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QS Best Student Cities ranking: 52nd

The capital and largest city in Poland, Warsaw is situated close to the center of the country, on both sides of the river Vistula, and has a distinctive character and spirit. The city has a turbulent history, having been almost completely destroyed during World War II, leading to a large-scale reconstruction project which aimed to recreate much of the original architecture. Its Old Town district, beside the river banks and popular among tourists, is a designated UNESCO World Heritage Site, celebrated as “an outstanding example of a near-total reconstruction of a span of history covering the 13th to the 20th century.”

Aside from its historic center, Warsaw is a significant center of research and development, and also has a growing collection of skyscrapers, ranging from the residential Złota 44, completed in 2012, to the art deco-inspired Palace of Culture and Science, which dates back to 1955.

There are lots of universities and colleges to choose from in Warsaw, including Poland’s highest-ranked institution, the University of Warsaw, and Warsaw University of Technology, which also features in the QS World University Rankings®. In the QS Best Student Cities index, Warsaw receives a very high score in the Affordability category – within the top five of the entire index – thanks to its combination of low living costs and reasonable tuition fees.

Warsaw also achieves a good score in the new Student View category, showing that students are enjoying its affordability, culture, nightlife and other factors. When asked to name the best things about Warsaw in our student survey, one respondent mentioned “Top notch technical courses at an affordable price around friendly people”, while another said “It’s a great place to expand your cultural interests.”

Would Warsaw get your vote? Tell us why.

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University of Warsaw (joint 366th)



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

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