Hong Kong named one of world's best cities for students
Hong Kong has been named the seventh-best city in the world for students but remains behind Singapore, which is Asia's top-ranked city.
Both cities leapt up the rankings in the second QS Best Student Cities list - Hong Kong by 12 places and Singapore by nine, to third overall.
Paris and London held their positions at the top of the leader board. Beijing and Shanghai came 18th and 35th respectively.
Cities were judged in five categories: university rankings, student mix, quality of living, employer activity in recruiting students and affordability.
Hong Kong scored a total of 403 out of a possible 500.
"With a maximum of 100 points awarded [in each category], Hong Kong's highest scores were 96 for employer activity, 94 for rankings and 85 for student mix," QS head of research Ben Sowter said. "With employment upon graduation an increasing worry for students around the world, the city's high employer activity combined with world class universities gives it a unique edge on the world stage."
High rent dragged down the city's affordability score (69), although eating out and transport were deemed cheap.
Last year, Hong Kong had an overall score of 351 and was described as "a bit daunting" for those who valued "peace, quiet and personal space".
To be considered for this year's rankings, a city had to have a population of more than 250,000 and at least two institutions in the QS World University Rankings. Ninety-eight cities qualified for the list.