Paris may have held the key to students’ hearts for a while (shout-out to the Anastasia movie), but they hold the throne no longer. A new contender for the ‘best city for students to live in’ crown has emerged. Coincidentally, it’s a city with French roots as well.
That’s right, it’s Montréal
A QS Top Universities study has revealed that Montréal has leapt an amazing six places to top their list of the best student cities for 2017, wrestling away the top spot from Paris like Trump’s hand in Justin Trudeau’s iron grip.
The city, known as the cultural capital of Canada, is home to several of the nations’s highest ranking institutions. This includes McGill University – ranked 1st in Canada and 30th in the world, the Université de Montréal and many more.
Montréal itself is world-renowned for its diversity, inclusiveness, affordability, creativity and gorgeous cityscapes. Its various artistic and cultural performances and great nightlife are a hit with students the world over.
This lead to it being ranked 5th worldwide in QS’s Student Experience index, behind fellow Canadian city Ottawa in 1st place. On top of all that, it was named the Intelligent Community of the Year for 2016.
This comes hot on the heels of news that Canada has become the most attractive English-speaking destination for international students. With the revelation that Montréal has become the best city for students to live in, Canada has pretty much been confirmed as a utopia for people looking to study abroad.
So Paris, je t’aime. Don’t get me wrong. But it’s time for the city that brought us Céline Dion, poutine and Arcade Fire to take its rightful place at the top of the mountain.
Feature image via Artur Staszewski (Flickr).