You need to consider a lot of factors when deciding on a university. Things such as affordability, attractiveness to international students, graduate employability statistics, and of course, world university rankings. Luckily, QS Digital Solutions (the world's largest, international higher education network) conducts a yearly global ranking of study destinations and takes all of this into account.

The results for 2017 have been released, and Canada proudly boasts two cities in the top 10! Montreal was rated the best student city amongst 125 cities. Vancouver came in tenth, and Toronto was a close eleven. Canada has certainly proven itself to be one of the most popular study abroad destinations for international students. So, get your suitcases ready!   

What Makes Montreal So Special?

Montreal is an awe-inspiring town that is known as the “cultural capital” of Canada. According to student responses, it is a welcoming, multicultural city that is affordable to stay in and has a very friendly community. It also has a thriving student scene, and numerous activities to keep you occupied when you need a break from your books.

Take a food tour, visit the Basilique Notre-Dame, stroll through Plateau Mont-Royal or stop at one of the boulevards, when the need for adventure rises. Of course, make sure to take your camera with you, and don’t forget to stop and enjoy poutine, a popular fast food dish, on your way.

Higher education institutions that are worth having a look at in Montreal are: The 42-year-old Concordia University, or LaSalle College, a private college in Quebec.


Try Vancouver - The City Of Glass

Vancouver is a west coast seaport best known for its breath-taking mountains, beaches, and forests. Starring in several Hollywood blockbusters, the city is also a popular filming location. Most recently, Vancouver can be spotted in 2016’s, Deadpool - where the majority of the scenes were filmed. The city was rated by students as ethnically diverse, with a vibrant nightlife, and having a lot of famous attractions to visit. There is something for everyone in Vancouver, and the friendly city can easily be made a new home.

If you are looking for something to do in your spare time, visit Yaletown for a fun night out, or Granville Island for historical sightseeing. Thrill-seekers might want to visit Capilano Suspension Bridge or Grouse Mountain.

On the educational front, Vancouver’s institutions include the prestigious Simon Fraser University, which is number 226 in the QS World University Ranking, Vancouver Institute of Media Arts, and the Acsenda School of Management, to name a few.


Toronto - The City of Diversity

Toronto, known affectionately as “the gem of Canada”, is Canada’s biggest city.  This eleventh best student destination offers beautiful natural surroundings and an inclusive student community.

Interesting attractions include the CN Tower, the Royal Ontario Museum, the Distillery Historic District, and Canada’s Wonderland (Canada's premier amusement park).

Toronto is also the proud home of the University of Toronto, currently placed 32nd on QS’ World University Rankings. Other study institutions worth mentioning are York University and Seneca College.


Want To Know More About Studying In Canada?

Canada is a diverse country that will provide you with a vibrant and culturally enriching study abroad experience. It is a welcoming, safe, and beautiful country that you are sure to fall in love with.

If you are interested in studying in Canada but are unsure of where to start, have a look at our Canada-focused blogs. Topics include:

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About the Author:  Lizan Gray, an adventurer at heart, is originally from South Africa and currently a copywriter in Dubai. She is busy finishing her degree in Business Administration.