Best Global Student Cities - QS Best Student Cities Ranking 2019

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Cities are ranked according to: the number and performance of their universities, the extent to which employers are actively hiring there, the city's affordability, the city's desirability and quality of life, and the diversity of a city's student body. Feedback from over 87,000 current and prospective international students also informs the results.

  • Both US and UK have 14 cities ranked, led by Boston (12th) and London (1st) respectively.
  • Canada's top city is Montreal (6th) and second-best according to the students surveyed; 
    Toronto (11th) ranks third for Desirability;
  • Asia's top city remains Tokyo (2nd) followed by Seoul (10th) and Hong Kong (14th);
  • China's top are Beijing (32nd) and Shanghai (33rd):
  • India's top are Bangalore (81st) and Mumbai (85th);
  • Australia boasts seven cities, with Melbourne (3rd) and Sydney (9th) confirming their top-10 rank;
  • Auckland (37th) is New Zealand's top city;
  • In Continental Europe, Munich (4th) leads, followed by Berlin (5th), Paris (7th) and Zurich (8th).
  • Scandinavia's best is Stockholm (37th);
  • Moscow (34th) leads in Eastern Europe, followed by Prague (35th);
  • Budapest (43rd) tops the Affordability Indicator, followed by Kuala Lumpur;
  • Latin America's best city is Buenos Aires once more (31st ).
  • Dubai-Ajman-Sharjah (60th) tops the Middle East;
  • Africa's top are Johannesburg (78th ) and Cape Town (80th).

The chart below shows the rank of the cities by countries or region

rank city
12 Boston
19 New York
25 Los Angeles
35 San Francisco
41 Chicago
57 Atlanta
62 Philadelphia
63 Washington DC
67 Pittsburgh
76 San Diego
87 Balti
93 Houston
94 Miami
114 Dallas
1 London
15 Edinburgh
29 Manchester
39 Glasgow
47 Coventry
48 Nottingham
49 Birmingham
57 Newcastle Upon Tyne
64 Aberdeen
83 Brighton
97 Bristol
103 Sheffield
106 Liverpool
118 Leicester


3 Melbourne
9 Sydney
22 Brisbane
23 Canberra
26 Adelaide
41 Perth
84 Gold Coast


rank city country
2 Tokyo Japan
14 Hong Kong Hong Kong
17 Taipei Taiwan
18 Kyoto-Osaka-Kobe Japan
32 Beijing China
33 Shanghai China
68 Hsinchu Taiwan
95 Nagoya Japan
99 Nanjing China
105 Wuhan China
85 Manila Philippines





LONDONJuly 31, 2019 /PRNewswire/ -- London is the world's best student city for the second consecutive year, according to the latest guide to the globe's top urban study destinations. The sixth edition of the QS Best Student Cities Ranking, compiled by global consultancy QS Quacquarelli Symonds, sees London outrank competition from Tokyo and Melbourne.