Seoul for students\r\n\r\nSeoul has continued to climb up our ranking of the best student cities in the world, moving up seven\u0026nbsp;places to now be considered the joint second-best city for students in the world alongside Munich.\r\n\r\nSouth Korea’s capital scores well in a number of indicators used to compile the ranking, including employer activity\u0026nbsp;where it ranks second – reflecting the strong reputation of universities in Seoul among both domestic and international employers.\r\n\r\nThe city also comes out on top in the rankings indicator, a reflection of\u0026nbsp;the impressive fact that no fewer than 20 universities in Seoul are featured in the\u0026nbsp;QS World University Rankings® 2023, of which the highest-ranked is\u0026nbsp;Seoul National University, at 29th\u0026nbsp;in the world.\r\n\r\nTo share your own experience of Seoul or another city,\u0026nbsp;take the survey.\r\n\r\nBest universities in Seoul -\u0026nbsp;QS Best Student Cities ranking: =3rd\r\n\r\n\r\n\t\r\n\t\t\r\n\t\t\tRank\r\n\t\t\tUniversity\r\n\t\t\r\n\t\t\r\n\t\t\t29\r\n\t\t\tSeoul National University (SNU)\r\n\t\t\r\n\t\t\r\n\t\t\t73\r\n\t\t\tYonsei University\r\n\t\t\r\n\t\t\r\n\t\t\t74\r\n\t\t\tKorea University\r\n\t\t\r\n\t\t\r\n\t\t\t99\r\n\t\t\tSungkyunkwan University\r\n\t\t\r\n\t\t\r\n\t\t\t157\r\n\t\t\tHanyang University\r\n\t\t\r\n\t\t\r\n\t\t\t=270\r\n\t\t\tKyung Hee University\r\n\t\t\r\n\t\t\r\n\t\t\t346\r\n\t\t\tEwha Womans University\r\n\t\t\r\n\t\t\r\n\t\t\t=392\r\n\t\t\tChung-Ang University\r\n\t\t\r\n\t\t\r\n\t\t\t=494\r\n\t\t\tThe Catholic University of Korea\r\n\t\t\r\n\t\t\r\n\t\t\t=457\r\n\t\t\tSogang University\r\n\t\t\r\n\t\t\r\n\t\t\t=481\r\n\t\t\tDongguk University\r\n\t\t\r\n\t\t\r\n\t\t\t531-540\r\n\t\t\tInha University\r\n\t\t\r\n\t\t\r\n\t\t\t551-560\r\n\t\t\tSejong University\r\n\t\t\r\n\t\t\r\n\t\t\t651-700\r\n\t\t\tKonkuk University\r\n\t\t\r\n\t\t\r\n\t\t\t751-800\r\n\t\t\tDankook University\r\n\t\t\r\n\t\t\r\n\t\t\t801-1000\r\n\t\t\tUniversity of Seoul\r\n\t\t\r\n\t\t\r\n\t\t\t1001-1200\r\n\t\t\tKookmin University\r\n\t\t\r\n\t\t\r\n\t\t\t1001-1200\r\n\t\t\tSookmyung Women\u0027s University\r\n\t\t\r\n\t\t\r\n\t\t\t1001-1200\r\n\t\t\tSeoul National University of Science and Technology\r\n\t\t\r\n\t\t\r\n\t\t\t1200+\r\n\t\t\tHongik University\r\n\t\t\r\n\t\r\n\r\n\r\nMore about Seoul\r\n\r\nSeoul\u0027s impressive rise in the QS Best Student Cities ranking has been due to improvement across almost every indicator we measure, with the biggest increase coming in desirability. However, it still has some work to do to impress every prospective student, having fallen six places in the \u0027student view\u0027 indicator, which is based on responses to our global student survey.\r\n\r\n\r\n\t\r\n\t\t\r\n\t\t\t\r\n\t\t\tNumber of universities ranked by QS\r\n\t\t\t\r\n\t\t\t\r\n\t\t\t20\r\n\t\t\t\r\n\t\t\r\n\t\t\r\n\t\t\t\r\n\t\t\tHighest-ranked institution\r\n\t\t\t\r\n\t\t\t\r\n\t\t\tSeoul National University (SNU)\u0026nbsp;(29th\u0026nbsp;in the world)\r\n\t\t\t\r\n\t\t\r\n\t\t\r\n\t\t\t\r\n\t\t\tPopulation\r\n\t\t\t\r\n\t\t\t\r\n\t\t\t9,963,000\r\n\t\t\t\r\n\t\t\r\n\t\t\r\n\t\t\t\r\n\t\t\tAverage international fees (at ranked unis)\r\n\t\t\t\r\n\t\t\t\r\n\t\t\tUS$6,300\r\n\t\t\t\r\n\t\t\r\n\t\t\r\n\t\t\t\r\n\t\t\tDesirability rank\r\n\t\t\t\r\n\t\t\t\r\n\t\t\t38th\r\n\t\t\t\r\n\t\t\r\n\t\t\r\n\t\t\t\r\n\t\t\tEmployer Activity rank\r\n\t\t\t\r\n\t\t\t\r\n\t\t\t2nd\r\n\t\t\t\r\n\t\t\r\n\t\t\r\n\t\t\t\r\n\t\t\tAffordability rank\r\n\t\t\t\r\n\t\t\t\r\n\t\t\t51st\r\n\t\t\t\r\n\t\t\r\n\t\t\r\n\t\t\t\r\n\t\t\tStudent Mix rank\r\n\t\t\t\r\n\t\t\t44th\r\n\t\t\r\n\t\t\r\n\t\t\t\r\n\t\t\tStudent\u0026nbsp;View rank\r\n\t\t\t\r\n\t\t\t\r\n\t\t\t42nd\r\n\t\t\t\r\n\t\t\r\n\t\r\n\r\n\r\nTo find out how each of the above categories is calculated, view the methodology.