QS Best Student Cities ranking: 7th
Home to several of Canada's highest ranking institutions, including McGill University (currently ranked 24th in the world and 1st in Canada), Montréal has been dubbed Canada’s cultural capital, and one of the world's most livable cities. In the QS Best Student Cities 2016, Montréal retains a strong position among the world’s best cities for students, moving up from 8th to 7th place, behind Singapore.
As a French-speaking city in a largely English-speaking nation that has experienced mass immigration from all over the world in the past decades, Montréal has a distinctly hybrid culture. The city boasts a world-renowned indie music scene and is the site of several major international festivals, including the Montréal International Jazz Festival and the world's largest comedy festival, Just for Laughs.
With a relatively large and diverse student population, Montréal gets its strongest score in the “student mix” category of the Best Student Cities index. Its weakest point is affordability – but in fact it beats many of the other top 10 student cities on this indicator.
QS ranked universities
More about Montréal
Number of universities ranked by QS
Top ranked institution
McGill University (24th in the world)
Students (% of total population)
2.6% (based on ranked institutions)
27.0% (of students at ranked institutions)
Average tuition fees
Global Liveability Ranking
14th (out of 140)
Mercer Cost of Living rank
Cost of a Big Mac
Cost of an iPad
Numbeo safety rank
157th (out of 446)
Numbeo pollution rank
223rd (out of 300)
Transparency International score
9th (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); Corruption Perceptions Index (Transparency International).