5 Best Student Cities in Germany

5 Best Student Cities in Germany

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Rahul Singha
Study Abroad Expert
Updated on Apr 11, 2020 18:35 IST

Germany offers many advantages to international students. Low tuition costs, excellent infrastructure and research facilities, a truly global outlook and world’s best universities makes it an ideal student destination. However, many things decide which country is ideal for you and one of the biggest concerns becomes the cost of studying in that country. No tuition or very low tuition removes a big chunk of that cost from studying in Germany, making the cost of living the all important factor of understanding how much would it cost to study in Germany. Having said that, it is important to note that while the cost of living in Germany is a moderate amount, the same would vary on the city you choose. Here’s a look at 5 of the best student cities in Germany, the universities in the city as well as how staying there would impact your cost of living.


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The city is more than just the capital of the country. It is Germany at its best. One of the best student cities in the world to study in, the city has everything that appeals to a student. In terms of the “cool quotient”, the city is a contemporary to the likes of London and New York. History, architecture and culture, all adorn the city and adds to its many values. And what’s more…it is not that costly either!

We all know that the biggest determinant of the Cost of Living is the Student Accommodation in Germany. A rental in the city averages at about €500, which is perhaps on the higher side of the country average of €300. But it is still on the cheaper side when compared to other European cities like Paris and London! What’s more, if you start early and search well, you should be able to find a place to stay in. And if you are looking for only the top universities in Berlin, then the following can be an excellent place to start your search from.

Famous Universities in Berlin that are amongst the Top 10 Universities of Germany


If you know something about Germany then you must have heard about the famous Oktoberfest! And if you have heard of that…then Munich is a name you are well familiar with. The city attracts students from all over the world and there are many reasons to it. The beautiful Bavarian countryside, the excellent living conditions and the multicultural diversity. A friendly place, this is also home to some of the top universities in the world and recognized for the same.

Some of the famous universities in Munich include

These are not merely the top universities of Germany but also feature in the Top Universities of the World and offer excellent research facilities that are truly top of the charts.

On the cost side, the city is a bit expensive with rentals a bit on the higher side. Much like Berlin, the rentals can cost you somewhere around €445 - €650 per month for a one room apartment. Being one of the most liveable cities of the world does come with a price tag but at the end of the day, if you look at the return on investments, then this is one city you cannot miss out on!


The city is an ancient testament to Germany’s education sector. Home to the famous and Germany’s oldest Ruprecht-Karls-University which is also famous as the Heidelberg University, this is a city that has success written all over it. This is also, incidentally, Germany’s top ranked university.

If you are still looking for more reasons to study in Heidelberg, then you would not be disappointed. A modern city in terms of technology and practices, it still has the architecture and look of the medieval times. Calling out to the romantics and the geeks alike, this city promises enough places to explore and contemplate in. A haven for academicians, the city is home to over 50 Nobel laureates…of which more nearly 10 continue to teach in the famous university.

Staying in the city is not that expensive either. There are ample student accommodation options available in the city that you can look into. The rentals are perhaps a bit higher but with the right search a student should be able to find something for lesser than €500 for a single room accommodation.

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Another, perhaps lesser known city which is an excellent destination is Cologne. The quaint city has many things to offer to the students from around the world. It is home to another of the oldest universities of Germany, The University of Cologne. This lesser known university of Germany offers excellent facilities to its students including its Nobel Prize Winning Faculty.

Looking at the city, it has a string of museums and cultural attractions that would entrance the students. There is enough to explore in the city and if that is not enough, you can escape. Direct trains to the famous European cities of Paris, Brussels and Amsterdam would help you explore the Western Europe.

Comparatively cheaper than the other cities, a student can easily find student accommodation in the city. Living in the city centre would be a bit expensive at around €480 per month for a single room accommodation.

Frankfurt Am Main

There is no introduction required to this city. Not only is it the financial capital of Germany but easily also of Europe. It is home to the famous European Central Bank which drives the who’s who of businesses to this city. It is every bit a city of the modern age. Skyscrapers, a vibrant nightlife and plush standards of living all add to the awe of the city.

For a student, there is a lot as well. If culture is something that attracts you, then the city would keep you busy with chain of festivals that are celebrates round the year. There is diversity, culture and modernization all rolled into one in this city. Add to that the word famous Goethe University, and you are set.

On the flip side, however, it can be a costly affair to stay in the financial hub. The rentals in the city can go up to €720 per month for a single room accommodation. However, if you are comfortable sharing, than there are options available that would cost you around €400 a month.

So decide well! Remember, there is so much more to the country you choose than the university. Think well and all the best!

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Anushka Shukla

4 years ago

Can you give me details on Frankfurt University Of Applied Sciences?

Reply to Anushka Shukla

7 years ago

What is the minimum cost of single room rentals and that of student sharing rentals?

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Kanika Khurana

7 years ago

Hi Ritika, On an average, a shared accommodation would cost you around €280 a month. Please refer to the link below for various types of accommodation and how much they would cost you. https://studyabroad.shiksha.com/student-accommodation-in-germany-kinds-and-costs-articlepage-486