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QS Best Student Cities ranking: 28th

New Zealand’s largest city places 28th in the QS Best Student Cities index this year, with a particularly strong score in the Student Mix category, thanks to its large and diverse student community, combined with an inclusive and tolerant culture.

Other high scores for Auckland come in the Desirability and Employer Activity categories, showing that it’s both an in-demand and comfortable place to live, and a favored recruiting ground for graduate employers. Its weak spot is in the Affordability indicator, due to comparatively high tuition fees and living costs. But don’t let the costs dissuade you – the city has plenty to offer in return, including two universities featured in the QS World University Rankings® 2016-2017.

Auckland is particularly well-known for its multicultural diversity, and (like most of New Zealand), for the wide range of adrenaline-fueled activities on offer in and around the local area – climbing, jet-skiing, diving, snowboarding, sailing, canyoning, surfing – pretty much anything you can think of. This is definitely a good choice for students who like to unwind by getting active! There’s also plenty of culture on offer, from classical music to the huge annual Pasifika Festival.

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Internationally ranked universities in Auckland


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Number of universities ranked by QS


Highest-ranked institution

University of Auckland (81st in the world)



Average international fees (at ranked unis)


Desirability rank


Employer Activity rank


Affordability rank


Student Experience rank



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

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