Swabians are renowned for being industrious, embodied by the saying “Schaffe, schaffe, Häusle baue!” (Work hard, work hard, build a little house!). Besides having a reputation of being hard-working, Swabians are also regarded as inventors and thinkers. It comes as no surprise, then, that Stuttgart is a technology stronghold, and one of the leading business locations in Europe. The city is home to major automotive groups and a whole host of small and medium-sized enterprises. Besides offering excellent job prospects, the state capital also has plenty in store for students. And yes, the locals really can speak High German!
There are lots of student dorms. The Studierendenwerk maintains 35 residential buildings with almost 7,000 rooms. Special offers are available for students with children or disabilities. The Vereinigung Stuttgart Studentenwohnheime e.V. provides 2,500 additional places.
Church and independent institutions run their own student dorms, which could be a good alternative for you. And then, of course, there is also the private housing market.
Stuttgart is a great place to live, where you can enjoy the pleasures in life. Commuters may well curse their congested journey from the Pragsattel to the Kessel. But the beautiful scenery surrounding Stuttgart is thanks to the Kessel – the vine-covered hills extend all the way to the city centre!
Once you have passed through this part of the city, the landscape soon becomes gentler, rural even. Killesberg – Stuttgart’s most popular park – is a special natural feature. In fact, the city has a lot of greenery. The Schlossplatz is the ideal place for walking barefoot on grass in the middle of the city.
But not only that – the Schlossplatz is also the visual highlight of the Königsstraße, one of Germany’s most popular shopping areas. This is where you will find all the major chains, as well as lots of small, independent shops in the vicinity.
Stuttgart’s nightlife is centred around “Theo” – the Theodor-Heuss-Strasse, home to many clubs and bars. The rooftop terrace of the Max-Kade dorm is another place to be. Besides offering breathtaking views of the whole city, it is renowned for its legendary parties. The Cannstatter Wasen – an annual traditional festival that attracts big crowds – is another must!
What about the sights? Well, Mercedes-Benz Arena is home to VfB Stuttgart, and Wilhelma is not “just a zoo”, but a 30-hectare botanical garden. The 216-metre-high Stuttgart Television Tower, the city’s best-known landmark, is a real highlight. The name of its location endears you to the Swabian dialect: the television tower stands on the “Hoher Bopser” hill.
It is just a five-minute walk from the Bergfriedhof stop (Merz Akademie) to the campus. The U4 and U9 will take you to the centre, via just a few stops. To get to the main station, simply get off at Charlottenplatz and change to the U7. The U4 runs between Hölderlinplatz and Untertürkheim; the U9 connects the districts of Heslach and Hedelfingen.