According to an international ranking of universities and educational institutions, Melbourne is the third best city in the world for students.
The ranking is calculated by QS World University Rankings, an annual publication by Quacquarelli Symonds, a British company specialising in education founded in 1990.
London topped the list this year, with Tokyo in second place. Melbourne was 2nd in 2016, but slipped back to 5th place last year. Melbourne also maintained its status as Australia’s best student city for the fourth year in a row.
Seven Melbourne universities feature in the QS Rankings. The highest-ranked is the University of Melbourne, ranked as 41st in the world along with Korea Advanced Institute of Science & Technology (KAIST), and second in Australia after Canberra's Australian National University.
Melbourne's position in the rankings is due to high praise from current and former students, including international students. It also scored highly for desirability, affordability, student mix, university rankings and employer activity.
The high ranking for the “student mix” category reflects Melbourne's strong multi-cultural society, and consistent growth in international student numbers. More than 200,000 students from over 170 countries have come here to study.
QS notes that Melbourne is a highly attractive destination for international students, and home to one of the world’s most diverse student communities. The city provides students with rich and varied experiences, including beautiful beaches and natural wonders within a short drive from the CBD, and a rich supply of sporting events, arts, music, comedy, film, and multicultural festivals.
According to QS, Melbourne's only drawback is affordability, with both fees and living costs high in global terms.