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The City of Tuebingen

Tuebingen is an old city, but it has one of the youngest populations Germany: the inhabitants are only 39 years old on average. 28,500 of the 84,000 residents are students. The town is famous for its unique flair, combining the charm of a lovingly restored old town center with the bustling spirit of a young student town. Here, centuries-old history meets cutting-edge science. Tuebingen is located about 30 miles south of Stuttgart between the Schönbuch Natural Park and the Swabian Alb.

The old town of Tuebingen is a sight in itself, with marvellous old buildings dating back to the 15th and 16th centuries, an old botanical garden, many churches and cobblestone alleys. Numerous sidewalk cafes, wine taverns, pubs, restaurants and parks invite visitors to stroll around.

The parks are a popular meeting place for students in the summer. Above the old city on the Schlossberg, a small mountain, the beautiful Hohentuebingen castle with the castle museum is situated. On the south side of the old town flows the River Neckar, which is crossed by the Neckar Bridge (Neckarbrücke). At this point, the river divides into two branches and gives place to a small Island, the so-called Platanenallee, a popular place to stroll or to take a trip on a punting boat (Stocherkahn), navigated with long wooden poles.

On the bridge, you have a scenic view of the river and the yellow Hölderlin Tower (Hölderlinturm) - the poet lived there from 1807 to 1843. Today, it's a museum. The Market Square (Marktplatz) is enclosed by the magnificent old town hall and other beautiful half-timbered houses. You can stroll across the morning market here every Monday, Wednesday and Friday and buy fresh local produce.

We have compiled a map of important places in Tuebingen to help you find your way around.


Cost of Living

Despite being a comparatively small city, Tuebingen is an expensive place to live. Rents especially are among the highest in the country. In total, you should expect to spend at least € 850/month for your living costs as a single person. 

If you will need a residence permit to stay in Germany, you will have to provide proof of sufficient financial means. For a single person, the official requirement is 

€ 499 + cost of rent + health insurance (2016). 

Please note that particularly the first two months will be expensive because you might need to buy things like household items, tickets for public transportation/a bike, apply for a residence permit etc. However, of course your expenditures also depend on your individual lifestyle.

Short list of main costs (monthly)

Accommodation: private one-room apartment or student dormitory € 350 - 600
Accommodation: two/three-bedroom apartment € 650 - 1000
Food € 150 - 300
Health insurance € 60 - 180
Public transport (monthly ticket) € 49.40
Public transport (semester ticket for students) € 89.70
Public broadcasting fee (Rundfunkbeitrag) € 17.50
Phone, internet from € 20

If you matriculate as a student in Tuebingen, you will also need to pay an administrative fee at the University of Tübingen, which is currently € 153.80 (summer semester 2018).
There are currently no general tuition fees in Baden-Württemberg; however, there are some exceptions. Please contact the University of Tübingen's international admissions team for details.


Safety in Tuebingen

Even by German comparison, Tuebingen is a safe city with a very low crime rate. Nonetheless, train stations may attract dodgy individuals, so please be careful around these areas, especially during night times. Generally, do not walk around alone during the night if you can avoid it.

Bikes do get stolen rather frequently though, thus it is worth investing in a good lock! You shouldn’t leave your bike in town for too long, especially if it looks expensive.

We strongly recommend to always lock your front door and close all windows when you leave the house.

Updated 19/04/2018 2:53pm