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QS Best Student Cities ranking: Joint 37th

Well known for its high quality of life, the Danish capital has a very strong score in the Desirability category of the QS Best Student Cities index, which takes into account the overall quality of life to be had in each city, including indicators such as safety and pollution. And while all of the Nordic countries score well in these areas, Denmark goes one step further, also boasting the title of the world’s least corrupt country.

As well as being famed for their high quality of life, progressive politics and beautiful landscapes, the Nordic countries are also known for being relatively expensive places to live. This is reflected in Copenhagen’s low score in the Affordability category of the index, despite the relatively low tuition fees.

However, for those who manage their student budgets efficiently, the city certainly repays the investment of living costs, packing lots in to a fairly small space. This includes an impressive selection of museums, galleries and theaters, as well as parks, waterways and charming cobbled streets, with lots of cafés and independent shops to explore. If you’re interested in street fashion, Copenhagen is home to many fashion-conscious young people – particularly within the hip Nørrebro district – where monochromic layers, block-colored bikes and stripped-back sophistication are the standard.

There are two universities in Copenhagen ranked within the QS World University Rankings® 2016-2017. The city’s flagship institution, the University of Copenhagen, currently ranks joint 68th, followed by the Technical University of Denmark at 109th.

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