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QS Best Student Cities ranking: 33

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The capital of Belgium and headquarters of the European Union, Brussels is known for its international character – and this is reflected in the high proportion of international students at its universities. As well as being known for its international diversity and central role in European politics, Brussels is also famed for its chocolate shops, comic strip art, pubs, cafes and attractive architecture.

In addition to a strong score in the Student Mix category of the index, Brussels also scores very well for both Quality of Life and Affordability – largely thanks to its relatively low tuition fees.

Two Brussels-based universities feature in the 2013/14 QS World University Rankings®: Université Libre de Bruxelles and Vrije Universiteit Brussel – both ranked within the world’s top 200. The first is predominantly French-speaking and the second Dutch-speaking (these are the two official languages of the city), but both offer courses in English at graduate level.

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QS ranked universities*:

Université Libre de Bruxelles (ULB); Vrije Universiteit Brussel (VUB)

More about Brussels

Number of universities ranked by QS*


Top ranked institution

Université Libre de Bruxelles (168= in the world)



Average university fees


Mercer Quality of Living rank


Mercer Cost of Living rank


Cost of a Big Mac**


Cost of an IPad***


*Universities assessed within the QS World University Rankings®.

**Based on the Big Mac Index, published by the Economist Intelligence Unit.

*** Based on the iPad Index, published by Commsec.

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