Earlier this year Canada received the top spot as the #1 travel destination of 2017. Continuing on this trend, Montreal has been ranked as the number one best student city in the world. With a thriving student community, Montreal is progressively becoming one of the best destinations for students from all over the world.
Known as the cultural capital of Canada, Montreal has often been praised as a young and vibrant city for many internationals. This year, Montreal managed to achieve the #1 spot for best student city according to a QS study, which analyzes quality of student life based on several factors like university excellence, desirability, and affordability. This is a welcomed improvement on the 7th place spot it received in 2016, knocking Paris down from its four-year reign. Vancouver and Toronto also round out the list at 10 and 11 respectively, further cementing Canada’s reputation as a student-friendly country.
A cultural hub for much of Canada, Montreal’s diversity plays a big role in its first place ranking. Montreal offers university and college courses in two internationally prominent languages, French and English, making the city a coveted choice for many international students worldwide. With numerous options for work after graduation, Montreal offers students a strong employment sector and a thriving creative industry to look forward to.
Montreal is also home to internationally-renowned universities and colleges which pairs well with the relative affordability of the city. When compared to the rest of North America and Europe, Montreal is generally more affordable to students. Overall desirability is also a component of the study, especially with regards to quality of life. Montreal is known to be a kind, tolerant and safe city, all positive traits that appeal to international students. This can be attributed to Canada’s progressive and inclusive society, pro-migrant mindset and cultural diversity.
ARTS AND CULTURAL COMMUNITY
Montreal is an internationally well-recognized city, especially with 2017 marking not only its 375th birthday, but Canada’s 150th as well. This is one reason that Canada was chosen as the most popular international destination of 2017. With a strong nightlife and arts community, many young adults find the entertainment options of the city to be a key selling point to Montreal’s popularity as a student destination. Famous art museums such as the Musée des Beaux-Arts de Montreal (The Montreal Museum of Fine Arts), along with murals and festivals throughout the city, help emphasize the cultural ambiance that Montreal is known for.
Canada Ranked #1 Best Travel Destination 2017
Montreal Ranked #1 Best Student City
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