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QS Best Student Cities ranking: joint 49th with Ottawa and Santiago

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Mexico’s lively and unique capital boasts an impressive selection of world-class universities, with no less than eight universities in (or close to) the city featuring in the QS World University Rankings® 2015/16. Its leading institution, the Universidad Nacional Autónoma de México (UNAM) is well established as one of the top universities in Latin American, a regular fixture at the top of QS’s dedicated regional ranking.

This year, UNAM stands at 160th in the world and sixth in Latin America, helping Mexico City to achieve an exceptional score for “employer activity”, based on the reputation of the city’s ranked institutions among domestic and international graduate employers.

Mexico City is typically described as a place of contrasts and variety. Students choosing to study here should be aware of the city’s reputation for pollution and crime and be prepared for these aspects. Nevertheless, the city is also known and loved for its grand old colonial-era buildings, its traditional street food, historic sites and archaeological excavations, vibrant annual carnival celebrations, and diverse nightlife.

In addition, Mexico City scores well in the “affordability” category of the QS Best Student Cities index, due to relatively low tuition fees and low living costs, especially when compared to cities in North America, Western Europe and Australia, for example.

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QS ranked universities


More about Mexico City

Number of universities ranked by QS


Top ranked institution



Students (% of total population)

1.8% (based on ranked institutions)

International students

1.0% (of students at ranked institutions)

Average tuition fees


Global Liveability Ranking

106th (out of 140)

Mercer Cost of Living rank

137th (out of 214)

Cost of a Big Mac


Cost of an iPad


Numbeo safety rank

392nd (out of 446)

Numbeo pollution rank

37th (out of 300)

Transparency International score

106th (out of 177)


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

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