You are here


Munich main image

Back to the full ranking >

The top entry for Germany in the QS Best Student Cities 2015, Munich is currently ranked the world’s 14th best city for students, one place behind San Francisco.

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.

To discover more of the top universities in Germany, visit this article.

QS ranked universities

More about Munich

Number of universities ranked by QS


Top ranked institution



Students (% of total population)

2.6% (based on ranked institutions)

International students

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 RankingsGlobal 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).

Written by Laura Bridgestock

The editor of, Laura oversees the site's editorial content and student forums. She also edits the QS Top Grad School Guide and contributes to market research reports including Students Online: Global Trends.

See related categories:

Login from the top right-hand corner or click here to register to post comments

I am reading Electronic and Communication Engineering what sorts of subject can i choose for master degree in Germany

I wana study in burlin

wow, i would like to study in TUM

How are you today?
If you are not registered yet, click here to join.