\r\n\r\nWhy study in Seoul?\r\n\r\nA city that never sleeps\r\n\r\nSeoul is a 24/7 city in which life is never dull. Whether it’s the sounds of night-market sellers, the atmosphere of the all-night tea houses or the cries of gamers at a ‘PC bang’ (gaming center), Seoul is as alive at 3am as it is at 5pm. The magic of this city is that boredom is impossible, with culture, history and creativity everywhere you turn.\r\n\r\nThe perfect place to unwind and relax\r\n\r\nIf you need some more restful down-time from your studies, Seoul also offers many opportunities to find your inner Zen, whether at one of many Buddhist temples or in a traditional sauna or spa. Further tranquility can be found less than one hour outside of the city walls, where you can explore South Korea’s mountainous landscape and charming, historic villages.\r\n\r\nA safe, diverse, thriving city\r\n\r\nStudents and graduates of the city certainly rate their experience highly – Seoul comes 42nd in the student voice indicator, and one respondent to our student survey said: “The diverse culture makes for a great experience, and everything is so convenient,” while another described it as “a city which has the possibilities of a truly metropolitan city without almost any danger”.\r\n\r\nCost of studying in Seoul\r\n\r\nWhile the average tuition fees for an international student in Seoul are a reasonable $6,300 per year, the city is far from one of the most affordable study destinations in our ranking. However, things look a lot better when you compare Seoul with another leading Asian student city, Tokyo. On average, rent prices are about 20 percent lower in Seoul according to Numbeo.\r\n\r\nTypical monthly costs for one person living in Seoul are $1,083 without factoring in rent, while a one-bedroom city centre apartment will cost around £939 per month in rent.\r\n\r\nLife \u0026amp; culture in Seoul\r\n\r\nA densely populated city, Seoul has plenty for you to discover when not in the classroom. The downtown area of Joseon is the traditional heart of the city and is home to plenty of outdoor markets and historic temples. You can learn more about the city\u0027s history by visiting one of its 115 museums, in particular the National Museum of Korea and the National Folk Museum.\u0026nbsp;\r\n\r\nIf you need to get away from the crowds and enjoy some open, green space then you\u0027ll be relieved to hear Seoul is full of public parks for you to unwind in. Namsan is probably the most famous and offers amazing views of the Seoul skyline.\u0026nbsp;\r\n\r\nCareers in Seoul\r\n\r\nAs well as being home to over a dozen\u0026nbsp;Fortune\u0026nbsp;Global 500 companies, Seoul is also a high-tech hub for innovation, with technology companies clustered in two main locations: Gangnam and Digital Media City. One of the most financially competitive cities in the world, Seoul is also home to some of the largest wholesale, retail and electronics markets in South Korea.\r\n\r\nAs its employer activity rank shows, few cities in the world are better placed to provide graduates with a smooth transition into a successful career.