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Paris is still the best city in the world to be a student

1st December 2015

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There’s some good news for Paris this week – the French capital has been named the best city in the world for students for the fourth year in a row.

Runners-up were Melbourne (second) and Tokyo (third), with our very own London town in fifth place.

According to university experts QS, who built the ranking, the only reason London isn’t higher is because of how darn expensive it is to live here. Ouch.

The top two remains unchanged from last year’s list, with Melbourne again taking the silver medal.

Australia also has Sydney in the top ten, edging London out at number four.

QS considered 122 for the ranking, the criteria being that they were home to at least 250,000 inhabitants and possessed two or more universities.

Weirdly, there are no US cities at all in the top ten – although they are pretty prominent in the list overall, with 11 cities included. The highest ranked university city in the USA is Boston (13th), whilst New York languishes at number 20 and Chicago at 30.

So sorry, USA – you might have some top universities, but it seems that that’s just not enough.

Here’s the top ten list in full:

1. Paris

2. Melbourne

3. Tokyo

4. Sydney

5. London

6. Singapore

7. Montreal

8. Hong Kong

9. Berlin

10. Seoul

Thierry Coulhon, President of Paris Sciences et Lettres, says: “I am glad to see Paris appearing as the top world student city for the fourth consecutive year.

“After the terrible attacks that this city has experienced, Paris is more determined than ever to defend its values of solidarity, freedom and creativity. There is no more solid shield that we can use to oppose barbarity, because knowledge relies on the principle of openness to others: sapere aude!”

Anne Hidalgo, Mayor of Paris, added that the city “will continue to support students by offering them opportunities, in an open, dynamic and creative city.”

We’d raise a mortarboard to that. Vive le Paris!


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