Zurich for students\r\n\r\nIn fourth place in the QS Best Student Cities Ranking\u0026nbsp;2023\u0026nbsp;is Zurich. Zurich is renowned for its\u0026nbsp;prosperity, orderliness and low taxes, which may make it sound more like a place for millionaires than international students. However, look a little closer and you’ll see it certainly deserves its place among the world’s top student cities.\r\n\r\nCurrently ranked ninth in the world,\u0026nbsp;ETH Zurich\u0026nbsp;is the highest-ranked university in continental Europe – and the best performing university from outside the US and UK. The\u0026nbsp;University of Zurich\u0026nbsp;is also ranked within the top 100 in the\u0026nbsp;QS World University Rankings® 2023\u0026nbsp;in joint 83rd place.\r\n\r\nZurich enjoys an improved score in the desirability indicator this year, beaten by only three other cities. Zurich certainly gained plenty of acclaim in our student survey, with one student pointing out its “natural beauty and high standard of living” while another praised its “perfect combination of city life and nature”.\r\n\r\nWould Zurich get your vote?\u0026nbsp;Tell us why.\r\n\r\nBest universities in Zurich -\u0026nbsp;QS Best Student Cities ranking: 7th\r\n\r\n\r\n\t\r\n\t\t\r\n\t\t\tWorld ranking\r\n\t\t\tInstitution\r\n\t\t\r\n\t\t\r\n\t\t\t9th\r\n\t\t\tETH Zurich (Swiss Federal Institute of Technology)\r\n\t\t\r\n\t\t\r\n\t\t\t=83rd\r\n\t\t\tUniversity of Zurich (UZH)\r\n\t\t\r\n\t\r\n\r\n\r\nMore about Zurich\r\n\r\nThis year, two of Zurich\u0027s universities can be found in the QS World University Rankings. The best of these is\u0026nbsp;ETH Zurich, ranking joint eighth in the world. Zurich scores particularly highly in the desirability and affordability indicators, but earns excellent scores across each of the indicators used to compile the QS Best Student Cities rankings.\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\tETH Zurich\u0026nbsp;(Ninth\u0026nbsp;in the world)\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\t1,395,000\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$2000\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\t1st\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\t=13th\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\t81st\r\n\t\t\t\r\n\t\t\r\n\t\t\r\n\t\t\t\r\n\t\t\tStudent Mix rank\r\n\t\t\t\r\n\t\t\t13th\r\n\t\t\r\n\t\t\r\n\t\t\t\r\n\t\t\tStudent\u0026nbsp;Voice\u0026nbsp;rank\r\n\t\t\t\r\n\t\t\t\r\n\t\t\t11th\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 Zurich?\r\n\r\nAffordable study destination\r\n\r\nDespite ranking 81st for affordability this year, Zurich\u0027s high living fees are offset by\u0026nbsp;its low tuition fees.\r\n\r\nA desirable city\r\n\r\nZurich earns a top five score in the desirability indicator this year, ranking fourth globally.\u0026nbsp;\r\n\r\nWorld-class education\r\n\r\nSwitzerland is known for its world class education. This year, two of Zurich\u0027s universities feature in the global top 100: ETH Zurich and the University of Zurich.\r\n\r\nExcellent job prospects\r\n\r\nZurich is one\u0026nbsp;of the best cities in the world to work, with a good quality of life and excellent job prospects for graduates.\r\n\r\nCost of studying in Zurich\u0026nbsp;\r\n\r\nZurich is one of the more expensive student cities for living costs, ranking 81st in the\u0026nbsp;affordability indicator this year.\u0026nbsp; While rent and socialising may be expensive, international tuition fees in Switzerland are relatively low, so the overall costs of studying in Zurich are likely to be considerably lower compared to cities in the UK, US or Australia, for example.\u0026nbsp;\r\n\r\nTuition fees are reasonably low, costing an average of US$2,000 per year. Living costs are significantly more pricey, with Numbeo estimating that a single person living in the city would need around £1,210 per month for general expenses, plus an additional £1,540 for rent on a one bedroom apartment in the city centre.\u0026nbsp;\r\n\r\nLife \u0026amp; culture in Zurich\r\n\r\nAn international hub, Zurich is the largest city in Switzerland and among the wealthiest in Europe – which brings both pros and cons for international students. On the one hand, its affluence means Zurich is clean, safe and immaculately maintained, frequently ranking among the world’s most liveable cities.\u0026nbsp;\r\n\r\nIt’s certainly tough to beat Zurich when it comes to scenery. Situated on the banks of picturesque Lake Zurich and with the stunning Swiss Alps within day-trip reach, this city would suit those who want to combine the attractions of city life with close proximity to some of Europe’s most beautiful natural landscapes.\r\n\r\nCareer in Zurich\r\n\r\nRegarded as Switzerland\u0027s\u0026nbsp;economic powerhouse, Zurich has one of the country\u0027s largest financial sectors. For this reason, graduate jobs are widely available in the finance sector, including in banking, accountancy, tax consultancy, business consultancy and wealth management.\u0026nbsp;\r\n\r\nOther sectors hiring graduates include engineering, media, health, trade, education and architecture. Overall, Zurich ranks sixth for employer activity.