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It's official: London has been ranked the BEST student city in the world

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London has been ranked the number one city in the world for university students.

This ranking puts London ahead of cities like Tokyo, Melbourne, Montreal and Paris, who made up the rest of the top five cities.

The ranking, which was created by QS data analysts, took factors such as university ranking, student view, desirability, employer activity and affordability into account. These factors considered things like culture, quality of life, potential employment opportunities and the perceived friendliness in individual cities.

This year marks the first time London has been ranked as the top city.

Heriberto Cuanalo, founder and CEO of Collegiate, said: 

“Few places in the world have as much to offer students as London, making it one of the most sought-after for studying, with over 40 different higher education institutions and more international students studying in London than in any other city in the world.” 

“Studying in London is a life experience.”

A major factor contributing to this top spot is the number of prestigious universities London offers. The city is home to 17 internationally-ranked schools.

University College London (UCL) ranked the highest in the city, sitting in the seventh position worldwide. Imperial College London came in at eighth worldwide and second best in London.

Additionally, King’s College London (KCL) falls in the top 25, and the London School of Economics and Political Science (LSE) is in the top 50.

However, London performed the poorest in was affordability. The cost of living in London is higher than the other top cities, and the educational costs in London averages to $21,200 per year, much higher than several of the other closest-ranked cities.

This year’s ranking seems to quell some fears that Brexit would affect the decision of international students to study abroad in London. The city has an extremely diverse student population, with 41 percent of its student population coming from outside of the United Kingdom.

The International Student survey showed that 39 percent of European Union students are less interested in studying in London because of Brexit concerns. They cited that London was becoming more expensive as a result of  Brexit, as well as becoming perceived as less welcoming.

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