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.
QS ranked universities
More about Mexico City
Number of universities ranked by QS
Top ranked institution
Universidad Nacional Autónoma de México (UNAM) (160th in the world)
Students (% of total population)
1.8% (based on ranked institutions)
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 Rankings; Global 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).