These are the best student cities in Germany

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Student Janine Unger learns in front of windows covered with photovoltaic foil panels at the university in Munich, southern Germany. Source: AFP/Christof Stache

“Tuition-free” and “world-class” education might sound like buzzwords in university marketing brochures. But that’s what you can enjoy if you were to pursue higher education in Germany. 

There are over 400 higher education institutions in the country; depending on the university you enrol in, you may pay little to no tuition fees, translating to huge savings for students.

Affordable education aside, the country is also home to some of the world’s top universities.

This includes Technical University of Munich, Germany’s top university which is ranked 25th in the Times Higher Education World University Rankings 2020; meanwhile, RWTH Aachen University and Technical University of Berlin are Germany’s second and third best universities respectively.

But which are the best cities in Germany for students? Here are some suggestions:


As the capital city of Germany, Berlin is an unmissable study destination for prospective international students.  Source: Shutterstock

Home to a legendary rave scene, some of the cheapest (and tastiest food in Western Europe) and a steadfast commitment to multiculturalism, Berlin is arguably the best city in Germany for foreigners.

Some of the universities in Berlin include Freie Universität Berlin, Humboldt-Universität zu Berlin and Technische Universität Berlin, which teach English courses.

The city is ranked fifth in the QS Best Student Cities 2019 rankings. Its appeal as an international study destination is partly due to a greater provision of courses in English, particularly at postgraduate level.

QS also notes that this is in addition to its high-quality of living, affordable costs, a liberal atmosphere and a happening party and music scene.


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The Frankfurt Old Town Square Romerberg with Justitia Statue. Source: Shutterstock

Frankfurt is famous for being one of Germany’s financial hubs, but this busy metropolis has more layers to it than meets the eye. 

The city is home to a smorgasbord of culture and beautiful landscapes that adds to its character. For instance, you’ll find coffee houses, the childhood home of writer Johann Wolfgang von Goethe as well as skyscrapers dotting the city.

Some of the universities in Frankfurt include Goethe University Frankfurt and the Frankfurt School of Finance & Management.


The The Siegestor is a historical landmark in the city. Source: Shutterstock

Munich climbed two places to fourth place in the QS Best Student Cities 2019  rankings.

Students like the city’s affordability, ease of getting around, nightlife and friendliness.

“Munich also ranks among the best in the world for desirability, which draws on a broad selection of sources designed to assess quality of life,” said QS.

Munich also has a high score for affordability as no tuition fees are charged for undergraduate students at public universities in the majority of Germany, regardless of nationality.

Some of the universities in the city include the Ludwig Maximilian University of Munich and the Technische Universität München.

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