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Top Ten Best Cities for Students

27 JUN 2014
Career Path : Travel and Tourism

Every year, Quacquarelli Symonds (QS) releases a ranking of the best cities in the world for students. The ranking is based on 14 criteria from 5 main categories: University Rankings, Affordability, Student Mix, Quality of Living and Employer Activity. Each city receives a score out of a 100 in each category, which is then tabulated to establish a ranking of the best cities in the world for students. As part of our quest to bring you the best school news, we produced a fun new video showcasing the 10 top cities in this year’s ranking. We hope you enjoy it!

If you’d like more information about each city covered in the video, here are some of the main points, plus more interesting college news, facts and statistics.

#10 – Munich

The third largest city in Germany, Munich is the capital of the state of Bavaria, with a population of about 2.6 million citizens. The city boasts one of the lowest unemployment rates in Germany, a low cost of living, public programs to subsidize the arts and some of the cheapest groceries in Europe. It’s also one of Europe’s greenest cities, with one of the world’s largest urban public parks. Lastly, the city also features two well-respected universities with very low tuition fees, making Munich the world’s most popular non-Anglophone destination for international students.

#9 – Montreal

Montreal has been named “Canada’s Cultural Capital” by Monocle Magazine and one of “10 happiest places in the world” by Lonely Planet. With nearly 4 million citizens, Montreal is the 2nd largest city in Canada and one of the largest French-speaking cities in the world. The city also features 6 universities and 12 junior colleges in an eight kilometres radius, giving it the highest concentration of post-secondary students in North America.


As the tenth largest metropolitan area in the United States, the Greater Boston Area is home to about 4.5 million people and over 100 colleges and universities providing an education to more than 350,000 students. Two of the world’s most prestigious universities, MIT and Harvard, are in close proximity. Boston also a rich history and was the scene of several key events of the American Revolution.

#7- Hong Kong

With a population of about 7.15 million citizens, Hong Kong, in China, is a gargantuan city that’s also the third most livable city in Asia. It’s a great place to learn Cantonese or Mandarin, but since English is also an official language, international students can get by without having to fear the language barrier. Hong Kong has 8 universities, many more higher education institutions, great food, karaoke and awesome national parks. Lastly, at 3.1 percent, the unemployment rate is also astonishingly low for a city this size.

#6 – Zurich

The largest city in Switzerland, Zurich is home to about 400,000 people, and almost 1 million in the greater metropolitan area. ETH Zurich is the highest ranked university in all of Europe and it features affordable tuition fees. The cost of living in Zurich is a little high, but it’s also a clean and beautiful city with abundant outdoor activities.

#5 –Melbourne

With a population of about 4.2 million people, Melbourne, in Australia, has been named the “world’s most livable city” for three years in a row by EIU. It offers one of the world’s best study environments, with more than 160,000 international students in 9 universities. If it wasn’t for the cost of living, which is a little higher than some other cities in this list, Melbourne would likely rank as the most student-friendly city in the world.


The second Australian city on our list, Sydney is home to about 4.8 million people, making it the largest city in Australia. There are 5 universities and many more learning institutions in the area, and the University of Sydney is one of the better regarded in the world. The city is warm and friendly, with famous beaches and one of the world’s largest natural harbours.


This vibrant island city-state is home to about 5.3 million citizens. Known as the world’s busiest port, Singapore is a hub of world-class education and research. The city contains 34 universities, 2 of which are ranked in the world’s top 50. As such, Singapore is the home of about 90,000 overseas students. Singapore provides a multicultural environment with a high standard of living. It’s warm and sunny all year long!


The capital of England, London has been a leading global city for millennia. With a population of about 8.2 million people, London is the home of 40 higher education institutions, including 2 ranked in the world’s top 5, and over 400,000 students. The city offers countless activities and opportunities for students, including accessible museums, a vibrant culture and more.


Our #1 best city for students is Paris, the capital of France, which is the home of about 12 million people in the metropolitan area. Paris’ high-quality education system is very affordable, and the city boasts a vibrant intellectual life and numerous things to do and see. With over 300,000 students, including 50,000 international students, Paris features some of world’s top universities, including ENS Paris.

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