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QS Best Student Cities ranking: 45th

Well known for its high quality of life, the Danish capital has a very strong score for desirability again this year, an indicator which takes into account the overall quality of life to be had in each city, including factors such as safety and pollution.

As well as being famed for their high quality of life, progressive politics and beautiful landscapes, the Nordic countries are also known for being relatively expensive places to live. This is reflected in Copenhagen’s low score for affordability, despite the relatively low tuition fees.

However, for those who manage their student budgets efficiently, the city certainly repays the investment of living costs, packing lots in to a fairly small space. This includes an impressive selection of museums, galleries and theaters, as well as parks, waterways and charming cobbled streets, with lots of cafés and independent shops to explore. If you’re interested in street fashion, Copenhagen is home to many fashion-conscious young people – particularly within the hip Nørrebro district – where monochromic layers, block-colored bikes and stripped-back sophistication are the standard.

There are two universities in Copenhagen ranked within the QS World University Tops® 2018. The city’s flagship institution, the University of Copenhagen, currently ranks joint 73rd, followed by the Technical University of Denmark at joint 116th.

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hey, i have a question:
i've read a lot about governative fundings for students (>18 years old). Wich are of considerable amount, especially for people who live by themselves. Do you have any links to help me understand this situation a bit more clearly?

how much does it cost to study in COPENHAGEN university for international students??

Hi Srabasti, we don't have info on the costs of studying in Copenhagen specifically, but you can read about the costs of studying in Denmark here.