Have you ever wondered which city contains the highest number of Times Higher Education World University ranked institutions? Well you’re in luck because we’ve analysed our top 200 and top 500 universities to see which cities have the highest concentration of elite universities.
When looking at the top 200 universities, you will probably not be surprised to see London in joint first place, with six universities present. London is world-renowned as a popular destination for British and international students looking to benefit from a high-quality university education. Additionally, the close proximity of its institutions, and the University of London system, means that students attending these universities are able to utilise facilities across the city.
London is only matched by Boston-Cambridge (which have been grouped because of their proximity), home to some of the most prestigious institutions in the world, including Harvard University. Other cities that boast several top 200 universities are Paris, Hong Kong, Berlin and New York.
Cities with the most top 200 universities
Something to keep in mind is that some cities are significantly larger than others, which could be one of the reasons why they have more top-ranking universities. This could explain why there are so many high-ranking universities in London and Paris, compared with other major global cities.
Bearing this in mind, when analysing the data, we also looked at geographically close cities such as Copenhagen-Malmo-Lund, Brussels-Ghent-Antwerp and Amsterdam-Utrecht and found that many of these clusters also have high numbers of top-ranking universities, but to maintain consistency we omitted these from our final tables. The only one that still features is Boston-Cambridge as they are too close to each other to leave out.
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If we widen the pool to look at the number of top 500 universities within a city, London once again takes the top spot with an impressive 15 universities. This is hardly surprising, considering London has one of the highest concentrations of higher education institutions in the world, with nearly 40 universities in total.
Paris comes in second, with 10 universities, while Boston-Cambridge again scores well with eight top 500 universities, Seoul and Melbourne are joint fourth with seven each.
However, some slightly surprising cities also appear on the list, including Frankfurt, Moscow and Tokyo. If you’re looking for a university city off the beaten track, it may be worth checking out some of these cities before making your final decision.
Cities with the most top 500 universities
|Rank||City||Number of top 500 universities|
|6||Dublin, New York, Sydney||5|
|7||Barcelona, Berlin, Frankfurt, Chicago, Moscow, Tokyo, Los Angeles, Milan||4|
|8||Atlanta, Shanghai, Stockholm||3|
|9||Bay Area, Singapore, Beijing, Montreal||2|
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