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Joining Montréal and Toronto as Canada’s third entry in the 2014 QS Best Student Cities, Vancouver has much more to offer than just a base for snowsports trips (though it is excellent for that too).

Two Vancouver-based universities appear in the 2013/14 QS World University Rankings®: the University of British Columbia (at 49, Canada’s third highest ranking) and Simon Fraser University (244=).

The latter has its main campus in the middle of the nearby Burnaby Mountain Conservation Area, making for a unique study setting. But even if you’re based in the center of Vancouver, the great outdoors will never be far away – beaches, forest and stunning mountains are all within reach.

For many, proximity to some of the world’s best ski resorts will provide a major draw. But there’s also plenty to do if you’re not a snowsports fanatic: Vancouver offers great nightlife, theaters, music – everything you’d expect from a vibrant, multicultural metropolis.

In fact, Vancouver outscores both Montréal and Toronto for quality of life, getting one of the highest scores in this category of the Best Student Cities index.

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QS ranked universities*:

University of British Columbia; Simon Fraser University

More about Vancouver

Number of universities ranked by QS*


Top ranked institution

University of British Columbia (49th 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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