QS Best Student Cities ranking: 30th\r\n\r\nRising one place in the QS Best Student Cities ranking this year, Los Angeles is undoubtedly somewhere students want to be. Home to three universities ranked within the world’s top 150, Los Angeles achieves particularly strong scores in the student voice 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), California Institute of Technology (Caltech) and other top ranked universities in the city are in high demand.\r\n\r\nHome 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 specialising in fields relating to the creative arts.\r\n\r\nWhatever 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.\r\n\r\nLos 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.”\r\n\r\nAre you studying in Los Angeles? Share your experience.\r\n\r\nInternationally ranked universities in Los Angeles\r\n\r\n\r\n\t\r\n\t\t\r\n\t\t\tWorld rank\r\n\t\t\tUniversity\r\n\t\t\r\n\t\t\r\n\t\t\t=6\r\n\t\t\tCalifornia Institute of Technology (Caltech)\r\n\t\t\r\n\t\t\r\n\t\t\t44\r\n\t\t\tUniversity of California, Los Angeles (UCLA)\r\n\t\t\r\n\t\t\r\n\t\t\t134\r\n\t\t\tUniversity of Southern California\r\n\t\t\r\n\t\t\r\n\t\t\t1201-1400\r\n\t\t\tCalifornia State University - Los Angeles\r\n\t\t\r\n\t\r\n\r\n\r\nMore about Los Angeles\r\n\r\nSunny Los Angeles is one of the top student cities in both the US and the world in the QS Best Cities Ranking. This is likely due to its great scores in the employer activity and student voice indicators, which represent how much of a diverse and career-filled hub the city really is.\r\n\r\nTo find out how each of the above categories is calculated, view the methodology.\r\n\r\n\r\n\t\r\n\t\t\r\n\t\t\t\r\n\t\t\tNumber of universities ranked by QS\r\n\t\t\t\r\n\t\t\t\r\n\t\t\t4\r\n\t\t\t\r\n\t\t\r\n\t\t\r\n\t\t\t\r\n\t\t\tHighest-ranked institution\r\n\t\t\t\r\n\t\t\t\r\n\t\t\tCalifornia Institute of Technology (Caltech) (ranked =6th)\r\n\t\t\t\r\n\t\t\r\n\t\t\r\n\t\t\t\r\n\t\t\tPopulation\r\n\t\t\t\r\n\t\t\t\r\n\t\t\t4,016,000\r\n\t\t\t\r\n\t\t\r\n\t\t\r\n\t\t\t\r\n\t\t\tAverage international fees (at ranked unis)\r\n\t\t\t\r\n\t\t\t\r\n\t\t\tUS$50,600\r\n\t\t\t\r\n\t\t\r\n\t\t\r\n\t\t\t\r\n\t\t\tDesirability rank\r\n\t\t\t\r\n\t\t\t\r\n\t\t\t43rd\r\n\t\t\t\r\n\t\t\r\n\t\t\r\n\t\t\t\r\n\t\t\tEmployer Activity rank\r\n\t\t\t\r\n\t\t\t\r\n\t\t\t=18th\r\n\t\t\t\r\n\t\t\r\n\t\t\r\n\t\t\t\r\n\t\t\tAffordability rank\r\n\t\t\t\r\n\t\t\t\r\n\t\t\t138th\r\n\t\t\t\r\n\t\t\r\n\t\t\r\n\t\t\t\r\n\t\t\tStudent Voice rank\r\n\t\t\t\r\n\t\t\t\r\n\t\t\t14th\r\n\t\t\t\r\n\t\t\r\n\t\r\n\r\n\r\n \r\n\r\nWhy study in Los Angeles?\r\n\r\nNever get bored\r\n\r\nLos Angeles ranks high for student voice and desirability - and for a good reason. The city is known for being dynamic and ever-changing, and as a student you\u0027ll never be short of things to do. Whether it\u0027s going out to eat in West Hollywood, hiking across the canyons or swimming down Venice Beach, you\u0027ll never get bored in LA.\r\n\r\nHigh quality education\r\n\r\nEvery year, thousands of students - local and international - relocate to the LA area to attend the colleges and universities in the area. Two of those are top ranked worldwide in the QS World University Rankings 2023: the California Institute of Technology (Caltech) and the University of California, Los Angeles (UCLA).\r\n\r\nA diverse environment\r\n\r\nLos Angeles is one of the most diverse cities in the United States. No matter which neighbourhood you are - whether in Bel Air, Beverly Hills, West Hollywood or Downtown - you\u0027ll hear people different languages and experience a wide range of cultures. This diversity is what makes LA a truly special place to study and enrich yourself. \r\n\r\nCost of studying in Los Angeles\r\n\r\nLos Angeles, despite its many perks, doesn\u0027t perform too well for affordability, ranking 138th in the world. The city is in fact one of the most expensive in the United States. \r\n\r\nA single person estimated monthly costs are US$1,063, with an extra US$2,217 to be added for rent within the city center. \r\n\r\nNevertheless, as a student you\u0027ll gain access to loans and scholarship programmes to help you manage costs.\r\n\r\nLife \u0026 culture in Los Angeles\r\n\r\nLos Angeles is one of the most vibrant cities in the world. The heat, the sunshine and the glamour provide a perfect backdrop for a stimulating student lifestyle, no matter what your choice of degree might be. \r\n\r\nIt would be impossible to list every activity or amenity available for students in LA, but some of the most popular locations include Rodeo Drive, Venice Beach, Santa Monica, The Grove, Beverly Center and Hollywood \u0026 Highland. For a day in the great outdoors, take a drive down to Malibu or a hike across the amazing canyons that surround the city. \r\n\r\nMusic and nightlife are also key parts of life in LA. The city is home to many of the world\u0027s biggest label records, as well as some of the best venues for live shows. \r\n\r\nCareers in Los Angeles\r\n\r\nLos Angeles is one of America\u0027s (and the world\u0027s) biggest business hubs and a great place to kick-start your graduate career. \r\n\r\nSome of the biggest industries include entertainment (of course!), tech, trade, design and tourism.