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Victoria ranks woefully low on best Canadian cities to study in list

Victoria ties for 27th place with Kamloops, B.C.
In a recent ranking released by comparison platform Hello Safe, Victoria is listed as 27th out of the the best 49 Canadian cities to study in. (Wolf Depner/News Staff)

According to a recent ranking of the best Canadian cities to study in for 2021, Victoria is on par with Kamloops and far below a number of lesser-known university centres.

The report by comparison platform Hello Safe ranked Victoria 27th of 49 cities, based on four criteria: quality of life, academic excellence and cost of studying, quality of student life, and attractiveness. Each category was worth up to 5 points, giving each city a total mark out of 20. Victoria was given a 10.6, or 53 per cent.

Quality of life was based on the cost of rent, number of inhabitants, access to nature, climate and pollution. Attractiveness was determined by the number of big cities in a 500-kilometre radius, accessibility by road, train and plane, and unemployment rate in January 2021. Quality of student life came from the number and proportion of students in the city, the number of bars and restaurants nearby and the cultural offer. Finally, academic excellence and cost of studying was based off the number of universities in the city, the cost to attend and the university’s academic ranking from McLean’s.

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The only category Victoria made the top 10 in was attractiveness, where it nabbed second place after Sherbrooke, Que. Sherbrooke also took overall first place with a 15.1/20 score. It was followed by Montreal, Que. (15/20), Kingston, Ont. (14.3/20) and Quebec City, Que. (13.7/20).

In total, B.C. claimed eight of the 49 top cities, including (from highest to lowest) Vancouver, Surrey, Nanaimo, Burnaby, Abbotsford, Kamloops, Victoria and Prince George. Ontario took the most cities with 15, followed by Quebec and B.C. with eight, Nova Scotia with five, New Brunswick and Alberta with three, Manitoba and Saskatchewan with two, and Prince Edward Island, Yukon and Newfoundland and Labrador with one each.

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