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QS Best Student Cities ranking: 48th

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Home of Ivy League member the University of Pennsylvania (18th in the QS World University Rankings® 2015/16), as well as the esteemed Drexel University and Temple University, Philadelphia certainly holds its own as an international study destination.

The city has played a key role throughout US history and politics. It was here that the Declaration of Independence was signed in 1776, and here that the Liberty Bell – a symbol of US independence – is housed. This rich history, combined with a good selection of museums, galleries and thriving arts, theater and music scenes, makes Philadelphia a popular tourist destination, as well as a pleasant and interesting place to live.

Beyond the tourist trail, the ‘city of brotherly love’ (a nickname based on the Greek meaning of ‘Philadelphia’), is a multifaceted modern metropolis. The city’s residents are known for being passionate about sport at both professional and university level. In recent years Philadelphia has also become something of a foodie’s favorite,  though the city’s cuisine will always be associated primarily with the simple pleasures of the steak and cheese submarine sandwich (the ‘Philly cheesesteak’).

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QS ranked universities

 

More about Philadelphia

Number of universities ranked by QS

3

Top ranked institution

University of Pennsylvania (18th in the world)

Population

6,050,000

Students (% of total population)

1.2% (based on ranked institutions)

International students

13.0% (of students at ranked institutions)

Average tuition fees

US$41,100

Global Liveability Ranking

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Mercer Cost of Living rank

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Cost of a Big Mac

US$4.79

Cost of an iPad

US$540.17

Numbeo safety rank

394th (out of 446)

Numbeo pollution rank

178th (out of 300)

Transparency International score

19th (out of 177)

 

Sources: QS World University RankingsBig Mac Index (The Economist’s Intelligence Unit); iPad Index (Commsec); Corruption Perceptions Index (Transparency International).

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Written by Laura Tucker

Laura is a staff writer for TopUniversities.com, providing advice and guidance for students on a range of topics helping them to choose where to study, get admitted and find funding and scholarships. A graduate of Queen Mary University of London, Laura also blogs about student life. View her past articles and blog posts here.

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