This German city is a very good destination to go on your Erasmus. Keep in mind that the University of Stuttgart is recognized as one of the best institutions in Europe, a characteristic that attracts many young people who want to take advantage of its educational offer.
Of course, remember that the cost of living in Stuttgart is quite high, so living in a shared apartment is usually preferred by young people with a student budget. This will also allow you to share an international experience with roommates of different nationalities, creating a multicultural environment.
These are the pros and cons of living in a shared flat in this German city:
The price of accommodation in Stuttgart varies a lot depending on the neighbourhood. If you live in a shared apartment you will be able to choose more central areas to live in (such as Stuttgart Mitte), as it costs less than a full apartment.
Stuttgart has a privileged location in Germany and Europe, it is the entrance to the Black Forest and is very close to France and Switzerland. By saving on the rental cost you will be able to take advantage of visiting different nearby areas.
You will be able to choose either a spare room in a private shared flat or one in a residence. You will have to choose what suits your preferences, bearing in mind that in residences there are generally more rules to follow.
Winter in Stuttgart is usually very cold and the use of heating can lead to conflicts between roommates. If house expenses and utility bills are not included in the rent, it is important to talk and reach an agreement with your flatmates about its use.
You will have to share the common areas of the apartment, such as the living room, kitchen and bathroom, with the other roommates.
There are apps for Erasmus+ that you can use which will make the exchange process easier. In these applications, you will find different features, which include the possibility of requesting a new exchange program, accessing information on necessary procedures, reading experiences and advice from other students and even completing the Learning Agreement.
The simplest way you have to meet people as soon as you arrive in Stuttgart is to share a flat since you will be accompanied when you arrive in the city. Other ways to meet people are:
Student associations organize fun plans for young people to share time and immerse themselves in the local culture. Each of the universities can have its own association for international students, such as the ISO at the University of Hohenheim, and there is also the ESN Stuttgart where you can meet students from other institutions.
In the Facebook groups of the associations, you will be able to find out about the different events and activities they organize, such as city tours, parties and excursions. You will also be able to ask questions you have about life in Stuttgart, as well as read interesting facts to keep in mind.
Many student associations and Facebook groups offer the possibility of joining WhatsApp groups or other messaging services. In these groups, students usually introduce themselves to meet other young people who have similar interests.
We give you some tips for life in this German city:
We recommend that you know some German before arriving in the city, although you should know that in Stuttgart many times they speak in the dialect of the region, called Schwäbisch. Anyway, if you have the opportunity to live with a German roommate, don’t miss out on learning the language! This way it will be easier to practice the language and correct your mistakes.
Stuttgart is one of the greenest cities in Europe and during summer the weather is very good. You will be able to enjoy different events and outdoor activities, many even free.
If you choose an outskirt accommodation, make sure that it has a good public transport connection with the centre and your university.
How much does a shared flat cost in Stuttgart?
|The average cost of spare rooms in shared apartments is usually around €400-450 per month. An apartment with several rooms usually starts at €1,100 per month as a minimum, although the price per person will depend on the number of young people living there.
How to find roommates in Stuttgart?
|The best thing you can do is search on online communities, such as Erasmus Play, where you will also be able to see the available accommodation in shared flats.
How to meet people in Stuttgart?
|You can join international student associations at your university, ESN Stuttgart and available Facebook and Whatsapp groups. Another way to meet people is to share a flat and be friends with your colleagues.
Should I share a flat or live alone in Stuttgart?
|If you are going to live in Stuttgart for a period of time, the best thing you can do is share a flat, this makes your experience more fun. You will also save on the cost of rent, being able to spend that money on other activities and trips around the area.
What should I take into account when entering a flatshare in Stuttgart?
|You have to keep in mind that living together is not easy, especially if those who live in the apartment belong to different nationalities and have different lifestyles. That is why it is important to set the basic rules of the apartment, to avoid discussions and misunderstandings.