Welcome to Sydney, the world’s 13th best city for international students in 2017, according to the QS Best Student Cities index.
Although Melbourne takes the crown as Australia’s leading student city, Sydney remains a very strong rival. In fact, in the Desirability category of the index, Sydney comes second in the world (behind Toronto), reflecting the all-round high quality of life in the city, as well as its popularity among prospective students. It also comes second in the world for Student Mix, thanks to its large, diverse and inclusive student community, and is within the top 10 for Employer Activity.
In common with other Australian study hubs, Sydney’s weakest score comes in the Affordability category, due to the combination of relatively high international tuition fees and substantial living costs. But it’s easy to see why so many international students find ways to cover the costs; the combination of education and lifestyle Sydney offers makes for a highly attractive proposition.
As well as being Australia’s financial and economic hub, Sydney is known for the stunning panorama of its harbor, iconic opera house, large selection of green spaces within the city, and proximity to beaches which are among the most paradisiacal not just in Australia but anywhere in the world. It’s also been ranked one of the 10 most livable cities on the planet by both Mercer and The Economist.
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Internationally ranked universities in Sydney
More about Sydney
Number of universities ranked by QS
University of Sydney (=46th in the world)
Average international fees (at ranked unis)
Employer Activity rank
Student Experience rank
To find out how each of the above categories is calculated, view the methodology.