QS Best Student Cities ranking: Joint 26th
A diverse and dynamic city, Ottawa is also multilingual, with many residents fluent in both English and French. Ottawa is home to the Rideau Canal, the oldest continuously operated canal system in North America, which is also a world heritage site. There are countless other cultural and historical spots of interest to explore, including the most-visited museum in Canada, the Canadian Museum of History. The city is also home to the impressive neo-gothic parliament building ‘Centre Block’.
The two top universities in Ottawa are both ranked within the top 600 in the world, with the University of Ottawa at joint 291st in the QS World University Rankings® 2016-2017. As well as ranking highly in the Desirability category of the QS Best Student Cities index, Ottawa receives a high score for Student Mix, with a high percentage of international students, reflecting the vibrant and multi-cultural study environment on offer.
Ottawa also has the distinction of ranking 1st in the entire index for the new Student View category, which can at least partly account for its impressive leap in the Best Student Cities index this year. Ottawa’s perfect score in this indicator reflects the city’s lively student life, diversity and friendliness. It received praise in our student survey, with one respondent saying: “I love the opportunities and the diversity as well as the student-centered culture” while another commented, “The quality of education is one of the top in Canada.”
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To find out how each of the above categories is calculated, view the methodology.