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The 10 Best Cities For Millennial MBAs

Where should millennial MBAs put down their roots?

By  Robert Klecha

Mon Jun 5 2017

The Millennial MBA generation, or Generation Y, is taking the business world by storm.

Tech-savvy, entrepreneurially-minded, and determined to make an impact, millennials are tomorrow’s business leaders.

Millennials have the power to rejuvenate cities and prop up economies with their hipster, café-style consumerism. Millennial have the potential to create the next billion dollar startups. And cities across the globe are well-aware of the need to attract them.

From Austin to Amsterdam, there’s no shortage of millennial-friendly cities for the most travelled generation in history to lay down their roots.

Here's our 10 best cities for millennial MBAs:

The below list considers startup culture, employment rates, internet speed and nightlife scores from a study by online housing platform Nestpick, as well as level of business education, reputation and funding opportunities for startups and technology. 

1. Austin, TX, USA

With over 20% of the city's population in the 25-to-34 age bracket, and a strong startup culture, Austin offers the perfect blend of lifestyle and business opportunity that Millennial MBAs crave.


Austin's top business schools:


of Business - 46th in the Financial Times 2017 Global MBA Rankings.

2. London, UK

London remains Europe’s number one location for tech start-ups, even after Brexit. According to a Tech Nation report, there were 7,682 startup births in London in 2016 and the UK as a whole saw £6.8 billion invested in tech, twice as much as the closest European neighbour.

Housing and cost of living can be an issue, but are a pain worth bearing if working in tech or finance is your goal post-MBA.


London's top business schools:

London Business School - 6th in the FT rankings

Cass Business School - 37th in the FT rankings

Imperial College Business School - 45th in the FT rankings

3. Copenhagen, Denmark

Copenhagen is a sustainable city with a history of contributing to the global tech scene. Its tech hub, Startup Village, is now the largest startup hub in the Nordics.


Copenhagen's top business schools:

Copenhagen Business School - 4th in the world in Corporate Knights' Better World MBA Ranking 2016. 35th in Financial Times' European Business School Ranking 2016 

4. Amsterdam, Netherlands

Amsterdam topped the Nestpick list for millennial suitability and hit a perfect 10 in tolerance of LGBT issues. It also scored consistently high on startup culture, internet speed and gender equality. The Netherlands is known for it's entrepreneurial economy and its capital is ripe for MBAs looking to start a new business venture.


Amsterdam's top business schools:

Nyenrode Business Universiteit - 38th in Financial Times’ European Business School Ranking 2016

Amsterdam Business School - 55th in the QS World University Ranking 2016

5. Berlin, Germany

Berlin has a world-class infrastructure with top scores in the Nestpick study coming in public transport, internet speeds and gender equality. It also scored a Nestpick perfect 10 for nightlife. You’d be hard pressed to find a city that's  better connected anywhere in the world.


Berlin's top business schools:

ESMT Berlin - 70th in the FT rankings

6. Vancouver, Canada

Vancouver is a great place to start a startup - well-suited to ambitious MBA entrepreneurs. There's over 2,000 startups in Vancouver listed on AngelList.


Vancouver's top business schools:

University of British Columbia: Sauder - 36th best university in the world in the Times Higher Education Rankings 2016

7. Denver, CO, USA

This US city is attracting Millennials like no other. Its secret? Jobs. Denver has seen huge amounts of millennials arriving with generation Y now making up 32.5% of the city’s workforce. It's clearly embracing a new ways of thinking and doing business.


Denver's top business schools:

University of Denver: Daniels College of Business - Inc. Magazine's top 10 most innovative MBA programs

8. Paris, France

The high on the quality of life and education on offer in Paris makes it an exciting prospect for anyone looking for somewhere study an MBA. Counting against it is the low level of employment opportunities and high cost of living.


