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QS Best Student Cities ranking: 50th

Lyon is known as the gastronomic capital of France – which is really saying something – and is positioned at the picturesque confluence of the Rhône and Saône rivers, with a charming medieval center that is beautifully illuminated after dark.

It is also home to one of the nation's top institutions, Ecole Normale Supérieure de Lyon (ranked fifth in France and joint 160th in the world), plus four others included in the QS World University Rankings® 2020.

As you would expect, Lyon has a buzzing student scene, and it’s also known for offering a very high quality of life, but with significantly lower living costs than the French capital. With relatively low tuition fees at French universities, this makes Lyon one of the best value destinations in the QS Best Student Cities ranking.

When asked to name the best things about Lyon, one respondent to our student survey said the city has a “great diversity of students from all over the world, [and] exciting nightlife.” 

Another commented, “It's a small city but a big European hub, full of great industry, great culture, great music...”

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