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Montréal for students

Montréal is home to several of Canada's highest-ranking institutions, including McGill University (currently ranked 35th in the world and second in Canada) and the Université de Montréal (137th in the world, fifth in Canada).

The city has slipped two places in the 2019 edition of the QS Best Student Cities to sixth place. Despite this drop, it continues to be the highest-ranked city in North America.

Montréal performs well across five of the six indicators assessed, ranking within the top 50 for all of them except affordability.

The city is also a regular contender in lists of the world’s best places to live – and it seems students agree, with the city ranking 2nd in the student view indicator.

What’s your favorite thing about studying in Montréal? Share your experience.

Best universities in Montréal - QS Best Student Cities ranking: 6th

More about Montréal

Study in Montréal Overview

Number of universities ranked by QS


Highest-ranked institution

McGill University (joint 31st in the world)



Average international fees (at ranked unis)


Desirability rank


Employer Activity rank


Affordability rank


Student View rank


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

Why study in Montréal?

Home to several world-class universities

Montréal contains three of the best universities in the world, including McGill University, which places joint 31st this year and is the oldest university in Montréal.

An international city

The city attracts students from all around the world and 29 percent of the city’s 100,100 students are international students.

Relatively low cost of living

Montréal has a lower cost of living than in other Canadian cities, such as Toronto, where prices are 24 percent higher than in Montréal. 

It’s a top choice for students

Montréal was the second-best city in the world for students this year according to the student view indicator, which is based on a student survey.

It’s a cultural and vibrant city

With museums, restaurants, parks and arts venues, there’s plenty for students to do after lectures.

Cost of studying in Montréal

Montreal ranks 68th in the affordability indicator this year, with tuition fees costing students around US$12,200 per year. 

According to Numbeo, a one bedroom apartment in Montréal’s city center will set you back around C$1,298.72  (approximately US$975). Prices in Montréal are approximately 24 percent lower than in Toronto.

If you’re in need of some financial support while studying in Montréal, we’ve rounded up a selection of scholarships for international students looking to study in Canada.

Life & culture in Montréal

Montréal is multicultural, multilingual and is widely referred to as Canada’s ‘culture capital’. The city is celebrated by students for its arts and culture, as well as for its friendliness and diversity.

As a French-speaking city in a largely English-speaking nation that has experienced mass immigration from across the world, Montréal is known for its multicultural makeup and inclusive ethos.

It’s also renowned for its laidback yet lively lifestyle, attractive boulevards, thriving creative industries, café culture, and eclectic range of arts venues, live performances and nightlife.

Career in Montréal

Montréal’s economy is one of the strongest in Canada, making prospects for graduates extremely positive. As a result, Montreal ranks 22nd in the employer activity indicator.

Popular industries across Montréal include aerospace, electronic goods, pharmaceuticals, software engineering, telecommunications, manufacturing and tourism.

To work in Montréal, you’ll need to obtain an open work permit or an employer-specific permit, which you can find out more on the Canadian government website

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Hi Aziza, you can read about admission requirements, how to apply, and how to fund your studies in our complete guide on how to study abroad in Canada. To help you decide on a university, you could view our latest rankings by subject for computer science, with the results narrowed down to show only Canadian universities. Hope this helps!

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Hi Adaobi, we don't currently rank fashion, but you can view our latest subject ranking for design here (the results can be narrowed down to show only Canadian universities). 

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Hi Malath, please take a look at our latest architecture ranking (the results can be narrowed down to show only Canadian institutions). 

Hi Danish, you can view our latest rankings by subject for engineering and technology here (the results can be narrowed down by country to show only Canadian universities). I'm not sure which universities are best for part-time jobs, but you can get information on studying in Canada during or after your studies here. Hope this helps!

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Hi Satya, I'm not sure which country is best, but if you check the latest rankings by subject for biological sciences you can see that there are 38 German universities in the ranking and 20 Canadian universities. However, although Canada has a fewer number of ranked universities, its first three universities are ranked higher for biological sciences. 

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Hi Yin, congratulations! Hope you have a great time studying there. :)

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Hi Satnam, our complete guide on how to study abroad in Canada should help to get you started. 

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and i have heard that through this way,quebec give some scholarships to the immigrants .i planded to go to collage .but after talkinh to some of my friends there i concluded that maybe it is much more logical to find a job first.because according my researches there are alot of opportunities in IT in montreal.
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thank you so much again.
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Hi Marwan, we have a subject ranking of the top universities in Canada for computer science and information systems, as well as a guide to the top universities in Quebec (the region where Montréal is located). For more information see our country guide. Laura