Top 10 Best Student Cities In The World

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Are you an international student looking for a study abroad destination? There are best student cities in the world to go to for your study abroad program.

The best student cities in the world rankings is based on QS Best Student Cities Rankings, and other factors like employability, affordability, standards of living, and global recognition.

In this guide, I’ll be showing you the best student cities in the world to go to for a top-notch and quality education experience.

Best Student Cities in the World

Below are the top 10 best student cities in the world currently, still valid, since no rankings was taken this year, 2020, due to the pandemic.

10. Seoul

Labeled as an up-and-coming student’s destination, Seoul has been one of Asia’s strongest representatives in the best student cities in the world rankings.

South Korea’s capital, Seoul, also has an impresive rating on QS World University Rankings 2020, featuring not less than 16 of its universities. The highest ranked among the universities in Seoul featured in the ranking is Seoul National University, holding the 37th spot in the ranking.

The incredible and delicious food you can find in Seoul such as marinated beef barbeque (bulgog), kimchi and bibimbap, its closeness to other countries such as Japan and China, and also the amazing diverse cultures in the city are some of the factors that made Seoul rank as one of the best student cities in the world.

The cost of living in Seoul is high as compared to other places in South Korea. A one bedroom apartment cost around 955,370 ₩ (approximately US$802). Although it expensive, it is still much cheaper compared to most of the top study abroad destinations. But the tuition fee cost around US$6,100 per year, which is affordable.

9. Sydney

Sydney has been Australia’s major financial and economic hub, as well as an incredible city for students. Although Sydney is not the highly ranked city in Australia in the best student cities in the world ranking according to QS Best Student Cities rankings, it remains a strong and reputable destination for home and international students.

According to QS World University Rankings, Sydney currently has five of its universities included on the list. University of Sydney and University of New South Wales are the two top universities in Sydney featuring in the global top 50.

The cost of living and tuition fees in Sydney are at the high side, costing about AUD$30,091 per year in total. But the high standards of living and the high employability rate of its students are some of the key factors that rank Sydney as one of the best student cities in the world.

8. Zurich

Zurich is the only Swiss city to be included on the ranking of best student cities in the world.

According to universities ranking worldwide, Zurich has two of its high universities ranked in the top 70. ETH Zurich currently holds the sixth position this year in the university world ranking. The university is the best performing university outside US and UK. While University of Zurich holds the 69th position in the highest ranked universities worldwide.

Swiss has a stunning scenery and landscape, which students can enjoy beautiful views while walking in and out of campus.  The high employability rate, over 1.8 million inhabitants in the city, and high standard of living in the city are some of the key factors that rank Zurich as one of the best student cities in the world.

The cost of living in Zurich is high, with an apartment costing around 1,933 CHF (approximately US$2,110). But the annual tuition fees cost around US$900, which is very affordable. This means the total cost for studying in Zurich is relatively cheaper than Australia, US, and UK.

7. Paris

A best student cities ranking cannot be complete without the inclusion of Paris. Although Paris has dropped two places in this current student city ranking in the world, it still strongly holds the seventh position.

Paris is home to 12 universities featured in QS World University Rankings, which is one of its strong performances in the best study cities ranking. The city has more world-leading institutions in the world than any other city – with the exceptions of London and Seoul.

The diverse culture, high standards of living, and high employability rate in Paris are also key factors that rank the city top on the list.

6. Montreal

Montreal is the highest ranked city in North America, and home to several of Canada’s highest ranking institutions. McGill University and Université de Montréal both ranking 35th and 137th position respectively are the two top universities in Montreal on the world university ranking.

Montreal is known to be a welcoming city for international students; with 25% of its 100,100 students are international students. The cost of living in the city is relatively low when compared to other cities in Canada. For example, Toronto is 24 percent higher than Montreal.

5. Berlin

Germany is thriving as one of the best study abroad destinations in the world, and its capital city, Berlin, ranking as one of the best student cities in the world. Germany has two of its cities ranking in the best student cities in the world.

Berlin is not an academic hub when compared to other cities like London, Paris, and Seoul, the city has three of its universities featured in QS World University Rankings.   Humboldt-Universität zu Berlin holds the 120th position, followed by Freie Universität Berlin at 130th position.

Berlin offers a lot of English-taught programs, especially at postgraduate levels.  The city also has high standards of living, affordable cost of living, with public universities in the city offering tuition free education to both home and international students.

4. Munich

Munich is the second entry from Germany in this year’s QS Best Student Cities ranking.  The city also ranked amongst the best desirable cities in the world.

 Technische Universität München at 50th, followed by Ludwig-Maximilians-Universität München at 63rd position are the two top universities from Germany in the global universities ranking.

Munich is one of Germany’s main economic hubs, with lots of opportunities in the city for students to gain work experience while studying and also after graduating. The cost of living in the city is slightly high, but with the exclusion of tuition fees from public universities in the city, the overall study costs in the city is very affordable than majority of top study abroad destinations.

3. Melbourne

Melbourne is a highly attractive destination in Australia for international students. It is home to one of the world’s diverse communities for students.

The city also powers seven universities in the QS World University Rankings, with University of Melbourne taking the 40th position, and the third-highest university in Australia.

Melbourne is one of the most diverse study abroad destinations in the world, with around 200,00 international students studying the city’s universities. The costs of living and tuition fees in Melbourne are at the high side, which is the only and major drawback when choosing it as your study abroad destination. But the high standards of living, quality of life, mix of inhabitants are unbeatable reasons to study in Melbourne.

2. Tokyo

There are lots of undeniable reasons why you should study in Japan, and Tokyo is the major city in Japan for students, both home and international students. The city is Asia’s leading city in QS Best Student Cities, and the second in the world after London.

Tokyo is home to 11 globally recognized universities, with the University of Tokyo holding the 24th position in the world university ranking.

The cost of living in Tokyo is slightly affordable, with a bedroom apartment costing around 129,208.46 ¥ (approximately $1,220) per month. The tuition fees in Tokyo universities annually is around US$5,700 which is also affordable when compared to similar best study abroad destination such as US, UK, Australia, and Canada.

1. London

London has been ranked the best study city in the world for the second time in a row, with an improvement in students view indicators and desirability.

According to QS World University Rankings 2021, London has 18 of its universities featuring in the top 100 rankings of which two ranks in the top 10; Imperial College London holding the 8th position and University College London (UCL) holding the 10th position.

The diversity of inhabitants in London is one of the key factors while London is ranked as one of the best student cities in the world. If you are feeling homesick, you are sure going to find someone sharing the same culture with you in London.

The cost of living in London is significantly higher than other cities in the UK for both international, home, and EU students.  According to London School of Economics (LSE), students are required to budget around £1,100 to £1,300 per month for living expenses, including accommodation, travel, social, and other bills. While the tuition fees for international students cost around US$21,200, which is considerably cheaper than universities in US.

Conclusion

Going with any of the above mentioned best student cities in the world will result to a better study abroad experience, with an increase in your employability in the workforce.

That’s it on today’s guide on top 10 best student cities in eh world

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