Paris crowned best student city 2015, followed closely by Melbourne and Sydney

Paris has been named the best student city for 2015 in the QS Best Student Cities list for the second year in a row.

The list ranks cities on the basis of how well they cater to the needs of university students, taking into account: university rankings (also compiled by QS), student mix, quality of living, employer activity and affordability.

Head of research at QS Ben Sowter said the rankings were designed to provide a more holistic assessment of student life.

"QS Best Student Cities provides students with a complementary tool to the university-focused rankings,” he said.

“After all, a university experience is intrinsically influenced by the location, especially for international students."

Australian cities also fared well, with six making the top 50. Melbourne rose in the rankings to number two, taking over from London (which placed a respectable third) and Sydney wasn’t far behind, retaining its fourth place from 2014.

Canberra came in at number 21, followed by Brisbane (23), Adelaide (29) and Perth (38).

To qualify for the list, cities must have a population greater than 250,000, and at least two universities listed on the QS World University Rankings.

The ten best cities for students in 2015 are:

1. Paris

2. Melbourne

3. London

4. Sydney

5. Hong Kong

6. Boston

7. Tokyo

8. Montreal

9. Toronto

10. Seoul

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