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QS Best Student Cities ranking: 7th

For those who want to study amidst the hustle and bustle of the big city, they don't come much bigger and busier than Tokyo, one of the world’s most populous urban areas. Ranked 7th overall in the 2017 edition of the QS Best Student Cities index, Tokyo is Asia’s second-leading student city, behind Seoul (4th).

Such is the mind-blowing scale of the Japanese capital that even with 13 internationally ranked universities, it still has one of the lowest proportionate student populations of any city in the QS Best Student Cities index. Tokyo, then, is a city for those who favor total immersion in local culture rather than living in a “student bubble”.

The upshot of Tokyo's gargantuan size is that it offers one of the most varied and cosmopolitan living environments on Earth. As one of the world's three leading financial epicenters, alongside New York and London, it also provides enviable professional and internship opportunities, and claims the index’s strongest score in the Employer Activity category.

Alongside a high rating from graduate employers, Tokyo scores notably well in the Desirability component of the index, which considers both the overall quality of living in the city, and how in-demand it is among prospective international students.

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Internationally ranked universities in Tokyo


More about Tokyo

Number of universities ranked by QS


Highest-ranked institution

University of Tokyo (34th in the world)



Average international fees (at ranked unis)


Desirability rank


Employer Activity rank


Affordability rank


Student Experience rank



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

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