QS Best Student Cities ranking: 27

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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.

The city’s KTH, Royal Institute of Technology and Stockholm University both make the world’s top 200 in the 2013/14 QS World University Rankings®. Stockholm also boasts a number of 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? Well, most tourists probably start with 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, no doubt, you’ll also have plenty of opportunity to explore Stockholm’s buzzing nightlife, bohemian shops and cafes, or perhaps just take a break from studies by relaxing in the parklands of Djurgården Island.

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QS ranked universities*:

KTH, Royal Institute of Technology; Stockholm University; Karolinska Institute; Stockholm School of Economics

More about Stockholm

Number of universities ranked by QS*


Top ranked institution

KTH, Royal Institute of Technology (118th in the world)



Average university fees


Mercer Quality of Living rank


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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