QS Best Student Cities ranking: 7th\r\n\r\nAlthough Melbourne takes the crown as Australia’s leading student city, Sydney remains a very strong rival, finishing in seventh place in the QS Best Student Cities ranking, up from two places last year.\r\n\r\nSydney comes just one spot behind Melbourne for the student mix indicator, thanks to its large, diverse and inclusive student community. It also ranks third in the world for desirability, reflecting the all-round high quality of life in the city, as well as its popularity among prospective students.\r\n\r\nSydney also ranks 27th worldwide for employer activity, highlighting the excellent reputation of its graduates. There are also lots of opportunities available for Sydney graduates who want to work in Australia after graduation. \r\n\r\nIn common with other Australian study hubs, Sydney’s weakest score by far is for affordability, 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. After all, the combination of education and lifestyle Sydney offers makes for a highly attractive proposition.\r\n\r\nAs well as being Australia’s financial and economic hub, Sydney is known for the stunning panorama of its harbour, iconic opera house, large selection of green spaces within the city, and proximity to beaches which are among the most beautiful 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.\r\n\r\nSydney currently has five universities included in the QS World University Rankings®, with both the University of Sydney and the University of New South Wales featuring in the global top 50. \r\n\r\nDoes Sydney get your vote? Have your say.\r\n\r\nInternationally ranked universities in Sydney\r\n\r\n\r\n\t\r\n\t\t\r\n\t\t\tWorld ranking\r\n\t\t\tUniversity\r\n\t\t\r\n\t\t\r\n\t\t\t=19\r\n\t\t\tUniversity of Sydney\r\n\t\t\r\n\t\t\r\n\t\t\t=19\r\n\t\t\tUniversity of New South Wales (UNSW)\r\n\t\t\r\n\t\t\r\n\t\t\t90\r\n\t\t\tUniversity of Technology, Sydney (UTS)\r\n\t\t\r\n\t\t\r\n\t\t\t=130\r\n\t\t\tMacquarie University\r\n\t\t\r\n\t\t\r\n\t\t\t=375\r\n\t\t\tWestern Sydney University\r\n\t\t\r\n\t\r\n\r\n\r\nMore about Sydney\r\n\r\nSydney performed well in all ranking indicators apart from affordability. This is a trend that is reflected across all Australian cities in the ranking, as the country\u0027s living costs are higher compared with those in most European or Asian cities. Nevertheless, Sydney remains a highly desirable place to study in thanks to its friendliness, great graduate opportunities and excellent quality of life.\r\n\r\nTo find out how each of the above categories is calculated, view the methodology.\r\n\r\n\r\n\t\r\n\t\t\r\n\t\t\t\r\n\t\t\tNumber of universities ranked by QS\r\n\t\t\t\r\n\t\t\t\r\n\t\t\t5\r\n\t\t\t\r\n\t\t\r\n\t\t\r\n\t\t\t\r\n\t\t\tHighest-ranked institution\r\n\t\t\t\r\n\t\t\t\r\n\t\t\tUniversity of Sydney and University of New South Wales (UNSW) (both =19th)\r\n\t\t\t\r\n\t\t\r\n\t\t\r\n\t\t\t\r\n\t\t\tPopulation\r\n\t\t\t\r\n\t\t\t\r\n\t\t\t5,121,000\r\n\t\t\t\r\n\t\t\r\n\t\t\r\n\t\t\t\r\n\t\t\tAverage international fees (at ranked unis)\r\n\t\t\t\r\n\t\t\t\r\n\t\t\tUS$29,000\r\n\t\t\t\r\n\t\t\r\n\t\t\r\n\t\t\t\r\n\t\t\tDesirability rank\r\n\t\t\t\r\n\t\t\t\r\n\t\t\t3rd\r\n\t\t\t\r\n\t\t\r\n\t\t\r\n\t\t\t\r\n\t\t\tEmployer Activity rank\r\n\t\t\t\r\n\t\t\t\r\n\t\t\t27th\r\n\t\t\t\r\n\t\t\r\n\t\t\r\n\t\t\t\r\n\t\t\tAffordability rank\r\n\t\t\t\r\n\t\t\t\r\n\t\t\t137th\r\n\t\t\t\r\n\t\t\r\n\t\t\r\n\t\t\t\r\n\t\t\tStudent Voice rank\r\n\t\t\t\r\n\t\t\t\r\n\t\t\t8th\r\n\t\t\t\r\n\t\t\r\n\t\r\n\r\n\r\nWhy study in Sydney?\r\n\r\nEnjoy the outdoors\r\n\r\nSydney offers student a great climate with mild winters and warm summers, ideal for swimming and exploring. \r\n\r\nFrom surfing in Bondi Beach or Manly to taking day trips to the beautiful Blue Mountains and surrounding parks and natural reserves, Sydney has a lot to offer to those with a love for the outdoors.\r\n\r\nEmbrace diversity\r\n\r\nIt\u0027s not by chance that Sydney earned a top five spot for student mix for yet another year. In fact, the city is one of the most diverse and welcoming in the world, allowing students from a wide range of countries to enjoy the Australian way of life. If you\u0027re an international student, you\u0027re guaranteed to find a home in Sydney.\r\n\r\nVibrant city life\r\n\r\nSydney ranks third in the world for desirability. This reflects just how well perceived the city is in the eyes of prospective students - and for a good reason! \r\n\r\nSydney offers students a vibrant lifestyle with plenty of opportunities to socialise and enjoy the great weather. From bars to restaurants, markets and events - all brought together by a great public transportation system - it\u0027s nearly impossible to get bored in the city. \r\n\r\nCost of living in Sydney\r\n\r\nMuch like other Australian cities, Sydney might not appear as affordable as study destinations in other continents. For example, consumer prices and rent in Sydney are 12 percent higher than in Munich.\r\n\r\nNevertheless, for many students prices are justified by the high quality of education and excellent lifestyle. \r\n\r\nLife \u0026 culture in Sydney\r\n\r\nLife is Sydney is extremely busy, but also vibrant.\r\n\r\nThe city is home to some of the Asia-Pacific\u0027s most famous attractions, such as Bondi Beach, the Sydney Harbour, the Sydney Opera House, The Rocks and the Blue Mountains, which students can enjoy on a regular basis.\r\n\r\nMoreover, Sydney\u0027s excellent transportation system allows locals to move around with ease, from stunning beaches to the city\u0027s shopping and hospitality hub - the CBD. \r\n\r\nCareers in Sydney\r\n\r\nSydney is not only home to some of the world\u0027s best universities, it\u0027s also one of Asia-Pacific biggest business hubs.\r\n\r\nSome of the most profitable industries include the services sector, tourism, industry, agriculture, healthcare, science and technology. \r\n\r\nIn Sydney, graduates can find jobs at top global firms such as Google, Apple, Deloitte, KPMG, Microsoft and EY, as well as at a plethora of local firms.