QS Best Student Cities 2019: London leads the pack
London dominates the best student cities list for 2019. Source: Shutterstock

London is famous for many things, including landmarks like Big Ben and No. 10 Downing Street – the official residence and office of the UK Prime Minister, as well as being home to some of the world’s leading universities. 

To add yet another feather to its cap, the English city continues to reign supreme by claiming the top spot in the latest QS Best Student Cities list – released yesterday (31 July) – for the second year running. 

London is among the UK’s most expensive cities, known for its high cost of living. But it’s also home to leading institutions such as University College London, Imperial College London and King’s College London, making it an attractive student destination. 

Coupled with its role as a global financial and business centre, students here study in a bustling hub  of professional opportunities, further adding to its appeal. 

The top 10 best student cities are: 

2018 rank 2019 rank City  Country 
1 1 London England
2 2 Tokyo Japan
3 3 Melbourne Australia
6 4 Munich Germany
7 5 Berlin Germany
4 6 Montreal Canada
5 7 Paris France
8 8 Zurich Switzerland
9 9 Sydney Australia
10 10 Seoul South Korea
Source: QS

This year’s top 10 sees very little changes from last year. London, Tokyo and Melbourne continue to dominate the top three spots, while no American city has made the top 10. 

Tokyo is Asia’s leading city in the survey and one of only two Asian cities to make the cut.

Conversely, Melbourne, which is home to numerous attractions, boasts a diverse student community and is student-friendly. Unsurprisingly, the city achieved the ranking’s highest score for student mix for another consecutive year.

The survey features 120 of the world’s best student cities and uses the student perspective or ‘student view’ as an indicator when compiling the ranking, QS notes on its website. 

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