QS Best Student Cities ranking: 16th
Vienna is home to Austria's two highest-ranked universities, the University of Vienna at 153rd in the world and the Vienna University of Technology at 197th. It's also frequently ranked as one of the world's most livable cities, and offers some of the lowest tuition fees around for international students. In fact, according to the QS Best Student Cities 2016, Vienna is the most affordable city in the world’s top 20 after Berlin and Munich.
One of Europe's most historic capitals, Vienna is awash with cultural riches, from the theaters and concert halls that witnessed the earliest performances of masterpieces by Mozart, Beethoven and Schubert, to the Sigmund Freud Museum, and numerous galleries displaying the works of Viennese artists such as Gustave Klimt and Egon Schiele.
As well as consistently ranking strongly in the “desirability” category (which draws on several indicators designed to assess quality of living), Vienna also scores very well in the “student mix” field, thanks to its relatively large and internationally diverse student community. So while its selection of internationally ranked universities is much smaller than cities such as London or Paris, Vienna is pretty hard to beat as a European city offering high quality of living combined with cultural activity and affordable tuition fees.
QS ranked universities
More about Vienna
Number of universities ranked by QS
Top ranked institution
University of Vienna (153rd in the world)
Students (% of total population)
2.5% (based on ranked institutions)
30.0% (of students at ranked institutions)
Average tuition fees
Global Liveability Ranking
2nd (out of 140)
Mercer Cost of Living rank
56th (out of 214)
Cost of a Big Mac
Cost of an iPad
Numbeo safety rank
98th (out of 446)
Numbeo pollution rank
273rd (out of 300)
Transparency International score
26th (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).