In addition to recent accolades including the World's Most Liveable City and World’s Friendliest City, Melbourne received the highest ranking in the list’s ‘student mix’ category, calculated by the relative size and diversity of the city’s student population, levels of social inclusion and tolerance.
 
Melbourne scored highly in the ‘desirability’ and ‘employer activity’ categories, taking into account the overall quality of living as well as quality of institutions from the perspective of employers.
 
Melbourne overtook Sydney this year as the best city in Australia to study (Sydney ranked fourth). Melbourne’s sister city Boston placed fifth and London ranked third, with Paris taking the top spot for the third-year running.
 
Quacquarelli Symonds, a British company specialising in education and international study, produced the listing based on measures against affordability, lifestyle, employment prospects and student community.
 
Melbourne attracts students from around the world who come to study at the many leading tertiary institutions, with seven Victorian universities within the QS World University Rankings® 2014/15.

Melbourne and Victoria attract around 140,000 international student enrolments from around the world each year.