London crowned world's best student city

The QS Best Student Cities Ranking, by global education consultancy QS Quacquarelli Symonds, sees London beat international cities Tokyo (2nd) and Melbourne (3rd) to first place for the second consecutive year. Other British cities featuring among the top 30 are Edinburgh (15th) and Manchester (29th). 

The rankings highlight each city’s performance across six categories1, with London’s high number of top universities, excellent employment opportunities and diversity of its student body as standout factors cementing the capital’s number one position – as well as the positive feedback provided by London’s students. 

The Mayor of London, Sadiq Khan, said: “The fact that London has again been ranked the best city in the world in which to be a student is fantastic news – and is no surprise given that London is home to world-leading higher education institutions and a vibrant cultural life. This is further evidence that London is open to students and talent from around the world.” 

Lalage Clay, Director, Education and Talent at London & Partners, the Mayor of London’s official promotional agency and home of Study London said: “These are truly fantastic results for London, confirming its outstanding reputation as the best student city in the world for the second consecutive year. We are extremely proud of London’s many world-class universities, our talented and diverse student body and of the incredible experiences students have in our city.  

We look forward to welcoming even more international bright minds to the capital to soak up the city’s culture and to take advantage of the many opportunities it offers.” 

QS Best Student Cities Ranking 2020: Global Top 10 

Rank 2020Rank 2018City Location
11LondonUnited Kingdom
22TokyoJapan
33Melbourne Australia
46Munich Germany
57BerlinGermany
64MontrealCanada
75ParisFrance
88ZurichSwitzerland
99SydneyAustralia
1010SeoulSouth Korea

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London has two universities listed in the World University Rankings top 10, and four universities in the top 50, reinforcing London’s reputation as one of the best cities in the world for higher education.   

For further information on studying in London visit www.studylondon.ac.uk