Universities in Halifax, Canada
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Halifax
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  • Universities in Halifax
  • Ranked in at least one ranking
21
  • Different Rankings list
  • Universities in Halifax
  • (15 institution and 6 subject rankings)
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  • Global Rankings rank
  • Universities in Halifax
  • Among TOP 200

Halifax, Nova Scotia, is a small laid back city known as much for its heat waves as for its snowstorms. Besides unpredictable weather, Halifax offers many of the conveniences and comforts of a larger city without all the stress of large crowds and congestion that normally accompany them.

The locals like to spend their free time in the city’s numerous museums, cinemas, or Chocolate Lake beach which is just a five minute drive from the Downtown core.

With affordable housing, a good cost of living compared to other Canadian cities, and reasonably good possibilities of picking up a part-time job to help students with their expenses, as well as a number of reputable universities to choose from, Halifax could be an excellent candidate for the prospective student who will be fending for themselves for the first time.

PROS

  • The average price for a comfortable 3-bedroom apartment located right in the heart of the Downtown area is around C$2,200. This is considerably more affordable than living in the Downtown area of other, bigger Canadian cities.

  • The city has a small and accessible distribution, meaning that a lot of people simply walk to where they need to be, or take advantage of the city’s extensive bike lanes.

  • Domestic and international students report being able to find part-time jobs in the retail sector, bookstores, or even on their university campus itself.

CONS

  • Halifax has some of the highest tax rates in the country. Although this is compensated by lower living costs, many express that even so they feel the impact on their salaries.

  • The public transport system is slow and unreliable, but the city does participate in the U-Pass transit discount program.

  • Many describe Halifax locals as polite, but also that it can be tricky to make friends here. Newcomers are recommended to jump into lots of social opportunities at the beginning to make sure you are getting to know people.

Latest ranking updates related to universities in Halifax
  • 18 Mar, 2021: New edition of Scimago Institutions Rankings - Universities. 3 universities in Halifax ranked.
  • 04 Mar, 2021: Latest QS World University Rankings By Subject (History) from British Quacquarelli Symonds, UK. 12 universities from Halifax appear in this ranking.
  • 30 Jan, 2021: Publication of UniRank 4icu - Top English-Speaking Universities. Dalhousie University ranked #192.
  • 01 Jan, 2021: Webometrics published most recent results of Webometrics Ranking Web of Universities. Includes 5 universities from Halifax.

Highest subject rankings of universities in Halifax

Geology
#58 
Dalhousie University
Philosophy
#92 
Dalhousie University
Nursing
#101 
Dalhousie University
Environmental Engineering
#199 
Dalhousie University
Agriculture
#217 
Dalhousie University

Rankings of universities in Halifax, Canada 2021

Student satisfaction: 4.2 / 5.0 (285 reviews)
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  • #10 
  • #251 
THE World University Rankings - Times Higher Education
[Published 24 August, 2020]
  • #11 
  • #291 
QS World University Rankings
[Published 10 June, 2020]
  • #14 
  • #290 
Scimago Institutions Rankings - Universities
[Published 18 March, 2021]


Student satisfaction: 4.4 / 5.0 (181 reviews)
  • #41 
  • #558 
Scimago Institutions Rankings - Universities
[Published 18 March, 2021]
  • #41 
  • #1645 
Nature Index - Top Academic Institutions
[Published 04 May, 2020]
  • #37 
  • #1645 
CWUR Center for World University Rankings
[Published 15 June, 2020]

Student satisfaction: 4.5 / 5.0 (76 reviews)
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  • #59 
  • #616 
Scimago Institutions Rankings - Universities
[Published 18 March, 2021]
  • #54 
  • #2980 
URAP World Ranking - University Ranking by Academic Performance
[Published 03 December, 2020]
  • #18 
  • #18 
MacLeans University Rankings - Primarily Undergraduate universities
[Published 08 October, 2020]

Student satisfaction: 4.5 / 5.0 (61 reviews)
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  • #78 
  • #8513 
Webometrics Ranking Web of Universities
[Published 01 January, 2021]

Student satisfaction: 4.4 / 5.0 (31 reviews)
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  • #82 
  • #9376 
Webometrics Ranking Web of Universities
[Published 01 January, 2021]

Student Opinions About Studying in Halifax

”Even though I’m not a fan of the public transport here at all, getting around is quite comfortable since you can usually just walk to your destinations, which has the unexpected benefit of keeping you in shape, and you see more of the city.”

“As a student at Dalhousie, I was able to find off campus housing in the Downtown area with a couple of friends. I would definitely advise others to look at a few different places before you decide, because you can really find a good deal if you’re patient.”

“It can be hard to make friends with the Halifax locals as someone not from the city, because they will always see you as an outsider, but they are almost always friendly and willing to talk with you, at least.”

