You are here


Sydney main image

QS Best Student Cities ranking: 4th

Back to the full ranking >

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

Read a student's guide to Sydney >


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)

International students

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 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).

Want more content like this? Register for free site membership to get regular updates and your own personal content feed.

Related categories:

Alessandra L saved this
QS Staff Writer's profile image
Written by QS Staff Writer

Want to leave a comment?

Please login or register to post
comment above our articles


Please I want to know how to registered in university of Sydney ( MS. degree )

Aslam u Alikum Please inform me about Bsc. Engineering in Quantity Surveyor for scholarship ,admission ,and requirement for admission
Saqlain Raza

Hi Saqlain, have you seen our subject rankings? We have a ranking of the top universities in Australia for civil engineering - not all of these schools will offer quantity surveying, but if you research each individually you should find a relevant program. Information about admission requirements and scholarships can also be found on the schools' official websites. Or, alternatively, see our articles on Engineering Scholarships and Scholarships to study in Australia. Good luck! Laura