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Craig OCallaghan

Updated Apr 29, 2024
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London has been named the best city for students for a second year running in the QS Best Student Cities ranking.

Despite ongoing concerns about Brexit and anti-immigration rhetoric, London continues to be an attractive destination for students from around the world, beating second-placed Tokyo and third-placed Melbourne once again.

London mayor Sadiq Khan welcomed London’s status as the world’s best student city, saying: “The fact that London has again been ranked the best city in the world in which to be a student is fantastic news – and is no surprise given that London is home to world-leading higher education institutions and a vibrant cultural life.

"This is further evidence that London is open to students and talent from around the world.”

Interested in studying in London? You’ll find everything you need to know about student life in the UK in our guide.

A ranking that’s bigger than ever

Now featuring 120 cities from around the world, the Best Student Cities table reveals which cities offer the best student experience, from affordable cost of living and tuition to the level of diversity within the student population.

Cities are given scores in six different indicators: affordability, desirability, employer activity, student mix, student view and the performance of the universities within that city in university rankings. More information about how these work can be found in our methodology.

The expansion of this year’s ranking has allowed several cities to be included for the very first time. Bangalore, Abu Dhabi, Bristol, Beirut, Sheffield, Krakow, Liverpool, Wroclaw, Jakarta, Riga, Islamabad, Almaty, Dallas, Chennai, Lahore, Leicester and Minsk can now all proudly boast of being one of the world’s top destinations for students.

You can find this year’s top 10 in a table below, or click here to discover which 10 cities were the most popular with students we spoke to around the world.

Top 10 Student Cities: QS Best Student Cities 2019

Rank

City

Location

1

London

United Kingdom

2

Tokyo

Japan

3

Melbourne

Australia

4

Munich

Germany

5

Berlin

Germany

6

Montreal

Canada

7

Paris

France

8

Zurich

Switzerland

9

Sydney

Australia

10

Seoul

South Korea