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QS Best Student Cities ranking: joint 63rd with Sao Paulo and Warsaw

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Scotland’s largest and most populous city, Glasgow is home to two universities in the top 250 of the QS World University Rankings® 2015/16: the University of Glasgow, which ranks joint 62nd and the University of Strathclyde at joint 249th. The former is one of the world’s oldest universities, having been founded well over 500 years ago.

In recent years, the city has shaken off its previously gritty image to become one the UK’s leading hubs of culture, commerce, research and academia. It is also especially known for its music scene and the fierce rivalry between its two biggest football clubs, Rangers and Celtic.

Glasgow has a rich history, having been settled since the pre-Roman era. So there’s no shortage of grand historical architecture (the University of Glasgow boasts some of the grandest), alongside vestiges of the city’s role as one of the world’s leading industrial centers during the 19th century and the gleaming structures of the modern city.

Like many other UK cities, Glasgow hosts a large number of international students, and therefore achieves a particularly high score in the ‘student mix’ category of the QS Best Student Cities index, providing opportunities for students to meet people from many different backgrounds and cultures.

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QS ranked universities


More about Glasgow

Number of universities ranked by QS


Top ranked institution

University of Glasgow (joint 62nd in the world)



Students (% of total population)

1.8% (based on ranked institutions)

International students

28.0% (of students at ranked institutions)

Average tuition fees


Global Liveability Ranking


Mercer Cost of Living rank

109th (out of 214)

Cost of a Big Mac


Cost of an iPad


Numbeo safety rank

304th (out of 446)

Numbeo pollution rank

250th (out of 300)

Transparency International score

14th (out of 177)


Sources: QS World University RankingsBig Mac Index (The Economist’s Intelligence Unit); iPad Index (Commsec); Cost of Living Survey (Mercer); Corruption Perceptions Index (Transparency International).

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