University Cities in Europe11 December 2013
Close behind Paris in the desirable student city line-up, London is culturally diverse, full of history and perpetually busy. It’s also perpetually popular with students: there are more international students here than in any other city, and of its more than 40 universities, two fall within the world’s top 10. While it’s an expensive place to live, a number of reductions available for students soften the blow to the wallet. With an endless supply of sights, culture, music and quintessential British pubs, you’ll never be bored.
Prague, Czech Republic
Along the banks of the Vltava River, Prague has been an economic and cultural hub of Eastern and Central Europe for over 1,000 years. Visitors to the UNESCO World Heritage- listed city are drawn in by its majestic buildings and stay to explore its cobblestoned streets full of small cafes and old-fashioned bars. Three of Prague's universities are ranked among the best in the world and there's a great social scene for students. Whether it’s jazz lounges, old structures converted into late-night discothèques or old bunkers converted into makeshiftdrinking establishments, the scene is constantly reinventing itself.
Uppsala is a picturesque city with a medieval cathedral and its own castle. It's also home to the oldest university in Sweden, dating back to 1477. Eight graduates of the prestigious Uppsala University are Nobel Prize winners, and every year Nobel laureates visit the university to hold free open lectures. The university’s faculties are spread around the city, creating a nice blend of student vibe and historical city centre throughout. Plus - requiring only 40 minutes by train to get to Stockholm, it's easy to get a big city fix when needed.
Located on the edge of a beautiful lake and river, with some of the most breathtaking scenery in Europe at its doorstep, Zurich is home to ETH Zurich, the Swiss Federal Institute of Technology. ETH Zurich, at 12th in the world, is the highest ranked university outside the US and UK. As the economic centre of Switzerland, Zurich is home to numerous international companies, providing many options for work experience and internships. High living costs are offset by a high quality of life and a thriving student community. Students flock to Zurich West, the city's former industrial quarter and current cultural hotspot.
Bavarians are fiercely proud of their culture and Munich is a great city to experience it first-hand. As the third largest city in Germany with the country's second and third ranked universities, Munich is an economic hub that manages to be both vibrant and laid back. Close to the Bavarian Alps, it is home to one of Europe’s best football teams (Bayern Munich), great museums, bars and clubs, and the world-famous Oktoberfest beer festival.
Susy Peddie lives in Berlin (another great university city!) and works for GoEuro, a multimode search engine that helps you find the fastest and cheapest travel combinations in Europe.
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