Dublin has been ranked among the top student-friendly cities in an international ranking that places it 15th of 50 university towns. Paris tops the list, with London coming a close second.
This is the second student city ranking to be published by Quacquarelli Symonds (QS), a company that also produces a world university ranking. And while Dublin’s universities may not top the bill – falling outside the top 100 – we do much better when it comes to keeping students happy.
London-based QS does not use “party town” as one of its five main ranking criteria, but that didn’t seem to matter given Dublin’s overall performance. QS uses university rankings, student mix, quality of living, employer activity and affordability when it assesses a university town and the benefits it bestows on students there.
Students are increasingly internationally mobile and the availability of a city’s ranking will complement the QS universities ranking in helping them make informed choices if choosing to study abroad. “After all, a university experience is intrinsically influenced by the location, especially for international students,” said Mr Sowter.