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QS Best Student Cities ranking: 24th

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Stockholm boasts the title of being the best city for students in Europe’s Nordic countries, according to the QS Best Student Cities 2016; in 24th place, it’s ahead of Denmark’s Copenhagen and Finland’s Helsinki.

Sweden’s capital is known for its beauty, friendliness, culture, high quality of life – and high quality of universities. Built on 14 islands connected by 57 bridges, Stockholm is also characterized by the fact that water is never far away.

As for universities in Stockholm, the city’s KTH Royal Institute of Technology and Stockholm University both make the world’s top 200 in the QS World University Rankings® 2015/16. Stockholm also boasts a number of well-known specialized institutions, including the Stockholm School of Economics and the Karolinska Institute, one of the world’s most prestigious medical universities.

What is there to do in Stockholm? Most visitors start by exploring the cobbled streets of the city's well-preserved medieval origins, a boat trip around the archipelago (island group) surrounding the main islands, or a visit to one of the many museums and galleries.

As a student, you’ll also have plenty of opportunity to explore Stockholm’s buzzing nightlife, bohemian shops and cafés, or perhaps just take a break from studies by relaxing in the parklands of Djurgården Island.

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QS ranked universities


More about Stockholm

Number of universities ranked by QS


Top ranked institution



Students (% of total population)

2.4% (based on ranked institutions)

International students

12.0% (of students at ranked institutions)

Average tuition fees


Global Liveability Ranking

24th (out of 140)

Mercer Cost of Living rank

106th (out of 214)

Cost of a Big Mac


Cost of an iPad


Numbeo safety rank

237th (out of 446)

Numbeo pollution rank

296th (out of 300)

Transparency International score

3rd (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); Cost of Living Survey (Mercer); Corruption Perceptions Index (Transparency International).

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