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.

The University has been awarded five stars in all areas according to the independent QS Stars university rating scheme. It has also been named the best university in the world for sports-related subjects in the 2019 QS World University Rankings, top in the country for its student experience in the 2018 THE Student Experience Survey and University of the Year by The Times and Sunday Times University Guide 2019 and the Whatuni Student Choice Awards 2018.

Loughborough is in the top 10 of every national league table, being ranked 4th in the Guardian University League Table 2019, 5th in the Times and Sunday Times Good University Guide 2019 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 in 2017.

Loughborough has risen to 5th place in the Times Higher Education (THE) ‘Table of Tables’ 2019 and is in the top 10 in England for research intensity according to the latest Research Excellence Framework (2014). In recognition of its contribution to the sector, Loughborough has been awarded seven Queen's Anniversary Prizes.

Specialising exclusively in postgraduate-level study, Loughborough University London is based on the Queen Elizabeth Olympic Park and offers cutting-edge master’s and PhD degrees, as well as business collaboration, research and enterprise opportunities.

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.