QS Best Student Cities Ranking 2019: London named world’s best student city

QS Quacquarelli Symonds, London, world's best city for students

New Delhi, July 31: The ‘QS Best Student Cities Ranking 2019′ compiled by global education consultancy QS Quacquarelli Symonds on July 31 released its best student cities ranking list. And according to the list, London has been named as the world’s best city for students for the second consecutive year.

London has set the record by beating international cities such as Tokyo and Melbourne that came second and third respectively on the ranking list.

“The fact that London has again been ranked the best city in the world for students is fantastic news – and is no surprise given that London is home to world-leading higher education institutions and a vibrant cultural life,” London Mayor Sadiq Khan was quoted as saying by a news agency.

“This is further evidence that London is open to students and talent from around the world,” he added.

Where does India stand at?

According to the QS Best Student Cities Ranking 2019, India’s top cities for students are Bangalore (81) and Mumbai (85).

Reports suggest that the number of students from India coming to study in London has gone up by 20 per cent in 2017-18, increasing from 4,545 in 2016-17 to 5,455 in 2017-18. However, the numbers are still below the mark because of less attractive visa regime which puts some off from applying to the UK.

“We look forward to welcoming more international bright minds to London to soak up the city’s culture and to take advantage of many opportunities it offers,” Lalage Clay, Director of Education and Talent at London & Partners, was quoted as saying by a news agency.

What are the other cities on the list?

The QS Best Student Cities Ranking 2019 has put Munich on 4th and Berlin on 5th place, while, Paris is at 7th and Switzerland’ Zurich at 8th place. The Canadian city of Montreal has been ranked in 6th place, while Australia’s Sydney is at 9th, and South Korean capital Seoul is at 10th rank.

The QS Quacquarelli Symonds ranks these cities based on six criteria such as number of top-ranked universities; proportion of a city’s population made up of students; quality of life on offer; job opportunities available after graduation; affordability; and feedback of students.