According to the QS Best Student Cities 2017 ranking, Montréal is now the best city to study in the world. Previously in 7th spot among the 125 best cities for international students, Montréal has finally clinched the top honour this year ahead of Paris (2nd), London (3rd), Melbourne (5th), Berlin (6th), Boston (8th), Vancouver (10th) and Toronto (11th).
Excellent performance in all six categories
QS Best Student Cities assesses six categories to determine the ranking of each city. Montréal got top marks all around: University Rankings, Student Mix, Desirability, Employer Activity, Affordability, and – new this year – Student View. Note that Montréal made significant strides in the Employer Activity category, jumping from 27th place in 2016 to 16th place in 2017.
University Rankings: Multicultural, bilingual and the university capital of Canada, Montréal has a number of prestigious institutions such as McGill University (currently ranked 30th in the world and 1st in Canada based on the QS Top Universities 2017 ranking) and Université de Montréal (126th in the world and 5th in Canada).
Student Mix: Montréal places 4th in the world (1st in North America) based on criteria such as student population, inclusion and tolerance, and the ratio of local and international students. Montréal attracts 75% of international students in Québec, which translates to over 32,000 college and university students in 2016, according to the Québec Ministère de l’Éducation et de l’Enseignement supérieur.
Desirability: Greater Montréal ranks 9th in the world, which considers criteria such as cost of living, safety, pollution and corruption.
Employer Activity: The city earns 16th spot when it comes to how quickly graduates can expect to find a job.
Affordability: Even though it ranks 39th worldwide, behind several emerging Asian and Eastern European cities, Greater Montréal is still the most affordable region for students in North America due to its low tuition costs.
Student View: Greater Montréal ranks 5th when it comes to Student View, it specifically earned high marks for its arts and culture, friendliness, diversity and affordability.
Montréal was named Intelligent Community of the Year in 2016 by the prestigious Intelligent Community Forum and recognized for its unmatched quality of life, creativity, vibrant startups and leading-edge industries such as artificial intelligence, aerospace, life sciences and health technologies, video games and animation. The city is a prime destination for international students who want to come study, find a job and settle down here.