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QS Best Student Cities ranking: 7th

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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.

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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)

International students

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 RankingsGlobal Liveability Ranking (The Economist’s Intelligence Unit); Big Mac Index (The Economist’s Intelligence Unit); iPad Index (Commsec); Corruption Perceptions Index (Transparency International).

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how can i signe in cannadian university please , i have a diploma in business english in tunisia

guide me . I am looking forward to apply for this place .

Hi Satnam, our complete guide on how to study abroad in Canada should help to get you started. 

Good Afternoon lucky Canadian citizens.

I want to tell you that I always wanted to go there, study, work or maybe also live in that beautiful place. Now that I'm about to get my bachelor's degree I finally can apply for a scholarship or even a student loan but so far I haven't find anything.

If someone can give me any information please reach me. Maybe you don't have the information for that but you may have tips for me like what are the best places to be, what to do, what to avoid... anyway, I'll be waiting for any information you are willing to provide me.

Thank you!

hi dear Laura Tucker :-)
i have not get ane response from you so far :-)
i talk about the post that i sent you 5 days ago here :-(

hi dear Laura Tucker
i am mahsa.i am going to immigrate to motreal-quebec less than 5 months later.
i am computer engineer.frankly ,i work as a software programmer(.net,c#,,sql server ,..).i have about 7 years experience in my job.
now i really need your help.
i have proceeded to immigrate to quebec through quebec-skilled workers.
and i have heard that through this way,quebec give some scholarships to the immigrants .i planded to go to collage .but after talkinh to some of my friends there i concluded that maybe it is much more logical to find a job first.because according my researches there are alot of opportunities in IT in montreal.
by the way,i am a little confused and i do not know which way is better for me :
first go t the collage for 1,2 years and then find a job or start to find a job directly since i arrive there.
i found you the best one to answer my question :-)
thank you so much again.
looking forward to your reply

I am marwan from algeria I study Information and Communication Technology I want to complet my education in Montréal I hava master Degre

Hi Marwan, we have a subject ranking of the top universities in Canada for computer science and information systems, as well as a guide to the top universities in Quebec (the region where Montréal is located). For more information see our country guide. Laura