Melbourne is one of the best cities in the world for students


Melbourne has been ranked as the world’s third best city for university students, according to new rankings by global higher education analysts QS Quacquarelli Symonds.


The fifth edition of the QS Best Student Cities Ranking, released today sees Melbourne rise from fifth to third on the list behind London, and Tokyo.

Sydney ranks as ninth. Education is Australia’s third largest export, worth around $28 billion annually.

Along with the third best city ranking, Victoria’s state capital topped the score on QS’s student mix indicator and was third for student view, which measures both the willingness of students to remain in a city after graduating, and their views on the quality of the experience on offer.

Student mix looks at how well represented students are among the city population, what percentage of international students there are, as well as whether the city is considered tolerant and inclusive.

QS use six indicator groups — rankings, student mix, desirability, employer activity, affordability, and student view — to compile the QS Best Student Cities ranking. Each one measures a different aspect that concerns prospective students.

The full rankings can be found at