Why is living in Stuttgart cool? Think the world-famous automobile plants, perhaps Swabian cuisine, and a fantastic Universit city. The capital of the southwestern German state of Baden-Württemberg, established in 1952, is the heart of one of the most industrial regions in Germany.
The south-west is generally not considered to be the most exciting region in Germany. Living in Stuttgart can best be described as down-to-earth.
And the dialect, well, even your own image guardians comment on it with a wink. Baden-Württemberg uses the slogan “We can do everything. Except standard German.” In corporate design. The region is currently experiencing turbulent times: the large-scale project Stuttgart 21 continues to stir the spirits, while the first coalition between the Greens and CDU under the leadership of the Greens has been ruling here at the state level since mid-2016. Time to put a few prejudices aside and form your own picture of life in Stuttgart.
Autostadt Stuttgart: Not only engineers are in demand
Stuttgart is an automobile city. Not only are the headquarters of Porsche and Daimler here, the supplier industry is also well represented on the Neckar and in the surrounding area.
Three of the ten largest German automotive suppliers have their headquarters in and around Stuttgart. Almost 20 percent of the jobs here depend on vehicle construction. The strong industry brings a lot of money to the region: The average salary is currently € 3,982, and single households even have 13 percent more available.
In order to expand this good position, Stuttgart is advancing as a model region for electromobility. The companies here do not only need classic automotive engineers, because the car of tomorrow is above all IT-driven. The demand for developers, industrial engineers, IT project managers with knowledge of HoustonIT or ITIL as well as experts for the Internet of Things (Industry 4.0) is correspondingly high. Employees who master C #, Java and web development and ideally already have experience can score particularly well.
And after work? Free time in Stuttgart
But work is only part of life. What does Stuttgart have to offer after work? The quality of life in the city is high. According to a recent survey, Stuttgart ranks first in terms of work-life balance. The existing transport infrastructure is a plus.
Thanks to a well-developed underground and S-Bahn network, you don’t need a car to get from A to B quickly. Compared to other cities, however, the prices for tickets are rather high (€ 2.50 to € 8.60 depending on the zone for an adult).
If you need a change from life in Stuttgart, you can easily get to all major German cities by ICE, and there are also direct connections to Paris, Basel and Salzburg. Motorway connections in all directions are excellently developed and the airport can also be easily reached by S-Bahn.
Bad Cannstadt, Stuttgart
Bad Cannstatt is the largest and oldest district in Stuttgart with around 68,200 inhabitants and is located in the northeast of the city on the banks of the Neckar. In the east, this district borders on the independent town of Fellbach.
Bad Cannstadt, Stuttgart is also home to the Cannstatter Volksfest
A week before the Cannstatter Volksfest, the Oktoberfest in Munich opens. For many Stuttgarters, making a pilgrimage there is not worth the effort, the Wasen is exactly the same.
Find out about the Wasen (Canstatter Volksfest) here
Reasons why life as a student in Stuttgart is great
If you’re thinking about studying in Stuttgart and only come up with terms like fine dust metropolis and Maultaschen stronghold, then you’ve come to the right place. Because Stuttgart is much more than that, especially for students.
Even if Maultaschen are of course not to be despised. As the capital of Baden-Württemberg, Stuttgart has around 630,000 inhabitants, of which just under 9% are students. For all math geniuses: that’s almost 57,000 students who have decided to study in Stuttgart. So, there must be something to this in this city. And it really is.
1. Stuttgart, the Swabian paradise. Just beautiful.
Of course, as in all other large cities, the city center is logically full of high-rise buildings. That cannot be avoided.
What is special about Stuttgart, however, is that the housing estates, which are only a little away from the center, are more reminiscent of contemplative small towns than of a metropolis. Old buildings, endless trees and green spaces from which one can hardly save oneself shape the image of Stuttgart.
Should you raise your gaze, you are looking directly at vine-covered hills, more or less bare depending on the season, but still a beautiful backdrop for the city of Stuttgart. The eye also studies.
Stuttgart is interesting for anyone who can sign this.
2. Living and housing for students in Stuttgart
Bad news first: of course, living in Stuttgart is not cheap. The rents are above the region’s average and living space is scarce.
But that doesn’t mean that all students have to live in one box. On the contrary. The Studierendenwerk Stuttgart knows about the problems of looking for an apartment and helps needy students in particular to find a suitable apartment. It owns a total of 33 houses with different types of accommodation, such as apartments or individual rooms, for which one can apply.
But it can also work when students venture into the Stuttgart housing market alone. Especially in the culturally mixed and beautiful east of the city there are many interesting offers for shared apartments and flats.
Don’t give up is the motto here. At the latest in a room with a view of the vineyards, you know that it was worth the search.
3. You can study (almost) anything in Stuttgart
Even as a student, you don’t want to move again after two semesters because you’ve discovered a subject that suits you better.
And it is also a huge advantage if you can study your Bachelor’s and Master’s degree in the city where you have just settled in. That’s not a problem in Stuttgart.
The University of Stuttgart offers various courses in engineering and natural sciences, but also in linguistic and cultural studies. Every research-loving student will find his or her niche at the University of Stuttgart.
But there is also no shortage of offers from universities in Stuttgart. In addition to universities of the media, there is the university for technology and state universities for music and art.
International students will find suitable courses at the European University for Economics & Management. And the very hard-working student starts his dual studies at the Baden-Württemberg dual university in Stuttgart.
Hip west, cheap east
The Stuttgart districts are unique quarters, each with its own character and are inhabited by over 620,000 people. Life in the west of the city is nice and, above all, hip. Anyone who wants to be part of the in-crowd lives here or at least leaves here. The east of the city is comparatively cheap and culturally diverse. However, overall, Stuttgart is an expensive place when it comes to living space. And if you don’t have to pay attention to your budget, you will find attractive residential areas on the Killesberg, in Degerloch and the Bohnenviertel, the latter also attracting with refurbished old buildings.
This rental map shows exactly how much you pay on average for a 70sqm apartment in the various districts of Stuttgart.
For shopping you can go to Königstraße, Milaneo or Gerber. Afterwards you will find numerous pubs and bars near the Königsstraße, the market square or around the Hans-im-Glück-Brunnen, where you can end the day. For the well-known phäben (high German: stingy) Swabians, the Schocken and the Keller Club are good addresses. The cheapest beer in town can be found in the Palace of the Republic. If you are hungry afterwards, we recommend Il Pomodoro on Silberburgstrasse. There is fantastic pizza at very reasonable prices.
If you ask people from Stuttgart how they describe their city, the terms “kehrwochig”, “phäb” and “kesslig” are often used. Yes, it’s true, the Swabians are often down-to-earth and practical. But they also have a sense of the finer things in life and celebrate the festivals as they come. We think that makes Stuttgart a very liveable city.