Answers about Universities in Germany. Written by admission staff member at German University comaring TU Freiberg with Ruhr-Universität Bochum.
Rahul as the following question at Do you have any questions about Studying in Germany.
I have got an admission in TU Freiberg (CMS) . And have applied for Ruhr-Bochum (Computational Engineering). I would like to know about the city/town of Freiberg and Bochum. As in how easy/difficult it is for living there and also are these places a uni town, in the sense that you find more students around? It would be of great help if you can give me a ballpark figure of the living expenses in these two cities.
TU Freiberg vs. Ruhr-Universität Bochum
Concerning the questions in the blog. Well, honestly it’s a question of what he/she prefers. Freiberg is a small town (42,000 inhabitants) located in a rural area in the very east of Germany, close to the Czech boarder, yet it’s a university town. The university has about 5,000 students.
Bochum is a much bigger city (almost 400,000 inhabitants). It is located in a very urban area in the west of Germany with many bigger cities nearby.
Bochum may not be known as a university town, yet Ruhr-Universität Bochum is one of the largest universities in Germany (36,000 students).
If you prefer a small town, a small university and timbered houses you should probably choose Freiberg.
If you like the amenities of city life and doesn’t need a typical German old town with picturesque buildings, you may be better off in Bochum.
I don’t know much about the living expenses in Freiberg, but usually, the east of Germany (especially the rural areas) are cheaper.
Bochum is quite cheap as well, particularly the living expenses (rent, etc.) are quite low. Germany, in general, is a much cheaper place to live than for example the UK or the US. Plus, students get many discounts in museums, public transportation, health insurance, etc.
However, someone who isn’t interested in Germany and learning German at all, should maybe consider an English-speaking country.
I hope, I could help a little. Otherwise, the DAAD’s homepage is always a very good help.