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QS Best Student Cities ranking: 101st

The capital and largest city of Lebanon, Beirut is a new entry in the Best Student Cities this year and is home to two universities ranked among the world’s best in the QS World University Rankings®.

Beirut is one of the oldest cities in the world, dating back more than 5,000 years, and is steeped in history. The National Museum of Beirut is a must-visit, with an impressive collection of 1,300 artifacts dating as far back as prehistoric times. 

Two decades on from a tumultuous civil war, Beirut is now almost completely rebuilt and is becoming a hotspot for nightlife in the Middle East – with a relaxed attitude towards drinking and a wide range of cocktail bars and nightclubs to party in. Much of Beirut’s commercial and clubbing scene can be found on Hamra street in the heart of the city, conveniently close to many of the city’s universities.

Beirut is also undoubtedly one of the most picturesque cities in the region, with a scenic Mediterranean coast (which also keeps temperatures from getting too high) and a number of stunning sights, from the Raouche Rocks, the upscale and artsy Saifi Village, the Corniche seaside promenade (perfect for taking a stroll or going for a run), the Mohammad Al-Amin Mosque and many more.

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Written by Sabrina Collier
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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