Toronto named the most desirable student city in the world

May 9 2018, 2:08 pm

Despite the countless strikes that continue to take a toll on students, Toronto has been recognized as a global leader in education.

The fifth edition of the QS Best Student Cities Ranking, which ranks the best cities in the world for international students, was released Tuesday by analysts QS Quacquarelli Symonds.

London is now the top student city in the world, climbing two places from last year’s cities ranking, as a result of increasingly positive responses to QS’s student survey, which asks students about the quality of experience in a city, and their willingness to remain there after graduating.

This year’s ranking saw Toronto claim the 13th overall spot out of 100 cities in the world (which is actually down two spots from 2017).

However, despite the slight drop, Toronto still deserves some serious attention for being the most desirable student city in the world.

This is a reflection of Toronto’s all-round high quality of life and its status as an in-demand destination amongst students worldwide.


QS uses six indicator groups to compile the ranking, each analyzing a different aspect of concern to prospective students.

  1. Rankings
  2. Student Mix
  3. Desirability
  4. Employer Activity
  5. Affordability
  6. Student View

Here’s how Toronto scored:

Number of universities ranked by QS  3
Highest-ranked institution University of Toronto (31st in the world)
Population 5,583,000
Average international fees (at ranked unis) US $22,800
Desirability rank 1st
Employer Activity rank 32nd
Affordability rank 96th
Student View rank 14th
Student Mix rank 8th
Overall Ranking 13th

According to QS, what makes Canada an appealing place to study in the country’s largest city is its diverse community, vibrant cultural scene and nightlife. stunning natural surroundings, and of course, world-leading universities.

The word most used to describe the appeal of Toronto in this year’s student survey, which fed into this year’s results, is “diversity”, referencing both the range of activities the city has to offer and the diverse and inclusive quality of its community.

Two other  Canadian cities made it onto the top 20, with Montreal taking 4th place and Vancouver ranking 17th.

You can find the full student cities ranking report here.

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