When going to Germany for your studies, be sure you will grab at least two valuable things with you: knowledge from top-ranked universities of the world, and hands-on real-life experiences from its many notable research institutions and libraries that offer rare books and pearls of generations!
The capital of the Bavarian known as the “Home of the Monks” is praised for its beauty composed of traditional architecture of the medieval and royal past with impressive, dreamy, fairytale-like buildings and masterpieces of the Baroque and Rococo styles. Munich’s fabulous calmness conjointly with its mesmerizing and profoundly old view is known to grasp you and make you lose track of time.
Unfortunately, many of the beautiful old buildings have been destroyed during the World War II, but their restoration continues to keep the electrifying feeling of antiquity alive in the city. Beyond that, its famous museums give you flutters when exploring the ancient artifacts and gems together with their unfolding stories.
Its economic development goes back in history when Munich used to be a significant marketplace while later on it continued with manufacturing precision instruments, optical and electrical appliances, aerospace and many other high-technology products as well as food, cosmetics, and clothing too. So, despite its ancient grip, Munich walked with the new, blending with the modern touch, which is notable in the many exhibitions, and other mind-expanding fairs and happenings.
Book publishing and printing is another aspect important to Munich and slowly it has become a center of banking and financial industry.
Not only the man-made buildings and inspiring views are important; the natural richness of the landscape contributes to making it even more pleasant. When in need for critical thinking: the Isar River, its parks and the visibility of the mountain ridges of the Alps – do wonders for you!
Although, the third biggest city in Germany, you can still cover Munich by foot or better yet, bike. So, Munich your way in and surrendered in this beauty whole-heartedly!
Universities in Munich
Its universities are ranked among the world’s top-universities, as well as winners of “University of Excellence” awards, held annually in Germany. What makes studying in Munich even more attractive is the luxury of being offered free studies for all students coming to harvest knowledge as well as the possibility to attend English-taught classes.
The University of Munich (Ludwig Maximilian University)
The University of Munich (Ludwig Maximilian University) offers 18 faculties covering a wide and a differentiated array of courses with as many as 150 subjects ranging from the Humanities and Cultural Sciences, Law, Economics, Social studies, Medicine and others. Find out more about all this university has to offer at: http://www.en.uni-muenchen.de/
The Technical University of Munich
At the Technical University of Munich you will find 13 faculties covering Maths and the Natural Sciences, Engineering and Architecture, Medicine, Life Sciences, Health Sciences, and Economics among others. Find out more about all this university has to offer at: http://www.tum.de/en/homepage/
Munich University of Applied Science
Munich University of Applied Science offers subjects like Technology, Design, Civil Engineering, Mechanical, Automotive and Aeronautical Engineering, Geoinformatics among its 14 departments. Find out more about all this university has to offer at: https://www.hm.edu/en/
Munich cost of living
Generally, Germany is not an expensive country and Munich as the third largest city in Germany attracted a large number of students who would surely like to know the price variations if the city prior to arrival. You will find listed the prices of most important or required components. [Tip: Working students in Munich are also very well paid.] Besides, there are a lot of sights to see and things to do for free!
A nice meal in an inexpensive restaurant will cost you 10€, if too tired to stay in and cook for yourself, or you simply want to treat yourself.
A three-course meal for two in a mid-range restaurant will cost you around 50€, so spare this amount of money when in the mood for treating the special someone you keep thinking about.
A 0.5l local draught beer at a nice bar for a fun night-out with friends will cost you 3.5€. However, you will pay the same for a 0.33l imported bottled beer.
A morning coffee before class will be around 2.70€ in most places, if accompanied by a 0.33l bottled water then add another 2.15€ to that.
If you want to stay and cook in, your meals will cost you less than going out, although you might need to give it a little more time for preparation.
These are the price ranges for grocery shopping:
- 1l Milk – 0.75€
- Bread (500g) – 1.28€
- Eggs (12) – 2€
- Local Cheese (1kg) – 8€
- Fruit and vegetables range from less than 1€ up to 3€
- Bottled water 1.5l – 0.35€
- Bottled local beer of 0.5l – 0.90€
- A fine bottle of wine – 7€
If you are a smoker, your monthly expenses may increase as 1 pack of Marlboro costs 5.50€.
Monthly rent for a single bedroom apartment in the city center varies from 950-1000€, whereas for the same apartment you can find a better price outside the city center, around 750-800€
If you don’t mind sharing your living space with your mates, it might be a cheaper way of getting along where the total price for a 3-bedroom apartment in the city center comes across 1900-2000€. Meanwhile, for the same 3-bedroom apartment outside the city center, you may pay 1460-1500€.
Utilities (electricity, heating, water, garbage) cost around 250€ monthly. If a requirement, you may pay 23€ for 10 Mbps of internet in a month.
The monthly pass for public transportation is 64€, while a one-way ticket costs 2.70€.
Membership and monthly payment at a fitness club costs around 37€.
When on free time, as a recreational activity you may go out to the cinema and watch an international movie for 10€ a ticket.
As far as clothing, you can find many chain stores like Zara, H&M which have somewhat cheaper, but nice clothes and the prices vary from 20-50€, whereas, for high-labelled clothes you may spend over 100€ a pair.
Great to explore and see are:
- Sculpture Gallery Glyptothek, housing ancient and modern sculpture
- Propylaen- the magnificent gateway
- The Pinakothek- one of Europe’s greatest fine arts museums where collections of paintings from the 14th and 17th century can be found, housing also art treasures from the Wittelsbach family since the 16th century, and painting collections of the Renaissance by German and Dutch famous artists, like: Albrecht Dürer, Peter Paul Rubens, Anthony Van Dyck
- New Pinakothek housing 19th and 20th century masterpieces
- The Bavarian National Museum with collections of German art and applied art since the Middle Ages
- The Deutsches Museum on the Isar River- a museum of science, engineering, technology with a notable library and many other small art galleries
- The State Library – Ludwigskirche – the Bavarian State Library
- The University Library
- The Rathaus Glockenspiel
- The Neuschwanstein
- Mary’s Bridge
- The three town gates: Karls, Sendlinger and Isar – dating back to the 14th century.
Things to do:
- The Bavarian State Opera Company – opera is very much the center of music
- The Munich Philharmonic
- The Bavarian State Dramatic Company for its memorable performances
- The Kultfabrik
- The Optimolwer
- The Munchener Freiheit in Schwabing
- The Neuschwanstein
- Try out the famous Bavarian Pretzel
- Schweinshaxe – that deliciousness that is served in a very interesting way
- Try the Sauerkraut
- Spaetzle – the Bavarian version of the ‘noodle’, but beware: do not say ‘noodle’.
Regarding nightlife, there are many lovely clubs and bars for you to have tons of fun in. A few of the many are: the Kultfabrik, and Optimolwerke. Whereas, the area around Munchener Freiheit in Schwabing is a spot to explore and enjoy different kinds of music, people and views during night-time.
The largest authentic beer gardens/breweries in Germany are located in Munich hence world-famous for hosting the Oktoberfest- the annual beer-jollification, gathering millions of visitors from around the world to celebrate for almost a month. During that time, you can also experience Europe’s largest market for fruit, vegetables, animal produce and all things Bavarian!
You can always visit other German cities and medieval villages as the public transportation is very precise and affordable. Take advantage of Munich’s easy rail travel and visit metropolitan cities in Austria, Switzerland, France and Italy.