What’s your ideal city to study in? University experts QS have released their annual student cities rankings, based on criteria including affordability, student experience, job prospects and friendliness to international students
Vancouver is among the most naturally beautiful regions in the world to study in, with a stunning backdrop of the North Shore Mountains on one side and the Strait of Georgia on the other. But only 44% of students stay in the city after graduation – by far the lowest in the top 10.
Munich is the second most affordable place for students on the list – beaten only by another German city. Public universities in Germany charge almost no tuition fees, but get there quickly: a director of Germany’s Institute for Education and Socio-Economic Research predicts that Germany “will have reintroduced tuition fees by 2020.”
MIT and Harvard aren’t really in the city of Boston, but they are included in the Boston metropolitan area. Given they rank first and third respectively in the QS university rankings, they’re probably the main reason Boston makes the top 10. The city scores highly in the student experience category, but it’s let down by the worst affordability rating in the top 10 – largely due to the extortionate tuition fees charged in the US.
This bustling metropolis (population 38 million) has a high cost of living, which might help explain why many international students tend to prefer Hong Kong or Singapore as places to study in Asia. But it rates very well in the student experience category (provided you can afford it). The incredible food helps.
More and more young people are flocking from abroad to this hipster haven, but not that many are students; only 16% of Berlin’s university population comes from outside of Germany. But with public universities in Germany being free – for now – and a low cost of living, Berlin is the most affordable city in the top 10.
High tuition fees and increased living costs mean every Australian city has fallen in this year’s rankings. But Melbourne still proves popular, with 220,000 students making up a substantial 5% of the total population.
Like Tokyo, Seoul struggles to attract international students, who only make up 7% of the university population. But 86% of graduates stay on in the city after their studies – the highest proportion in the top 10.
A huge 41% of students in London come from overseas – whether this number stays the same post-Brexit remains to be seen. Despite eye-watering rents and huge living costs, London has managed to jump two places in this year’s table.
This is the first time Paris hasn’t topped the rankings since they began in 2012, due to a fall in both its desirability and affordability ratings. But studying here can still be a good career move: degrees from Parisian universities are looked upon favourably by both domestic and foreign employers.
To top off a good year for Canadian universities, Montreal has climbed six places to take first place. It may not boast universities as prestigious as those in London or Paris, but students have rated the city highly for its nightlife and its friendliness – not to mention the lowest cost of living in the top 10.
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