Universities in Liverpool - QS Best Student Cities Ranking | Top Universities


By Chloe Lane

Updated March 20, 2021 Updated March 20, 2021

Liverpool for students

Liverpool is a new entry to the QS Best Student Cities ranking this year, attaining an impressive 106th place.

It’s home to two world-class universities which both feature in the QS World University Rankings®These are the University of Liverpool and Liverpool John Moores University, with the former being the highest-ranked (joint 181st in the world).

Everything about this city oozes diversity, and the city earns its highest score in the ranking indicators for student mix, placing 40th. This international outlook is embodied by the city’s universities.

The University of Liverpool even formed a partnership with Xi’an Jiaotong University in China in 2006, resulting in the creation of the Xi'an Jiaotong-Liverpool University. Students can choose to split their studies between the two universities if they wish, offering a unique twist to a traditional degree.

Do you think Liverpool deserves to be the Best Student City? Let us know your thoughts.

Best universities in Liverpool - QS Best Student Cities ranking: 106th

World Ranking



University of Liverpool


Liverpool John Moores University 

More about Liverpool

Home to two of the UK’s top universities, Liverpool enters the Best Student Cities ranking with impressive scores across all the indicators. In particular, the city scores highly in the employer activity indicator, where it ranks 85th worldwide, and in the desirability indicator, placing 96th.

Number of universities ranked by QS


Highest-ranked institution

University of Liverpool (ranked joint 181st)



Average international fees (at ranked unis)


Desirability rank


Employer Activity rank


Affordability rank


Student View rank


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

Why study in Liverpool?

The Beatles started there

Liverpool is home to the Beatles, who often played in Liverpool’s bars and pubs, including at the now-famous Cavern Club. 

The nightlife

With plenty of bars, restaurants and nightclubs, Liverpool’s nightlife is not to be missed. 

Delicious food

Liverpool is known for its quirky cafés, reasonably priced pubs and restaurants and there’ll be something to suit every taste. From Italian to Japanese to Peruvian food, Liverpool has it all. 

The culture

Liverpool has more galleries and museums than any other UK city outside of London. Visit the Walker Art Gallery or the Tate Liverpool and catch a show at the Liverpool Empire Theatre.

Cost of studying in Liverpool

Unfortunately, Liverpool is not of one the most affordable student cities, due to high tuition fees and a high cost of living. Liverpool ranks 133rd for affordability in the most recent Best Student Cities ranking. 

A year’s tuition will set international students back an average of US$23,200 per year. Although this sounds expensive, it’s cheaper than fellow UK city Bristol, which has tuition fees costing US$27,000 per year on average.

Living costs are also high. Numbeo estimates that a single person living in the city will need around US$874 per month, with an extra US$887 for rent. It’s worth noting, however, that rent in the UK capital, London, is around 65 percent higher than in Liverpool.

Life and culture in Liverpool

Situated in north-west England, and with a population of over two million people, this bustling city has something for everyone – not just music or football lovers!

The birthplace of many big names in music (most notably The Beatles) and the home of Premier League football clubs Liverpool FC and Everton FC, Liverpool is probably best known for its cultural achievements.

Whether you’re looking for theater or sports, nightclubs or concerts, Liverpool has it all. The city has the second largest number of museums and galleries in the UK (beaten only by London).

In your spare time, take a wander around the Tate Liverpool or head to the Liverpool Everyman & Playhouse to be dazzled by a theatrical production.

The city’s nightlife is also second to none, with many bars and clubs putting on special student nights with discounted drinks and entry for students, covering an eclectic range of musical genres.

Careers in Liverpool

Ranking 85th in the employer reputation indicator, Liverpool has an abundance of employment opportunities open to graduates who are looking to stay in the city after graduation.  

Tourism forms a large part of Liverpool’s economy so there’s always plenty of jobs available in the service sector. There are often roles available in the business and finance sectors, where the majority of graduate jobs can be found.

This article was originally published in July 2019 . It was last updated in March 2021

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A Content Writer for TopUniversities.com, Chloe has a Bachelor’s degree in Economics from the University of Reading and grew up in Leicestershire, UK. She enjoys writing articles about a wide range of topics for a student audience. 

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