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QS Best Student Cities ranking: =76th

Russia’s second-largest city, St. Petersburg is noted for being at the forefront of much political and social change during its 300-year history. It’s been known as Petrograd and Leningrad, and home to many major events and historical figures.

Many students will be keen to visit iconic sights such as the Church of the Savior on Blood (pictured above), the Winter Palace (the official residence of Russian monarchs from 1732 to 1917), the Hermitage Museum (one of the largest art museums in the world), and the city’s beautiful cathedrals, such as the impressive Kazan Cathedral, which is dedicated to Our Lady of Kazan, possibly the most venerated icon in Russia.

St. Petersburg is probably Russia’s most westernized city, and is also considered one of the most attractive cities in Europe. Nicknamed “The Venice of the North”, the city’s northern location means that it experiences the ‘White Nights’ phenomenon, in which the sun barely dips below the horizon (peaking in mid-June), giving its name to the annual White Nights of St. Petersburg music festival.

Other cultural activities you could enjoy in St. Petersburg include opera and ballet shows at the historic Mariinsky Theatre, visits to one of its 200-or-so museums, and its lively nightlife, with sophisticated live-music joints, dance clubs and English- or Irish-style pubs. It’s also ranked in the top 15 of the Best Student Cities ranking for affordability, with low tuition fees and fairly affordable living costs.

Known for its longstanding tradition in literature, the city is also home to a number of Russia’s most prestigious universities, including Saint Petersburg State University, the oldest and one of the largest in the country.

Internationally ranked universities in St. Petersburg


More about St. Petersburg

Number of universities ranked by QS

2

Top ranked institution

Saint-Petersburg State University (Joint 240th in the world)

Population

4,880,000

Average international fees (at ranked unis)

US$4,600

Desirability rank

101st

Employer Activity rank

77th

Affordability rank

11th

Student View rank

97th


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