Students rank Ottawa world’s top city

Posted on Wednesday, February 15, 2017

Students walk through the snowy University of Ottawa campus.

Ottawa shines in a new survey of the world’s best cities for students, earning the top spot as chosen by students themselves.

“Ottawa’s perfect score in this indicator reflects the city’s lively student life, diversity and friendliness,” according to the QS survey website, which quotes one respondent as saying, “the quality of education is one of the top in Canada.”

Observing that Ottawa is one of the smallest cities featured in the international index, QS says the city's No. 1 ranking proves that “the best things often come in small packages” and that “lesser-known cities often make for happier students.”

In the new “student view” category included this year, QS surveyed more than 18,000 students and recent graduates, who scored their city in eight categories:

  • tolerance and inclusion
  • diversity
  • friendliness
  • ease of getting around
  • affordability
  • nightlife
  • employment opportunities
  • arts and culture

Survey respondents praised Ottawa’s “student-centered culture, multicultural and bilingual environment, and opportunities to gain experience in government as well as other sectors,” QS says.


The top 10 student cities – according to students:

  1. Ottawa
  2. Prague
  3. Shanghai
  4. Brno
  5. Montreal
  6. Nottingham
  7. Boston
  8. Seoul
  9. Kyoto-Osaka-Kobe
  10. Taipei

More on the survey

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