Augsburg is a city of 2000 years of history, cradle of German Renaissance depicted evidently by its surrounding architecture, a city of great faith in God and Religion with numerous devout temples reminiscent of what was once the most powerful influence in town. Augsburg has fortunately never had any aggressors destroy the place, therefore you can clearly see different eras rise and fall in some of the most significant buildings/monuments of the German history.
Architecturally, the city is so diverse: from one part you can still enjoy the vibes of Renaissance and Rococo with all the embroidered details naturally preserved over the centuries that resemble a drawing of that era, and on the other side the city has developed this giant modern industry, a reality check of the present.
Augsburg was considered to be one of the earliest modern cities in Germany; having a benign geographic position allowed the city to engage in various crafts and merchandise trades developing a flattering economic circulation nationally and internationally, which lead to traders becoming highly influential politically.
One of the most influential merchant families, the Fuggers built what we now today as the oldest social housing entity in the world used previously as the family’s business realm. Jacob Fugger aka the rich, was not only influential in the business associations in the country and abroad but also a great investor in the political events of the country.
From the outside, Augsburg gives an impression of a conventional and peaceful German small town yet many great names bound to change the worlds history came from the core of this city and are considered products of its deeds. Jacob Fugger definitely revolutionized the concept of trading yet, Leopold Mozart, Bertolt Brecht and Rudolf Diesel each left an unattainable mark up to this day in the field of music, poetry and engineering.
Living in a city overwhelmed with history and tradition is considered to be inspiring, especially in young age, one of the reasons why Augsburg is one of the most desired destinations to be studying abroad among international students.
Amazingly interwoven chain of canals will make Venice envy this wonder of a city, giving the expats a touch of the Mediterranean. Nightlife for the young and eager starts in Maximillian Street where each of you can find the bar, club or leisure space that best suits your preferences.
In case you prefer the nature to the intervening human hand, the surrounding area is picturesque and waiting to be explored.
Universities in Augsburg
Education in this city is all about the quality opposed to quantity. Augsburg has only two Universities, bearing a prosperous tradition of intellectually shaping masterminds and releasing them so the world can get a grip.
Living Costs when in Augsburg
Living in Augsburg isn’t any different from other German Cities, or any other city in the world; it depends on the way you decide to spend your money. A rough monthly estimate made by the University itself claims that students might live relatively well on 600-700 euros in this city. Now, let’s see how you will be spending those pennies.
Studying in Augsburg is in fact free, however you will have to pay a fee of around 100 Euros per semester as a registration fee where a fee for student services is included. This is mandatory. In case you want to work for an extra buck to alleviate the expenses you are allowed to work (depending on your country of origin) up to 90 full days or 180 half days in a year.
Meanwhile a meal for a single person in a low-budget restaurant can cost around 6-7 Euros, a meal for two in a fancy restaurant will cost you 70 Euros. Beware.
A cup of cafe latte is the same in most places, 2.5 Euros.
If you decide on home cooking, its way healthier and more affordable yet it does consume time. A kg of apples or oranges is around 2 Euros, a bottle of Milk is less than just the same as a Loaf of ordinary white Bread (there are of course varieties). You can get domestic beer under 1 Euro and a package of cigarettes is around 5 Euros. (It’s advisable to stop smoking and take a sport).
Basic Utilities for a shared apartment of 85m2 are estimated to cost around 200 Euros. Rent varies of course from the location, center or outside of the center as well as the size of the apartment. A single room apartment is always way more expensive than sharing an apartment with flatmates.
Single Room 450 Euros (Center) / 400 (off Center)
Shared Apartment 300 (Center) / 200 (off Center)
Wireless internet is usually 30 Euros per month.
If you are used to working out, common monthly fee for a Fitness Club is 20 Euros.
Clothing varies utterly on your preferences, you can always buy some cheap stuff at Primark or indulge your wardrobe with high class brands.
Things to see in Augsburg
- Schaezler Palais
- Augsburger Puppentheatermuseum
- MAN Museum
- Bertolt Brecht Haus
- Kammgarnspinnerei (Features three contemporary art museums, a must)
Things to do in Augsburg
- Dive within the Eis Kanal and leave all your darkest thoughts behind.
- Beginners drive: Segway tour through beautiful Augsburg
- Enjoy a relaxing massage while you are served some finger licking Swabian delights in Bayerisches haus am Dom.
- Become part of the theatrical permanent play “All the world’s a stage”, roaming its motto.
- Engage in a shopping spree in the Augsburgers Dult (market) held twice a year, during Easter and in October.
- Find a special someone to accompany you in a long romantic walk throughout this medieval town.
- For those who have a sweet tooth, treat yourself with the famous “Augsburger Datschi” (Cake made of fresh plums, a culinary pride in Augsburg)
- Sundays are dead. Beware, and make plans to escape from the everlasting silence.