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)
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 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).