Best Cities For International Students
Author: Andrea Neira
Last Updated On: March 4, 2022

Toronto and Montreal Among the Best Cities For International Students

Toronto and Montreal are among the top 30 world’s best cities for international students, according to Campus Advisor. This organization provides information about higher education, using comprehensive data gathered from ratings and reviews of students around the world.

For this rating, Campus Advisor took into consideration a range of factors such as student friendliness, cost of living, nightlife, public transport, amenities, diversity, and the opinions of current students. According to the rating:

  • Toronto ranked 25th, with a score of 4.12 points, and
  • Montreal ranked 4th, with a score of 4.44 out of five possible points on the global network’s ranking system.

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– Toronto 25th In Top Cities For Students

Students think “Toronto is a diverse, interesting city with lots of history and cultural experiences.” They also consider that public transit is accessible, affordable and efficient. “Like any big city, it’s important to be cautious and careful when travelling alone and/or at night. However, most areas are fairly safe,” says Campus Advisor.

Although students recommend Toronto, they also advise others about the cost of living. “The city is the most multicultural city I have ever visited. The only negative is that the cost of living is pretty high in Downtown, but you can find better-priced accommodation out of Downtown.”

The breakdown of the rating scores from 1 to 5 for Toronto is the following:

Student Friendliness 4.45
Cost of Living: 2.59
Nightlife 4.68
Public Transport 4.39
Amenities 4.43
Safety 4.15
Total 4.12

It is important to mention that Toronto is also one of the favourite places for immigrants to live once they settle into the country. Statistics Canada reports that Toronto, Vancouver, and Edmonton enjoy some of the highest immigrant retention rates in Canada.

– Montreal 4th In Top Cities For Students

Montreal was considered a huge student town. Students also wrote that “Montreal is a great city for both locals and internationals alike. There are tons of great restaurants, bars, concerts and events to suit everyone.” Moreover, they mentioned that “the French component introduces an interesting cultural experience close to the US but is not overwhelming and very accommodating for English speakers.”

The breakdown of the rating scores from 1 to 5 for Montreal is the following:

Student Friendliness 4.77
Cost of Living: 3.91
Nightlife 4.80
Public Transport 4.56
Amenities 4.32
Safety 4.25
Total 4.44

The top three best cities in the world for international students were deemed to be Melbourne (Australia), Newcastle (United Kingdom), and Seoul (South Korea).

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