Having a quality academic life is a priority for many and if you’re reading this then you’re probably among those searching for a suitable destination to study abroad. It’s not just about studying and attending lectures but also the flexibility and the overall environment.

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A place for meant students has to have a desirable blend of everything. To help you on your quest for a proper destination, here we have listed some of the best places to live for better academics.

1. London

London lands at number one in our list since two of the universities in this bustling capital of the UK are ranked among the world’s top ten including UCL (7th) and Imperial College London (8th).

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A whopping number of 8 million people call London home among which, around 400,000 are students, which makes five percent of its total population. It’s not just that but the fact that about 41% of these are international students, which means you’ll certainly fit right in!

The average fees per annum for international students here are €13,000 (if they come from outside of the EU) and €9,000 (if they are from within the EU). While the median cost of a city center 1-bed apartment is about €1,900.

2. Tokyo

Japan is a country having the third-largest economy in the world. And its capital, Tokyo, is quite an alluring city for overseas students to come across a completely new way of life.

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Thanks to the employment opportunities after graduating, Tokyo has risen in the charts in 2019 from seventh place to second. Japan’s first university was The University of Tokyo and the classes and lectures are entirely taught in English to attract the crowds of international students.

The median international student fees per annum in Japan are €19,000. While the average price for a city center one-bed apartment is €1,100.

3. Melbourne

Melbourne might be just the city for you if you’re someone who’s into the culture. Melbourne also comes among the world’s most liveable cities with high ranks for stability, healthcare, environment, and academics.

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The University of Melbourne is the highest-ranked university in Melbourne and it gets the 31st ranking in the world. Not to mention, the lack of language barrier since English is the sole language of communication here making this the perfect spot for foreign students.

An average international student pays €5,600 fees per annum in Melbourne. While the median price for a city center 1-bed apartment is €19,000.

4. Montréal

A city with various ethnicities, food, and entertainment, Montréal is also known as a bilingual city and most lectures here occur in English and or French making it an alluring prospect for European students.

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Even if you don’t speak French, it won’t be a problem as free language courses are given with certain programs. Montréal also got first place in 2018 for being the best place to live as a student. McGill University very deservingly gets ranked among the best universities in the world.

The average international student pays €5,600 fees per year in Montreal. Whereas, the median price for a city center 1-bed apartment is €830.

5. Paris

The French capital is not just known for its art and aesthetics but it is also home to eighteen respected universities which include ENS Paris (which has 43rd ranking in the world), Sciences Po Paris, Ecole Polytechnique ParisTech, and HEC Paris.

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Even though the rent here is on the steeper side, the fresh fruit, vegetables, and wine are pretty cheap. You might also want to look into the Erasmus scheme which is open to European students and qualifies you for receiving between €250 to €300 monthly.

An average international student has to pay fees of €2,770 per year in Paris. And the median price for a city center 1-bed apartment is €2,800.

6. Munich

Munich is another city that comes among the best places for academics. Known as a ‘hub’ for international students, the Technical University of Munich (TUM) frequently gets ranked among the world’s top 100 universities.

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Its bustling economy also provides the opportunity of job security after graduation if you plan on staying in the city. Munich is also known for its stunning architecture and rich culture including festivals such as the Oktoberfest. So the students won’t have to consider being bored of constantly dealing with academics.

In Munich, an average international student has to pay a fee of €300* (depending on the university) per year. And the median price for a city center 1-bed apartment is €1,200.

7. Berlin

Germany’s capital Berlin meets its expectations for being one of Europe’s coolest cities to study overseas. Its popularity continues among students because of its affordability and lack of tuition fees (irrespective of nationality).

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You might have to pay a small ‘semester contribution’*, but this will probably be in the hundreds rather than thousands as an international student. One of the city’s most popular university choices is the “Humboldt-Universität Zu Berlin”. Home to the world-famous Berlin Opera and Berlin Philharmonic Orchestra, this place offers a diverse art scene which ensures that the students don’t get bored exploring the place.

An average international student in Berlin pays a fee of €300* (depending on the university) per year. While the median price of a city center 1-bed apartment is €870.

8. Zurich

Zurich is not only Switzerland’s largest city but it is also delightfully surrounded by snowy mountains and is continuously named among the most liveable cities in the world for its overall quality of life.

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The living costs here are pretty high but the amount of student satisfaction makes this an attractive prospect. Keeping the aesthetics aside, ETH Zurich and the University of Zurich are both considered elite universities, and the University of Zurich has had scholars such as Albert Einstein formerly teaching there.

In addition to the details, an average international student in Zurich pays a fee of €1,600 per year. While the median price for a city center 1-bed apartment in Zurich is around €1,700.