A fast-paced, high-rise economic hub, Chicago is also a city that famously knows how to let its hair down. Nicknamed 'The Windy City', Chicago saw an explosion of blues and jazz music during the 20th century which earned it a reputation as the northern US's answer to New Orleans.
Chicago is also home to two of the nation's – and the world’s – most prestigious universities, the University of Chicago (ranked 10th in the world), and Northwestern University (32nd), plus two more universities within the global top 500.
In the QS Best Student Cities index, Chicago’s strongest score is in the Employer Activity category, reflecting the robust reputation of its institutions among graduate employers. As for other US cities, the weak point is affordability, due to the high tuition fees charged by leading private institutions such as the University of Chicago.
But for many students, the exceptional academic facilities on offer, alongside the myriad social and cultural opportunities offered by this bustling metropolis, will make studying in Chicago well worth the investment. In our student survey, one respondent praised “The variety of cultures and activities present throughout all its neighborhoods.”
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To find out how each of the above categories is calculated, view the methodology.