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Toronto considered one of the best cities for students worldwide

Although going to university can be daunting, studying abroad is an exciting feat that means embracing a new culture, learning a new language, or finding your independence. 

If you're looking for a new city to call home during your studies, you might be grappling with different concerns, from the cost of living to accessibility, and safety. 

Lucky for Toronto residents, it doesn't look like we have to search very far to find an all-around positive academic experience, as a new report by Helpful Professor has ranked Toronto as one of the best cities for students worldwide

The study analyzed over 1,300 universities across the world, identifying 339 cities in 85 different countries. 

The report compiled information from multiple different sources across the internet to score cities in seven categories, namely, the number of universities in the city, average university score within that city, average international students per university, cost of living, freedom, safety, and friendliness. 

Each ranking factor was given a score out of 10, and factors were then combined to give a total score for each city out of 100. 

Toronto came in at #20 with a score of 48, and was tied with Vienna, Austria; Lund, Sweden; Groningen, Netherlands; and Maastricht, Netherlands. 

In each ranking category, Toronto received a one out of 1o for number of universities, four out of 10 for average university score, eight out of 10 for average international students, five out of 10 for cost of living, nine out of 10 for freedom, six out of 10 for safety, and zero out of 10 for friendliness. 

Other Canadian cities also appeared on the list, with Edmonton at #25, Ottawa and Calgary tied for #41, and Hamilton, Kingston, London, and Victoria tied at #82. 

Montreal and Vancouver managed to score high on the global list, coming in at #1 and #3, respectively. 

Toronto's best-performing factor was "average international students," with a score of eight out of 10 and a ranking of #4 on the global list in this category. 

Here are the top 10 best cities to study in, according to the report:

  1. Montreal, Canada
  2. Tokyo, Japan
  3. Vancouver, Canada
  4. Glasgow, U.K. 
  5. Melbourne, Australia 
  6. Munich, Germany; Sydney, Australia; Manchester, U.K.; Liverpool, U.K; Copenhagen, Denmark (all tied) 
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