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The top 10 student cities in the world revealed

25th November 2014

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If you’re dreaming of a semester, a year or even a full degree abroad, we have some good news for you – the list of the world’s best student cities has been revealed, and we think you’re probably going to like it.

London is up there in the top ten in the QS Best Student Cities list (although it has fallen from second to third place), and alongside it are Aussie heavy weights Melbourne (second) and Sydney (fourth).

Although you might not have expected it, the number one spot goes to (durn, durn, durn)... Paris.

Yes, the French capital that’s only an hour away from our shores is the absolute best place in the world to be a student, based on the strength of its universities as well as its student mix, quality of living, employer activity and affordability.

If that doesn’t tempt you to get off the sofa and start researching semester abroad opportunities, frankly we don’t know what will.

In fact, Paris coming out in first place shouldn’t be too much of a surprise – it took the top spot last year, too.

The top five is finished off by Hong Kong, and it is joined by two other Asian cities - Tokyo and Seoul, both of which have risen into the top ten from 13th and 14th place respectively last year.

Also faring well in the top ten are Canada, Australia and Europe, all of which have two cities on the list. Boston is the only US city that makes it into the top ten, which we’re sure will be a disappointment for our friends across the pond – sorry, New York.

To be included in the ranking each city must have a population of over 250,000, and must be home to at least two ranked institutions in the QS World University Rankings. 116 cities in the world qualify, and 50 have been ranked in the table.

Other UK cities that made it into the top 50 include Edinburgh (26th), Manchester (29th) and, for the first time, Coventry at 45th.

The full top ten is as follows:

2015     2014     City

1          1          Paris

2          5          Melbourne

3          2          London

4          4          Sydney

5          7          Hong Kong

6          8          Boston

7          17         Tokyo

8          9          Montreal

9          13         Toronto

10         14         Seoul

Join the conversation on twitter #QSBestCities and check out all of the top ten in our gallery below... 

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