Best student cities in Germany
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Best student cities in Germany
: Home to more than two hundred thousand international students, Germany is  touted as one of the top 5 destinations for international students by UNESCO. The perks of studying in Germany are many, which is why it is also increasingly favored by Indian students as reflected by the explosion in the numbers heading to the country- According to DAAD, between 2008 and 2014 alone, the number of Indian students in Germany increased by 114%; a trend which is only likely to pick up steam.

One reason why Germany is emerging as a favorite destination is that public universities in Germany don’t charge any tuition fees, which automatically brings down cost of studying in Germany. Also, German degrees are internationally recognised, with many universities extending their instructions in English.

But students these days aren’t just satisfied with knowing that Germany is a great place for higher education, and want to get more information like which are the best student cities in Germany. Careers360 has compiled a list of top 5 student cities in Germany- cities that not only fulfill the academic criteria expected of a top academic destination, but also satisfy the human urge for safety, amusement and creativity.

Best student cities in Germany

Berlin: It shouldn’t come as a surprise that Berlin heads the list of best student cities in Germany, as it has been a permanent fixture in the QS Best Student Cities list for quite some time now. Placed 9th in the world and 1st in Germany in the list, the capital of Germany is steeped in history and has many poignant memories attached to it, especially from the period during the Second World War. Also, the city today is a thriving commercial hub and a cultural epicenter.

 

The cost of living in Berlin is another high point, as it scored the highest points in affordability ahead of cities like Munich and Hamburg (source QS). So whether you are living in off-campus or on-campus accommodation, or paying for groceries, your bill will mostly stay within limits, unless of course you go overboard.

 

As for academics, the city has three universities ranked by QS, with Freie Universität Berlin top ranked at 119th place. Many universities in Berlin are offering more and more courses in English, especially in the graduate level, keeping in tune with the changing times, and it has helped it endear itself to the student community.

 

Fast facts about Berlin

Number of universities in QS list

3

Top ranked institution

Freie Universität Berlin (119th in the world)

International students

16% of students enrolled at ranked institutions

Average tuition fees

US$0

Transparency international score

 12th (out of 177)

Numbeo Pollution rank

220th (out of 300)

Numbeo Health Care Index

76.59 (high)

Numbeo Quality of Life Index

178.13 (Very high)

Numbeo Safety index

59. 54 (Moderate)

Munich

The second city on our list of best student cities in Germany is Munich, which is the third largest city in Germany. In the QS list, it jointly occupies the 11th position along with Zurich and immediately follows Berlin in the affordability test. The twin assets, affordability and tuition fee-less admission, is understandably a big draw among international students, including India, where students for a change can start thinking beyond loans and financial help. Helping matters is scholarship schemes like DAAD, which finances meritorious students who are eager to take up academic residence in Munich.

Munich is known as much for its opulence as it is for the traditionally ornate Bavarian architecture and cultural scene which will keep you hooked. Interestingly, the city happens to be the beer capital of the world and is dotted with fabulous parks and mountain ridges, which will invariably revive the nature lover in you.

So, if you feel burned out after putting long hours in your study and want to let off some steam, you will never be out of options when in Munich, easily one of the best student cities in Germany.

Fast facts about Munich

Number of universities in QS list

2

Top ranked institution

Technische Universität München (60th in the world)

International students

16% of students enrolled at ranked institutions

Average tuition fees

US$0

Transparency international score

 12th (out of 177)

Numbeo Pollution rank

282nd (out of 300)

Numbeo Health Care Index

83.58 (Very high)

Numbeo Quality of Life Index

206.89 (Very high)

Numbeo Safety index

84.60 (Very high)

Bonn

If you are a music buff, what better place to take up residence (during your studies that is) in the city where the musical genius Beethoven was born? Apart from being one of the oldest and best student cities in Germany, at one point Bonn had the distinction of being the seat of government alongside Berlin. The city in recent times, though, has also come to be known for its colorful carnivals and is a hub of international corporations.

On the academic front, Rheinische Friedrich-Wilhelms-Universität Bonn, ranked 210th in the world and 12th in Germany, is a premier educational institute in the city and is a favorite among international students.

So, when you are in Bonn, you have the unique opportunity of mixing education with pleasure. And once you are done with your study in Germany, the big corporations are there to embrace you. Germany has an accommodating work-after-study program and you may easily find full-time or part-time jobs once you are done with your studies.

 

Fast facts about Bonn

Number of universities in QS list

1

Top ranked institution

Rheinische Friedrich-Wilhelms-Universität Bonn (210th in the world)

Average tuition fees

US$0

Numbeo Pollution index

19.20 (Very Low)

Numbeo Health Care Index

79.17 (Very high)

Numbeo Quality of Life Index

-           

Numbeo Safety index

53.43 (Moderate)

Hamburg

Home to the country’s busiest port, Hamburg is today recognized as an important media and industrial center and one of the best student cities in Germany. The unique architecture of the city, which is a marriage of ancient grace with modern flair, creates a lasting impression on impressionable minds, especially when you take into account that the history of the city goes back to the time of the Romans.

