Students living abroad: 12 cheap cities in Germany

Studying cheaply in Germany? In this article you will find out where you can stay in Germany for a reasonable price.

It’s great that studying in Germany is very cheap. But it is even better that you can study in many cities in Germany.

If you cannot afford Munich, Berlin or Frankfurt as a student, you still have a wide choice of cities and universities!

Advantage: Wide range of possibilities

The large selection of study programmes allows you to choose between them freely and study exactly what you want to study yourself. You are not restricted by budget or lack of housing in a certain region. Thus, there are many ways to study. You can apply for a job where you have a lot of interest and opportunities.

Overview of 12 affordable and very attractive cities for students

Just browse on and find out if you want to study in one of these cities.

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12th place: Dresden

Dresden is the second largest city in the state of Saxony as well as its capital city and the seat of the Saxon government and parliament. The origins of the city go back to the 13th century. Even today, the city is still known for its old town centre with its various architectural features and the Frauenkirche church. Dresden is home to one of the oldest and at the same time most famous Christmas markets in Germany, the Striezelmarkt, founded in the 15th century. Due to its art collections, Dresden was also known as “Elbflorenz”. Even today you can still visit the palace, the Zwinger, the Semper Opera House and the Hofkirche.

Facts:

There are 3 universities of particular interest to foreign applicants in Dresden:

  • Technical University of Dresden (TU Dresden)
  • FHD: University of Applied Sciences

Standard rental prices including additional costs

Small shared room further away from the city centre:
starting from 230 Euro per month
Medium sized shared room closer to the city centre:
starting from 300 Euro per month

Small 1-room-appartmend further away from the city centre:
starting from 260 Euro per month
Medium sized 1.5-room-apartment closer to the city centre:
starting from 435 Euro per month

11th place: Bremen

The Hanseatic city of Bremen, founded in the 9th and 10th centuries, is also the capital of the federal state Bremen. The city is best known for the fairy tale of Bremen’s city musicians. Over the course of time, Bremen has also developed into an important trading metropolis in Germany. Together with Bremerhaven, Bremen is a city state. The connection to the sea and the useable port make it possible for the city to offer enough space for the handling of goods and thus become a commercial centre. Tourists are not only attracted by the harbour, but can also visit historic buildings such as Schönebeck Castle or the cathedral of Bremen.

In Bremen, foreign applicants will find 3 particularly interesting universities:

Facts:

  • University Bremen
  • Bremen
  • Jacobs University

Standard rental prices including additional costs

Small shared room further away from the city centre:
starting from 225 Euro per month
Medium sized shared room closer to the city centre:
starting from 295 Euro per month

Small 1-room-appartmend further away from the city centre:
starting from 280 Euro per month
Medium sized 1.5-room-apartment closer to the city centre:
starting from 430 Euro per month

10th place: Kassel

Kassel, also known as Cassel until 1926, is the only major city in Northern Hesse and is therefore located in Hesse. At the same time, it is one of the largest cities and one of the major centres of the federal state. The residences and castles still preserved today, such as the Orangery and Wilhelmshöhe Castle, show the city’s historical significance, which has existed since the 13th century. The mountain park, which has been listed as a UNESCO World Cultural Heritage Site since 2013, also attracts visitors. Kassel has held the official designation documenta-Stadt since March 1999. In addition, several festivals and events take place every year, such as the Stadtfest in Kassel or Kasseler Musiktage. In 1970 the later University of Kassel was founded in the city.

Facts:

Particularly interesting university in Kassel:

  • University Kassel

Standard rental prices including additional costs

Small shared room further away from the city centre:
starting from 225 Euro per month
Medium sized shared room closer to the city centre:
starting from 295 Euro per month

Small 1-room-appartmend further away from the city centre:
starting from 300 Euro per month
Medium sized 1.5-room-apartment closer to the city centre:
starting from 425 Euro per month

9th place: Kiel

In the 13th century “the Holstenstadt tom Kyle”, the capital of Schleswig-Holstein, became Kiel today. Since 1900, the city on the Baltic Sea has been considered a metropolis. It is also the end point of the international Kiel Canal or North Sea canal, the world’s busiest artificial waterway. Above all, the city is known as an important base of the German Navy. For this reason, the international sailing event Kieler Woche is held annually in the city. The largest German shipyard ThyssenKrupp Marine Systems is still based in Kiel. From Kiel’s Baltic Sea port several ferries travel to Scandinavia and the Baltic States at regular intervals. In addition, there are three universities in the city.

