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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