In a new survey involving 49 cities, Kingston has placed third overall in a ranking that finds the best cities to study in Canada. HelloSafe’s ranking comes as thousands of High School students are anxiously awaiting acceptances from Canadian universities in the coming months.
The ranking was based on four categories: quality of life, Academic excellence and cost of studying, quality of student life and attractiveness. The methodology was also based on Maclean’s Reputation rankings, which recently ranked Queen’s University fifth in its Medical Doctoral rankings. The Maclean’s rankings also ranked Queen’s as third in student satisfaction.
Kingston also ranked fifth overall in attractiveness and sixth in quality of student life. Quality of student life takes into account the number of students within a city, the proportion of students in an overall population and the number of bars & restaurants per capita. The “attractiveness” category considers the number of big towns nearby, accessibility and unemployment rate.
Coming in Sherbrooke was ranked first as the best city to study in Canada. Hellosafe cites a low unemployment rate, a diversity of bars and restaurants and low housing rates as the rationale behind their decision.
Additionally, the rankings found Sherbrooke to be located in an accessible area. “The city enjoys the proximity of at least 3 dynamic urban areas, with Montreal, Ottawa and Quebec City accessible within a short distance,” said Antoine Fruchard, Chief Director at Hellosafe.ca.
“Congrats to Kingston, which ranks third overall, and first in Ontario, which is a [great] performance. Let’s hope Canada will maintain its academic excellence over the years,” said Fruchard” The full rankings can be found on hellosafe.ca.