Galway City has been ranked the 24th best student city in the world by a survey conducted by The Campus Advisor.
The survey asked students to rate out of five stars the quality of over 2,500 cities worldwide on six categories including student friendliness, cost of living, nightlife, public transport, amenities and safety.
12,164 city reviews were analysed by The Campus Advisor in order to determine the rankings.
The rankings were based on an averaged score out of five with Galway scoring a 4.14 overall.
Student friendliness and nightlife were the standouts with scores of 4.64 and 4.62 respectively, though cost of living was rated at just 3.4 out of 5.
Every reviewer recommended living in Galway as a student and 100% of respondents also said Galway had “interesting cultural experiences” on offer.
95% of reviews agreed that Galway boasts a diverse student population and “a good variety of options for eating out” while 94.7% found “a good variety of bars and clubs for students”.
Student employment rated slightly lower though still impressively with 81.3% of reviewers agreeing that Galway offers enough job opportunities for students.
Galway proved to be the second best student city in Ireland just behind Cork which ranked 22nd overall and wound up at 14th among its European competition.
The city NUI Galway calls home finds itself in good company on The Campus Advisor’s list just below Boston in 23rd and above Toronto in 25th.
The list of 30 features some of the best-known parts of the world including 12 capital cities and major urban centres like Chicago and Munich.
Melbourne, Australia claimed top spot with the top five being rounded out by Newcastle in England, Seoul, Vienna and Montreal.
The Campus Advisor’s website also features reviews of institutions across the globe with 87.5% of reviewers recommending NUI Galway to prospective students.
NUI Galway also scored high on campus safety with 93.7% “always” feeling safe and a large amount of graduates found themselves highly employable as 72.2% of respondents said they found work in their chosen field within 6 months of graduating.
Satisfaction with clubs and societies scores over 94% while positive reviews for student services, WiFi and on-campus food options stand at over 80%.
Individual comments called for some improvements such as additional vegan food options on-campus and the provision of more social and study space.
More information, including the full student city rankings and detailed reviews of NUI Galway and Galway City, can be found via thecampusadvisor.com.