Sydney's high quality of living, student mix and employer activity has seen it recognised as one of the world's best study destinations. (Photo: Tourism Australia)
Sydney's high quality of living, student mix and employer activity has seen it recognised as one of the world's best study destinations. (Photo: Tourism Australia)

Sydney named #4 in best student cities rankings

Sydney has overtaken Melbourne to claim #4 spot in the 2014 QS Best Student Cities rankings, making it the best Australian study destination.

The 2014 list saw Paris and London retain their number 1 and 2 positions, with Sydney moving up from its number six position in last year’s list.

Top ten best student cities 2014
1     Paris
2     London
3     Singapore
4     Sydney
=5   Melbourne
=5   Zurich
7     Hong Kong
8     Boston
9     Montreal
10   Munich

The ranking is based on five major categories: university rankings, student mix, quality of living, employer activity and affordability.

Both Sydney and Melbourne scored well on their number of ranked universities, highly international student communities, and excellent ratings from graduate employers.   But Sydney edged ahead thanks to a slightly stronger score for quality of living.

QS notes that “Sydney is known for the stunning panorama of its harbor, iconic opera house, large selection of green spaces within the city, and proximity to beaches among the most paradisiacal – not just in Australia but anywhere in the world.”

Ben Sowter, head of research at QS, says the rankings help students in choosing an overseas university.

“QS Best Student Cities provides students with a complementary tool to university-focused rankings,” he says. “After all, a university experience is intrinsically influenced by the location, especially for international students.”

With six cities in the top 50, Australia is the second-most featured country in the list behind the USA, which has seven cities in the list. Canada and the UK have three cities each.


Read more about the benefits of living and studying in Sydney.