Edinburgh Ranked In Top 20 World Cities For Students

15 February 2017, 15:07 | Updated: 15 February 2017, 15:10


Edinburgh is among the world's twenty best cities to be a student, according to new rankings.

The capital moved up to 18th place from 33rd, while Glasgow is in 34th in the 2017 Students Cities Table, published by analysts QS Quacquarelli Symonds.

Montreal in Canada took the top spot this year, pushing Paris, France, into second place.

London was third - it saw off competition from places including Seoul, in South Korea, and Melbourne, Australia.

The table ranks 125 cities on a number of measures, grouped into five categories - affordability, university rankings, employer activity, student mix and desirability.

The rankings show that in the wake of Brexit, UK cities are holding their place against their international rivals, with several making the top 50.

Manchester rises 13 places to 23rd, Coventry is 39th and Nottingham 43rd.

Just outside the top 50 are Birmingham in 55th place and Newcastle-upon-Tyne in 56th.

''One of the main reasons for London's increase is its 15-rank rise for affordability, reflecting the post-referendum weakening of the pound against the dollar,'' the rankings note.

London also remains one of the world's most diverse cities, ranking 10th globally for student mix, it says, adding: ''Only Tokyo and Seoul rank above London for employer activity, suggesting that the quality of universities offered by London will ensure that it remains a desirable hunting-ground for the world's employers.''