Universities in Toronto, Canada
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Toronto
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  • (20 institution and 6 subject rankings)
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  • Among TOP 200

Toronto is known for being one of the busiest major metropolises, and for having some of the most sought-after and prestigious universities in the country.

Owing to the city’s significant academic offerings, it has a strong attraction for both domestic and international students alike.

Students in Toronto can expect to spend their free time populating a neighbourhood known as The Beaches, which is a beach location found on Lake Ontario - and thanks to Toronto’s relatively mild climate compared to more northern cities, you might find yourself going for a swim.

The city offers everything you could expect to find in a macro city, like cinemas, shopping centers and so on. Students can enjoy the bohemian tone of the city, between its artful street graffiti in the city’s Fashion District, or the hipster Kensington Market where students like to check out vintage clothes selections, as well as vegetarian and vegan cafes.

PROS

  • International students are permitted to work up to 20 hours per week as per the conditions of their visa, but it can be increased to 30 hours per week during winter and summer breaks.

  • Students are entitled to significant discounts on Toronto’s public transport by using a Presto card, so they should sign up for one immediately to save money on all transport methods in the city.

  • Toronto has one of the lowest crime rates among Canada’s large cities, which means you can go to enjoy Toronto’s thriving nightlife scene with your friends without having to worry too much.

CONS

  • The cost of the Presto card used for discounted student transit is paid for by the students themselves in Toronto, unlike in other provinces where the student travel pass is paid for by participating universities and colleges.

  • Rent prices are infamously high in Toronto. One can expect to pay around $1,595 for a very basic 2-bedroom apartment in the Downtown area.

  • The city has a reputation for being difficult to make friends and connections in, because most people are commuters. This means that not many have the time to socialise after university or work.

For business studies see our separate ranking of business schools in Toronto, Canada

Latest ranking updates related to universities in Toronto
  • 18 Mar, 2021: Latest Scimago Institutions Rankings - Universities from Scimago Institutions. 3 universities from Toronto appear in this ranking.
  • 04 Mar, 2021: QS World University Rankings By Subject (Library & Information Management) updated with University of Toronto ranked highest among 43 listed universities in Toronto.
  • 30 Jan, 2021: Publication of UniRank 4icu - World Ranking. University of Toronto with highest ranking among universities in Toronto ranked #14.
  • 30 Jan, 2021: Latest UniRank 4icu - Top English-Speaking Universities from 4icu. 3 universities from Toronto appear in this ranking.

Highest subject rankings of universities in Toronto

Psychology
#3 
University of Toronto
Clinical Medicine
#3 
University of Toronto
Library & Information Management
#4 
University of Toronto
Molecular Biology & Genetics
#5 
University of Toronto
Statistics
#10 
University of Toronto
Robotics
#18 
University of Toronto
Agriculture
#45 
University of Toronto
Art & Design
#51 
University of Toronto

Rankings of universities in Toronto, Canada 2021

Student satisfaction: 4.4 / 5.0 (1395 reviews)
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  • #1 
  • #18 
THE World University Rankings - Times Higher Education
[Published 24 August, 2020]
  • #1 
  • #25 
QS World University Rankings
[Published 10 June, 2020]
  • #1 
  • #15 
Scimago Institutions Rankings - Universities
[Published 18 March, 2021]


Student satisfaction: 3.8 / 5.0 (1263 reviews)
  • #17 
  • #401 
THE World University Rankings - Times Higher Education
[Published 24 August, 2020]
  • #16 
  • #531 
QS World University Rankings
[Published 10 June, 2020]
  • #21 
  • #399 
Scimago Institutions Rankings - Universities
[Published 18 March, 2021]


Student satisfaction: 4.3 / 5.0 (659 reviews)
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  • #23 
  • #601 
THE World University Rankings - Times Higher Education
[Published 24 August, 2020]
  • #24 
  • #801 
QS World University Rankings
[Published 10 June, 2020]
  • #29 
  • #463 
Scimago Institutions Rankings - Universities
[Published 18 March, 2021]


Student satisfaction: 3.9 / 5.0 (176 reviews)
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  • #69 
  • #5308 
Webometrics Ranking Web of Universities
[Published 01 January, 2021]


Student Opinions About Studying in Toronto

“I was able to get a part-time job fairly quickly after moving to Toronto, which was a relief because the cost of living here is a constant challenge. Fortunately speaking French isn’t a requirement to find work here as it would be in other Canadian cities.”

“The TTC (public transit) is really unreliable, and taking the car if you’re going south of Eglinton is impractical because you’re almost guaranteed a traffic jam.”

“Toronto suffers from very high costs of living, but it compensates for that with its friendly and welcoming locals, and nearly limitless options for ways to spend your free time. You have to get out of the confines of the city centre to see it, but the nature on offer in the surrounding area is truly stunning.”

Toronto Key Facts for International Students

Population: 4613000

Time: GMT -5

District/province: Ontario,

Living costs for students in Toronto:

* 100 = prices in London

  • Living costs without accommodation 92* (8% cheaper than London)
  • All costs including accommodation 80* (20% cheaper than London)
  • Meals (grocery & lower cost restaurants) 70* (30% 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
Nobel prize laureates:
John C. Polanyi (University of Toronto, 1986)
 
Frederick G. Banting (University of Toronto, 1923)
 
John Macleod (University of Toronto, 1923)

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FAQ

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

Among all universities in Toronto University of Toronto is listed in the largest number of rankings. See all 38 rankings where University of Toronto is listed.

University of Toronto is ranked best in Toronto for Social Studies & Humanities (Psychology). See all rankings for the University of Toronto.

University of Toronto is ranked best in Toronto for Medicine & Health (Clinical Medicine). See all rankings for the University of Toronto.

University of Toronto is ranked best in Toronto for Computer Science (Library & Information Management). See all rankings for the University of Toronto.

University of Toronto is ranked best in Toronto for Natural Sciences (Molecular Biology & Genetics). See all rankings for the University of Toronto.

University of Toronto is ranked best in Toronto for Mathematics (Statistics). See all rankings for the University of Toronto.

University of Toronto is ranked best in Toronto for Engineering (Robotics). See all rankings for the University of Toronto.

University of Toronto is ranked best in Toronto for Agriculture (Agriculture). See all rankings for the University of Toronto.

University of Toronto is ranked best in Toronto for Arts Visual & Performing (Art & Design). See all rankings for the University of Toronto.

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 Reputation Ranking:
Teaching Reputation 50%
Research Reputation 50%

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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:
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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Criteria used in ranking -THE World Reputation Rankings - Times Higher Education:
Research Reputation 66,6%
Teaching Reputation 33,3%

Criteria used in ranking -THE World's Most International Universities - Times Higher Education:
Proportion of international students 25%
Proportion of international staff 25%
Proportion of journal publications with one or more international co-authors 25%
University’s international reputation 25%

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Thomson Reuters

Criteria used in ranking -Reuters Most Innovative Universities:
Patent Volume 33%
Patent Citations 34%
Industry Article Citation Impact 11%
Percent of Industry Collaborative Articles 11%
Total Web of Science Core Collection Papers 11%

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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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