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QS Best Student Cities ranking: 106th

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.

However, it can now proudly boast of being one of the best cities for students, as Liverpool is a new entry to the QS Best Student Cities ranking this year, attaining an impressive 106th place.

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! Most importantly for students, 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 (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.

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.

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

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University of Liverpool (ranked 181st)



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Written by Chloe Lane
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. 

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