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QS Best Student Cities ranking: 94th

You’ve probably seen Miami plenty of times in popular films, television shows and games, and maybe even been lucky enough to go on holiday here – but living and studying in Florida’s most populous and well-known city offers an experience you won’t be able to predict before you arrive here.

One of the most striking things about Miami is that it’s one of the most diverse cities in the US, with Cuban-Americans making up more than half of the population. The city’s large proportion of Spanish speakers has led to it being jokingly referred to as the capital of Latin America. It’s also been ranked among the cleanest and richest US cities, and gained another nickname, ‘Magic City’, due to its rapid growth over the last century.

With its year-round sunshine and attractive, skyscraper-rich cityscape, it’s no surprise that Miami scored highly for desirability in the Best Student Cities ranking this year (it’s ranked 44th in the world). Beyond hanging out at its glorious sandy beaches, there’s a lot more you could do in your spare time here, such as seeing a show at the Adrienne Arsht Center for the Performing Arts, checking out the Miami Seaquarium, or viewing the world’s largest collection of Art Deco architecture by taking a stroll down Ocean Drive in the Miami Beach area.

Miami also has a very active music scene, and attracts a large number of musicians, singers, actors, dancers, and orchestral players. The city is considered a hot spot for dance music, Miami bass (hip-hop) and freestyle. It also has one of the best nightlife scenes in the country, with nightclubs to suit almost anyone’s taste.

Miami climbed six places in this year’s Best Student Cities index, thanks to an improved score in the Student View indicator (up 21 places), with students consistently referring to the great culture, nightlife and weather in their comments in our student survey.

Are you studying in Miami? Share your thoughts in our survey.

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University of Miami (ranked joint 271st)



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Written by Sabrina Collier
The former Assistant Editor of TopUniversities.com, Sabrina wrote and edited articles to guide students from around the world on a wide range of topics. She has a bachelor's degree in English Literature and Creative Writing from Aberystwyth University and grew up in Staffordshire, UK. 

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