QS Best Student Cities ranking: 14th
Located deep in Germany's southernmost region Bavaria, Munich is the nation's third largest city, and its affluence and vibrancy have made it a particularly desirable place 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 road-test the local brew.
While this may not be the reason for Munich’s high score in the QS Best Student Cities index, it does score among the highest in the world in the “desirability” category, which draws on various sources designed to assess quality of life. Most notably however, Munich has the highest score for “affordability” out of all of the top 15 cities. This is due to the fact that tuition fees at public universities in Germany have been axed, for domestic and international students alike. And although living costs tend to be slightly higher in Munich than they are in Berlin, the incentive of free tuition combined with distinctive Bavarian culture still makes Munich one of the coolest study destinations around.
As for universities in Munich, the city’s highest entrant in the QS World University Rankings® 2014/15 is Ludwig-Maximilians-Universität München at 52nd in the world, followed by Technische Universität München at 54th.
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QS ranked universities
More about Munich
Number of universities ranked by QS
Top ranked institution
Ludwig-Maximilians-Universität München (52nd in the world)
Students (% of total population)
2.6% (based on ranked institutions)
16.0% (of students at ranked institutions)
Average tuition fees
Global Liveability Ranking
Mercer Cost of Living rank
Cost of a Big Mac
Cost of an iPad
Numbeo safety rank
6th (out of 372)
Numbeo pollution rank
283rd (out of 299)
Transparency International score
12th (out of 177)
Sources: QS World University Rankings; Global Liveability Ranking (The Economist’s Intelligence Unit); Big Mac Index (The Economist’s Intelligence Unit); iPad Index (Commsec); Cost of Living Survey (Mercer);Corruption Perceptions Index (Transparency International).