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QS Best Student Cities ranking: 115th

Lahore is the capital of the Pakistani province of Punjab and is new to the QS Best Student Cities rankings this year, placing 115th overall. Lahore is a major center for education, with some of Pakistan’s top universities based within the city.

There are three universities currently ranked in the QS World University Rankings®: Lahore University of Management Sciences (LUMS), University of Engineering & Technology (UET) and Lahore University of the Punjab.

If you’re interested in studying at one of the world-renowned universities in Lahore, you will be pleased to know that, despite being one of Pakistan’s wealthiest cities, Lahore has been ranked as one of the most affordable cities for students, achieving a rank of 31st for affordability in our cities ranking.

This means you won’t have to break the bank to enjoy all that Lahore has to offer. Lahore is also the second largest city in Pakistan and ranks highly for employer activity (69th), so there are strong prospects for the graduates of Lahore’s universities.

Lahore has plenty to offer, being an increasingly cosmopolitan city with plenty of historical landmarks to explore, such as the Badshahi Masjid temple – one of the largest mosques in South Asia!

Lahore is also a major centre for Pakistan’s publishing industry, and subsequently has a large literary scene, as well as being home to the country’s film industry, nicknamed Lollywood.

For those looking for good nightlife, there are bars, restaurants, music venues and nightclubs clubs waiting for you to explore. The mix of Lahore’s old architecture with modern cosmopolitan culture makes the city ideal for students looking for a blend of the old and the new.  

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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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