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The best university cities

For most people, going to university marks the beginning of a whole new phase in their lives. Every move is a real adventure and requires a lot of preparation as well as a certain amount of courage. We’ll help you with your research and introduce you to the most popular cities to study in. 

Hot university cities: The 12 best cities to study in

German cities and metropolises in Europe have just about everything your heart desires. You can find an overview of the hottest university cities in Germany and other European countries here. Including insider tips for your studies or stay abroad!

1) Aachen

If you’re moving to the German city right at the border triangle, you’ve probably secured yourself one of the coveted places at Aachen University of Applied Sciences or RWTH Aachen University. The Rhenish-Westphalian Technical University is not considered an elite university for nothing. Among students, the university comes up trumps with the best study conditions and excellent career opportunities. Curious? You can find even more details about student life in Aachen in our Studying in Aachen Guide. If you’re still looking for the perfect flat for your studies, take a look at the MILESTONE flats in Aachen.

2) Berlin

Berlin is everything, but definitely not boring. Life in the German capital is so diverse that you have to experience it yourself to have a say. What’s more, the range of courses on offer is as large as the city itself. In addition to the renowned Humboldt University of Berlin and the Free University, there are many other universities in Germany’s largest city. So if you love life and the vastness of a big city, you’ll be in good hands in Berlin.

3) Wroclaw

Wrocław is our absolute insider tip when it comes to studying abroad. The former European Capital of Culture is still a hub of the art and culture scene. There are plenty of events, museums and sights here. The same applies to the countless bars and clubs in the old town. What’s more, living in Wroclaw is possible at really student-friendly prices. So instead of being short of money all the time, you can enjoy your time here and concentrate fully on your studies. This combination naturally attracts a lot of students, which is why you will quickly make contacts. If you’d like to be one of them, take a look at our student accommodation MILESTONE Wrocław Ołbin now and get your own impression of student life in Wrocław.

4) Graz

We can recommend studying in Austria’s second largest student city for several reasons: Graz is neither too big nor too small. The capital of Styria also has a great nightlife, lots of sports and leisure activities and a range of courses that is really something to be proud of. Prospective students have to choose between eight universities with different specialisations. If you want to live near the picturesque old town, the student residence MILESTONE Graz Lend is an ideal address. Here you will find the best living conditions for your studies and live right in the centre. However, studying will not be easy for you because of the many hours of sunshine in the region. If you love nature and appreciate the scenic diversity of Styria, you’ll feel right at home in Graz.

5) Constance

Studying in Konstanz means that your holiday begins every day after class. Because Lake Constance is right on your doorstep if you live in Konstanz. After your lectures, there is one thing you can do here in summer: go swimming, surfing or sailing. Water sports are an absolute must in Constance, and in the evening you can meet up in one of the many pubs in the old town. So it’s no wonder that Constance is teeming with students. For every 85,000 inhabitants, there are around 10,000 students studying at the University of Constance or HTWG.

6) Leoben

Leoben may not be one of the largest university towns, but it is one of the most sought-after if you want a technical university. The reason for this is the well-known Montan University in the heart of Austria. You are guaranteed a first-class education and excellent research here. If you want to live particularly centrally and close to the university, move into one of the student flats of MILESTONE Leoben Montan. And once you live in Leoben, you will quickly fall in love with the area. In addition to the beautiful nature and the high recreational value, you will benefit from the excellent job opportunities in an economically strong region with many large companies.

7) Leipzig

Low rents, a growing alternative scene and great study conditions: Leipzig is a true gem in eastern Germany and has been known as a student city for more than 600 years. The University of Leipzig was founded in 1409, making it the second oldest continuously operating university in Germany. The courses on offer include subjects in the humanities and natural sciences, law and medicine. And unlike other student strongholds, life here is still affordable. This definitely puts Leipzig on our list of the best cities to study.

8) Lisbon

How about sun, beach and surf after class? This is no joke, but reality when you study in Lisbon. In our student residences MILESTONE Carcavelos Nova and MILESTONE Carcavelos Lombos you will live just a few minutes away from the Nova SBE campus and the beach. When you study in the capital of Portugal, it’s not just the sand between your toes that quickly becomes routine, but also the party life.

9) Linz

Industry, art and music collide in Linz. The city on the Danube between Salzburg and Vienna is so multifaceted that everyone gets their money’s worth here. This also applies to students, who can choose from no less than 2,500 degree programmes. Johannes Kepler University is the best-known and largest university in Linz. Those who want to devote themselves to music and culture study at the Anton Bruckner Private University. At the same time, MILESTONE in Linz provides you with the highest level of living comfort in the BrucknerStudios named after the composer.

10) Porto

If you have wanderlust and are looking for an unforgettable place to study, you can’t miss Porto. The baroque city in the northern part of Portugal not only offers plenty of sights, beaches and excursion destinations. There are also plenty of universities here. Get a taste of what Porto has to offer with our insider tips.

Porto is certainly not comparable to Lisbon. If you still can’t decide, why not take advantage of our MILESTONE Passport? It allows you to stay in another MILESTONE location in Europe for up to two weeks per year – free of charge, of course.

11) Rotterdam

The second largest city in the Netherlands is not only home to one of the largest seaports, but also to many students from all over the world. You don’t have to look for internationality here. You are right in the middle of it. Many degree programmes are therefore offered in English and are also suitable for students with no knowledge of Dutch. Students of Erasmus University Rotterdam move into their new home in the student residence MILESTONE Chapter Lucia. Get inspired now and learn more about the 10 reasons to study in Rotterdam.

12) Vienna

The Austrian capital is one of the most popular German-speaking university cities. The reason for this is the high quality of life, but also the huge range of courses on offer. The Vienna University of Economics and Business Administration, the Vienna University of Technology and the MedUni Vienna are just three of the many universities where you can do your Bachelor’s or Master’s degree or doctorate in Vienna. From our MILESTONE HOUSES in Vienna, you are only a stone’s throw away from the most important hotspots. In addition, our Study in Vienna Guide will tell you why so many students move to the city and don’t want to leave.

5 tips and questions for choosing your student city

When choosing a place to study, don’t just consider the subject and the university. Also think about where you feel comfortable and what you need to live there. The following questions will help you make the right choice.

  1.  Are you more the small-town type or do you need the hustle and bustle of the big city?
  2.  What is the maximum distance you would like to move from your current environment?
  3.  Is studying abroad generally an option for you?
  4.  Where are your friends moving to?
  5.  What leisure activities and hobbies are important to you?

Conclusion: The best cities to study in depend on your preferences

The better you know your wants and needs, the easier it will be for you to choose. You can also consider an ERASMUS programme in the future or choose a different location for a Master’s programme.