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


By Staff Writer

Updated February 23, 2021 Updated February 23, 2021

QS Best Student Cities ranking: 16th

Up by one place on last year, and continuing to claim a position in the top 20 of the QS Best Student Cities ranking, Vancouver is home to two universities which feature in the QS World University Rankings® 2020, of which the highest-ranked is the University of British Columbia at 51st in the world. Vancouver’s other ranked institution, Simon Fraser University, offers a particularly unique study setting, thanks to the location of its main campus in the middle of the Burnaby Mountain Conservation Area, just outside the city.

Whether you’re based in the city center or not, Vancouver has much to offer, claiming a top 10 position for the desirability indicator. The nearby Grouse, Seymour and Cypress mountains provide more than just a beautiful backdrop to the city – they’re also an incredibly popular destination for snowsports, offering some of the world’s best ski resorts.

Even in the center of Vancouver the great outdoors is never far away – beaches, forest and stunning mountains are all within easy reach. For those who prefer cultural pursuits, Vancouver also offers an array of brilliant nightlife, theatres and music – everything you’d expect from one of Canada’s most loved cities.

Would you choose Vancouver? Tell us why.

Internationally ranked universities in Vancouver

University of British ColumbiaSimon Fraser University

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Highest-ranked institution

University of British Columbia (51st)



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

This article was originally published in November 2014 . It was last updated in February 2021

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Posted By mohammed azam ali
Sun, 03/22/2015 - 17:45


HI Laura
i want to know about the universities in Canada which provide masters in the field of mechanical engineering with low tuition fees my undergraduate percentage is 80

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Posted By Laura Bridgestock
Mon, 03/23/2015 - 09:21


Hi Mohammed. We have a ranking of the world's top universities for mechanical engineering here, which you can filter by location to see results in Canada. You'll still need to check what programs are offered at each university, to see whether these match your interests, and also check the tuition fees based on the most recent information published by each institution. We also have a listing of scholarships to study in Canada here, which you may be interested in.

Posted By Eli Sa
Fri, 08/14/2015 - 19:17


I wonder if you offer fund for master students.I am eager to continue my studies in Vancouver University :)

Posted By Saunyama Saunyama
Thu, 01/07/2016 - 08:18


Hi,i was accepted into sound design at Vancouver Film School.I studied Audio Production before and have been in music and Audio for over ten years now.I wish to do this one year sound design course and i was wondering if there is any way i could get a scholarship for that

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Posted By dylan elone ngabe
Mon, 02/08/2016 - 13:52


hi!i want to study business management,what are the requirements ? i had 20 points in business studies advance level in Cameroon but currently live in Capetown South Africa

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Posted By Sabrina Collier
Mon, 02/08/2016 - 14:13


Hi Dylan, if you'd like to study in Canada, you can find the entry requirements for business management courses on the official websites of Canadian universities. To help you choose a university, you may like to have a look at our rankings by subject for Business & Management. Our complete guide on how to study abroad in Canada also contains lots of information. Hope this helps! 

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Posted By Hassnain Ali
Tue, 07/19/2016 - 17:43


hi,i wwnt to be study in ms physics, what are the requirement? i am msc physics from university of agriculture faislabad pakistan.please give me proper guidness.
please give me all possibilities.

Posted By aziza saber
Thu, 12/14/2017 - 12:12


hi guys, i'm a student in Sharif University of Technology in Iran, and i want to apply from a university in Canada in computer science, i want to know what is the requirement and which universities and how i can do applying and how i can get fund.. thanks any helping

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Posted By Sabrina Collier
Tue, 01/09/2018 - 12:22


Hi there, I'm not sure about the average costs of an MBA in the city, but to give you an example, UBC Saunder currently charges CA$76,981 per year to international students for its full-time MBA. However, they do offer scholarships. Unfortunately Vancouver is one of the most expensive Canadian cities to live in, with an average of CA$15,075 needed for living costs. You can find out more about the costs of studying in Canada here, can find scholarships here and if you want to research more about MBAs, check out our sister site TopMBA.com. :)

Posted By Muhammad Usman Ghani
Tue, 03/06/2018 - 06:13


2 years ago
hi!i want to study ms environmental science ,what are the requirements ? i had CGPA 3.2 in environmental engineering.

Posted By Swathi Veesam
Fri, 04/06/2018 - 11:09


I'm swathi from India. I completed Bsc biotechnology with 80% and MSc biotechnology with 95%. As I'm very much interested in doing psychology course and want to take my career in that path ..Pls tell me the course details , eligibility and requirements . Thanq

Posted By Gursimran Brar
Thu, 08/02/2018 - 14:21


I'm gursimran from india.i had got 87%marks in 12 (non-medical) and i want to get admission in the university of british columbia. Am i elligible for it .what are its requirements

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