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QS Best Student Cities ranking: 5th

Having previously occupied second place in the QS Best Student Cities index, the 2017 edition sees Melbourne fall to fifth, largely due to lost ground in the Affordability category. Yet, it remains without doubt a highly attractive destination for international students, and – home to one of the world’s most diverse student communities – retains the index’s strongest score for Student Mix.

Seven universities in Melbourne are featured in the QS World University Rankings® 2016-2017, the highest-ranked of which is the University of Melbourne at 42nd in the world – second only to Australian National University on the Australian leaderboard.

Known as Australia’s cultural capital, Melbourne regularly tops lists of the world’s most livable cities, and is full of all the attractions that make the Australian lifestyle so appealing – including beautiful beaches, nightlife and a fair proportion of sunny days. The city’s cultural calendar is packed year-round – spanning arts, comedy, music, film, fashion, and a host of multicultural celebrations.

As well as boasting the highest score in the Student Mix category, Melbourne also scores particularly well for Desirability – reflecting both the overall quality of life in the city, and its status as an in-demand student destination. Like other Australian cities, it stumbles only when it comes to affordability, with both fees and living costs on the high side in global terms. But, for high standards of living and incredible natural surroundings, Melbourne remains a tough city to beat.

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Internationally ranked universities in Melbourne


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Highest-ranked institution

University of Melbourne (42nd in the world)



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

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