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QS Best Student Cities ranking: Joint 31st

Spain's capital and most populous city, Madrid has much to offer. It’s also one of Europe's major financial, administrative and cultural centers, as well as being a tourist magnet with legendary nightlife and gastronomic traditions.

Home to the famous “galacticos” of Real Madrid, the city also boasts some of the world's most important art galleries, such as the Prado, as well as a chic fashion scene. International students may also be interested to know that the city is famed for its outgoing and sociable lifestyle: lengthy siestas, leisurely evenings socializing at the city's innumerable tapas bars, and late, late nights out at the weekends.

Madrid scores well in all of the categories used to compile the QS Best Student Cities, getting its strongest score in the Affordability category, with low tuition fees at all four of the internationally ranked universities, as well as lower living costs than many European capitals. The city also achieves a high score in the Desirability category, a measure of the overall quality of living in the city, including factors such as safety and pollution. Madrid’s highest-ranked university is the Universidad Autónoma de Madrid, at joint 210th in the QS World University Rankings® 2016-2017, making it Spain’s leading institution.

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To find out how each of the above categories is calculated, view the methodology.

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