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)
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 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).