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Top 10 Most Affordable Cities to Study Abroad for Pakistani Students


I would refer you a Nigerian city if I was talking about just the cheapest cities. However, my today’s subject of writing is cheapest student cities. To be more clear, the cities that are the best for higher education and also don’t cost too much for living. It is the biggest problem of every Pakistani student to arrange financial resources to afford his/her education in a foreign country. So we definitely need to consider the factor of cost while deciding a study abroad destination.

Study abroad experts, including me, always recommended to select a ‘city’ instead of ‘country’ when deciding a study abroad destination. This way we get more precise information about what we are getting ourselves into. Now when selecting a city, we have to know its living environment, educational standards and cost of studying. In this article, I am sharing top 10 most affordable cities that are also great for higher education. These cities were analyzed and ranked by QS Ranking. I have read these ranking and I also came to the conclusion that these cities are best and cheapest for every Pakistani student to study abroad. Now let’s get on to the cities.


10 -   Toulouse

Toulouse is the 4th largest and one of the cheapest cities of France. This city is also home to many great universities like Paris but it doesn’t cost as much. It was ranked 68th best city for higher education by QS and we all know how strong French education system is. Here is Everything You Need to Know About Study in France.


Top Ranked Universities in Toulouse:

1.     Université Paul Sabatier Toulouse III

2.    Université Toulouse 1, Capitole

3.    University Toulouse – Jean Jaurès


9 -   Valencia

Third largest and cheapest student city of Spain is without a doubt Valencia. It was also ranked 70th best student city by QS. Valencia offers a great living environment with many great universities for Pakistani students.


Top Ranked Universities in Valencia:

1.     Universidad Politecnica de Valencia

2.    Universitat de Valencia


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8 -   Mexico City

Mexico City is the capital of Mexico that was also ranked 49th best student city by QS. Tuition fees by universities are not low in this city however it has one of the lowest cost of living that makes up for it. This city has more universities ranked by QS in top universities ranking so you get a wide range of choices here.


Top Ranked Universities in Mexico City:

1.     Universidad Nacional Autónoma de México (UNAM)

2.    Instituto Tecnológico Autonomo de México (ITAM)

3.    Instituto Politécnico Nacional (IPN)

4.    Universidad Iberoamericana (UIA)

5.    Universidad Anáhuac

6.    Universidad Panamericana (UP)

7.    Universidad Autónoma Metropolitana (UAM)

8.    Universidad Autónoma del Estado de México (UAEMex)


7 -   Vienna

Culturally rich Austrian city Vienna is one of the cheapest cities with many high ranked universities. You are only required to pay around $500 per year as tuition fees. Living cost is not very low however affordable compared to other top ranked cities. Vienna was ranked 16th best student city by QS.


Top Ranked Universities in Vienna:

1.     University of Vienna

2.    Vienna University of Technology


6 -   Munich

Germany is third best study abroad destination and Munich is third largest city of this country. All of German cities have low cost of living compared to other European cities and Munich is one of the most affordable cities in Germany. It was ranked 9th best student city by QS.


Top Ranked Univertieis in Munich:

1.     Technische Universität München

2.    Ludwig-Maximilians-Universität München


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5 -   Taipei

Ranked 21st best student city by QS, Taipei is a city of Taiwan and home to many high ranked universities. This city not only offers relatively low tuition fees but it also has low cost of living.


Top Universities in Taipei:

1.     National Taiwan University (NTU)

2.    National Taiwan University of Science and Technology

3.    National Yang Ming University;

4.    National Taiwan Normal University

5.    Taipei Medical University

6.    National Taipei University of Technology (Taipei Tech)

7.    National Chengchi University

8.    Fu Jen Catholic University


4 -   Berlin

Berlin is the best city to study Germany and QS has ranked it 6th Best Student City in the world. German universities don’t charge any tuition fees and cost of living is very low.


Top Ranked Universities in Berlin:

1.     Humboldt-Universität zu Berlin

2.    Freie Universität Berlin

3.    Technische Universität Berlin


3 -   Hsinchu

Located in Taiwan, Hsinchu is not as populated as Taipei and also offers lower living and study cost. Hsinchu was ranked 75th best student city by QS Ranking.


Top Ranked Universities in Hsinchu:

1.     National Tsing Hua University

2.    National Chiao Tung University


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2 -   Warsaw

Warsaw is the capital of Poland ranked 52nd best student city in the world by QS Ranking. Education is free for you if you study in Polish language otherwise you are required to pay around $3,400 per year as tuition fees. Living cost is also very low in this city though not as much as other cities. It is the living standards and great reviews by students that make it one of the best most affordable student cities.


Top Ranked Universities in Warsaw:

1.     University of Warsaw

2.    Warsaw University of Technology



1 -   Kuala Lumpur

Kuala Lumpur is a Malaysian city ranked 41st best student city in the world by QS. However, it topped the list of most affordable cities to study abroad. Kuala Lumpur was given a perfect score for student affordability by QS Ranking with both low cost of living and low tuition fees in addition to great study environment.


Top Ranked Universities in Kuala Lumpur:

1.     Universiti Malaya (UM)

2.    International Islamic University Malaysia (IIUM)

3.    Universiti Teknologi MARA (UiTM)




Usama Ahmed Awan

The Editor of, Usama is a BZU studied Software Engineer, now  a Teacher, Article Writer, Educational Counselor and Journalist. He has been  writing to assist students selecting the right career path.


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