Universities in Tokyo - QS Best Student Cities Ranking | Top Universities


By Staff Writer

Updated April 13, 2021 Updated April 13, 2021

QS Best Student Cities ranking: 2nd

For those who want to study amid 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. Tokyo is Asia’s leading city in the QS Best Student Cities ranking, bettered worldwide only by London.

Such is the mind-blowing scale of the Japanese capital that, even with 12 internationally ranked universities, it still has a very low proportionate student population. 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 centers, alongside New York and London, it also provides enviable professional and internship opportunities, consistently ranking as the best in the world for the employer activity indicator.

Alongside a high rating from graduate employers (where it ranks in first place worldwide), Tokyo scores notably well for desirability, which considers both the overall quality of living in the city, and how in-demand it is among prospective international students.

Have you studied in Tokyo? Share your experience.

Internationally ranked universities in Tokyo

University of TokyoTokyo Institute of TechnologyWaseda UniversityKeio University;  Tokyo Medical and Dental University (TMDU)Tokyo Metropolitan UniversityHitotsubashi University; Yokohama City University; Tokyo University of Agriculture and TechnologyYokohama National UniversityTokyo University of Science; Rikkyo University

More about Tokyo

Number of universities ranked by QS


Highest-ranked institution

University of Tokyo (joint 22nd in the world)



Average international fees (at ranked unis)


Desirability rank


Employer Activity rank


Affordability rank


Student View rank


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

This article was originally published in December 2015 . It was last updated in April 2021

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