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Melbourne and Sydney are the second and third most liveable cities in the world, according to The Economist Intelligence Unit

Out of 140 cities surveyed by The Economist Intelligence Unit (EIU), Melbourne has been ranked the second most liveable city in the world, while Sydney has climbed in the rankings to take third place, an incredible accolade for two of Australia’s most popular student cities.

‘Sydney has risen from fifth to third, thanks to an improvement in its culture and environment score, reflecting an increased focus on combating and mitigating the impacts of climate change, as outlined by the city’s “Sustainable Sydney 2030” strategy’ (The Global Liveability Index 2019 Report).

Both Melbourne and Sydney have consistently been ranked in the top 10 for the World’s Most Liveable Cities by the EIU over the last 10 years and it’s not hard to see why, with world-class infrastructure, unparalleled arts and culture, world-famous sporting events and vibrant multiculturalism, both cities entice students from all around the world.

Often described as the cultural heart of Australia, Melbourne is famous for its creative arts, live music festivals, infamous street art, rooftop bars, hidden laneways, addictive coffee culture and its booming cafe and restaurant scene.

These impressive cultural credentials attract some of the world’s biggest sporting and artistic events to the city, like the Australian Open, the Australian Grand Prix, the Melbourne Cup Horse Race, the Melbourne International Comedy Festival and the Melbourne International Film Festival, proving that there’s always something happening on Melbourne’s social calendar!

Melbourne is also one of Australia’s most diverse cities, with 140 different cultures living and working harmoniously in the city.

Sydney is Australia’s largest city, famous for its sparkling harbour and postcard-worthy Opera House. With historic architecture, iconic tourist hotspots and great shopping from the world’s biggest brands to the historical Rocks Markets, students never run out of things to do in this exciting city.

Everywhere you turn in Sydney’s Central Business District there is a spectacular waterfront view. It’s this connection with the water that makes Sydney one of the most picturesque cities in Australia.

Sydney is also home to 40% of the top 500 Australian corporations, making Sydney the business capital of Australia.

Melbourne and Sydney are the second and third most liveable cities in the world, according to The Economist Intelligence Unit (EIU)!EIU’s Global Liveability Index assigns each city a rating of relative comfort for over 30 qualitative and quantitative factors across five broad categories: stability, healthcare, culture and environment, education and infrastructure. Both Melbourne and Sydney scored very highly across all categories, so future students heading to SCU’s branch campuses in Melbourne and Sydney, can rest assured that they will be moving to two of the most liveable cities in the world – by any measure.