Vancouver for students\r\n\r\nClimbing two places in this year\u0027s QS Best Student Cities, Vancouver 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®, of which the highest-ranked is the University of British Columbia at joint 34th 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.\r\n\r\nWhether 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.\r\n\r\nEven in the centre of Vancouver the great outdoors is never far away – beaches, forests 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.\r\n\r\nBest universities in Vancouver - QS Best Student Cities ranking: 18th\r\n\r\n\r\n\t\r\n\t\t\r\n\t\t\tWorld Ranking\r\n\t\t\tUniversity\r\n\t\t\r\n\t\t\r\n\t\t\t=34\r\n\t\t\tUniversity of British Columbia\r\n\t\t\r\n\t\t\r\n\t\t\t=318\r\n\t\t\tSimon Fraser University\r\n\t\t\r\n\t\r\n\r\n\r\nMore about Vancouver\r\n\r\nVancouver is home to two universities which feature in the QS World University Rankings®, of which the highest-ranked is the University of British Columbia at 47th in the world. \r\n\r\nThe city achieves one of its highest scores (ninth) in the desirability indicator, reflecting its popularity among prospective students and all-round high quality of life.\r\n\r\nTo find out how each of the above categories is calculated, view the methodology.\r\n\r\n\r\n\t\r\n\t\t\r\n\t\t\t\r\n\t\t\tNumber of universities ranked by QS\r\n\t\t\t\r\n\t\t\t\r\n\t\t\t2\r\n\t\t\t\r\n\t\t\r\n\t\t\r\n\t\t\t\r\n\t\t\tHighest-ranked institution\r\n\t\t\t\r\n\t\t\t\r\n\t\t\tUniversity of British Columbia (=34th)\r\n\t\t\t\r\n\t\t\r\n\t\t\r\n\t\t\t\r\n\t\t\tPopulation\r\n\t\t\t\r\n\t\t\t\r\n\t\t\t2,657,000\r\n\t\t\t\r\n\t\t\r\n\t\t\r\n\t\t\t\r\n\t\t\tAverage international fees (at ranked unis)\r\n\t\t\t\r\n\t\t\t\r\n\t\t\tUS$29,800\r\n\t\t\t\r\n\t\t\r\n\t\t\r\n\t\t\t\r\n\t\t\tDesirability rank\r\n\t\t\t\r\n\t\t\t\r\n\t\t\t9th\r\n\t\t\t\r\n\t\t\r\n\t\t\r\n\t\t\t\r\n\t\t\tEmployer Activity rank\r\n\t\t\t\r\n\t\t\t\r\n\t\t\t34th\r\n\t\t\t\r\n\t\t\r\n\t\t\r\n\t\t\t\r\n\t\t\tAffordability rank\r\n\t\t\t\r\n\t\t\t\r\n\t\t\t=131st\r\n\t\t\t\r\n\t\t\r\n\t\t\r\n\t\t\t\r\n\t\t\tStudent Voice rank\r\n\t\t\t\r\n\t\t\t\r\n\t\t\t34th\r\n\t\t\t\r\n\t\t\r\n\t\r\n\r\n\r\nTo find out how each of the above categories is calculated, view the methodology.\r\n\r\nWhy study in Vancouver\r\n\r\nEnjoy the outdoors – whatever the weather \r\n\r\nVancouver offers students a great climate with mild (albeit rainy winters) and very warm summers, ideal for getting out and exploring the great outdoors.\r\n\r\nFrom 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 of the outdoors.\r\n\r\nGood employment prospects\r\n\r\nRising twelve places for employer activity, Vancouver places in the top 50 in the world – an indication that the city’s graduates are highly respected amongst employers.\r\n\r\nBrilliant nightlife, theatres and music \r\n\r\nVancouver 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. \r\n\r\nCost of studying in Vancouver\r\n\r\nAlthough tuition fees are a lower in Vancouver than in Toronto, average fees for international students are US$29,800 per year. This high cost of tuition causes Vancouver to drop in the affordability indicator, with the city placing joint 131st worldwide.\r\n\r\nLife and culture in Vancouver\r\n\r\nFrom 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. \r\n\r\nVancouver scores highest (ninth) in the desirability indicator, reflecting its popularity among prospective students and all-round high quality of life. \r\n\r\nIt 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.\r\n\r\nIts vibrant 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 Stanley Park is the place to go.\r\n\r\nCareers in Vancouver\r\n\r\nVancouver still places in the top 50 in the world for employer activity. The city has a range of opportunities open to graduates, particularly within its major economic sectors which includes international trade, film and television, construction, and tourism. \r\n\r\nThe city is also home to Port Metro Vancouver, Canada’s largest and most diversified port.