydney (38th in the world) and University of New South Wales (52nd).

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QS ranked universities*:

University of Sydney ; University of New South Wales (UNSW) ; Macquarie University ; University of Technology, Sydney (UTS) ; University of Western Sydney

More about Sydney

Number of universities ranked by QS*


Top ranked institution

University of Sydney (38th in the world)



Average university fees


Mercer Quality Of Living rank


Mercer Cost of Living rank


Cost of a Big Mac**


Cost of an IPad***


*Universities assessed within the QS World University Rankings®.

**Based on the Big Mac Index, published by the Economist Intelligence Unit.

*** Based on the iPad Index, published by Commsec.

See the full methodology of the QS Best Student Cities here >