Another reason why students are drawn to the city is its thriving economy, which is evident in the number of big corporations and industries dotting the cityscape. As is the case, with economic well-being comes prosperity and peace, and there is this unmistakable sense of festivity in the air all year round; some of the famous festivals and events in the city include Filmfest Hamburg, and the fun fair, Hamburger DOM, to name a few. These festivals and events, along with giving lots of entertainment, help international students see the world with a new perspective and in the process help them to expand their horizons.

The city is no less academically inclined, as Universität Hamburg isn’t just one of the top universities in Germany, but is also placed in the QS list, ranked 219th in the world.

 

 Fast facts about Hamburg

Number of universities in QS list

1

Top ranked institution

Universität Hamburg (219th in the world)

Average tuition fees

US$0

Numbeo Pollution Index

31.07 (Low)

Numbeo Health Care Index

75.45 (High)

Numbeo Safety Index

55.83 (Moderate)

Numbeo Quality of Life Index

185.81 (Very High)

Stuttgart

If you are a cultural junkie, one of the best student cities in Germany, Stuttgart is a place where you wouldn’t run out of opportunities, for beginning from famous opera and philharmonic, to acclaimed ballet to world-famous museums, like the Mercedes Benz Museum, it has it all. Another endearing aspect about the city is it is greener than most other cities; this aspect is evident in the fact that it has the largest combined zoo and botanic garden, Wilhelma, in the whole of Europe. 

For recreation, students can take trips to the nearby mountain ranges of the Schwäbische Alb and Black Forest. During winter, the region is abound with tourists looking to showcase their snowboarding and skiing skills, while in summer it is the hikers, getting a bit of adrenaline rush.

 

With a host of automobile industries and other corporations having their headquarters in the city, getting work in Stuttgart is a safe bet, especially for engineering students. The highest ranked academic institution in Stuttgart is Universität Stuttgart, ranked 251st in the world, which more than ensures that you will not be found lacking in theoretical knowledge and practical skills when you go in search of work opportunities.   

 

Fast facts about Stuttgart, one of the best student cities in Germany

Number of universities in QS list

1

Top ranked institution

Universität Stuttgart(251th in the world)

Average tuition fees

US$0

Numbeo Pollution index

39.86 (Low)

Numbeo Health Care Index

75.63 (High)

Numbeo Safety index

75.40 (High)

Numbeo Quality of Life Index

198.07 (Very High)

Also read:

Best student cities in the World

Best student cities in the USA

Top student cities in the UK

 

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I am bca student I want to take an admission in Germany for msc computer . what should I do? or what is my eligibility criteria?

Sanjay Khandelwal 20th Feb, 2020
You will have to look in the colleges and universities providing this course and see which has better ranking and are under your budget. You must have good score in UG. You will need a good IELTS score above 6 band. And see whether course is available in English. German language isnt must but start learning. Go straight to their website apply directly and wait for their response.
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I have done my bachelors in Civil Engineering. I want to pursue Masters in architecture either in India or abroad. is it possible?

Deblina Maity 20th Feb, 2020

Yes, it is possible to do M.Arch. in India. But, there are only few colleges who provide this option and also you will get only two or three streams under M.Arch which are related to civil engineering like urban planning and development. But in abroad as they provide interdisciplinary courses so you have better options and scope.

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which all universities in germany provide ms in embedded systems??

Nikki Nair 14th Feb, 2020

Hello Aswin

Well German universities offer a variety of courses,According to your preference

Some of the German universities that provide MS in Embedded Systems are

1.TU Chemnitz

2.University of Sttutgart(Infotech branch)

3.RWTH ACHEN

4.TU BERLIN

Well you can find many more public and private university on the official website

www.daad.de/en/ (//www.daad.de/en/)

In this website you can sort your preferences ,location,and subject

I hope this helps

Thanks and Regards

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i am planning to do ms in engg in germany !!! so how do i start?

Nikki Nair 14th Feb, 2020

Hello Aswin

Getting into German universities can be quite tough,As the give you world class education they also expect you too be quite advanced with your work

Here are some tips to start preparing

1.Complete minimum A1 and A2 exam in German language(Basic requirement),they have 2 types of course English taught and German taught

Even if you are getting into English Program they will still need German language for basic interaction

2.Get a good score (2.5 on German scale)

3.Collect your documents right away(All important marksheet)

4.Show your X-factor(can be anything from playing guitar to writing a book)

5.Apply at all German univ of your chioice

and then sit back and relax.

I hope this helps

Thanks

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iam completed my diploma mechanical engineering I want to study higher education in Germany so plz give me some information about this

deepika bala Student Expert 11th Feb, 2020
Hello Susan,
The diploma degree u pursued is validated in Germany but with the standard equivalent to German school of mechanics. You can contact the concerned university for diploma students acceptance and moreover the practical based learning  is essential for engineering courses which is not so common in india so you should definitely give it a try for great experience and exposure.
Best of luck .
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