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QS Best Student Cities ranking: 3rd

The 2018 edition of the QS Best Student Cities ranking sees Melbourne climb to third place, thanks to an improved score in the student view indicator. Melbourne is a highly attractive destination for international students, and – home to one of the world’s most diverse student communities – and retains the ranking’s strongest score for student mix.

Seven universities in Melbourne are featured in the QS World University Rankings® 2018, the highest-ranked of which is the University of Melbourne at joint 41st 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 for student mix, 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.

Melbourne is up 12 positions in the student view indicator this year, now ranking third, and it receives a whole host of compliments in our student survey. One student said: “Melbourne is very internationally diverse and student-friendly. It is very easy to move around the city and there is always something interesting happening at any given time” while another loved the “Friendliness of locals and vibrant culture” on offer.

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Internationally ranked universities in Melbourne


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University of Melbourne (joint 41st 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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