FORGET Berlin, Boston or Tokyo — an Australian city has come out on top for students.
Melbourne has been ranked the fifth best student city in the world, according to the 2017 Students Cities Table.
The new rankings are set to stir up old state rivalries, with Sydney coming in at 13, Brisbane at 20 and Canberra at 22.
Yet the Victorian capital “remains without doubt a highly attractive destination for international students, and home to one of the world’s most diverse student communities.”
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Montreal took the top spot this year, pushing Paris into second place and London into third.
The table, published by analysts QS Quacquarelli Symonds, 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 held their place against their international rivals, with several making the top 50.
Edinburgh has moved up to 18th place from 33rd, Manchester rises 13 places to 23rd, while Glasgow is in 34th place, Coventry 39th and Nottingham 43rd.
“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.