Montréal is North America’s #1 City For Students

published on May 10, 2018
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Each year, Quacquarelli Symonds — a British company specializing in education — ranks the world’s top student-friendly university cities.

The rankings are based upon a survey of 50,000 students, and the resulting list is an attempt to quantify the advantages and disadvantages of cities for students. The measurables include such factors as cultural life, cost of living, safety, and employer activity.

Once again, Montréal has been named the number one student city in North America!

Montréal ticks all the boxes

Home to four major university institutions, namely McGillUniversité de MontréalConcordia and the Université du Québec à Montréal, a vibrant student scene has always been a definitive part of the city.

On big reason for our lovability is the smart layout of the city — these schools are not tucked away on some far-flung rural campus. All of the universities are located either downtown or a 10-minute subway ride from downtown. The city centre is filled with universities’ halls of learning and libraries. As such, students are a visible part of the social fabric.

Another reason why we rank in first place is the affordable cost of living. While other cities have debt-inducing rents, Montréal is still affordable. Also, with booming IT and health sectors, students are able to find meaningful internships and jobs.

Finally, did we mention that we’re a great place to host meetings — for students and beyond?  

Facts About Student Life in Montréal

To help you win your next trivia competition:

  • Approximately 185,000 students call Montréal home 
  • Montréal ranks first in Canada for the number of university research centres  
  • Montréal attracts more than 25,000 international students from over 150 countries, the largest group of foreign academics in Canada 
  • McGill University was dubbed “The Harvard of Canada” in an episode of The Simpsons