Melbourne has been recognised as Australia's best student city and one of the best student cities globally in the QS Best Student Cities Ranking for 2023.

Melbourne scored 2nd in the world for Student Mix with a score of 98.9 and 3rd in the world for Student View with a score of 97.8.

The QS Best Student Cities Ranking provides students with independent data regarding a range of factors relevant to their study decisions:

  • desirability by students
  • affordability
  • diversity
  • safety, and
  • employment opportunities after graduation

QS ranks cities with a population of at least 250,000, and with at least two universities placing in the QS World University Rankings. The ranking offers a powerful lens into the sentiments of both prospective and former students, with over 98,000 survey responses contributing to the Desirability (prospective students) and Student Voice (former students) indexes .

Australia's most liveable city

Melbourne has again topped the list as Australia’s most liveable city and the 10th most liveable city in the world in the Global Liveability Index 2022 released by the Economist Intelligence Unit.

The Economist Intelligence Unit (EIU) assessed more than 170 cities across categories such as stability, health care, culture, environment, education and infrastructure.

Melbourne achieved a perfect score for education (100/100) and infrastructure (100/100). It also scored highly for Culture and Environment (98.6/100) and Stability (95/100).

When you study in Melbourne, you'll be living in a safe and vibrant city that offers world-class study options, services and career building programs.

Melbourne has been voted the friendliest city in the world

The company William Russell compiled the list based on a number of factors it deemed most important: resident happiness, safety, LGBTQI+ inclusivity, top attractions and highest-rated hotels.

Melbourne scored 7.296 out of 10 based on data from city residents’ quality of life. The city is forward-thinking, rapidly growing and is recognised for being a fully open, inclusive and competitive, as well as a welcoming place for the LGBTQ+ community.

Read the full story on the William Russell website.

Support for you - 24/7 at the Study Melbourne Hub

The Study Melbourne Hub offers free and confidential information, referrals and practical support for Victoria’s international students.

Our multilingual staff offer wellbeing support, including help with accommodation, health, employment and legal problems.

If you know anyone in our international student community who needs extra support, please encourage them to contact our team via email at or call 1800 056 449.