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QS Best Student Cities ranking 2017: 86th

New Delhi is the capital city of India, one of the 11 districts of the huge wider metropolitan area of Delhi in the north of the country. It was founded by the British in 1911 and designed by British architects, and is currently one of the 100 Indian cities to be developed as a smart city under Indian Prime Minister Narendra Modi’s Smart Cities Mission, which aims to make cities citizen-friendly and sustainable. Delhi itself is so huge that it’s said to be made up of seven cities, with New Delhi being one of them.

Delhi has had a long and politically significant history as the capital of several empires, destroyed and rebuilt several times in its centuries of existence. It’s now a cosmopolitan melting-pot of many ethnic groups and cultures, with Hindi, Urdu, Punjabi and English the most common languages you’ll hear.

Although the noise, chaos and traffic of the surrounding Delhi metropolitan area can seem overwhelming at first, as you settle in you’ll find there’s a huge amount of culture to explore, old and new. Visit fascinating ancient monuments, modern attractions such as the Lotus Temple, and great museums. Join in with religious festivals and national events, sample an array of street food, and check out the vibrant performing-arts scene.

For less stressful (and environmentally friendly) travel, make use of the city’s Metro system. 

Delhi has no shortage of higher education institutions, with nine major universities, two of which are located in the New Delhi district. The city is also a very affordable study destination – especially if you take advantage of street food – and most universities teach in English. 

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Written by Sabrina Collier
The Assistant Editor of, Sabrina edits and publishes articles which 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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