“Tuition-free” and “world-class” education is what you can enjoy if you were to pursue your higher education in Germany. Source: AFP/Christof Stache

“Tuition-free” and “world-class” education might sound like buzzwords in university marketing brochures. But that’s what you can enjoy if you were to pursue higher education in Germany

There are over 400 higher education institutions in the country; depending on the university you enrol in, you may pay little to no tuition fees, translating to huge savings for students.

Affordable education aside, the country is also home to some of the world’s top universities.

This includes LMU Munich, Germany’s top university which is ranked 32nd in the Times Higher Education World University Rankings 2022, while Technical University of Munich and Heidelberg University are Germany’s second and third best universities respectively.

But which are the best cities in Germany for students? Here are some suggestions:

Cities to pursue your education in Germany


As the capital city of Germany, Berlin is an unmissable study destination for prospective international students.  Source: Shutterstock

Home to a legendary rave scene, some of the cheapest (and tastiest food in Western Europe) and a steadfast commitment to multiculturalism, Berlin is arguably the best city in Germany for foreigners.

Some of the universities in Berlin include Freie Universität Berlin, Humboldt-Universität zu Berlin and Technische Universität Berlin, which teach English courses.

The city is ranked fifth in the QS Best Student Cities 2022 rankings. 

“Berlin’s growing appeal as an international study destination is also partly due to having a large number of courses in English, particularly at postgraduate level,” said QS.


International students

The Frankfurt Old Town Square Romerberg with Justitia Statue. Source: Shutterstock

Frankfurt is famous for being one of Germany’s financial hubs, but this busy metropolis has more layers to it than meets the eye. 

The city is home to a smorgasbord of culture and beautiful landscapes that add to its character. For instance, you’ll find coffee houses, the childhood home of writer Johann Wolfgang von Goethe as well as skyscrapers dotting the city.

Some of the universities in Frankfurt include Goethe University Frankfurt and the Frankfurt School of Finance & Management.


The Siegestor is a historical landmark in the city. Source: Shutterstock

Munich is ranked second in the QS Best Student Cities 2022  rankings.

“Munich’s impressive feat in this year’s ranking was no doubt helped by increase in the desirability, employer activity and affordability ranking indicators, probably due to the city’s lower prices compared to other European hubs, quality of life, ease of getting around, nightlife and Bavarian friendliness,” said QS.

“Moreover, no tuition fees are charged for undergraduate students at public universities in the majority of Germany, regardless of nationality.”

Some of the universities in the city include the Ludwig Maximilian University of Munich and the Technische Universität München.