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Study in Vancouver

By Staff Writer

Updated June 30, 2022 Updated June 30, 2022

Vancouver for students

Despite dropping two places in the latest QS Best Student Cities, Vancouver still claims a position in the top 20 of the QS Best Student Cities ranking. It is home to two universities which feature in the QS World University Rankings® 2023, of which the highest-ranked is the University of British Columbia at 47th 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 centre or in the suburbs, there’s always something to see, do or explore. 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 snow sports, offering some of the world’s best ski resorts.

Even in the centre 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.

Best universities in Vancouver - QS Best Student Cities ranking: 20th

World Ranking University
47 University of British Columbia
=328 Simon Fraser University

More about Vancouver

Vancouver is home to two universities which feature in the QS World University Rankings® 2023, of which the highest-ranked is the University of British Columbia at 47th in the world.

The city achieves one of its highest scores (12th) in the desirability indicator, reflecting its popularity among prospective students and all-round high quality of life.

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

Number of universities ranked by QS

2

Highest-ranked institution

University of British Columbia (47th)

Population

2,581,000

Average international fees (at ranked unis)

US$25,300

Desirability rank

12th

Employer Activity rank

34th

Affordability rank

=107th

Student Voice rank

35th

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

Why study in Vancouver

Enjoy the outdoors – whatever the weather

Vancouver offers students a great climate with mild (albeit rainy winters) and very warm summers, ideal for getting out and exploring the great outdoors.

From skiing in the Grouse, Seymour and Cypress mountains in the winter, to spending the day at one of the city’s golden beaches or hiking in one of the surrounding parks and natural reserves in the summer, Vancouver has a lot to offer to those with a love for the outdoors.

Good employment prospects

Despite dropping three places for employer activity, Vancouver still places in the top 50 in the world – an indication that the city’s graduates are highly respected amongst employers.

Brilliant nightlife, theatres and music

Vancouver is a real culture hub, and its brilliant nightlife, theatres and music scene means there is plenty to keep students entertained after lectures and at weekends.

Cost of studying in Vancouver

Although tuition fees are a lower in Vancouver than in Toronto, average fees for international students are US$25,300 per year. This high cost of tuition causes Vancouver to drop in the affordability indicator, with the city placing 113th worldwide.

A one-bedroom apartment in Vancouver’s city centre will cost around US$1,630, and you should also factor in an extra US$923 per month for additional living costs according to Numbeo.

Life and culture in Vancouver

From the snow-capped mountains to the idyllic waterfront, the dazzling Downtown district to the national historic site of Gastown, Vancouver seems to have it all – and more.

Vancouver scores highest (eighth) in the desirability indicator, reflecting its popularity among prospective students and all-round high quality of life.

It is a sophisticated, yet hardworking city that oozes opportunity and excitement for locals and tourists alike. Vancouver’s excellent transportation system allows locals to move around with city with ease which is great as there are so many things to see and do.

Its brilliant nightlife along with its theatres and fun music scene sees a range of events marked on the city’s calendar. For those who love the outdoors, you’ll be spoilt for choice; from skiing to hiking, swimming to kayaking (but don’t feel like you need to do it all at once)! And for a bit of rest and relaxation, then the very popular urban green space known as Stanley Park is the place to go.

Careers in Vancouver

Vancouver still places in the top 50 in the world for employer activity. The city has a range of opportunities and business opportunities open to graduates, particularly within its major economic sectors which includes international trade, film and television, construction, and tourism.

The city is also home to Port Metro Vancouver, Canada’s largest and most diversified port.

This article was originally published in November 2014 . It was last updated in June 2022

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