Universities in Vancouver, Canada
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Vancouver
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  • Universities in Vancouver
  • Ranked in at least one ranking
24
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  • Universities in Vancouver
  • (18 institution and 6 subject rankings)
26
  • Global Rankings rank
  • Universities in Vancouver
  • Among TOP 200

The first thing anyone will tell you about Vancouver is its natural beauty, which is a rarity for such a centre of metropolitan activity, but you understand what everyone is saying once you take in the way it sophisticatedly combines cityscape architecture with extensive public green spaces, with mountains and sea on all sides.

Be warned though that in Vancouver on average it rains for almost 50% of the year, so your suitcase should be piled high with waterproofs!

That still leaves another 50% though, and a popular hangout when the weather’s good is Kitsilano Beach, or Kit’s Beach for short. A pro local tip is to not even try bringing your car here because parking is so challenging, but instead use Vancouver’s well organised public transport.

PROS

  • The majority of students in Vancouver are able to take advantage of the U-Pass, a program which gives students unlimited use of local public transport. Vancouver Career College is the only post-secondary institution that does not participate in this program.

  • Unlike most of Canada, Vancouver enjoys a relatively warm climate. It does rain very frequently, but if you dress appropriately then you simply get used to it, and even learn to like it according to many people.

  • International students have the option to pay $75 every month for health insurance. To be eligible to apply for this, you must be able to demonstrate that you’re a full-time student, and that you’ve been living in Vancouver for at least three months.

CONS

  • The cost of living in Vancouver is high compared to other Canadian cities. It’s recommendable to have a job arranged in advance, if possible.

  • Vancouver is a lot of city packed into a relatively small area, so it experiences considerable traffic jams almost every day. Students who choose to live in off-campus housing should make sure it’s not too far away from their campus.

  • Nightlife is not a big scene in Vancouver in terms of nightclubs, although there are plenty of popular bars where people can unwind after a long day of work or study.

Latest ranking updates related to universities in Vancouver
  • 18 Mar, 2021: Scimago Institutions published most recent results of Scimago Institutions Rankings - Universities. University of British Columbia achieves position 44.
  • 04 Mar, 2021: Publication of QS World University Rankings By Subject (Engineering - Civil & Structural). University of British Columbia with highest ranking among universities in Vancouver ranked #4.
  • 30 Jan, 2021: 4icu published most recent results of UniRank 4icu - Top English-Speaking Universities. University of British Columbia achieves position 24.
  • 30 Jan, 2021: Latest UniRank 4icu - World Ranking from 4icu. in position #24.

Highest subject rankings of universities in Vancouver

Library & Information Management
#7 
University of British Columbia
Environment / Ecology
#8 
University of British Columbia
Geography
#8 
University of British Columbia
Linguistics
#12 
University of British Columbia
Agriculture
#18 
University of British Columbia
Environmental Engineering
#22 
University of British Columbia
Nursing
#24 
University of British Columbia
Art & Design
#30 
Emily Carr University of Art and Design
Communication & Media Studies
#48 
University of British Columbia

Rankings of universities in Vancouver, Canada 2021

Student satisfaction: 4.5 / 5.0 (1315 reviews)
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  • #2 
  • #34 
THE World University Rankings - Times Higher Education
[Published 24 August, 2020]
  • #3 
  • #45 
QS World University Rankings
[Published 10 June, 2020]
  • #2 
  • #44 
Scimago Institutions Rankings - Universities
[Published 18 March, 2021]


Student satisfaction: 4.1 / 5.0 (178 reviews)
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  • #73 
  • #6649 
Webometrics Ranking Web of Universities
[Published 01 January, 2021]


Student satisfaction: 3.7 / 5.0 (644 reviews)
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  • #81 
  • #9117 
Webometrics Ranking Web of Universities
[Published 01 January, 2021]

#4

Vancouver, City University

Student satisfaction: 4.3 / 5.0 (152 reviews)

#5

Washington State University Vancouver


Student Opinions About Studying in Vancouver

“Visually the city is just stunning, and its famous rainfall makes it even prettier. There are plenty of places to do your shopping, and bars for having a drink with your buddies. My only real complaint is the traffic congestion, it can wear you down after a while if you live far away from your commitments.”

“Vancouver has a lot to see and do, whether it’s museums or bars on the rainy days, or hiking and a visit to Kit’s beach on the sunny days, which is a popular way the students spend their free time.”

“The public transport is really frequent and well organised, just don’t make the mistake of trying to use the roads during rush hour. The way I spent a lot of my time while studying at the University of British Columbia was to snowboard for a couple of hours after studying and meet up for dinner and maybe drinks straight after with my friends. Can’t ask for more.”

Vancouver Key Facts for International Students

Population: 1838000

Time: GMT -8

District/province: British Columbia,

Living costs for students in Vancouver:

* 100 = prices in London

  • Living costs without accommodation 87* (13% cheaper than London)
  • All costs including accommodation 79* (21% cheaper than London)
  • Meals (grocery & lower cost restaurants) 84* (16% 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:
Michael Smith (University of British Columbia, 1993)

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Student Life in Vancouver.

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FAQ

University of British Columbia ranks #1 in Vancouver in our meta ranking composed of 96 university rankings.

Among all universities in Vancouver University of British Columbia is listed in the largest number of rankings. See all 33 rankings where University of British Columbia is listed.

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

University of British Columbia is ranked best in Vancouver for Natural Sciences (Environment / Ecology). See all rankings for the University of British Columbia.

University of British Columbia is ranked best in Vancouver for Social Studies & Humanities (Geography). See all rankings for the University of British Columbia.

University of British Columbia is ranked best in Vancouver for Languages & Literature (Linguistics). See all rankings for the University of British Columbia.

University of British Columbia is ranked best in Vancouver for Agriculture (Agriculture). See all rankings for the University of British Columbia.

University of British Columbia is ranked best in Vancouver for Engineering (Environmental Engineering). See all rankings for the University of British Columbia.

University of British Columbia is ranked best in Vancouver for Medicine & Health (Nursing). See all rankings for the University of British Columbia.

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

University of British Columbia is ranked best in Vancouver for Journalism & Media Studies (Communication & Media Studies). See all rankings for the University of British Columbia.

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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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 - 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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