Stuttgart is not a university town. It is a large enough city to accommodate 7 different highly respected universities but the student impact on the culture of the city is minimal. This can be a bonus as much of the focus of these schools is on applied and design sciences that are benefitted more by being in an urban area with an industrial and international focus than in a more isolated university influenced town. Most of the universities have main campuses near the city centre.
University of Stuttgart
Founded in 1829, this is the fourth biggest university in Baden-Württemberg. It has two main campuses, the liberal arts campus in the city centre and the natural science campus in the southwest of the city. It has a strong reputation for being a leader in the field of architecture.
University of Hohenheim
Founded in 1818, located in the south city district of Plieningen, this university focuses on modern agricultural science and forestry with an emphasis on business administration.
State University of Music and Performing Arts Stuttgart
Founded in 1857, the university is located in the city centre and its performances are available to the public.
State Academy of Visual Arts Stuttgart
Founded in 1761, this is one of the largest art colleges in Germany.
Stuttgart Media University (Hochschule der Medien Stuttgart)
Founded in 2001, this university is a result of the merger between the College Printing and Publishing and the Vaihingen College of Librarianship.
Stuttgart Technology University of Applied Sciences (Hochschule für Technik Stuttgart)
Founded in 1832, began as a centre for craftsmanship and was certified as a school of applied science in 1971.
University of Cooperative Education Baden-Württemberg
Founded in 1974, is a practical skills university with a focus on business, technology and social work.
One of the most attractive aspects about choosing to study in Stuttgart is the businesses and opportunities that are in the city for graduates. While finding employment, as a student may be difficult, finding a position as a graduate is much easier. This cannot be underestimated for its value in beginning a career. Stuttgart is also large enough, diverse enough and well-connected enough so you never become isolated from the developments and innovations of life and culture while being immersed in your studies.
Rather than being a drawback, the fact that the universities have not created a discernible “university town” or taken over the culture of the city is a tremendous plus. There is more communication and cross over between the populations at each university than in other cities where schools have more defined areas. Residents are also very friendly and supportive of those pursuing their studies in the city.