Melbourne has been crowned Australia’s best student city and the fifth globally, as the number of international students arriving in the city continues to increase.
The QS Best Student Cities Ranking 2023 sees Melbourne climb one position from its global rank in 2022, beating out Sydney in 9th place, Brisbane in 24th and Adelaide in equal 31st. London took out the top spot, followed by Seoul and Munich in equal second.
Melbourne ranked third in the world for ‘student voice’, which is based on former students recommending the city to their peers as a destination of choice for student experience.
“We’re doing everything we can to attract international students back to Melbourne by offering unforgettable experiences in our city, and we’re delighted to be recognised as one of the best student cities in the world,” said Melbourne Lord Mayor, Sally Capp.
“Prior to the pandemic, international students contributed $13.7 billion a year to Victoria’s economy and supported nearly 80,000 jobs.
“Our international students are a huge part of what makes Melbourne such a great place, and we want to do everything we can to ensure their time here is overwhelmingly positive.”
The ranking news comes as the City of Melbourne Council reaffirms its commitment to deliver the world’s best student experience by providing a range of initiatives to attract and retain international students, including:
- Welcome activities and free tickets to key attractions and events
- Employment and mentoring programs
- Wellness outreach to address mental health, legal and food security issues
- Conversation clubs and language classes at city libraries
- Support services and programs at ‘The Couch’ International Student Centre
- Collaborations with Study Melbourne, educational institutions and student groups to support wellbeing.
Council is also advocating to the Federal Government for an automatic four-year post-study work visa for international students who complete their studies in Australia to enhance Melbourne’s attractiveness as a study destination and to deliver more talent and skilled labour.
“Melbourne is world-renowned as a university city, which offers a fantastic student experience. We’re thrilled our efforts to enhance Melbourne’s reputation as a global education hub are being celebrated,” says Education and Innovation portfolio lead Councillor, Davydd Griffiths.
“The strong return of international students will have significant economic benefits for our city, creating jobs and driving up spending at city businesses.”
Last month, there were more than 85,000 international students in Melbourne – a 25% increase from December 2021, and the highest level since March.
Students from India are Melbourne’s biggest international cohort, making up 22% of all international students, followed by China, Nepal and Vietnam.