Hong Kong is now the 12th best city in the world for students, as it is home to top-rated international universities and boasts a high ranking for employer activity. 

According to the QS Best Student Cities 2023 rankings, Hong Kong’s high position is attributed to its international student population and prosperous job market. In 2022, Hong Kong placed 15th on the list.

However, the city’s high rents may deter students from living in the city, despite relatively low transport and other cost-of-living expenses. 

Tuition fees in the city fall in the mid-range at around US$16,000 (HK$125,000) per year, which is lower than the US, but more expensive than France or Germany.

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The Top 10 QS Best Student Cities 2023

Only two Asian cities featured in the Top 10: Seoul, which tied for second place with Munich and Tokyo (No. 7). Singapore came in at No. 13, and the Kyoto-Osaka-Kobe area placed at No. 17.

Hong Kong higher education institutions featured prominently in the QS World University Rankings for 2024 that were released last month. 

Five tertiary institutions made it to the Top 100: The University of Hong Kong (No. 26), the Chinese University of Hong Kong (No. 47), the Hong Kong University of Science and Technology (No. 60), Hong Kong Polytechnic University (No. 65), and City University (No. 70).

Three of the city’s newer universities also made it to the Times Higher Education Young University Top 10 rankings for 2023: The Hong Kong University of Science and Technology, the Hong Kong Polytechnic University, and the City University of Hong Kong.

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For the full QS Best Student Cities 2023 rankings, click here.

Header image credits: The University of Hong Kong via Facebook

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From the Middle East to the Far East and a couple of places in between, Anjali has lived in no fewer than seven cities in Asia, and has travelled extensively in the region. She worked as a lifestyle journalist in India before coming to Hong Kong, where her favourite thing to do is island-hopping with her daughter. You can check out her musings on motherhood, courtesy her Instagram profile.

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