What makes a great college city? Things like killer burger spots, bars with cheap beers, and… croissants?! Well, probably not on the croissants. But they sure can't hurt.
And according to the latest QS ranking of 2015's top college cities, Paris is the best student city on the planet. But not because of its pastries. Actually, the French capital ranks highly for its many prestigious institutions, like the Sorbonne, as well as for its affordability. No, really. That's two recent studies that have declared Paris is cheap... so it must be true! Right? No?
To find the most student-friendly metropolis, the study narrowed the field to 116 cities with two or more colleges and a population over 25,000. Each place was then rated on affordability, student diversity, desirability, and level of employer activity.
Like a good student, the French capital scored highly across the board, while Melbourne (no. 2) and London (no. 3) ranked near the top for their respective mix of students, and employers willing to hire.
The only US city in the top 10: Boston. The go-to city of tea parties and Good Will Hunting adversaries edged out San Francisco (no. 13), New York (no. 17), and Chicago (no. 18). But making the top 20 ain't bad.
You'll notice the funny-talking neighbors up north have two major cities in the top 10, with both Montreal (no. 8) and Toronto (no. 9) noted for their diversity and supposed desirability. And if you've ever been to the Great Canadian Ballet, well, you'd agree.
And before you don a beret and start babbling about baguettes and brie, here’s the full top 10...
1. Paris, France
2. Melbourne, Australia
3. London, UK
4. Sydney, Australia
5. Hong Kong, China
6. Boston, US
7. Tokyo, Japan
8. Montreal, Canada
9. Toronto, Canada
10. Seoul, South Korea
For the complete rankings, head here.
Chloe Pantazi is an editorial assistant on Thrillist's travel team. Yes, that's a British accent. No, she doesn't watch Doctor Who. Follow her on Twitter at @ChloePantazi.