QS Best Student Cities ranking: 4th
Welcome to Sydney, home of five universities featured within the QS World University Rankings® 2015/16 and one of the best student cities in the world, according to the QS Best Student Cities index.
Although beaten by Melbourne as Australia’s leading student city , Sydney holds its position of 4th best city for students. The reasons for this are numerous, but largely due to its high scores in the “student mix”, “desirability” and “employer activity” categories. The only area in which Sydney receives a lower score is affordability, due to Australia’s relatively high international 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 certainly makes for 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 also been ranked one of the 10 most liveable 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 45th in the world and followed by the University of New South Wales at joint 46th.
QS ranked universities
More about Sydney
Number of universities ranked by QS
Top ranked institution
University of Sydney (45th in the world)
Students (% of total population)
3.4% (based on ranked institutions)
25.0% (of students at ranked institutions)
Average tuition fees
Global Liveability Ranking
7th (out of 140)
Mercer Cost of Living rank
31st (out of 214)
Cost of a Big Mac
Cost of an iPad
Numbeo safety rank
192nd (out of 446)
Numbeo pollution rank
241st (out of 300)
Transparency International score
9th (out of 177)
Sources: QS World University Rankings; Global 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).