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London pipped to post as best student city

London has been voted the second best city in the world to be a student. Credit: Chris Ison/PA Wire

London has been voted the second best city in the world to be a student.

It just missed out to Paris, which took the top spot in the survey by QS Best Student Cities.

It's the second year in a row the French capital has been voted number one.

The top 50 are selected based on their scores in five categories.

The 'student mix' category considers the student community, including the ratio and volume of international students.

The 'employer activity' category looks at which cities are thought by employers to produce the best graduates.

The 'quality of living' category is based on the Mercer Quality of Living Survey and the Global and World Cities index.

The 'affordability' category is based on cost of tuition fees, the Big Mac Index (retail prices), the iPad Index (how much an iPad costs) and the Mercer Cost of Living Index.