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Although sometimes overshadowed by fellow Canadian cities Montréal and Toronto, Vancouver is not to be overlooked. In the QS Best Student Cities 2016, Vancouver retains its position among the top 15 best student cities in the world, just one place behind Toronto.

Two universities in Vancouver feature in the QS World University Rankings® 2015/16, the highest-ranked of which is the University of British Columbia at 50th in the world. Vancouver’s other ranked institution, Simon Fraser University, offers a particularly unique study setting, thanks to the location of its main campus in the middle of the Burnaby Mountain Conservation Area, just outside the city.

Whether you’re based in the city center or not, Vancouver has much to offer. The nearby Grouse, Seymour and Cypress mountains provide more than just a beautiful backdrop to the city – they’re also an incredibly popular destination for snowsports, offering some of the world’s best ski resorts.

Even in the center of Vancouver the great outdoors is never far away – beaches, forest and stunning mountains are all within easy reach. For those who prefer cultural pursuits, Vancouver also offers an array of brilliant nightlife, theatres and music – everything you’d expect from one of Canada’s most loved cities.

QS ranked universities


More about Vancouver

Number of universities ranked by QS


Top ranked institution

University of British Columbia (50th in the world)



Students (% of total population)

3.2% (based on ranked institutions)

International students

23.0% (of students at ranked institutions)

Average tuition fees


Global Liveability Ranking

3rd  (out of 140)

Mercer Cost of Living rank

119th  (out of 214)

Cost of a Big Mac


Cost of an iPad


Numbeo safety rank

160th  (out of 446)

Numbeo pollution rank

270th  (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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I wonder if you offer fund for master students.I am eager to continue my studies in Vancouver University :)

HI Laura
i want to know about the universities in Canada which provide masters in the field of mechanical engineering with low tuition fees my undergraduate percentage is 80

Hi Mohammed. We have a ranking of the world's top universities for mechanical engineering here, which you can filter by location to see results in Canada. You'll still need to check what programs are offered at each university, to see whether these match your interests, and also check the tuition fees based on the most recent information published by each institution. We also have a listing of scholarships to study in Canada here, which you may be interested in.

my name ahmed khalid passed my BBA DEGREE from sky line unversity sharajah seeking for addmission in canada for higher education

i passed my BBA from sharajah [sky line university ] seeking for higher education in canada at vancover area

How can I apply ?

Hi Nabota. What do you want to apply for?

what are the requirements for international students in studying Civil Engineering and scholarships available?

what are the requirements for a scholarship in the Chemical Engineering program? and is 18000USD the annual tuition fee?

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