London officialy becomes the best city in the world for university students
QS Best Student Cities Ranking 2018 have conducted their annual research and London is officially the best city for international university students.
Not only London scored really high amongst the other 30 international cities but it is also considered an ideal place to live and work after graduating. The ratings took into account the number of top universities in a city, the local job market, cultural diversity and the quality of life.
Overseas students have made London their favourite destination to study not only due to the top tier education offered in the capital but also due to the tolerance and diversity of students from all ethnic backgrounds enjoy. London is truly open to all, as students feel welcomed as they start this new exciting chapter in their life.
London is a very friendly buzzing city and can fit the different lifestyles and ideologies of young individuals coming from diverse backgrounds. The abundance of cultural sources and the exchange of new ideas on and off campus has placed London at the top of this list.
For example, universities such as Imperial College, University College London, the London School of Economics and King’s College are among the best in the world offering world-class education for individuals from every corner of the world.
Cultural life in London is also very special since museums, galleries, cinemas and theatres are always open for students to explore as well as offering concession tickets. Students are encouraged to explore different cultural forms, visit the world-famous museums and interact with the artists.
In terms of accessibility, there is no limit to the number of student visas granted by the UK government. Also, there are special agreements between several countries and the UK benefiting students, making London open to everyone.
It is particularly common for overseas families to invest in a property in London when their children move abroad to continue their higher education. Besides being very student-friendly, London is also popular amongst the parents who are looking for a change of scenery just after their children have graduated from the 12th grade. Overseas families find it easy to adjust to London as the cultural diversity enhances the melting pot effect.
One downside, however, is that among the 50.000 students that were asked many pointed out that London needs to be more affordable since the cost of living can be significantly high.
“The 2018 ranking highlights the enduring quality of the student experience available in London. The city benefits from outstanding employment prospects, more world-class universities than any other city, and enviable lifestyle opportunities.” Ben Sowter, research director at QS highlighted.
Montreal and Paris were previously the top picks for international students, however, students in London also benefit from the excellent job prospects and the high employability rate.
According to recent reports, the UK’s labour market is robust despite Brexit uncertainty. As a matter of fact, the UK’s employment rate rose by 0.4 points to 75.6% in the latest quarter of 2017, the highest since modern records began in 1971, with the majority of new jobs being full-time posts.
QS higher education group, which published the university cities ranking is known for publishing the annual World University Rankings. You can see the full list here:
Best Student Cities 2018
– London – Tokyo – Melbourne – Montreal – Paris – Munich – Berlin – Zurich – Sydney – Seoul
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