QS Best Student Cities ranking: 35

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China’s largest city by population and the world’s busiest container port, Shanghai is a huge global center for finance, commerce, culture – and also education.

Four of the city’s universities feature in the 2013/14 QS World University Rankings®, led by Fudan University, which ranks among the world’s top 100 universities.

Much like other thriving Asian cities such as Hong Kong and Seoul, Shanghai is often described in terms of contrasts – old and new, East and West, well-preserved traditions and rapid development – and there’s certainly more than enough to make each day different, however much time you spend here.

The city lines the banks of the Yangtze River, where it meets the East China Sea, and has a striking, and growing, skyline of skyscrapers. The Shanghai Tower, scheduled for completion in 2014, will be the world’s second tallest building (after Dubai’s Burj Khalifa).

Back at street level, you’ll find buzzing marketplaces, ancient temples, cuisines from around the world, theaters, galleries – in short, everything you could wish from a modern metropolis. 

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QS ranked universities*:

Fudan University; Shanghai Jiao Tong University; Shanghai University; Tongji University

More about Shanghai

Number of universities ranked by QS*


Top ranked institution

Fudan University (88th 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.

See the full methodology of the QS Best Student Cities here >