Montreal leads way as student city

Top News | Phoebe Ng 16 Feb 2017

Fancy studying abroad? Then Montreal could be the place.

Home to top institutes like McGill University and the Universite de Montreal, the Canadian city has been rated the best student city in the world.

Hong Kong slipped three places and ranked 11th in the Best Student Cities league table, mainly dragged down by a decline indesirability and affordability.

It is tied with Toronto, Canada.

As a result of a worsening quality of living, the SAR's desirability fell 14 places, ranking only 29th.

The Best Student Cities ranking was compiled by QS Quacquarelli Symonds, higher education analysts who also produce QS World University Rankings.

"With space at a premium, rent is known for being exorbitantly expensive, but general living expenses such as eating out and transport remain low," said the ranking.

"If you value peace, quiet and personal space, then life in this packed and fast-paced metropolis might be a little daunting."

Hong Kong still stood firm in Asia as the region's third-best student city.

Researchers assured Hong Kong is still "regarded favorably" as the ranking was merely a relative scale.

Seoul is the best place for students in Asia, followed by Tokyo.

The report collected a list of 100 top urban student destinations in the world.

Canada is becoming more popular to international students than ever.

Apart from Montreal, Vancouver is ranked 10th, followed by Toronto.

Paris, despite having topped the table since the league table launched in 2012, slipped to No 2.

Meanwhile, Melbourne is the best city in student mix - meaning it has the highest level of diversity, tolerance and inclusion in the city.

Britain, a popular destination for Hongkongers to study abroad, generally performed well, with its capital London ranked third in the table.

Meanwhile, the Hong Kong Examinations and Assessment Authority said it recorded fewer registrations for this year's Hong Kong Diploma of Secondary Education, the academic qualification for entering universities.

It had 62,000 candidates, 10 percent fewer than last year.

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