QS Best Student Cities ranking: 10th\r\n\r\nRanked 10th in the world, Boston is the top student city in the US, ahead of New York City.\r\n\r\nBoston is without doubt one of the world’s best-known academic hubs, and its position is further bolstered by universities located within the Greater Boston area, in the neighboring town of Cambridge. The most famous are the Massachusetts Institute of Technology (MIT) and Harvard University – ranked first and fourth worldwide respectively in the QS World University Rankings® 2024.\r\n\r\nIn addition to the academic might of MIT and Harvard, Boston is home to six more internationally ranked universities, forming a hub of intellectual endeavor which has earned it the nickname “the Athens of America”.\r\n\r\nThanks in part to the two showstoppers, MIT and Harvard, Boston has a very strong score in the university rankings indicator. However, it actually ranks most highly for employer activity, reflecting the strong international reputation of its institutions among graduate employers worldwide.\r\n\r\nThe city’s weakest score, predictably, is for affordability, with fees at top US universities exceeding US$59,000 per year. Fortunately, both MIT and Harvard operate need-blind admission policies for all applicants, including international students, and generous financial aid packages mean Boston’s universities may not be as out-of-reach as they at first appear.\r\n\r\nAs one of the most historic cities in the US, Boston combines the hustle and bustle of a major metropolis and a happening arts, politics and culture scene, with an abundance of open green space and the stunning fall colours for which Massachusetts and the region of New England are famous.\r\n\r\nMeanwhile, those who have studied in Boston rate the experience highly. The city comes within the top 10 for student view, due to its friendliness, ease of getting around, and its arts and cultural offerings.\r\n\r\nWould you choose Boston? Tell us why.\r\n\r\nBest ranked universities in Boston - QS Best Student Cities Ranking: 10th\r\n\r\n\r\n\t\r\n\t\t\r\n\t\t\tWorld Ranking\r\n\t\t\tUniversity\r\n\t\t\r\n\t\t\r\n\t\t\t1st\r\n\t\t\tMassachusetts Institute of Technology (MIT)\r\n\t\t\r\n\t\t\r\n\t\t\t4th\r\n\t\t\tHarvard University\r\n\t\t\r\n\t\t\r\n\t\t\t=93rd\r\n\t\t\tBoston University\r\n\t\t\r\n\t\t\r\n\t\t\t=375th\r\n\t\t\tNortheastern University \r\n\t\t\r\n\t\t\r\n\t\t\t\r\n\t\t\t379th\r\n\t\t\t\r\n\t\t\t\r\n\t\t\tTufts University\r\n\t\t\t\r\n\t\t\r\n\t\t\r\n\t\t\t631-640\r\n\t\t\t\r\n\t\t\tBoston College\r\n\t\t\t\r\n\t\t\r\n\t\t\r\n\t\t\t661-670\r\n\t\t\tBrandeis University\r\n\t\t\r\n\t\t\r\n\t\t\t801-850\r\n\t\t\tUniversity of Massachusetts - Boston\r\n\t\t\r\n\t\r\n\r\n\r\nMore about Boston\r\n\r\nBoston has eight universities featured in the QS Best Student Cities ranking this year. While Boston scored well across multiple indicators, employer activity earned it its highest rank, showcasing the career advancement opportunities which students and graduates can find in the city.\r\n\r\nTo find out how each of the above categories is calculated, view the methodology.\r\n\r\n\r\n\t\r\n\t\t\r\n\t\t\t\r\n\t\t\tNumber of universities ranked by QS\r\n\t\t\t\r\n\t\t\t\r\n\t\t\t8\r\n\t\t\t\r\n\t\t\r\n\t\t\r\n\t\t\t\r\n\t\t\tHighest-ranked institution\r\n\t\t\t\r\n\t\t\t\r\n\t\t\tMassachusetts Institute of Technology (MIT) (1st)\r\n\t\t\t\r\n\t\t\r\n\t\t\r\n\t\t\t\r\n\t\t\tPopulation\r\n\t\t\t\r\n\t\t\t\r\n\t\t\t4,688,000\r\n\t\t\t\r\n\t\t\r\n\t\t\r\n\t\t\t\r\n\t\t\tAverage international fees (at ranked unis)\r\n\t\t\t\r\n\t\t\t\r\n\t\t\tUS$59,000\r\n\t\t\t\r\n\t\t\r\n\t\t\r\n\t\t\t\r\n\t\t\tDesirability rank\r\n\t\t\t\r\n\t\t\t\r\n\t\t\t33rd\r\n\t\t\t\r\n\t\t\r\n\t\t\r\n\t\t\t\r\n\t\t\tEmployer Activity rank\r\n\t\t\t\r\n\t\t\t\r\n\t\t\t3rd\r\n\t\t\t\r\n\t\t\r\n\t\t\r\n\t\t\t\r\n\t\t\tAffordability rank\r\n\t\t\t\r\n\t\t\t\r\n\t\t\t154th\r\n\t\t\t\r\n\t\t\r\n\t\t\r\n\t\t\t\r\n\t\t\tStudent Voice rank\r\n\t\t\t\r\n\t\t\t\r\n\t\t\t6th\r\n\t\t\t\r\n\t\t\r\n\t\r\n\r\n\r\nWhy study in Boston?\r\n\r\nBoston is undeniably a great city to be a student. Here are some of the perks of going to university in America\u0027s College Town.\r\n\r\nA vibrant student atmosphere\r\n\r\nYou\u0027ll hardly feel more of a student than in Boston. Home to over 100 universities and colleges, the city welcomes students from all over the US and the world, fostering a vibrant atmosphere that\u0027ll make you feel right at home.\r\n\r\nGood connections\r\n\r\nUnlike other American cities, Boston is well connected both internally and with other cities on the East Coast such as New York and Philadelphia. Thanks to its average size and great transportation network, you\u0027ll never feel out of your depth in Boston.\r\n\r\nPlenty of sports and culture\r\n\r\nBetween world-famous sports teams (ever heard of the Boston Red Sox and the Boston Celtics?), the Boston Marathon, the Freedom Trail and an exciting music, dance and theatre scene, there\u0027s always something to do in Boston.\r\n\r\nCost of studying in Boston\r\n\r\nMuch like many other big cities in America, Boston can\u0027t be called a cheap city to live in. Ranked 154th for affordability, you can expect to spend on average US$850 per month on living costs, as well as US$2,607 for an apartment in the city centre.\r\n\r\nLife \u0026 culture in Boston\r\n\r\nBoston has a vibrant and exciting cultural life. Full of events that span sport, music, dance, theatre and the arts, it\u0027s hard to get bored in the city.\r\n\r\nFamous museums and local attractions include the Museum of Fine Arts, the National Center of Afro-American Artists, the Washington Street Theatre District and The Citi Performing Arts Center.\r\n\r\nBoston is also the home of several annual events such as the world-famous Boston Marathon, the First Night festival, the Boston Globe Jazz and Blues Festival and the Boston Film Festival.\r\n\r\nCareers in Boston\r\n\r\nBoston is now ranked number three in the world for employer activity, a clear sign that the city is a great place to study and begin a career in.\r\n\r\nIn fact, many of the city\u0027s biggest industries and companies employ graduates straight out of university. Some of the biggest sectors include trade, manufacturing, biotechnology and life sciences.