PETALING JAYA - Kuala Lumpur has been listed in the top 50 cities for tertiary students to live in.
Malaysia's capital city is ranked 43rd in the annual QS Best Student Cities Ranking released today, up one place from its position last year.
Singapore, at third spot, ranked highest among Asian cities.
This is followed by Hong Kong (seventh), Seoul (14th), Tokyo (17th), Beijing (18th), Taipei (28th), Shanghai (35th) and Kyoto (50th).
In the global list, Paris tops the rest followed by London.
The ranking, compiled by the team which produces the annual QS World University Rankings, is based on five key pillars, which are then broken down into individual criteria namely university rankings, student mix, quality of living, employer activity and affordability.
"Out of the 98 cities in the world that qualify on this basis, 50 have been ranked in the annual QS Best Student Cities," said QS head of research Ben Sowter.
He added that Kuala Lumpur scored the maximum number of points for affordability, making it the most affordable city in the world for students.
Sowter said tuition fees for international students were competitive and the retail price indices, based on prices of fast food and consumer technology, identified Kuala Lumpur as affordable.
Taylor's University vice-chancellor and president Prof Datuk Dr Hassan Said said foreign students and their parents generally gave positive comments about studying in Kuala Lumpur.
Factors in Kuala Lumpur's favour included its strategic location in Asean which enables easier travel to neighbouring countries, no language barrier as everyone speaks English, cultural diversity and good and affordable food.
For more information on the annual QS Best Student Cities, visit TopUniversities.com/StudentCities.