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Although Montréal and Toronto remain Canada’s top two entries in the QS Best Student Cities index, Vancouver is not to be overlooked. In fact, in the 2015 edition Vancouver has gained a total of 12 places in the rankings, now just three spots behind Toronto and four behind Montréal.

Two universities in Vancouver feature in the QS World University Rankings® 2014/15, the highest-ranked of which (rising six places from last year) is the University of British Columbia at 43rd 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 of the city.

Whether you’re based in the city center or not, Vancouver has much to offer. Vancouver’s Grouse, Seymour and Cypress mountains provide more than just a beautiful backdrop to the city – they’re also an incredibly popular destination for snow sports, 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 enjoy cultural pursuits over sports, however, 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 (43rd in the world)



Students (% of total population)

2.8% (based on ranked institutions)

International students

21.0% (of students at ranked institutions)

Average tuition fees


Global Liveability Ranking

3rd  (out of 140)

Mercer Cost of Living rank

96th  (out of 214)

Cost of a Big Mac


Cost of an iPad


Numbeo safety rank

130th  (out of 372)

Numbeo pollution rank

270th  (out of 299)

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).

Written by Laura Bridgestock

The editor of, Laura oversees the site's editorial content and student forums. She also edits the QS Top Grad School Guide and contributes to market research reports including Students Online: Global Trends.

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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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