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QS Best Student Cities ranking: 15th

Small but densely populated, Singapore's reputation as a center of educational excellence has flourished in recent years. Its top universities, Nanyang Technological University (NTU) and the National University of Singapore (NUS) now rank 11th and 15th respectively in the QS World University Rankings®. This year the city falls one place in the QS Best Student Cities ranking, but at 15th overall it remains one of the most desirable student destinations in Asia and indeed the world.

Alongside growing prominence in the global higher education sector, Singapore remains renowned for its prosperity and low levels of crime and unemployment. In keeping with the city’s strong corporate reputation, Singaporean graduates are much sought-after by international employers, especially throughout Asia, and the city comes 11th in the employer activity indicator.

The downside to Singapore's high standard of living is correspondingly high prices. Singapore is ranked the fifth most expensive out of over 400 cities in Mercer’s 2017 Cost of Living Survey, and tuition fees have also increased in recent years, particularly for international students.

On the plus side, one thing you certainly won't need to shell out for in Singapore is central heating; its position next to the equator means it is equally scorching all year round. And if you fancy exchanging the concrete jungle for the real thing, Singapore is surrounded by tropical scenery, both throughout adjacent Malaysia, and in nearby exotic destinations such as Indonesia, Cambodia, Vietnam and the Philippines.

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