Galway was named the 7th best city in the world for higher education and university students, according to a ranking provided by The Campus Advisor. In the same ranking, Galway was ranked 1st for Student Friendliness.
The Campus Advisor compiled a list of the ‘Top 50 Student Cities in the World for 2023’ based on student experience. Cities across the globe were measured using real insights gathered from students.
Galway was named among 50 cities worldwide, and measured based on key factors such as; student friendliness, cost of living, nightlife, public transport, amenities, safety, and the invaluable opinions of current students.
The city received an overall score of 4.47 out of 5. Student Friendliness had a score of 4.94, ranking Galway 1st in the world for 2023.
The University of Galway said in a social post, “Galway, You’ve done it again! Students from around the globe have spoken, and our city’s warmth and friendliness have earned us the prestigious title of the friendliest city on the planet.”
Galway is also being commended for its rich culture, variety of pubs and restaurants, and lively social environment.
A reviewer for the ranking said: “Galway holds a special place in my heart as one of the friendliest cities I’ve ever encountered. The locals exude a genuine warmth that makes the entire experience unforgettable. What I love most about Galway is the rich variety of pubs, each with its own character and charm. The cultural scene is nothing short of fantastic, and the city is dotted with art facilities that make every corner a feast for the eyes.”
Cork and Dublin were also among the top 50 cities worldwide, receiving top ratings across areas like cost-of-living, nightlife, public transport, amenities, and safety.
Chloe Richardson is the Deputy Editor for Student Independent News for the year 2023/24. She is a Final Year Journalism and Society and Politics student in the University of Galway. Chloe has been a contributor to SIN for three years, and is also a writer for This is Galway.