Barcelona, ​​second finest metropolis in Europe to check

Per Perrine Laffon | Posted on 09/11/2021 at 17:45 | Updated on 11/10/2021 at 16:32.

The Catalan capital stands out ahead of Madrid as the most welcoming city for students, being even the second best city in Europe to study.

Choosing which university to study at is not an easy thing. Today, students and their families don’t just look at the rankings of the best universities to make their choice: the city in which the establishments are located is very important, as they will spend several years there and plot their ‘arrival’ project. According to Jihna Gavilanes, president of the specialized website Studee, to choose their university students “should consider anything that might affect their experience. It is not just about choosing where to study, but also about choosing an environment, a way of life, a cost of living and a social atmosphere.“.

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Quality Indicators

The most popular cities among young people are not necessarily the best cities to study. The Student Cities Index is an analysis carried out by Studee, a website that helps to compare and apply universities in order to guide students in their choice. The ranking assigns a score to each city based on the average cost of housing, the average cost of daily living, the purchase price of a Macbook, the price and quality of food, the level of free speech or safety. The city of Barcelona receives a score of 4.92 with an average rent cost of €899.70 (£768.46), a free speech score of 87 and an average internet connection speed of 36 Mbps.

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Barcelona #2 in Europe and 19th in the world rankings

With this rating, Barcelona is just ahead of Madrid for its attractiveness to students: although rents are a little higher in Barcelona,​​the living environment seems more advantageous than in the capital for student life. Barcelona is even the second best city in Europe for university studies, right behind Dublin, Ireland, which ranks first. In the ranking of the best student cities in Europe, Madrid and Valencia are in third and sixth place. Two French cities also stand out: Toulouse in seventh place and Montpellier, which closes the top 10 in tenth place. Globally, Barcelona is ranked as the 19th most welcoming city for students, with the top ten places in the ranking occupied by Asian cities (Tokyo No. 1 worldwide), Australian or American cities (Canada and USA).

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