Paris' top business schools:

HEC Paris - 20th in the FT rankings

ESCP Europe - 24th in the FT rankings

EDHEC Business School (Paris campus) - 74th in the FT rankings

9. Seattle, WA, USA

Seattle was recently ranked as the best US city for Gen Y Jobs in a poll by PayScale, which reported job satisfaction to be 70% among those who replied. It's a city that has embraced the millennial mind-set.


Seattle's top business schools:

University of Washington: Foster - 41st in the FT rankings

10. Munich, Germany

Berlin's more serious cousin, Munich scored high in the Nestpick study for employment opportunities and startup culture, but had low scores for internet speed and housing.


Munich's top business schools:

EU Business School (Munich campus) - Fifth in the QS Return on Investment Report for salary uplift in Europe

Student Reviews

Bayes Business School




On Campus

Best Journalism school in Europe

When I first stepped onto the campus of City, University of London, I knew I was in for a ride - and not just on the Tube! With its vibrant energy and an impressive repertoire of programs, City U became my home away from home. The Journalism program was kind of a big deal. Rumour was that we were the best in Europe! The lecturers were not just experts in their field; they’re practically journalistic royalty. They were invested, passionate, and had a knack for turning the most flat press release into a riveting news story. With their guidance, I’ve learned to navigate the chaotic world of media like a pro. The campus was a melting pot of every culture, being that we had such a diverse international crowd. Being in the heart of London, I had the world at my fingertips - there was always a new corner to explore, a hidden gem of a cafe to discover, or a street performer! City, University of London wasn't just a university; it was a chapter in my life story that I’ll never forget.




On Campus

Learning environment

The teacher-learner ration is manageable, giving each learner a chance to gain personal attention. It is also easier following up on the progress of a student, as the numbers per class is not large. the conducive environment for learning includes clean classes, standard desks, world class instructional facilities and the opportunity to engage lecturers even after their sessions. The team spirit at City is above board, with learners getting chance to learn both from instructors and colleagues. This is the university of choice; the place to be.




On Campus


I liked that each class had a manageable number of learners, making the professor-learner ratio favor knowledge acquisition. I also liked that study schedules were manageable, and not overwhelming. The focus on talents and gifts even within the learning environment makes it possible for learners to achieve the best of their potential, and this has worked to the advantage of those that have schooled at City, University of London




On Campus


The diversity at City University facilitates interactions and is a direction toward the unity of the world. The classes are well built to match the number and needs of all students regardless of the elements of diversity that set people apart. The use of technology in delivery makes learning even more interesting and achievable. At City University there is no distinction pegged on the issues that make people unique.




On Campus


The team of lecturers at the Uiversity are well experienced. Their level of insight and the methodologies of delivery works for the interes of the leaeners. My learning experience was largely boosted by the level of knowledge of the professors at the institution, and their passion to transfer the same to learners. I appreciate every class I attended because of the level of insight I was able to gather




On Campus

The best university I’ve been to

The campus and the people I've met have made it a wonderful experience. I was reared in a small town with a graduating class of only 88 individuals, so moving to City University was a huge adjustment for me. My dorm has more residents than my whole high school combined! I enjoy the atmosphere here, and everyone is so friendly. Outstanding academic options and a stunning campus. Really great from beginning to end. The educators genuinely love what they do, and the students are ready to learn. On or around college, there is always something to do with friends, and the social scene is particularly warm.




On Campus

Bayes Business School

As a student at City university attending Bayes Business School I would totally recommend choosing this university as the experience is exceptional with great social networking opportunities . Professors are significantly helpful, delivering with excellence and professionalism. Everyone is happy to help and make you feel welcomed in such an esteem university as City, offering exceptional development and guidance through out the course.




On Campus

Economics and Politics

Incredibly amazing university, the way they polish students and help them boost their morale and think intellectually is worthwhile. Many universities have international partnerships to allow exchanges between their students. The most obvious subjects for these opportunities would be those that involve languages, and the study of people and places.




On Campus

Clinical biology

I really like it it’s perfect for me with not too many people and not too few either. All the modules are amazing. I love the toy bar. I love all the societies that I’ma part of. Especially the colour Bollywood society