Hong Kong

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QS Best Student Cities ranking: 7

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The second Asian city in the 2014 QS Best Student Cities (behind Singapore, which comes third), Hong Kong owes its high position in the index to one of the world’s highest densities of high-ranking universities, and an equally strong reputation among graduate employers.

One of the most densely populated parts of the world, Hong Kong has long been regarded as the meeting point of East and West. Its history as a former British colony and hyper-developed finance sector combine with more traditionally Chinese elements to make Hong Kong a city with a truly global outlook and atmosphere.

This is also reflected in its universities, which are among the finest in Asia. HKU, HKUST and the Chinese University of Hong Kong are all ranked within the world’s top 40 – a density of higher education excellence which only a few other cities can beat. Hong Kong also has one of the world’s most internationally diverse student populations, so those who choose to study abroad here will be in good company.

In terms of affordability, the picture is a little more complex. Rent is exorbitantly expensive, but general living expenses such as eating out and transport remain low. International tuition fees are somewhere in the mid range – much lower than studying in the US, for example, but higher than those charged in countries such as France or Germany.

If you value peace, quiet and personal space, then life in this packed and fast-paced metropolis might be a bit daunting, but for those who really want to experience city life in its most heightened form, Hong Kong is without doubt one of the most dynamic and diverse study destinations around.

Read a student's guide to Hong Kong >

QS ranked universities*:

University of Hong Kong (HKU); Hong Kong University of Science and Technology (HKUST); Chinese University of Hong Kong (CUHK); City University of Hong Kong; Hong Kong Polytechnic University; Hong Kong Baptist University (HKBU); Lingnan University (Hong Kong)


More about Hong Kong

Number of universities ranked by QS*


Top ranked institution

 HKU (26th in the world)



Average university fees


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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