Best European cities for graduates

The best European cities for graduates to work in right now

Graduating from university is one of the most important milestones of your life, because it signals (not for everyone, of course) the end of so many years of education and your entry into the world of work. If you’ve done a vocational course, you’ll know exactly what you want to do next, while others will have a path that’s less clear-cut, but for everyone your options are wide open. The world is so much smaller than it used to be, so why not look around it to see where you want to be among the best European cities for graduates?

Europe has plenty to offer a new graduate in terms of wonderful places to live and work, from the cliched destinations of Barcelona, Prague and Berlin to more surprising options like Glasgow, Stockholm and Sofia. Of course, it depends what you’re looking for and which aspects of city life are most appealing to you, but a study has been done to find which European cities are the best for new graduates.


The big news is that Glasgow has come out on top, with the Scottish city beating off competition from some of its more glamorous rivals across the continent. Its nearest geographic rival, Edinburgh didn’t even make the top 15, despite its many attractions, but then again, neither did London, Paris or Rome. They may all be spectacular cities to visit and live in, but for new graduates, their high prices for basically everything make them unrealistic options.

The rankings were done by rent prices, cost of living, net salary, residents’ satisfaction levels at the sporting and cultural facilities and the popularity with existing graduates. One of the reasons Glasgow came out on top is that its locals feel that they are well served for sporting facilities and cultural venues while also scoring very well for rent prices and the state of the local economy, which means there will be opportunities for new graduates.

Prague and Munich were both not far behind Glasgow on the list, with the German city scoring particularly well for its economy, coming out on top of all of the others in that ranking, but falling short when it comes to its high cost of living. If you’re looking for a cheap place to live, eastern European cities like Bucharest, Sofia, Krakow and Warsaw all score very well for rent and cost of living, with Sofia also already a popular city for graduates.

So why not have a look through the list and see which city appeals the most to you for your next big step?

Best European cities for graduates infographic

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