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Vancouver for students

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 45th 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.

Would you choose Vancouver? Tell us why.

Best universities in Vancouver - QS Best Student Cities ranking: 16th

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 Why study in Vancouver

One of the most desirable cities to study in the world

Vancouver ranks 10th in the world for desirability this year. 

Plenty to do

With museums, restaurants, pubs and theaters, students in Vancouver won’t run out of things to do after lectures. 

Home to some of Canada’s top universities

Two top universities can be found in Vancouver: The University of British Columbia and Simon Fraser University.

Breathtaking scenery

Enjoy Vancouver’s spectacular mountains, alongside its gorgeous lakes and green parkland. Truly Instagram-worthy views.

Great weather

In the winter months, students in Vancouver can practice their snow sports in the mountains or play for the local ice hockey team. In the summer, enjoy the sun with temperatures up to 86 degrees Fahrenheit.

Cost of studying in Vancouver

The cost of studying in Vancouver is around US$5,300 per year, which is a lot more affordable than other popular study destinations, such as the US and the UK. Vancouver is also significantly cheaper to study in than in other Canadian cities, such as Toronto, where tuition fees cost an average of US$14,800. 

The city ranks 55th in the world for affordability this year. Despite its relatively low cost of tuition, its living costs are amongst the highest in Canada.

A one-bedroom apartment in Vancouver’s city center will set you back around C$2,060 (approximately US$1,547) according to Numbeo. Despite this seemingly high cost, consumer prices, including rent, in Vancouver are 2 percent lower than Toronto.

Life and culture in Vancouver

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.

Career in Vancouver

With an employer activity ranking of 29th, it’s clear to see why graduates want to work in Vancouver.  Home to the nation’s largest seaport, Vancouver is a large trade hub for businesses.  

For this reason, many international companies have their headquarters in Vancouver, meaning there are lots of options for students looking for jobs after graduation.

To get a job permit after graduation, you will need to have secured a job and to get your employer to sponsor you. You can find out more on Canada’s government website.

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

Hi, I want to apply MBA in Vancouver. How's the average fee and living cost there? Do they have financial aids for international students?

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. :)

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

Hi Aziza, I've replied to your comment here. :)

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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

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! 

I'm from Bangladesh. I haven't finished my bba yet but I'm thinking to complete my MBA from university of british columbia. Do I need full time job experience to apply there?

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

Hi Saunyama, I'd advise you to check the official website of Vancouver Film School to see what scholarships or other funding opportunities they have available.

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

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

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.

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Hi Nabota. What do you want to apply for?

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