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Places with more students living there are more likely to be
equipped with goods, services and facilities that students need
TAFE NSW students can rest assured that they're probably living in
the best state for their studies.
Last month, the QS Best
Student Cities index for 2013/14 was released. The index ranks
98 major cities from all over the world according to how
"student-friendly" they are. Our state capital scored
extremely well, coming in 4th place, being pipped by only Paris,
London and Singapore.
And while the rankings are technically regarding university students,
TAFE NSW is considered a tertiary education provider, clearly placing
it in the same category as university. And we all know that the needs
and desires of students are pretty much the same anyway, regardless of
the type of institution – basics like affordable accommodation and
transport, employment opportunities, wicked nightlife and access to
unlimited supplies of 2-minute noodles.
And for those thousands of TAFE students who are living and studying
outside of Sydney, this party's still for everyone. Many of the things
that make Sydney shine also make New South Wales shine. Sydney is the
gateway to lots of regional fabulousness that doesn't recognise
postcode or local government boundaries.
So what factors exactly did this study take into account when
assessing a city's student-friendliness? Low tuition costs were a
biggie – and obviously this is something that applies even more to
TAFE than it does to universities. Well, for locals anyway.
Another important factor was quality of life, and this was another
one that really helped to push Sydney up the ladder. To quote the
[quote]"Sydney gains almost top marks for Quality of Living and
scores highly in all other categories except Affordability".[/quote]
Curse those exorbitant Sydney rents! And bravo to all our more
affordable regional areas.
There was also what the index refers to as Student Mix, which is the
student population as a proportion of the city's overall population.
The higher the percentage, the better – as places with more students
living there are more likely to be equipped with goods, services and
facilities that students need (like large supplies of those
aforementioned 2-minutes noodles).
But maybe this student-friendliness is actually more of an Australian
thing, than a Sydney or New South Wales thing. After all, with
Melbourne ranking at number five, just one place after Sydney,
Australia was the only country with more than one city in the top 10.
All in all, six Aussie cities made it into the top 50. Which says a
lot about what a great place this can be if you're a student.