Rankings Revealed: The Best Student Cities of 2019

Rankings Revealed: The Best Student Cities of 2019

2019-08-01T08:25:43+01:00July 30th, 2019|

Wondering whether your university’s city made the cut? Check out our list of the best student cities for studying abroad in 2019.

London has beat out the competition yet again to become the number one student city in 2019, retaining its top spot from last year.

The 2019 QS Best Student Cities Rankings are now live, with London leading the rankings, followed by Tokyo, Melbourne, Munich, and Berlin.

These top five cities differ slightly from the 2018 rankings with the new additions of Munich and Berlin replacing Montreal and Paris in their fourth and fifth spots respectively.

The QS Best Student Cities Rankings list the best cities for studying abroad, based on a range of indicators including student mix, desirability, employer activity, affordability, student view, and how universities in each city performed in the QS World University Rankings.

Our 2019 International Student Survey found that 81% of respondents looked for a city that was safe and welcoming for international students, 62% looked at the city’s cost of living, and 61% looked for a city that had universities with high quality teaching.

Additionally, 59% looked for a city where they could work while studying, highlighting the importance of allowing international students to work on student visas.

Whichever factors and criteria sway their decision-making journey, international students use resources like the QS Best Student Cities Rankings to determine the best location for them.

As a result, if your university is situated in one of these best student cities then you should consider including this accolade in both marketing materials and communications with international students.

In the meantime, see the list below for the top ten best student cities of 2019:

  1. London
  2. Tokyo
  3. Melbourne
  4. Munich
  5. Berlin
  6. Montreal
  7. Paris
  8. Zurich
  9. Sydney
  10. Seoul

For more information on the best student cities of 2019, explore the full rankings here.

About the Author:

As the B2B Content Marketing Manager, Sarah Linney is responsible for communicating the insights, research, and market analysis that have positioned QS as a thought leader in the higher education sector. After completing a Communications-Journalism degree at Charles Sturt University in Australia, Sarah worked in radio news and B2B print publishing before joining the content marketing sector. While working at a content marketing agency, Sarah was transferred to their New York office. She then led content marketing efforts at two tech startups in New York as a Content Manager before deciding to make the move to the UK and QS. 

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