MUNICH
TRADITION MEETS INNOVATION

Munich skyline and the Alps © Rudolf Sterflinger
Munich skyline and the Alps© Rudolf Sterflinger

Munich is the home of several prestigious higher education institutions and research institutes and a city rich in contrasts: modern and dynamic, but at the same time cosy and laid-back. This is where the high-tech sector and academic world meet the rough and ready charm and pure fun of the Oktoberfest. These are just some of the reasons why so many young people are drawn to the big city in the south of Germany.

Facts

1,484,226 Inhabitants ¹

126,643 Students ²

12 Higher education institutions ²

WELCOME TO MUNICH

This is where Bavarian culture meets cosmopolitan flair: Munich is the capital of the German federal state of Bavaria and lies to the north of the Alps. With a population of around 1.6 million, Munich is Germany’s third largest city.

Munich is a strong economic centre. Well-known enterprises from the high-tech, electronics and automobile industries such as BMW, Siemens, Infineon, Allianz and Munich Re Group are headquartered here. This economic power generates excellent job opportunities for graduates from all kinds of fields. It is also a city of ideas and inventions. Both the German and the European Patent Office have their headquarters on the banks of the river Isar.

Munich boasts the Deutsche Museum, the world’s largest museum of science and technology, the “Pinakothek der Moderne“, the most important museum of modern art in Europe, and of course, it’s the home of FC Bayern München, one of Europe’s most successful football clubs.

You should also pay a visit to the Olympiapark and Olympia tower. On clear days, you can enjoy stunning views from the tower and even see as far as the Alps!

The famous Oktoberfest beer festival takes place in the autumn. This is something both locals and visitors look forward to all year! Young and old gather in the huge marquees and celebrate in a relaxed and lively atmosphere with folk music and current hits. It won’t take you long to get to know locals! The vast festival takes place on the Theresienwiese, and the most important thing about it, of course, is the beer! Many visitors wear traditional Bavarian costumes. Women wear a dress called “Dirndl“ and men wear leather trousers.

Tip

If you want to get to know locals, just greet them with the word “servus“. This means “hello!“

Viktualienmarkt is also a good place for meeting people from Munich. You can buy fresh food at this popular market (“Viktualien“ is an old term for food) and wander past the stands. A generally accepted motto in Munich is: speaking makes life easier.

TIM FROM FRANCE

LIVING IN MUNICH

Munich is one of the most expensive cities in Germany. Students love the cultural diversity and beautiful buildings in the districts of Maxvorstadt or Schwabing. These are great places to live and for nightlife, but they’re very expensive.

If you’re shy about approaching people, many higher education institutions have buddy programmes where international students are supervised by students from higher semesters during their stay abroad. These buddies help you with organisational matters or language problems.

There are lots of nice places in Munich where students get together. The Englischer Garten or “Eisbachwelle“ are very popular spots. The rapidly flowing Eisbach has a manmade wave which surfers like to ride. You can sunbathe on the lawns next to the Pinakothek museums in Maxvorstadt.

Popular and, above all, typically Bavarian meeting points in good weather are the beer gardens. This is where friends meet to drink a cool beer or refreshing “Schorle“ (juice with mineral water). The beer gardens next to the Funkhaus, “Hofgarten“ or on Wiener Platz are especially attractive. When you’re in Munich, of course, you also have to try local culinary specialities, such as the traditional Bavarian breakfast with Weisswurst, or white sausage, wheat beer and pretzels. This is typical brewery fare.

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The city centre abounds with clubs where you can party until the early hours. This is where you’ll meet Munich’s chic, urban party scene.

How to find a room in Munich

Many university and college towns have dormitories or student halls, and a room there is often the most affordable accommodation. To obtain a room in a dormitory or student hall, you have to apply to your college or university’s student union (). Our ‘Find Student Hall’ function can be of practical help. You only need to make a few mouse clicks to get to the online application form. Find a room and more information about dormitories and student halls in Munich.

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