Despite housing costs, Vancouver ranks 31 among top 50 cities for students

Vancouver has scored number 31 in a new ranking of the top 50 cities in the world to be a student, well behind Montreal (10) and Toronto (26). This despite our city’s brutal housing costs, which clearly dragged down the rating.

Why should we care? Students are present and future contributors to our economy, a pool of skilled workers whose talents can make for a better city. If housing costs, weak employer markets and poor liveability drive them away, we’re the poorer for it.

Top city? Paris of course, with world class, low-cost institutions in the middle of a massive job market, served by cheap housing. Melbourne, a city to which Vancouver is often compared, ranked fourth.