London Tops University Destination For International Students

May 14, 2018 11:47 PM

London, May 14, 2018: London has been ranked the best city in the world for university students, according to a new international survey.

The capital of the UK replaced year's top city Montreal to rank as number one study destination for the first time in the QS Best Student Cities Ranking 2018.  The study, carried out by QS Quacquarelli Symonds, builds the rankings based on a number of factors, such as affordability, desirability and the view of students.

The student survey quizzed 50,000 students about the quality of their experience in their city, and their willingness to remain there after graduating.

London scored highly in the likelihood of students getting a job (or converting a student visa to a graduate work permit and eventually permanent residence in the UK) in the city at the end of their degree study in the UK. The city has a reputation as a multi-national international city with strong levels of tolerance and diversity.

There is also a concentration of world-class universities, such as University College London and Imperial College London, which makes the city attractive to students.  But the city did not score so well on affordability, coming in at 113th in the rankings.

Ben Sowter, research director at QS, said: "The 2018 ranking highlights the enduring quality of the student experience available in London.

"The city benefits from outstanding employment prospects, more world-class universities than any other city, and enviable lifestyle opportunities.

"These factors mean that the capital remains a great place to study despite eye-watering costs."

The Canadian city of Montreal dropped to fourth in the rankings, behind Tokyo in second and Melbourne in third.

Australia, which offers students the possibility of a longer term stay after graduating, also saw Sydney climb to ninth place, while the United States failed to see any of its cities make the top 10.

Paris ranked fifth, after topping the table in 2016.  

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