Beaten in to second place by Paris in a ranking of 50 global cities, London was celebrated for its quality of life and affordability, with the cities in the poll dictated by criteria stipulating that they have a population of 250,000 or above, and are home to a minimum of two top ranking universities.

QS Best Student Cities lead researcher Ben Sowter said of the ranking: “While tuition fees make London a far more expensive proposition than Pairs, London’s array of world class universities means it is worth the investment for many students.”

The research initially considered just short of 500 cities, brought this down to a shortlist of 100 and are publishing the top 50.

The top ten university cities in the world are:
1. Paris, France
2. London, UK
3. Boston, US
4. Melbourne, Australia
5. Vienna, Austria
6. Sydney, Australia
7. Zurich, Switzerland
8. Berlin, Germany
9. Dublin, Ireland
10. Montreal, Canada

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