The 7 German student cities with the best quality of life in the world

Mercer, one of the world's largest HR consultancy firms, releases an annual "Quality of Living Index" which ranks cities worldwide by livability. This year, seven of the top 25 were German cities (with five others in Austria, Switzerland and Luxembourg), the highest number for any country.

After taking a look at the top of the Mercer Index, we noticed that the cities featured also happened to be great places to study. 


Nuremburg (tied for 25)

Nuremburg is the second largest city in Bavaria and shares a metropolitan area with Erlangen, home to Friedrich Alexander University (FAU) and one of the great student cities in Germany. 

Stuttgart (tied for 25)

Stuttgart is a manufacturing center with great employment opportunities for graduates. The University of Stuttgart boasts automobile-inventor Gottlieb Daimler as an alumnus and continues his tradition by offering some of the best engineering programs in the country.

Hamburg (18)

The second largest city in Germany has long been a hub of trade throughout the region, and today is home to one of the largest and most innovative universities in Germany - the University of Hamburg. Despite its youth as an institution, five Nobel Prize winners have been associated with the university throughout its history.

Berlin (13)

Berlin is the center of higher education in Germany, with almost 200,000 students at 40 institutions. The three largest (Humboldt, the Free University, and the Technical University) account for around 100,000 of this total, but the wide variety of courses available across the city make Berlin an ideal place to study.

Frankfurt (7)

The skyline of Frankfurt makes it a unique sight within Germany, and the banks whose headquarters fill that skyline ensure great employment opportunities after graduation. With nearly 46,000 students, Frankfurt's Goethe University vies for not only the title of largest university in all of Germany but also for most prestigious, with 18 Nobel Prize and 11 Leibniz Prize winners associated with the university.

Dusseldorf (6)

Many students who come to Dusseldorf say life there is nearly ideal. The capital of North Rhine-Westphalia, Germany's most populous state, is abuzz with activity all seasons of the year, and is known for deftly combining culture and commerce. Dusseldorf's centrality and transportation links also give students who live there the opportunity to choose from study programs at the state's 69 institutions of higher learning, all of which are within a two-hour train ride.

Munich (4)

Munich will almost inevitably top any list of most livable cities. The largest and wealthiest city in Bavaria, Munich is also home to two of the top-rated universities in the world, LMU and TUM.