Washington, DC

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QS Best Student Cities ranking: 42

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It should hardly be a surprise to find the federal capital of the world’s most popular study destination, the US, on a list of the globe’s best student cities.

The 2013/14 QS World University Rankings® include no less than five universities based in (or very close to) DC: University of Maryland, College Park, Georgetown University, George Washington University, American University and Howard University.

And of course, studying in Washington means being right at the heart of US history and politics – the White House, Supreme Court and national monuments and memorials are all located here.

When not seeking study advice from statues of presidents past, you may enjoy spending time in the pretty and vibrant old port area of Georgetown, seeing an exhibition at one of the 19 museums in the Smithsonian group, or engaging in the traditional local pastime of debating politics over a good meal.

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QS ranked universities*:

University of Maryland, College Park; Georgetown University; George Washington University; American University; Howard University

More about Washington DC

Number of universities ranked by QS*


Top ranked institution

University of Maryland, College Park (116= 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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