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By Sabrina Collier

Updated July 28, 2021 Updated July 28, 2021

Bangalore for students

The highest-ranked new entry in the Best Student Cities ranking this year, Bangalore (officially known as Bengaluru) is the capital of the state of Karnataka in southern India, and is one of the most modern and progressive cities in the country.

Bangalore is the third-largest city in India, home to more than 10 million people and is home to a number of highly reputed research institutions and universities, including the Indian Institute of Science (IISc) and the Thapar Institute of Engineering & Technology.

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Best universities in Bangalore - QS Best Student Cities ranking: Joint 74th

World Ranking Institution
=186th Indian Institute of Science
1001-1200 Thapar Institute of Engineering & Technology

More about Bangalore

Bangalore has two universities featuring in this year's QS World University RankingsIndian Institute of Science (joint 186th) and Thapar Institute of Engineering & Technology (1000-1200). Bangalore earns its best score in the affordability indicator. 

Number of universities ranked by QS

2

Highest-ranked institution

Indian Institute of Science (ranked joint 186th)

Population

12,327,000

Average international fees (at ranked unis)

US$3,300

Desirability rank

98th

Employer Activity rank

50th

Affordability rank

=42nd

Student View rank

67th

To find out how each of the above categories is calculated, view the methodology.

Why study in Bangalore?

It's affordable

Bangalore earns a good score for affordability, ranking joint 42nd globally due to low cost of living and low tuition fees. 

Job opportunities

Named the 'Silicon Valley of India', Bangalore is the country's tech hub, with plenty of jobs available for graduates looking to work in the sector.

Diversity 

Bangalore is a melting pot of cultures and students will enjoy the multicultural experience.  

The weather

Bangalore enjoys warm weather, without being stifling hot. Students can study in the sun without having to cope with extreme weather conditions. 

Life & culture in Bangalore

There’s plenty to sight-see in Bangalore your spare time. Visit the beautiful Lalbagh Botanical Garden (which dates back to 1760), the majestic Bangalore Palace and the Visvesvaraya Industrial & Technological Museum, amongst many other museums, parks, temples and gardens.

Although there’s a local curfew on bars and nightclubs, Bangalore nonetheless has an exciting nightlife, with a highly concentration of pubs in the commercial business district and a thriving rock and roll music scene.

Cost of living in Bangalore 

If you’re interested in studying in Bangalore, you’ll be pleased to learn that it’s one of the most affordable locations in the Best Student Cities index, coming joint 42nd for the affordability indicator thanks to its low cost of living and tuition fees.

According to Numbeo, a single person living in Bangalore would need approximately £250 per month, plus an additional £170 for rent on a single bedroom apartment in the city centre. 

Careers in Bangalore

Bangalore is known as India's country’s tech hub, giving it the nickname ‘The Silicon Valley of India’. It’s a leading technology exporter and a hotspot for start-ups.

The city ranks 50th in the employer activity indicator. Many Indian technological organisations have their headquarters in the city, meaning it's a good place for graduates looking for work in the sector. 

This article was originally published in July 2019 . It was last updated in July 2021

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The former Assistant Editor of TopUniversities.com, Sabrina wrote and edited articles to guide students from around the world on a wide range of topics. She has a bachelor's degree in English Literature and Creative Writing from Aberystwyth University and grew up in Staffordshire, UK. 

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