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QS Best Student Cities ranking: 35th

Home to three universities ranked within the world’s top 150, Los Angeles achieves particularly strong scores in the desirability and employer activity indicators of the QS Best Student Cities ranking. The latter reflects the views of local and international employers, who clearly view the city as a key hub from which to recruit bright new talents. Certainly it’s no surprise to find that graduates of the world-renowned University of California, Los Angeles (UCLA) are in high demand.

Home to the Hollywood film industry and absolutely packed with galleries, museums, theaters and all kinds of performance venues, LA is often touted as the ‘Creative Capital of the World’. In addition to its large comprehensive state universities, the city also has numerous private universities and colleges, many specializing in fields relating to the creative arts.

Whatever your field of interest, LA is likely to have a strong offering – whether it’s business, science, fashion, medicine, sports or technology. It is, after all, the second-largest metropolitan area in the US(after New York). And the southern Californian climate is an added bonus, with sunshine guaranteed pretty much year-round, probably helping it to earn a strong score for Desirability!

Los Angeles is highly rated by many students, with one survey respondent commenting in our student survey: “It is perfectly located, near beaches, mountains, forests. It has the charms of a big city and the size of a sprawling suburb. There is a lot to do here. The weather is great.”

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

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