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The 10 best cities in the world to be a student in 2016

What’s the best place in the world to study? Higher education data expert QS has compiled a league table based on factors including affordability, desirability, academic standards and job prospects.

(UE) What’s the best place in the world to study? Higher education data expert QS has compiled a league table based on factors including affordability, desirability, academic standards and job prospects.

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Who’s top of the list – and why?

1. Paris

Compiled before November’s terrorist attack on the city, the league table holds reminders of just some of the things that make Paris such a great city. Eighteen universities that can compete on a world stage, good quality of life and a strong jobs market mean Paris keeps hold of the top spot for a third year running.

2. Melbourne

Melbourne is the perfect place to get a degree down under. It scores full marks for job prospects, a diverse mix of students and good quality of life, but fails to make the top spot due to its lack of world-beating universities.

3. Tokyo

Tokyo is rated as extremely desirable for students, with top marks for quality of life. It’s great for graduate job prospects too, but the lack of a diverse student population cost it a position in this year’s top two.

4. Sydney

Australia’s largest city doesn’t score particularly well for top universities or affordability, but its quality of life and sunshine attract students from around the globe. Sydney also fits the bill for fashion students – it’s the only city on the list to boast an annual duck fashion show.

5. London

Despite getting almost top marks for its student mix, quality of life and vast number of top-ranking universities, surging rents have caused London to continue its slide down the rankings this year, from third last year and second two years ago.

6. Singapore

Singapore scores well across the ranking criteria, and a modest improvement in the city’s universities could see it competing for the top spot in future years.

7. Montreal

All Canadian cities score well for quality of life, but Montreal’s star play is its student mix – it attracts a huge number of international students.

8. Hong Kong

Quality of life and its graduate job market drive Hong Kong into eighth position in this year’s ranking, but its lack of affordable rents may be a barrier for some students. Restaurants and shopping centres stay open very late in Hong Kong, ideal for students with unconventional sleeping patterns.

9. Berlin

Berlin is the long-reigning queen of cool, and now also a new entry in the top 10 student cities ranking – scoring highly for quality of life and affordability. It’s also the perfect destination for environmental students: an estimated 44% of Germany’s capital is made up of parks, recreational areas, woods and rivers.

10. Seoul

The sprawling metroplis of Seoul, South Korea, might not seem an obvious choice for student living but strong employment opportunities for graduates help it scrape into the top 10. Students may also benefit from the city’s commitment to cusine designed to cure a hangover. Spicy beef broth with congealed cow blood and bean sprouts, anyone?

(Source: The guardian)