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Soaring cost-of-living sees Australian cities fall in QS Best Student Cities Ranking

February 16, 2017 Statistics & Trends No Comments Email Email

Melbourne is the world’s fifth-best city in which to study, according to the fifth edition of the QS Best Student Cities Ranking. table, published by global higher education analysts QS Quacquarelli Symonds, compilers of the QS World University Rankings, enumerates the world’s 100 best urban student destinations. Seven Australian cities are ranked, while Montreal takes the global number-one position from Paris. This year’s ranking features a “Student View” indicator for the first time. It is based on the survey responses of over 18,000 students worldwide. It asks students both to name the cities in which they would most like to study, and to recount the quality of their own experience.

Key findings include:

• Sydney places 13th, while Brisbane is ranked 20th; Canberra falls five places to 22nd, while Adelaide falls eighteen places to 44th; Perth places 50th, while Gold Coast is 78th;
• All seven of Australia’s ranked cities drop year-on-year; This is primarily due to heavy decreases in their scores for QS’s Affordability indicator. This measures the cost-of-living in a city, and is based on a combination of tuition fee levels and the relative cost of key consumer goods; All Australian cities fall by over twenty places in this indicator;
• However, six of Australia’s seven ranked cities also see their performance in the Employer Activity metric deteriorate, while Sydney remains static in 9th place worldwide;
• Nevertheless, Australia’s cities contain world-leading levels of diversity. Melbourne and Sydney rank first and second respectively in the Student Mix metric, while Brisbane and Adelaide rank joint 6th;
• Australian cities, for all their high cost-of-living, provide students with compensation in the form of the high quality-of-life there. QS’s Desirability metric is a composite of various factors that determine one’s quality-of-life in a city, including pollution, safety, and corruption levels.
• Sydney is the world’s second-best city based on Desirability, while Melbourne is fifth-best. Overall, five of Australia’s seven ranked cities improve for this indicator;
• Paris ranks second overall, while London rises to third;
• QS analysed 125 cities for this year’s ranking.

QS Best Student Cities 2017: Top 10
2017             (2016)          CITY
1                       (7)             Montreal
2                       (1)             Paris
3                       (5)             London
4                     (10)             Seoul
5                       (2)             Melbourne
6                       (9)             Berlin
7                       (3)             Tokyo
8                     (13)             Boston
9                      (11)            Munich
10                    (13)            Vancouver

© QS Quacquarelli Symonds 2004-2017
QS Best Student Cities 2017: Australian Cities

2017 (2016)   CITY
5          (2)       Melbourne
13        (4)       Sydney
20        (18)     Brisbane
22        (17)     Canberra
44        (26)     Adelaide
50        (35)     Perth
78        (69)     Gold Coast
© QS Quacquarelli Symonds 2004-2017

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