The French capital retains its place as best student city according to the 2015 QS rankings, ahead of Melbourne and London. The survey compares more than a hundred large cities worldwide.

For the third year in a row, Paris is named ‘best student city’ in the world. This is what the British QS Top Universities Rankings shows in a survey that compares 116 large cities in the world according to five criteria. To be included, each city must have a population of over 250.000 and be home to at least two ranked institutions in the QS University Rankings.

According to QS, the index uses 18 indicators that are then compiled into five key categories: the city’s universities rankings, student diversity, desirability, reputation with employers, and affordability. This year, QS also took into account new indicators such as security, pollution, social progress and perceived corruption. These new elements did not cost the French capital its first place.

London and Paris both receive good ratings as far as their institutions and employers’ opinions of them are concerned – employers were asked which universities they preferred to recruit from. Melbourne heads the list when it comes to student diversity. Yet, the three top cities are not faring well when it comes to affordability. According to The Guardian, London’s drop in position in 2014 is down to its cost of living, for which the British capital was rated 28 out of 100. The QS index shows that Mexico and Taipei are the most affordable cities.

Lyon, ranked 41, is the only other French city that makes the top 50. A total of 29 countries are represented in this year’s QS Best Student Cities. Europe remains the dominant region, with 20 cities featured, followed by North America with 12, Asia with 9, Oceania with 7 and South America with 2. New entries this year are Coventry (UK), Pittsburgh (US) and Osaka (Japan).