Council leader hails Capital’s QS Best Student Cities Ranking

Council Leader Adam McVey welcomes the news that Edinburgh has been named as the UK’s second-best city to be a student after London for the sixth time in a row by the QS Best Student Cities Ranking.

The results, released today (28 July) by global higher education consultancy QS Quacquarelli Symonds, sees Edinburgh ranking 12th in the world, moving 3 points from its standing in 2019, sitting in the Top 15 student cities.

Cllr McVey, said: 

Edinburgh consistently tops polls as one the best places in the world to live, study or visit. This ranking comes just after our Capital was named the most welcoming City in the UK - being an internationalist city that’s looking outward to the world. Our amazing built heritage, our cultural events and being the UK’s greenest City make Edinburgh a brilliant home to some of the best universities in the UK and the world.

I look forward to welcoming students to our world-class universities and colleges to begin or continue their studies, building the skills we need for Edinburgh’s future and creating new technologies that are delivering such a bright economic future for the Capital with opportunities across our communities.

Many students decide to make their home here after studies because the amazing experience they have living in Edinburgh and I’m sure that will continue to help our Capital thrive and embrace future opportunities.

The QS Best Student Cities Ranking is designed to provide students with independent data regarding a range of factors driving their study decisions: affordability, quality-of-life, the standard of university, and the views of previous students that have studied in that destination. London is ranked top for the last three years, with Glasgow (3rd) ranking 28, Manchester (4th) and Coventry (5th).


Published: July 28th 2021