QS Best Student Cities ranking: joint 13th
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)
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 Rankings; Global 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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