By Alexander Glover | Feb 16 2017DUBLIN has been ranked as the 31st best student city in the world. The QS Best Student Cities Index indicates that the Irish capital has risen six places in the 2017 edition.This is the fifth edition of the index since its launch in 2012. For the first time, Paris has been knocked off the top spot. Montreal is now considered to be the best student city in the world.The index rates cities in six categories: University Rankings, Student Mix, Desirability, Employer Activity, Affordability and Student View. To be included, each city must have a population of over 250,000, and be home to at least two universities featured in the most recent QS World University Rankings.Dublin’s highest ranking, 16th, came in the student mix category, which reflects its high concentration of students and high ratio of international students. Dublin placed 26th in university rankings, 39th in desirability and 46th in employer activity. One area bringing Dublin’s overall score down is affordability, for which it is ranked 112th.Dublin ranks 22nd in the new student view category. This means students are enjoying their experience in the Irish capital with praise going to the city’s diversity, nightlife and friendliness. 43% of surveyed students reported an intention to remain in Dublin after graduation.