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Russian cities climb world rankings of the best student cities

May 10, 2018

Quacquarelli Symonds (QS) announced the results of the QS Best Student Cities Ranking 2018.

This annual index highlights leading urban study destinations for international students, drawing on a range of criteria.

QS Best Student Cities 2018 ranking table includes the world’s 100 best cities for international students. Four Russian cities are on this year's list: Moscow (28th), Tomsk (74th), Saint Petersburg (76th) and Novosibirsk (96th).

Moscow climb 11 places and made the top 30, with the city offering a staggering selection of universities and experiences. “Moscow also achieves a high score for employer activity, reflecting the fact that domestic and international employers hold its institutions’ graduates in high esteem. The city is home to an impressive seven universities included in the QS World University Rankings 2018, including Russia’s highest-ranking institution, Lomonosov Moscow State University. The city also appears in the top 50 for student view, with plenty of positive comments from respondents to our student survey,” says QS press office.

Moscow also appears in the top 50 of the Best Student Cities for affordability: “High outlays on accommodation are offset by international tuition fees which fall in the mid-range (around US$5,500 per year), and relatively low daily retail costs,” notes QS press office.

Tomsk tied at No. 74, up 17 places over last year. The city is one of Russia’s major centers for science and education, it has a large number of universities and scientific research institutes, including Tomsk State University and Tomsk Polytechnic University – Project 5-100 participants.

The city is also home to six business incubators and some of the region’s leading companies in engineering, pharmacy and food. Tomsk is the only non-capital member of the Asian Network of Major Cities 21, a body demonstrating the interests of major Asian cities for common priorities such as urban planning, sustainability and crisis management. “Tomsk features in the top five for affordability in the QS Best Student Cities 2018, with lower living costs than those found in larger Russian cities such as Moscow,” says QS.

Saint Petersburg is probably Russia’s most westernized city, and is also considered one of the most attractive cities in Europe. The city is also home to a number of Russia’s most prestigious universities, including Project 5-100 participants: SPbPU, ITMO University, ETU “LETI”.

Novosibirsk appears in the top 10 for affordability, and is home to one of Russia’s most respected universities, Novosibirsk State University,Project 5-100 participant, an enviable plus of the university is its location in Akademgorodok, the world-famous research center.

The ranking is based on a diverse range of indicators grouped into six key categories, including university rankings, student mix, employer activity, quality of living, affordability, student opinion. The ranking requires eligible cities to have a population over 250,000 and have at least two institutions featured in the QS World University Rankings.

Find out the QS Best Student Cities 2018