Montréal named the best student city in Canada (even the world!)

published on August 28, 2023
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Published annually, the QS Best Student Cities ranking showcases the best urban destinations for international students, based on a diverse range of indicators grouped into a selection of categories. Montréal has been ranked as the top student city in Canada — for the seventh year in a row! And with recently voting us the best student city in the world, it’s official: Montréal is a wonderful place to learn.

Let’s break it down

Using their fine-tuned methodology to determine what elements of city living are most important for students, QS looks at key factors like affordability, desirability, employer activity, and, above all else, the true student view of the city in which they study. We take our role as an international city of knowledge seriously, with four major universities –­ McGill (ranked as the 31st best university in the world), UQAM, Concordia, and Université de Montréal – and a vibrant, exciting student culture that plays an important part in the city’s social fabric. The city’s campuses are part of our bustling centre, and not off in another district and the rates of student satisfaction and desire to remain in Montréal after graduation are two of the highest in the world.

High praise for Montréal 

Among the main factors behind Montréal’s high score, according to QS: 

  • Montréal receives high praise from students who have studied there, which places it 14th in the world overall and first in Canada.
  • Montréal scores high for the quality of its universities, based on the most recent edition of the QS World University Rankings. Montréal is home to three universities in the University Rankings – including McGill, which cinched the top spot in Canada in the most recent QS World University Rankings. 
  • Montréal is the national leader in QS’ Student View metric, ranking 9th in the world; that metric assesses the diversity and scale of a city’s student body. “Montréal is celebrated by students for its arts and culture, as well as for its friendliness and diversity,” reads the report.

As the QS report states, Montréal “offers a safe environment with great public transportation and unique neighbourhoods for students to explore and relax in. Plus, the city is highly diverse, with plenty of cultural festivals taking place throughout the year.” 

Top of the class

Montréal’s unbeatable je ne sais quoi, diversity, culture and quality of life all contribute to making sure every student’s experience in the city is unforgettable. Here are a few other areas in which Montréal stays at the top of the class:

Finally, the Greater Montréal international student portal (I Choose Montréal) links prospective students to everything they’d need to study in the city, including information on programs, accommodations and even immigration assistance.


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