Sydney among top five cities for student life

1 December 2015

Sydney has been rated as one of the top five student cities in the world, according to the latest QS Best Student Cities Rankings.

Ranked at number four, Sydney's coastal lifestyle and cultural scene have proved major draw cards for students globally, rated behind only Paris (1), Melbourne (2) and Tokyo (3) in the top five cities for student life.

Sydney edges out world cities London (5), Singapore (6), Berlin (9) and New York (20) in the rankings, which assessed 122 cities globally with at least 250,000 residents and a minimum of two universities.

The QS Best Student Cities Rankings are designed to provide students and parents with a detailed comparison of the various merits of potential university cities.

The rankings are based on 14 metrics divided into five equally-weighted categories: rankings; student mix; desirability; employer activity and affordability.

Sydney's high rating was attributed to its strong performance in the 'student mix', 'desirability' and 'employer activity' categories.  

According to QS judges' comments: "It's easy to see why so many international students find ways to cover [study] costs; the combination of education and lifestyle Sydney offers certainly makes for a compelling mix."

The results follow the release of QS rankings last week which placed the University of Sydney as the top university in Australia for graduate employability.