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QS Best Student Cities ranking: Joint 68th

A new entry in the QS Best Student Cities in 2019, Stuttgart (pronounced Schtutt-gart) is the capital and largest city of Baden-Württemberg in south-west Germany, and the sixth-largest city in the country as a whole.

Stuttgart is known as the ‘cradle of the automobile’ due to its key role in the development and manufacture of cars, and many major companies have their headquarters here, such as Porsche, Bosch, Mercedes-Benz, Daimler AG, and Dinkelacker.

Stuttgart’s area is one of Germany’s strongest industrial regions, making it an ideal choice for engineering and technology students who may wish to stay and work in Germany after their studies.

However, Stuttgart is far more than just an industrial city, and, as its tourist slogan says, the city ‘offers more’. The cityscape is made up of a range of hills, some of which have vineyards, as well as parks and valleys. Fantastic views of the city and surrounding area can be had at the viewing platform at the TV Tower, and there are many landmarks to explore in and out of Stuttgart, such as Ludwigsburg Palace, Wilhelma Zoo and Botanical Garden and the Württemberg Mausoleum.

Stuttgart also has a rich cultural heritage, with concert halls, sports arenas and Broadway-style musical theaters. It also hosts the world-famous annual Cannstatter Volksfest, a beer festival and traveling funfair, second only in size to Munich’s Oktoberfest.

Unfortunately, universities in Baden-Württemberg recently re-introduced tuition fees for non-EU students – however the new fees are still far lower than you’d pay in study destinations such as the UK or US, at €1,500 per semester (equivalent to US$1,670 at the time of writing). Despite this, Stuttgart earns the highest score for affordability of Germany’s three entries in the ranking (at 17th), with reasonable costs of living for a high quality of life.

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Internationally ranked universities in Stuttgart

More about Stuttgart

Number of universities ranked by QS


Highest-ranked institution

Universität Stuttgart (ranked 279th)



Average fees (at ranked unis)

US$0 (US$1,670 per semester for non-EU international students)

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

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Written by Sabrina Collier
The former Assistant Editor of TopUniversities.com, Sabrina wrote and edited articles to guide students from around the world on a wide range of topics. She has a bachelor's degree in English Literature and Creative Writing from Aberystwyth University and grew up in Staffordshire, UK. 

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