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Top 5 Cities in the World for Gay Students

Published: December 1, 2016

When we choose our dream university, cost, rankings and how close to – or far away from – home the school is, are the usual factors to consider. However, for the LGBT student the level of acceptance at their place of study is equally important.

So we wondered what are the best cities for gay students. Here’s a list of cities that made it into our top 5. We have chosen cities that combine amazing LGBT+ nightlife and culture with top universities, as ranked by QS World Universities Rankings.

5. New York City, USA


Apart from being the city that gave us the word gay in its current meaning, the Big Apple played an important role in the Gay Rights movement in the US. Remember Stonewall anyone? Now, New York combines the Cosmopolitan vibe of a truly global city with some of the best gay nightlife.

With three universities making it to the top 50 – Cornell, Columbia and NYU – you’ll be spoilt for places to study.

To find out more about life in New York read:

Gaia de Ponti’s blog from Cornell HERE

Mathilda Herlin’s blog from Columbia HERE

Xiao Quan’s blog from NYU HERE

Malin Jörnvi’s blog from NYU HERE

Alizey Jilani’s blog from NYU HERE


4. Taipei, Taiwan

When it comes to equality and protection under the law, Taipei can challenge Bangkok for the title of Asia’s Gay Capital. Taiwan as a whole is years ahead of other countries in the region and might well be the first in Asia to legalise same-sex marriage.

What’s more The National University of Taiwan comes an impressive 23rd place for Engineering related courses and is 68th overall.  With international tuition of less than $7000 per year and English language courses – it’s a no-brainer.


3. Buenos Aires, Argentina


Buenos Aires can be safely named Latin American Gay Capital. Being the 10th country in the world and 1st in Latin America to legalise same sex marriage, Argentina enjoys one of highest support ratings for the LGBT+ Community at 74%. Coupled with a generally relaxed attitude to sexuality and a lack of serious security problems that plague its neighbours, it might well be the country to head for.

Universidad de Buenos Aires is also ranked 11th in the region and 32nd for Modern Languages in the world. So pack your dictionary… and don’t forget the beachwear.


2. Copenhagen, Denmark

The Danish capital does lose out on nightlife compared to other cities in this list. To compensate there’s plenty of culture, edgy design and hygge. Its LGBT+ credentials are also impressive – not only were the Danes the first in the world to legalise same-sex marriage in 1989, Copenhagen is also home to Europe’s oldest gay bar Centralhjørnet.

Did we mention that Denmark is the world capital of style? Unsurprisingly it is home to some of the best educational institutions in the field. The Royal Danish Academy of Fine Arts even made it into the top 100 in these fields.

To find out more about life in Copenhagen read:

Astrid Slettan’s blog from Copenhagen Business School HERE

Filipa Torstendahl blog from Copenhagen Business School HERE


1. Berlin, Germany


Berlin’s history as the centre of European gay culture goes back to the 1920s. Now, it is undeniably the Gay Capital of Europe. From the iconic Christopher Street Day to grungy underground clubs, like the iconic Berghain – there’s something on offer for everyone.

But don’t worry, even with all the partying you can still get a first class education. The German capital boasts an extensive array of respected universities. Humboldt Universitat zu Berlin even made it into the top 50 places to study humanities in the world. What’s more, there’s not even tuition to pay.


All rankings are according to QS World University Rankings.

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