France’s capital, home to the internationally renowned Sorbonne and Sciences Po universities, came 10th in the ranking of 41 institutions by student magazine l'Étudiant.
Toulouse, Grenoble, Montpellier, Marseilles-Aix and Lyon all figured in the top five positions, while Valenciennes, Saint-Denis in Réunion and Douai-Lens were at the bottom.
Toulouse also received international recognition this week as the Université de Toulouse 1 Capitole came out as the top French institution in the prestigious Shanghai international university rankings. The city is home to fifteen higher education institutions.
The list was compiled from polling students on nine themes: studying, international opportunities, going out, culture, sports, transport, accommodation, environment and jobs.
While Paris scored the worst for sports and accommodation, it was unbeatable in the categories of international opportunities and culture.