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The world’s most popular student cities

Analysis by student accommodation website reveals the most popular cities for students

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Seeta Bhardwa

Editor, THE Student
March 15 2018
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London is the most popular destination for students, followed by Sydney, Melbourne and Manchester in second, third and fourth place respectively, according to research by, an online marketplace for student accommodation, compiled the list by looking at the number of accommodation enquiries between 1 January and 31 December 2017. 

Most popular student cities in the world

As demonstrated in the infographic above, seven out of the 10 most searched-for cities were located in the UK, two were located in Australia and one in the US. also collected data on the most popular cities across a number of different countries including Australia, Canada, France, Germany, Italy, Spain, the UK and the US. 

“Reassuringly, our data indicates that there is still significant interest in the UK as a destination for international students - particularly from Asia and Europe. However, this is not an excuse to become complacent,” said Luke Nolan, founder and CEO of

“With global competition for international students increasing year after year, the UK should do everything it can to support the internationalisation objectives of its universities and maintain its attractiveness as a study destination,” he added. 

Additionally, according to the data, students were most likely to book their accommodation during the summer months, with Friday being the most popular day to make a booking. It also revealed that Saturday was the most popular day for moving in for students. 

Read more: The best university cities  

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