Facts:

Especially interesting university in Kiel:

  • Christian-Albrechts-University zu Kiel

Standard rental prices including additional costs

Small shared room further away from the city centre:
starting from 220 Euro per month
Medium sized shared room closer to the city centre:
starting from 290 Euro per month

Small 1-room-appartmend further away from the city centre:
starting from 300 Euro per month
Medium sized 1.5-room-apartment closer to the city centre:
starting from 420 Euro per month

8th place: Dortmund

Dortmund is the economic and commercial centre of Westphalia and one of the major cities of North Rhine-Westphalia. In 2010, together with other cities in the Ruhr area, it was even awarded the title of European Capital of Culture in 2010. The former industrial metropolis is nowadays one of the most important service and technology locations. Insurance and retail facilities in particular are increasingly located in the city. Dortmund has a total of six universities such as the Technical University of Dortmund and around 19 scientific institutions, which form the city into a science and high technology centre. The city’s own football club Borussia Dortmund is well known. The most frequented shopping street in Germany, the Westenhellweg, attracts several thousand shoppers every year. The numerous skyscrapers of the city are particularly striking and decisive for the cityscape and the skyline.

Facts:

In Dortmund, foreign applicants will find 2 particularly interesting universities:

  • Technical University Dortmund
  • International School of Management (Private University)

Standard rental prices including additional costs

Small shared room further away from the city centre:
starting from 220 Euro per month
Medium sized shared room closer to the city centre:
starting from 285 Euro per month

Small 1-room-appartmend further away from the city centre:
starting from 295 Euro per month
Medium sized 1.5-room-apartment closer to the city centre:
starting from 410 Euro per month

7th place: Rostock

Rostock, the city of Rostock is located directly on the Baltic Sea and thus in the north of Germany. The history of Mecklenburg-Western Pomerania’s only metropolis dates back to the beginning of the 13th century. Its direct location by the sea and the associated trade and shipping possibilities still characterize the city today. At the beginning of the 15th century the University of Rostock was founded, which is today the oldest university in the Baltic Sea region. The port of Rostock is well known for its ferry traffic and cargo handling. The largest German cruise port is also located in the city. Despite its status as a shipping city, Rostock has numerous modern research facilities. The historic old town of Rostock has been preserved to this day, which can be visited at any time thanks to several renovation works.

Facts:

In Rostock, foreign applicants will find 2 particularly interesting universities:

  • University Rostock
  • for Music and Theater Rostock

Standard rental prices including additional costs

Small shared room further away from the city centre:
starting from 215 Euro per month
Medium sized shared room closer to the city centre:
starting from 280 Euro per month

Small 1-room-appartmend further away from the city centre:
starting from 290 Euro per month
Medium sized 1.5-room-apartment closer to the city centre:
starting from 400 Euro per month

6th place: Halle

Since the beginning of the 9th century, the town of Halle has been located in Saxony, which was formerly known as Hall in Saxony and Halle an der Saale. It is one of the three regional supreme centres and the seat of the state administrative office. The Martin-Luther-University Halle-Wittenberg, which is one of the oldest universities in Germany, is still located in the city. In general, the city is an educational centre, since the National Academy of Sciences Leopoldina and the Federal Cultural Foundation are also located in the city. The cultural area of the city is determined by its many cultural and museum facilities. The Weinberg Campus is one of the most important technology and start-up centres in the new German states.

Facts:

In Halle, foreign applicants will find 2 particularly interesting universities:

  • Martin Luther University Halle Wittenberg
  • Burg-Giebichstein Art College Halle

Standard rental prices including additional costs

Small shared room further away from the city centre:
starting from 210 Euro per month
Medium sized shared room closer to the city centre:
starting from 275 Euro per month

Small 1-room-appartmend further away from the city centre:
starting from 280 Euro per month
Medium sized 1.5-room-apartment closer to the city centre:
starting from 390 Euro per month

5th place: Wuppertal

Wuppertal, also known as “Großstadt im Grünen”, is located in the west of North Rhine-Westphalia. Due to its status as an industrial, economic, educational and cultural centre, the city is also one of the state’s major centres. At the same time, it is the largest city in the Bergische Land. Wuppertal is well known for its Wuppertal suspension railway, which was completed and consecrated in 1901 and has been transporting guests between upper arms and Vohwinkel ever since. One of the most beautiful zoological gardens in Europe is the city’s own zoological garden. At the same time, Wuppertal is home to Germany’s highest railway bridge. The Müngstener Brücke is reached a span height of 107 m. Numerous events and performances are held at different intervals, among others in the world-famous Wuppertal Dance Theatre.

