Life in Berlin, Hamburg and Dresden

With its population of 3.7 million residents, Berlin is the German capital, the largest city in Germany and the second most populous city in Europe. Apart from being a hub for higher education and research, the city is very multicultural: people from 190 nations live here, 20% of its residents come from abroad and every one in three Berliners is a first-generation or second-generation immigrant. Students in Berlin benefit from a high quality of life and a huge range of recreational activities: festivals, museums and sports events are seen everywhere. Additionally, a third of the city area is composed of parks, rivers and lakes. Berlin is a centre for politics, media and science, and it is renowned for its culture and arts scene as well as its buzzing nightlife. It is rich in history and historical monuments and has a well-connected public transport system that students can use with their discounted public transport tickets. Well-known for its innovation capacity, the German capital has a vibrant start-up scene and is known as a start-up hotspot in Europe. In addition, Berlin’s low living costs and moderate rental prices, compared to other capital or European cities, make the city very attractive for both international and domestic students.

Dresden is a perfect study location. Not only is the city of art and culture with its many famous sights a popular tourist destination, but it has also developed into one of Germany’s strongest and most dynamic economic locations over the past few years. As living costs and rental prices are still relatively low, Dresden is a favourable city for students from around the world. If you add the vast array of cultural events, the diverse nightlife and the city’s beautiful location in the Elbe valley, one might not be surprised that Dresden is a great place to live and study in.

Hamburg is a city that is green, lively and economically strong. Located close to rivers and the ocean, Hamburg has more bridges than Venice and is part of the second largest metropolitan region in Germany. Compared to other cities in Germany, Hamburg has moderate living costs, a high standard of living and a secure infrastructure for students. The city's continuous growth makes it one of the most important and largest trade, economic and logistics centres in north-western Europe. International companies and agencies from the aviation, life science, health care, renewable energy and creative industries are based in Hamburg. Young professionals and university graduates benefit from attractive career opportunities in a growing economy and within the IT, media, retail, logistics and renewable energies industries.