QS Best Student Cities ranking: 44

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Home of Ivy League member the University of Pennsylvania, 13th in the 2013/14 QS World University Rankings®, 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*:

University of Pennsylvania; Drexel University; Temple University

More about Philadelphia

Number of universities ranked by QS*


Top ranked institution

University of Pennsylvania (13th in the world)



Average university fees


Mercer Cost of Living rank


Cost of a Big Mac**


Cost of an IPad***


*Universities assessed within the QS World University Rankings®.

**Based on the Big Mac Index, published by the Economist Intelligence Unit.

*** Based on the iPad Index, published by Commsec.

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