Best Student Cities in the World Ranking 2014
Updated on Jan 15, 2014 - 11:59 a.m. IST by Sudipta Mishra
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Best Student Cities in the World Ranking 2014: The 2014 QS Ranking for the Top Student Cities in the World is out. While selecting a university, a candidate not only considers the aspects related to the educational institution, but also the characteristics of its surrounding environment. Apart from the academic pointers, the aspirant takes his/her decision on the basis of the city in which the university is located, the volume of international students there, the quality of lifestyle, the cost of living and studies, the employer activity in the city and the overall societal behaviour.

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The Best Student Cities in the World Ranking 2014 includes Top 50 Student Cities. The initial selection criteria for the cities required the cities to have a population of over 250,000 and to home to at least two universities featured in the QS World University Rankings. The methodology for the Top Student Cities in the World Ranking 2014 has been adapted slightly and includes two new indicators: the GaWC Score and the iPad Index. The cities are ranked based on 14 indicators divided into five equally weighted categories.

  • University Rankings: Takes into consideration the number of universities in the city that are assessed for a ranking position within the QS World University Rankings and the collective performance of all institutions in the city (lower the rank, higher the score)
  • Student Mix: The number of students at ranked institutions as a proportion of the city’s overall population, the volume as well as ratio of international students at ranked institutions in the city
  • Quality of Living: Score calculated on the basis of the Mercer Quality of Living Survey 2011 and GaWC index of global cities compiled at the University of Loughborough
  • Employer Activity: Domestic and International employer popularity
  • Affordability: Decided on the basis of tuition fees, Big Mac Index compiled and published by the Economist Intelligence Unit, iPad Index compiled by Commsec and Mercer Cost of Living Index

An analysis of the Best Student Cities in the World list reveals that not necessarily a single city has good scores in all the categories. For example, whereas the score on University Rankings is higher for cities in the USA and Europe, Asian cities have higher score on affordability. Given below is the Top Student Cities in the World list and their corresponding scores in each category.

QS Rank

City

Country

Score on University Rankings

Score on Student Mix

Score on Quality of Living

Score on Employer Activity

Score on Affordability

1

Paris

France

95

86

84

95

57

2

London

England

100

98

81

95

41

3

Singapore

Singapore

79

83

89

100

60

4

Sydney

Australia

86

94

99

90

38

5

Zurich

Switzerland

78

81

99

84

62

5

Melbourne

Australia

89

100

85

90

40

7

Hong Kong

China

94

85

59

96

69

8

Boston

USA

98

84

71

90

52

9

Montreal

Canada

85

91

79

71

65

10

Munich

Germany

70

72

97

72

78

11

Berlin

Germany

69

72

83

75

83

12

San Francisco

USA

94

65

81

82

50

13

Toronto

Canada

82

82

92

61

54

14

Seoul

South Korea

93

72

55

87

62

15

Vienna

Austria

45

88

100

65

68

15

Dublin

Ireland

77

92

80

75

42

17

Tokyo

Japan

92

49

70

91

61

18

Beijing

China

88

57

55

90

69

18

Auckland

New Zealand

55

78

91

79

56

20

Copenhagen

Denmark

78

67

89

86

35

21

New York

USA

95

65

73

77

44

21

Vancouver

Canada

65

84

93

52

60

23

Chicago

USA

95

61

73

68

52

24

Barcelona

Spain

70

71

68

81

57

24

Milan

Italy

55

67

70

96

59

26

Brisbane

Australia

75

92

60

73

43

27

Stockholm

Sweden

65

64

88

88

33

28

Taipei

Taiwan

81

45

51

72

88

29

Manchester

England

71

92

44

67

61

30

Perth

Australia

66

93

73

56

46

31

Madrid

Spain

60

92

69

77

64

32

Edinburgh

Scotland

75

96

36

69

55

33

Buenos Aires

Argentina

60

64

55

83

68

33

Brussels

Belgium

47

75

87

46

75

35

Shanghai

China

76

38

59

79

77

36

Amsterdam

Netherlands

64

57

94

61

40

37

Canberra

Australia

64

77

55

75

44

38

Los Angeles

USA

70

67

55

70

47

38

Moscow

Russia

68

63

55

60

63

38

Adelaide

Australia

54

83

62

62

48

41

Lyon

France

54

76

50

47

77

42

Washington DC

USA

70

62

69

49

53

43

Kuala Lumpur

Malaysia

48

53

55

43

100

44

Philadelphia

USA

82

56

51

48

58

45

Prague

Czech Republic

43

80

48

67

55

46

Mexico City

Mexico

60

23

55

59

92

47

Helsinki

Finland

63

46

62

45

70

48

Oslo

Norway

52

53

67

49

63

49

Santiago

Chile

57

30

51

80

65

50

Kyoto

Japan

71

50

30

69

62

# The data published is taken from QS Top Universities.

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