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In accordance with Germany’s growing status as an international study destination, the country now has two entries in the top five of this year’s QS Best Student Cities ranking. Munich has climbed two places this year, putting it just ahead of Germany’s capital, Berlin.

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.

The city’s highest entrant in the QS World University Rankings® 2020 is Technische Universität München at 50th, followed by Ludwig-Maximilians-Universität München in 63rd place – Germany’s top two representatives in the world rankings this year.

Would you choose Munich over Berlin? Tell us why.

Best Universities in Munich - QS Best Student Cities ranking: 4th

More about Munich

Study in Munich Overview

Number of universities ranked by QS

2

Highest-ranked institution

Technische Universität München (50th in the world)

Population

2,606,000

Average international fees (at ranked unis)

US$0

Desirability rank

9th

Employer Activity rank

19th

Affordability rank

38th

Student View rank

1st

 To find out how each of the above categories is calculated, view the methodology.

Why study in Munich?

The most popular student city according to students

Munich ranks first worldwide this year in the student view indicator. 

No tuition fees for German universities

Undergraduate students enjoy free tuition at most public universities in Germany.

Home to two prestigious German universities

Technische Universität München and Ludwig-Maximilians-Universität München rank 50th and 63rd respectively in the world university rankings this year.

Plenty of employment opportunities

The city is one of Germany’s main economic hubs, meaning there’s lots of opportunities for students to gain work experience and full-time work after graduation. 

Stunning architecture

The town hall in Marienplatz is definitely worth a visit, and you can look over the city of Munich from above in St. Peter’s church tower. 

Cost of studying in Munich

Munich has a high score for affordability, ranking 38th in the world. This is mainly due to the fact no tuition fees are charged for undergraduate students at public universities in the majority of Germany, regardless of nationality.

Living costs tend to be slightly higher in Munich than in Berlin, with a one-bedroom apartment in Munich’s city center costing around €1,252 (approximately US$1,480), which is 40 percent more expensive than Belin.

Despite this, the incentive of free tuition combined with the distinctive Bavarian culture combines to make Munich one of the most appealing study destinations in Western Europe.

Life and culture in Munich

Munich is now the joint most popular city with students, due to the impressive increase in its score for the student view indicator, which is based on a global survey of students. This is something which is no doubt partly due to the city’s affordability, ease of getting around, nightlife and friendliness.

Renowned for its world-famous Christmas markets, stunning architecture and food and drink, students can spend their free time soaking up the culture in Marienplatz square, visiting one of the city’s many museums or drinking with friends in one of Munich’s beer halls.

Career in Munich

The city ranks 19th in the world for employer activity, making it one of the most attractive cities globally for graduates looking for work.

The city is particularly eye-catching for those looking to work in high tech, automobiles, engineering, finance, IT and electronics, as many large companies from these industries are based in Munich, including BMW. 

Munich is also the largest publishing city in Europe, home to one of Germany’s biggest daily newspapers, Süddeutsche Zeitung.

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I am currently getting my Bachelors Degree in the US. I plan to apply to TUM for my graduate and doctoral program. Do graduate students typically have a tuition and if so what does that normally look like?

Hello I am Nancy. I want to study medicine and want to know the requirements.

Hi Nancy, Undergraduates don't have to pay tuition in Germany. You can find out more about studying medicine in our course guide

Hello ,my name is Alesia and I want to study IT in any German university. The problem is that I need an economic payment, because I found it really expensive . Can you please help me with information about this ?

Hi Alesia, You can view scholarships to study IT here and scholarships to study in Germany here.  

I find surprising this ranking considering the housing crisis in München.

I'm satisfied with all information and thank

Hi I am Saeedah, from Bangladesh.I'm a student of business studies.I would like to know is there any university to complete my bachelors degree.

Hi Saeedah, here's a link to our latest rankings by subject for business. You can narrow the results down to show only German universities. 

hii my name is Affan , i want to ask that iam completing my olevels after that i can apply for that university as they are offering prep course in place of Alevel or inter from pakistan plis guid me thanks

I'm student of electronic engineering in Venezuela but my dream is live and study in German.
If someone have information to universities or scholarship in german please send me a message

Hi Maria, for scholarships, please take a look at our list of scholarships to study in Germany. If you'd like to study electrical engineering in Germany, you can view the latest rankings by subject for electrical engineering here (the results can be narrowed down by country to show only German universities). 

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