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Dublin ranked among top 40 best student cities in the world, new report finds

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Ireland’s capital has taken 32nd place in the ranking of 150 premier study destinations across the world and is the only Irish city to be featured.

It has maintained its position year-on-year and has scored 83.4.

The ranking is based on surveys conducted by QS Quacquarelli Symonds related to student feedback, universities, affordability, livability, employment and diversity.

Dublin has climbed three positions in desirability due to its rich cultural and historic heritage and is now in the world’s top 30 most desired student destinations.

This indicator assesses responses from the survey of prospective students and various datasets, including pollution, safety, TripAdvisor and corruption.

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Dublin has also climbed 10 places in employer activity and has ranked 37th due to its growing career opportunities.

This indicator is based on responses from the employer survey, marking Ireland’s booming industry and business sectors offering work experience and job opportunities for students and graduates.

Ireland’s capital enjoys a diverse student population, placing eighth globally for student mix. However, the city has dropped one position in this indicator.

Although affordability has improved, it still remains a challenge, as Dublin places 134th globally. This is based on tuition fees, cost of living, and retail pricing.

It comes as top student destinations struggle with affordability, which is related to living standards, amenities, infrastructure, and cultural offerings.

QS ranks cities with a population of at least 250,000 and two universities ranking in the QS World University Rankings. It conducts its surveys among prospective and former students.

London, UK, remains the world’s best student city for the sixth consecutive edition.

It is followed by two Asian destinations – Tokyo, Japan, in second place, which also leads in employer activity, and Seoul, South Korea, coming third.

Munich, Germany, has climbed to fourth place this year while Melbourne, Australia, which tops the student mix indicator, has dropped to fifth.

Sydney, Australia, also climbed one position placing sixth as Paris, France, has dropped to fourth.

Zurich, Switzerland, has maintained its eighth spot, Berlin, Germany, has dropped to ninth, and Montreal, Canada, has climbed three positions to tenth.

It comes as Canada and Australia each boast two of the world’s 10 best student cities.

Meanwhile, Izmir in Turkey is the most affordable ranked city for students, while Indonesia is the most affordable country.

QS Senior Vice President Ben Sowter said: “We are thrilled to celebrate Dublin as one of the world’s best student cities.”

“A well-deserved recognition of its role as a premier destination for education, innovation, and culture,” he added.

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