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QS Best Student Cities ranking: 80th

San Diego is the second-largest city in the US state of California, located on the west coast of the country near to the border with Mexico. With attractive beaches and numerous tourist attractions, the city has been given the nickname ‘America's Finest City’. It’s also often featured in lists of the safest cities in the US, and is known for having excellent weather all year round. The 1,200 acre Balboa Park is a popular spot for local culture, with many green spaces as well as museums, theaters, and the world-famous San Diego Zoo.

Due to its location as a border town, San Diego is heavily influenced by both Mexican and American cultures, resulting in a wide range of cuisines to sample in the city’s many restaurants. The city is also well known for its craft-brewing scene, with the city and county (of the same name) often called ‘America's craft beer capital’.

There are many universities and private colleges in San Diego, three of which rank within the top 1,000 in the QS World University Rankings® 2018. The presence of the University of California, San Diego and other research institutions has helped to fuel biotechnology growth in the city.

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Internationally ranked universities in San Diego


More about San Diego

Number of universities ranked by QS

3

Highest-ranked institution

Population

3,095,000

Average international fees (at ranked unis)

US$18,700

Desirability rank

44th

Employer Activity rank

125th

Affordability rank

111th

Student View rank

81st


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Written by Sabrina Collier
The Assistant Editor of TopUniversities.com, 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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