Best place for the best time of your life

Which is the best city in the world to be a student? It is an almost impossible question to answer – are you looking for the best party city or the most rarefied academic cluster? Miami or Boston, Newcastle or Oxford?

And should you consider the most perennial of student concerns – money? How far would a student loan go in New York, London or Paris? Would you have a better time and come out with a smaller debt burden in a cheaper city?

Despite all the difficulties inherent in creating a ‘best student city’ league table, one research team have tackled this near impossible task. The QS Best Student Cities team looked at affordability (both in terms of living costs and tuition fees), quality of life (including crime and housing), student mix and the number of overseas students, the number and quality of universities and the academic and employer reputation of the institutions.

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