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Chennai for students

Formerly known as Madras, Chennai is the fourth largest cosmopolitan city in India and the capital city of the southern state of Tamil Nadu. Chennai is new to the QS Best Student Cities ranking this year, coming in 115th place.

Chennai currently has two universities ranked in the QS World University Rankings®: the Indian Institute of Technology Madras (IITM) and Anna University. The former is the fourth-best university in all of India, while both universities are notable for their research output.

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Best universities in Chennai - QS Best Student Cities ranking: 115th

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Indian Institute of Technology Madras (IITM) (ranked 271st)



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Why study in Chennai?

It’s affordable

Chennai ranks an impressive 34th in the world for affordability due to its low tuition fees for international students and cheap cost of living.

The scenic beaches

Students in Chennai love relaxing on one of Chennai’s many beaches after a long day of studying.

There’s plenty to do

Whether you’re into stand-up comedy, music festivals, cinemas, or shopping, Chennai has it all.

Friendly locals

Chennai’s locals are known for being helpful, friendly and approachable – just what you need when moving to a big city.

Cost of studying in Chennai

Students thinking of studying in Chennai will be pleased to know the city ranks highly for affordability. The city comes in 34th globally for affordability and third of all ranked cities in India, beaten only by Delhi and Bangalore. This is because the city has a relatively low cost of living and cheaper tuition fees than many other countries

Tuition fees in the city average at US$4,000 each year for international students and a one-bedroom apartment in the city center will only set you back around US$181 per month – 26 percent lower than Bangalore.

Life and culture in Chennai

Described as South India’s leading commercial center, Chennai has a strong heritage of music, classical dance, architecture and crafts, so there will be more than enough to keep you entertained.

Another way to relax after lectures is by visiting one of Chennai’s many beaches. From Marina Beach to Besant Nagar’s Elliot Beach to Pebble Beach, Chennai’s residents take pride in their beautiful beaches. Some of these beaches welcome water sports, whilst others offer monuments such as forts, temples or churches to explore.

Chennai is located on the Coromandel Coast off the Bay of Bengal and has excellent transport links connecting it to many different parts of India as well as countries overseas. This makes it easy to explore other parts of India while you’re there.

Career in Chennai

The city ranks highly in the employer activity indicator (84th), with only one Indian institution achieving a higher score, showing the strong employment prospects for graduates based in Chennai.

Chennai itself is known for being a commercial center and contributes significantly to India’s economy. Its main sectors include the software, healthcare and financial industries.

Chennai is also home to TIDEL Park – Asia’s largest IT park – which hires a large number of people each year.

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Written by Chloe Lane
A Content Writer for TopUniversities.com, Chloe has a bachelor’s degree in Economics from the University of Reading and grew up in Leicestershire, UK. 

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