Halifax Key Facts for International Students

Population: 360000

Time: GMT -4

District/province: Nova Scotia,

Living costs for students in Halifax:

* 100 = prices in London

  • Living costs without accommodation 93* (7% cheaper than London)
  • All costs including accommodation 68* (32% cheaper than London)
  • Meals (grocery & lower cost restaurants) 92* (8% cheaper than London)
  • Average Big Mac price 6.52 C$
  • Plug Type A
    • Residential voltage: 120 V
    • Frequency: 60 Hz
  • Plug Type B
    • Residential voltage: 120 V
    • Frequency: 60 Hz

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FAQ

Dalhousie University ranks #1 in Halifax in our meta ranking composed of 96 university rankings.

Among all universities in Halifax Dalhousie University is listed in the largest number of rankings. See all 29 rankings where Dalhousie University is listed.

Dalhousie University is ranked best in Halifax for Natural Sciences (Geology). See all rankings for the Dalhousie University.

Dalhousie University is ranked best in Halifax for Social Studies & Humanities (Philosophy). See all rankings for the Dalhousie University.

Dalhousie University is ranked best in Halifax for Medicine & Health (Nursing). See all rankings for the Dalhousie University.

Dalhousie University is ranked best in Halifax for Engineering (Environmental Engineering). See all rankings for the Dalhousie University.

Dalhousie University is ranked best in Halifax for Agriculture (Agriculture). See all rankings for the Dalhousie University.

Ranking publishers

4icu

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British Quacquarelli Symonds, UK

Criteria used in ranking -QS World University Rankings:
Academic Reputation 40%
Employer Reputation 10%
Faculty/Student Ratio 20%
Citations per faculty 20%
International Faculty Ratio 5%
International Student Ratio 5%

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Criteria used in ranking -QS Employability Rankings:
Employer reputation 30%
Alumni outcomes 25%
Partnerships with Employers per Faculty 25%
Employer/Student Connections 10%
Graduate employment rate 10%

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CWUR Center for World University Rankings

Criteria used in ranking -CWUR Center for World University Rankings:
Research Performance 40%
Quality of Education 25%
Alumni Employment 25%
Quality of Faculty 10%

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Centre for Science and Technology Studies, Leiden University, Netherlands

Criteria used in ranking -CWTS Leiden Ranking:
Academic research publication

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NTU ranking

Criteria used in ranking -NTU Performance Ranking of Scientific Papers:
Research excellence 40%
Research impact 35%
Research productivity 25%

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Criteria used in ranking -NTU North America:
Research productivity 25%
Research impact 35%
Research Excellence 40%

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Nature Index

Criteria used in ranking -Nature Index - Top Academic Institutions:
Article count (AC)
Fractional count (FC)
Weighted fractional count (WFC)

RUR Ranking Agency (Moscow, Russia)

Criteria used in ranking -RUR World University Rankings:
Teaching 40%
Research 40%
International Diversity 10%
Financial Sustainability 10%

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Criteria used in ranking -RUR Research Performance Ranking:
Normalized citation impact (Citations of research publications from all university authors compared with world averages) 20%
Citation per papers 20%
Papers per academic and research staff 20%
International research reputation 20%
Share of research publications written in international co-authorship 20%

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RUY

Criteria used in ranking -Research Infosource: Canada's Top 50 Research Universities:
Total Sponsored Research Income 20%
Research Intensity per Faculty 20%
Total Number of Publications 20%
Publication Intensity 20%
Publication Impact 10%
Research Intensity per Graduate Student 10%

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Rogers Digital Media

Criteria used in ranking -MacLeans University Rankings - Primarily Undergraduate universities:
Students 28%
Faculty 24%
Resources 20%
Reputation 15%
Student support 13%

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Criteria used in ranking -MacLeans University Rankings - Medical Doctoral universities:
Students 28%
Faculty 24%
Resources 20%
Reputation 15%
Student support 13%

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Scimago Institutions

Criteria used in ranking -Scimago Institutions Rankings - Universities:
Research 50%
Innovation 30%
Societal 20%

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ShanghaiRanking Consultancy

Criteria used in ranking -ARWU Academic Ranking of World Universities - ShanghaiRanking:
Alumni winning research prizes 10%
Staff winning research prizes 20%
Research paper publications 20%
Papers published in Nature and Science 20%
Papers indexed in Science Citation Index-Expanded and Social Science Citation Index 20%
Per capita academic performance 10%

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StuDocu

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THE Times Higher Education, UK

Criteria used in ranking -THE World University Rankings - Times Higher Education:
Teaching 30%
Research (volume, income and reputation) 30%
Citations 30%
International outlook (staff, students, research) 7.5%
Industry income (knowledge transfer) 2.5%

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Criteria used in ranking -THE Global University Employability Ranking - Times Higher Education:
Employability (survey) 100%

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Urap

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Us News

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Webometrics

Criteria used in ranking -Webometrics Ranking Web of Universities:
Visibility 50%
Excellence 35%
Transparency 10%
Presence 5%

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