Best Erasmus destinations in Germany

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If you are thinking of doing your Erasmus in Germany but not sure of the best city to apply for, in this post we share with you the 6 best Erasmus destinations in Germany. Let's go!



As you already know, Berlin is the federal capital of Germany. Currently, it is the country's most popular destination among international students.

It is full of people and activities, so if you are looking for a great cultural offer, Berlin is the perfect destination for you. You will never get tired of making plans, since the German capital has numerous museums, bars with live music, second-hand markets, festivals, concerts, etc. There is also a very active nightlife practically every day of the week.

Some plans that we recommend if you do your Erasmus in Berlin are: spend the day at Lake Wannsee, take a trip to Potsdam, party around Eberswalder Straße, have a beer in Warschauer Straße and, of course, walk the entire city of Berlin and visit its amazing museums, monuments and historic buildings.

Its culture, student life and nightlife make this city one of the most attractive destinations for international students.

Erasmus in Berlin

Erasmus in Berlin


Munich is the third most populous city in Germany and is known for being the world capital of beer. If you are a beer lover, you can enjoy the best and largest beer gardens in the world, such as the English Garden.

This city has prestigious universities, like the Ludwig Maximilian University of Munich (Ludwig-Maximilians-Universität München) or the Technical University of Munich (Technische Universität München). This university, attracts many students of technical careers, as it is considered one of the sixty best universities in the world.

You have to keep in mind that, although Munich is a very attractive destination, the cost of living is one of the highest in Germany. However, if you look for accommodation in advance, you can find rooms in shared flats for around €500 per month.


The student atmosphere in Hamburg is very good, since this city receives many international students every year, so you will find many student parties, especially on the Reeperbahn street, in the Sankt Pauli district.

The University of Hamburg is the largest in the north of the country and one of the most renowned in Germany, which also attracts many students. You have to keep in mind that Hamburg has a very low unemployment rate, so you will find many job opportunities.

Regarding the cost of living, Hamburg is not one of the most expensive cities in Germany, but it cannot be considered a cheap city either, especially for accommodation and transport.


Cologne is one of the oldest cities in all of Germany and is located in western Germany, on the banks of the Rhine River. It is a very diverse city, where you can participate in a lot of activities: partying at Zülpicherplatz or Friesenplatz, taking a walk along the Rhine, meeting other students at Aachener Weiher or visiting the old town.

In addition, Cologne is very close to the Netherlands, Belgium, and other German cities such as Düsseldorf, Bonn or Dortmund, which allows you to easily visit other places during your Erasmus.

Another positive aspect of doing your Erasmus in Cologne is that it is a warmer city than Berlin or Hamburg, and a cheap one too, both in terms of accommodation and transportation.


Frankfurt (“Frankfurt am Main” in German) is the main urban centre of the Rhine-Main region and is characterized by being a business city full of skyscrapers, which contrasts with the rest of German cities. In addition, given the size of Frankfurt (about 700,000 residents), it is very comfortable to live there. You can easily get around by public transport, bicycle or on foot.

You have to keep in mind that Frankfurt is a city with a fairly high cost of living. Nevertheless, Frankfurt is a very modern, diverse and multicultural city. All this, added to the good student atmosphere it has, makes it one of the best Erasmus destinations in Germany.

Erasmus in Frankfurt

Erasmus in Frankfurt


Heidelberg is a university city. In this city, you will find many students, whether they are German or international. It is also a small city, but very welcoming and with many buildings and historical places, such as Heidelberg Castle, one of the most visited places in all of Germany, or the University of Heidelberg, the oldest university in Germany.

Regarding the cost of living, we can say that it is a relatively cheap city, especially compared to other German cities. All this makes it an increasingly popular destination among international students, so if you decide to do your Erasmus in Heidelberg, you will surely not regret it.

This is our list of the 6 best Erasmus destinations in Germany. Do you agree? Have you made up your mind about which city you want to go to for your Erasmus?
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