StudyLink logoHome
Students on a university campus

Choosing a city to study abroad

When you are choosing your university to attend for studying abroad, it is important to consider the city in which you will be studying and living. Cities around the world can offer you a range of different and exciting experiences, and often your student experience can change vastly from city to city in the same country.

Local dialects, customs, food and history can all have a pronounced effect on your lifestyle as a student. Do you want to live in a city surrounded by areas of outstanding natural beauty? Or is living in a developed cosmopolitan area more important to you? Perhaps you wish to live and study in a city where costs of living are lower than other cities. Maybe you want to experience a city that is completely different from your home city.

Below you will find guides for cities that are popular student destinations, introducing the university options and discussing the merits of studying at each city and also the lifestyle you can expect from choosing to study at each city.

Student cities in Europe

Out guides to student cities in Europe

Student cities in the Middle East

Our guides to student cities in the Middle East

Choosing a country to study abroad

If you are not ready to choose a city for your studies, take a look at which country in the world you would like to study.

Find out more about choosing a country
Map with pins in marking locations

International study advice

Read our key advice article to help you make the best decision for your education and start your International study adventure.

Person holding a compass
How to choose the ideal study destination for you

In this article we look at how to approach choosing where in the world you would like to study.

World map on a blackboard
Deciding to study abroad: The first steps

Read StudyLink's suggestions on your first steps when deciding where to study abroad, with helpful tips to make your decision easier.

Students reading a book
English Language Testing for International Students

Find out more about English language tests, your options and what is required as an overseas student.

Lady holding bank notes
How much does it really cost to study abroad in 2024? take a detailed look into the costs of studying abroad and all the aspects that you should budget for when embarking on your studies.

A visa document
10 Common Student Visa Question

We answer 10 common questions about applying for a student visa to help make your visa application quick and easy.

A visa document and a world map
International Study Visas

Find out more about international student visas for studying abroad, as well as how, where and when to apply for yours.

A piggy bank with coins
Funding and Scholarships for International Students

Find out more about funding and scholarships for international students, and what financial assistance might be available to you.

Person selecting a book from a shelf
How to choose the right course for you

How to choose a course that fits you? Check our top tips on choosing which course is best for you to help you make an informed decision.

See more international study advice

Sign up to

Sign up to, the home of quality study abroad advice.

Sign up now
Students with books and test tubes