Montreal crowned best student city, according to QS rankings

London came in third place, rising from number five a year ago, followed by Seoul at number four (up from 10), Melbourne at five, Berlin at six (up from nine), Tokyo at seven (down from three), Boston at eight (up from 13), Munich at nine (up from 11) and Vancouver in 10th place (up from 13).

The worldwide ranking agency QS, compilers of the QS World University Rankings, on Wedesday unveiled a list of 100 best cities.

Mumbai and Delhi have been placed at 85th and 86th spot respectively. Mumbai is placed at the 90th position while Delhi at 91st. New Delhi is ranked 15 in affordability, while Mumbai is in the 30th position.

In the previous edition of the ranking, Mumbai was the world's second-most affordable student city.

The experts analyzed 125 cities on six criteria, including the popularity of the city, affordability, ranking of local universities, employers' activities, and opinion of the students themselves.

Paris dropped from first to second as it received a reduced score in Affordability and Desirability. Mumbai is 90th, New Delhi 91st. But it ranks third in Asia, following Seoul (No 4) and Tokyo (No 7). The best city in the U.S. to study is Boston, which places 8th worldwide. London rises from 5th to 3rd, and is the UK's highest-ranking city. Canadian cities perform well in the wake of recent political events in the US.

"Our entire higher education ecosystem is not represented well in the global ranking, which has a bearing on our best student cities rankings too", said Rohin Kapoor, director, Deloitte. The ranking, till last year, ranked top 75 cities only, against 100 this year.

This year's ranking also features the student view for the first time.

“Based on a combination of inputs including the proportion of respondents that wished to stay in their city of study after graduation, the quality of social and cultural experience offered, and levels of tolerance and inclusion, Ottawa was ranked the leading city for the ‘Student View indicator, closely followed by Prague and Shanghai.”.

  • Julie Sanders