London has been ranked as the best university city in the world in 2018

Times Higher Education (THE) has released their global rankings of universities around the world and it comes as no surprise that London is holding top spot, with an impressive 15 universities in the top 500.

Previously, metropolitan hubs Montreal and Paris had been voted the number one city for students to live in, but the British capital's range of top-ranking universities, cultural highlights and diversity have seen it surge to the top of the list.

London is world-renowned as a popular destination for British and international students looking to benefit from a high-quality university education. Additionally, the close proximity of its institutions, and the University of London system, means that students attending these universities are able to utilise facilities across the city.

The ranking is based on six factors including the local jobs market, the student culture and academic performance. The survey asked students about the quality of experience in a city and whether they would stay there after graduating.

Ben Sowter, research director at QS, said: “The 2018 ranking highlights the enduring quality of the student experience available in London. The city benefits from outstanding employment prospects, more world-class universities than any other city, and enviable lifestyle opportunities."

For students in London there is a higher concentration of world-class institutions than in any other city, including Imperial College, University College London, the London School of Economics and King's College.

Students also have access to the cultural life of museums, theatres, cinemas and restaurants. London achieved a high rating for being a very international city, with high levels of tolerance and diversity, so that overseas students would not feel isolated or excluded.

London's success in the poll is likely to raise questions about student visa requirements, following on from a study this year from the Higher Education Policy Institute which found overseas students contributed £20billion to the UK economy.