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QS Best Student Cities ranking: 2nd

For those who want to study amid the hustle and bustle of the big city, they don't come much bigger and busier than Tokyo, one of the world’s most populous urban areas. Tokyo is now Asia’s leading city in the QS Best Student Cities index, overtaking Seoul and climbing five places to rank as the world’s second top student city after London.

Such is the mind-blowing scale of the Japanese capital that, even with 13 internationally ranked universities, it still has a very low proportionate student population. Tokyo, then, is a city for those who favor total immersion in local culture rather than living in a “student bubble”.

The upshot of Tokyo's gargantuan size is that it offers one of the most varied and cosmopolitan living environments on Earth. As one of the world's three leading financial epicenters, alongside New York and London, it also provides enviable professional and internship opportunities, consistently ranking as the best in the world for the employer activity indicator.

Alongside a high rating from graduate employers, Tokyo scores notably well for desirability, which considers both the overall quality of living in the city, and how in-demand it is among prospective international students. It also climbed 27 places in its rank for affordability this year.

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Internationally ranked universities in Tokyo


More about Tokyo

Number of universities ranked by QS


Highest-ranked institution

University of Tokyo (joint 28th in the world)



Average international fees (at ranked unis)


Desirability rank


Employer Activity rank


Affordability rank


Student View rank



 To find out how each of the above categories is calculated, view the methodology.

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