LONDON, England - Paris tops for the third consecutive year the QS Best Student Cities, a ranking of the world's top cities for students, released today on TopUniversities.com .
Melbourne (2nd) gains three places while London drops to the third position.
The ranking, compiled by the team behind the QS World University Rankings, is based on five key pillars, which are then broken down into individual criteria: university rankings; student mix; quality of living; employer activity and affordability.
To be included in the ranking, each city must have a population of over 250,000, and must be home to at least two ranked institutions in the QS World University Rankings. 116 cities in the world qualify on this basis, 50 have been ranked.
This year, the number of criteria has increased from 14 to 18, adding in metrics on safety and pollution as well as the Transparency International's Corruption Perception Index and the Social Progress Index .
29 countries are represented with the most cities in the US (8), followed by Australia (6), UK (4) and by Canada and Japan with 3 apiece.
Europe boasts 20 cities, North America 12, Asia 9, Oceania 7 and South America 2.
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