Qs Best Student Cities ranking: 10

Back to the full ranking >

Rounding off the top 10 of the 2014 QS Best Student Cities is Munich, which climbs three places since the index was last published, overtaking fellow German city Berlin (11th).

It certainly seems right that Germany should have at least one student city ranked in the top 10, as the world’s most popular non-Anglophone destination for international students, and the fourth most popular overall.

Located deep in Germany's southernmost region Bavaria, Munich is the nation's third largest city, and its affluence and vibrancy have led it to be ranked as the most desirable German city in which to live.

For many people outside of Germany, Munich is known first and foremost as the beer capital of the world – home to Oktoberfest, one of the world's biggest and booziest parties, which every year draws tourists in their hoards to quaff the local brew.

Of course that’s not the reason for Munich’s high score in the QS Best Student Cities – but it does have one of the highest scores for quality of living among any of the cities included. Within the top 10, only Sydney and Zurich get slightly stronger scores in this category.

In terms of university strengths, the city’s highest rankings go to Technische Universität München and Ludwig-Maximilians-Universität München – the second and third highest ranked in Germany, at 53rd and 65th in the QS World University Rankings®.

Munich also has the highest score for affordability among the top 10 cities. As at all German universities, tuition fees are extremely low for domestic and international students alike, and although living costs tend to be slightly higher in Munich than they are in Berlin, this still makes it one of the most affordable student cities around.

Find out more about studying in Germany >

QS ranked universities*:

Technische Universität München ; Ludwig-Maximilians-Universität München

More about Munich

Number of universities ranked by QS*


Top ranked institution

TUM (53rd in the world)



Average university fees


Mercer Quality Of Living rank


Mercer Cost of Living rank


Cost of a Big Mac**


Cost of an IPad***


*Universities assessed within the QS World University Rankings®.

**Based on the Big Mac Index, published by the Economist Intelligence Unit.

*** Based on the iPad Index, published by Commsec.

See the full methodology of the QS Best Student Cities here >