London rises to third in the QS world ranking for Best Student City

London has climbed two places to rank third in the QS Best Student City index.

The 2017 QS Best Student Cities index has been announced this week, revealing London as the top UK city and third best city overall. London's sterling academic reputation and world-class facilities are some of the influencing factors behind the score, as well as the city's proud multicultural and enterprising outlook.

London has consistently been ranked a top 10 student city, however the latest rankings have positioned London higher than previous leading cities including Melbourne, Tokyo and Sidney. 

Published annually, the QS Best Student Cities index ranks the best destinations for students, based on a broad range of indicators across five different categories, including:

  • Student Mix - the diversity of cultures and backgrounds, and the inclusivity of each city
  • Desirability - influencing factors, including safety, pollution levels and student and parental views
  • University Rankings - the quality and performance of Universities in each city
  • Employer Activity - the concentration of graduate recruiters and University reputation amongst employers
  • Affordability - the average cost of tuition fees and the expected cost of living
  • Student View - the thoughts and opinions of recent graduates from each city

The cities are given a score out of 100 for each category, and are presented as a table of top 100 cities based on an overall score. The results are compiled into a table showing rank, score, country and city, alongside their cores for each of the six categories.

The scores show London as one of the world's most diverse cities, ranking 10th globally for student mix, and third for employer activity, with London graduates among the most sought after by the world's leading employers.

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Loughborough is one of the country’s leading universities, with an international reputation for research that matters, excellence in teaching, strong links with industry, and unrivalled achievement in sport and its underpinning academic disciplines. 

It has been awarded five stars in the independent QS Stars university rating scheme, named the best university in the world for sports-related subjects in the 2018 QS World University Rankings, top in the country for its student experience in the 2018 THE Student Experience Survey and named University of the Year in the Whatuni Student Choice Awards 2018. 

Loughborough is in the top 10 of every national league table, being ranked 6th in the Guardian University League Table 2018, 7th in the Times and Sunday Times Good University Guide 2018 and 7th in The UK Complete University Guide 2019. It was also named Sports University of the Year by The Times and Sunday Times Good University Guide 2017. 

The University has been awarded a Gold rating in the Teaching Excellence Framework, which recognises institutions that deliver consistently outstanding teaching that is of the highest quality found in the UK. 

The Loughborough University London campus is based on the Queen Elizabeth Olympic Park and offers postgraduate and executive-level education, as well as research and enterprise opportunities. It is home to influential thought leaders, pioneering researchers and creative innovators who provide students with the highest quality of teaching and the very latest in modern thinking. 

The seven specialist institutes at Loughborough University London include: Design Innovation, Digital Technologies, Diplomacy and International Governance, Innovation and Entrepreneurship, International Management, Media and Creative Industries, and Sport Business. Close industry partnerships with a wealth of leading businesses and creative organisations means teaching and learning is informed by real-life challenges and driven by true industry pressures.