QS Staff Writer

Updated July 12, 2021 Updated July 12

QS Best Student Cities ranking: 11th

Although rival Canadian city Montréal remains the country’s highest-ranked city in the QS Best Student Cities, Toronto remains an extremely strong contender.

In fact, it has one of the highest scores of any city for desirability (one of the six areas assessed), only beaten by Sydney and Tokyo. This reflects both its all-round high quality of life and its status as an in-demand destination amongst students worldwide.

All the attractions that make Canada an appealing place to study are on offer here in its largest city – a diverse community, vibrant cultural scene and nightlife, stunning natural surrounds, and of course world-leading universities.

The highest-ranked of these is the University of Toronto, which also lays claim to being the highest-ranked university in Canada, placed 29th in the world.

In the student survey which fed into this year’s results, the word most often used to sum up the appeal of Toronto is “diversity” – in reference both to the huge range of activities the city has to offer, and the diverse and inclusive quality of its community.

Toronto ranks highly in the student view indicator (based on the results of the student view), coming in at 14th, with one respondent describing it as, “a very inclusive, multicultural and diverse city,” while another praised “the amount to see/explore when you have time, and the diverse quality of people that you meet.”

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Internationally ranked universities in Toronto

University of TorontoYork UniversityRyerson University

More about Toronto

Number of universities ranked by QS


Highest-ranked institution

University of Toronto (29th in the world)



Average international fees (at ranked unis)


Desirability rank


Employer Activity rank


Affordability rank


Student View rank



 To find out how each of the above categories is calculated, view the methodology.

This article was originally published in November 2014 . It was last updated in January 2020

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