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QS Best Student Cities ranking: =74th

The fourth-largest city in France, Toulouse is peppered with unique historical architecture, including the impressive Capitole de Toulouse (above). Indeed, the use of pinkish terracotta bricks in its buildings has earned the city the nickname la Ville Rose ("the Pink City").

Located in the south-west of the country, Toulouse is known for being a major center for aerospace and is esteemed by many as Europe’s predominant city in this industry.

Toulouse is also traversed by the Canal du Midi (a UNESCO World Heritage Site). If the idea of intellectual debate in charming surroundings appeals, then Toulouse could be for you.

If you want to get out of the city, then the south of France is your oyster, with the proximity of the Pyrenees allowing skiers to get their fix.

Home to three universities featured in the QS World University Rankings® 2020, Toulouse can certainly hold its own as a study abroad destination. The Université de Toulouse system, which incorporates all three of these, is among the oldest in the world, with its roots traceable back to the 13th century.

The city has a sizable student population and a high percentage of international students, earning it a high score in the student mix indicator of the QS Best Student Cities ranking. 

It also has a combination of very low tuition fees and lower living costs than the French capital, Paris. However, the city’s most improved score this year is for desirability, climbing 10 places, highlighting the city’s excellent reputation as a great city for students.

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