QS Staff Writer

更新日期 July 12, 2021 更新日期 July 12

QS Best Student Cities ranking: 15th

Up one place this year, Edinburgh has been ranked as the UK’s second-best student city after London for the fifth time in a row, beating all of its other entries.

With a relatively small population compared to many of the cities in the index, the Scottish capital has a large student community proportionate to its overall size, meaning it scores especially well for student mix. Notably, 36 percent of students at ranked universities in Edinburgh are international, providing a diverse and inclusive atmosphere.

Known for its striking castle, historic old town and massive annual events such as the Edinburgh International Festival and New Year’s Hogmanay street party, the city is also home to several of the best universities in the UK. The University of Edinburgh is ranked 20th in the QS World University Rankings® 2020 – the fifth-highest UK entry.

Average fees for international students are a little higher than in cities such as London or Manchester. However, for undergraduate students from within the EU (except those from England, Wales or Northern Ireland), university fees are entirely subsidized by the Student Awards Agency for Scotland (SAAS). So, depending on where you’re from, Edinburgh could be surprisingly affordable. Edinburgh has risen 11 places in the affordability indicator this year, placing at 82nd worldwide.

Edinburgh achieves one of its highest scores (11th) in the student view indicator, showing that students in the city are undoubtedly enjoying their experience, and are often keen to stay after graduation. One survey respondent commented, “Edinburgh is the best city in the world. Not just the beautiful architecture and setting, the people make it great. Friendly and always accepting, I will never forget my time in Edinburgh.

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Internationally ranked universities in Edinburgh

University of EdinburghHeriot-Watt University; Edinburgh Napier University

More about Edinburgh

Number of universities ranked by QS


Highest-ranked institution

University of Edinburgh (20th)

Population (including wider metropolitan area)


Average international fees (at ranked unis)


Desirability rank


Employer Activity rank


Affordability rank


Student View rank



To find out how each of the above categories is calculated, view the methodology.

本文首发于 2015 November , 更新于 2021 July 。





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