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QS Best Student Cities ranking: 26th

Adelaide joins Melbourne, Sydney, Canberra, Brisbane, Perth and Gold Coast as one of seven Australian entries in the QS Best Student Cities 2019. The city’s 15 place rise in the rankings this year is a reflection of the nation’s high quality of living, large and diverse student population and highly ranked universities. This leap in the best student cities table is helped by an increase in almost all of the indicators; most notably the student view indicator, where the city has climbed an incredible 38 places and is now in the top 20!

Three universities based in Adelaide are featured in the QS World University Rankings® 2020, all within the world’s top 450: the University of AdelaideUniversity of South Australia and Flinders University

Australia’s fifth-largest city, Adelaide is located on the south coast, and is known for its attractive wide boulevards, open spaces, parklands and easily navigable city center. As well as being close to beautiful beaches and islands, the city is also within easy reach of the Adelaide Hills, great for hiking, cycling, wildlife-watching, or sampling some of Australia’s best wines close to the vineyards where they’re produced.

Back in town, there’s also plenty to explore, from watching a cricket match at the Adelaide Oval, to partying at one of the festivals hosted here each year (many during ‘Mad March’) – or simply enjoying the atmosphere at a café in one of the central squares.

Are you studying in Adelaide? Rate your experience, and find out why one student said Adelaide was actually ‘radelaide’.

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University of Adelaide (ranked 106th)



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To find out how each of the above categories is calculated, view the methodology.

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Can we even post a comment anywhere on this website? Why is CMU-asutralia nowhere to be seen anywhere?

Hi Roopansh, your comments had gone into moderation - apologies if you didn't see a message telling you this after you'd submitted your comment, as there may be a temporary bug. Carnegie Mellon at Australia is not included as one of the top universities in Australia or Adelaide as it's a US university's branch campus. Carnegie Mellon University itself is currently ranked 46th in the world. Hope this helps to explain the confusion.

Is carnegie mellon university at australia not amongst the top universities in adelaide? Please answer asap