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QS Best Student Cities ranking: joint 13th

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Canada’s largest city combines all the best the country has to offer – a diverse community, vibrant cultural scene and nightlife, stunning natural surrounds, and of course world-leading universities.

Rival Canadian city Montréal retains a slight lead, ranking six places higher than Toronto in the QS Best Student Cities 2016. As well as being closely matched in the higher education space, the two cities are also close competitors for the title of Canada’s “cultural capital”. Toronto boasts booming art, fashion, creative and foodie scenes, and an impressive concentration of creative types. It also gets the highest overall score in the QS Best Student Cities’ “desirability” category, and ranks fourth out of 140 cities in The Economist’s Global Liveability Report.

QS ranked universities


More about Toronto

Number of universities ranked by QS


Top ranked institution

University of Toronto (34th in the world)



Students (% of total population)

2.6% (based on ranked institutions)

International students

17.0% (of students at ranked institutions)

Average tuition fees


Global Liveability Ranking

4th  (out of 140)

Mercer Cost of Living rank

126th  (out of 214)

Cost of a Big Mac


Cost of an iPad


Numbeo safety rank

110th  (out of 446)

Numbeo pollution rank

186th  (out of 300)

Transparency International score

9th  (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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Hi Sabrina
I am 37 years old working in india, I want to enroll for executive MBA in canada , I want to study in canada and settle post studies in canada. Is it possible? Also my medium of studies were in English , do I have to give ielts or GMAT.

Hi my name is parmis and I am a Canadian citizen and due to some family problems I live in Iran and I was just wondering because of my citizenship is it easy to get into universities in Toronto. Thank you

Hi, I'm Crystal, I am currently pursuing a BSN in Jamaica. I would love to transfer to a affordable college in canada and also find out if I qualify for any scholarship.
What do I need to do?

Hi Crystal, to help get you started, you may like to view our rankings by subject for nursing, with the results narrowed down to see only Canadian universities. You could then have a look on the official website/s of the institution/s you're interested in for information on the possibility of transfering, how much their tuition fees are and if there are any scholarships you could apply for. We also have a list of scholarships to study abroad in Canada here and nursing scholarships here. Hope this helps!

hi, this is jay here. I am pursuing my bachelors in mechanical engineering from GUJARAT TECHNOLOGY UNIVERSITY, india. i will be completing my BTech in June,2017. and after that i wish to study in U of T for my masters.

i have two full years to prepare myself for any kind of entrance or scholarship exam. So please guide me for scholarships and minimum criteria for it.

Hi Jay, all the information you need should be on UoT's website here. Make sure to read everything thoroughly - particularly the admission requirements - and contact the school directly if you have any queries. The university itself has its own funding information but you can also look elsewhere for financial support and scholarships. Read our Scholarships FAQ for more information or look at our range of scholarship articles.

We also have this article - Graduate Study in Canada: International Student Guide - which should be useful for you!

Good luck with your studies :)