Facts:

Especially interesting university in Wuppertal:

  • University of Wuppertal

Standard rental prices including additional costs

Small shared room further away from the city centre:
starting from 210 Euro per month
Medium sized shared room closer to the city centre:
starting from 270 Euro per month

Small 1-room-appartmend further away from the city centre:
starting from 280 Euro per month
Medium sized 1.5-room-apartment closer to the city centre:
starting from 385 Euro per month

4th place: Magdeburg

Magdeburg is not only the capital of Saxony-Anhalt, but is also one of the three major centres of the state. The history of the city goes back to the 9th century. The Elbe flows through the heart of the city and divides Magdeburg into two halves. In 2010, the city was given the nickname “Otto City”. The nickname can be traced back to the first Roman-German emperor Otto the Great, as well as inventor and diplomat Otto von Guericke, as both are decisively responsible for the history and development of the city. The town’s landmark is the Gothic cathedral, which dates back to the 13th century. A tourist magnet in Magdeburg is the Green Citadel, which is the last building conceived by Friedensreich Hundertwasser.

Facts:

In Magdeburg, foreign applicants will find 2 particularly interesting universities:

  • Otto-von-Guericke-University Magdeburg
  • Magdeburg-Stendal

Standard rental prices including additional costs

Small shared room further away from the city centre:
starting from 205 Euro per month
Medium sized shared room closer to the city centre:
starting from 270 Euro per month

Small 1-room-appartmend further away from the city centre:
starting from 275 Euro per month
Medium sized 1.5-room-apartment closer to the city centre:
starting from 380 Euro per month

3rd place: Leipzig

Leipzig is situated in the north of Saxony and thus in the heart of Germany. The city has existed since the 11th century and has developed into one of the six major regional centres of Saxony. Thanks to its multifaceted cultural offerings, Leipzig is not only a historical centre of business, commerce and transport in Central Germany, but also the home of the local creative scene. Artists such as Johann Wolfgang von Goethe or Johann Sebastian Bach once lived in the old trade fair and university city. The trade fair grounds, which were built in 1996, brought numerous different trade fair events to the city. Particularly well known is the annual Leipzig Book Fair, the Subcontracting Fair Z and the Intec industrial fair.

Facts:

In Leipzig, foreign applicants will find 6 particularly interesting universities:

  • University Leipzig
  • Leipzig University of Applied Sciences
  • for Telecommunication Leipzig
  • University of Music and Theatre “Felix Mendelssohn Bartholdy” Leipzig
  • Leipzig Graduate School of Management
  • Academy of Fine Arts Leipzig

Standard rental prices including additional costs

Small shared room further away from the city centre:
starting from 200 Euro per month
Medium sized shared room closer to the city centre:
starting from 260 Euro per month

Small 1-room-appartmend further away from the city centre:
starting from 270 Euro per month
Medium sized 1.5-room-apartment closer to the city centre:
starting from 370 Euro per month

2nd place 2: Cottbus

Cottbus is the second largest city in the federal state of Brandenburg and is located near the Czech border. Despite its comparatively small size, Cottbus is one of the four regional centres of Brandenburg. At the same time, there are numerous service, economic and administrative facilities in the city. Since 1991, the Cottbus Film Festival has been held annually in the city of Cottbus, which focuses on Eastern European films. In addition to the many cinemas, theatres and museums, the planetarium attracts guests all the time. Branitz Castle, built in 1772, gives the city a historical note. The Spremberg tower, built in the 15th century, is also the city’s landmark.

Facts:

Particularly interesting university in Cottbus

  • Technical University Cottbus-Senftenberg

Standard rental prices including additional costs

Small shared room further away from the city centre:
starting from 190 Euro per month
Medium sized shared room closer to the city centre:
starting from 250 Euro per month

Small 1-room-appartmend further away from the city centre:
starting from 260 Euro per month
Medium sized 1.5-room-apartment closer to the city centre:
starting from 360 Euro per month

1st place: Chemnitz

The Gate to the Silver Ore Mountains, better known as Chemnitz, is the third largest city in Saxony. The historical town was built in the 12th century. Already in the Middle Ages it was considered to be an economic centre. Several research institutes, museums, schools and public institutions are still located in the city. Chemnitz is particularly famous for its opera house and theatres. In 1971 the Karl-Marx-Monument was erected, as the city bore the name Karl-Marx-Stadt between 1953 and 1990. Chemnitz was also the host city for the Festival Splash between 1998 and 2005, which attracts thousands of participants every year. In the meantime, the mountain parade takes place every year on the eve of the first Advent and the Chemnitz Christmas market takes place every year.

Facts:

Particularly interesting university in Chemnitz:

  • Technical University Chemnitz

Standard rental prices including additional costs

Small shared room further away from the city centre:
starting from 195 Euro per month
Medium sized shared room closer to the city centre:
starting from 250 Euro per month

Small 1-room-appartmend further away from the city centre:
starting from 260 Euro per month
Medium sized 1.5-room-apartment closer to the city centre:
starting from 360 Euro per month

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