Last updated on Jul 09, 2023
Summary: Expats, digital nomads and retirees discuss what it is like to live in Stuttgart, Germany: Cost of living, Finding a home, Meeting People and more.
What do I need to know before moving to Stuttgart?
When we asked people what advice they would give someone preparing to move to Stuttgart, they said:
"Stuttgart is located in the southwest of Germany and is the capital of the state of Baden-Württemberg. It is known for its automotive industry, with both Mercedes-Benz and Porsche having their headquarters there. The city is also famous for its vineyards, parks, and green spaces, which are unusual for a German city. Before moving to Stuttgart, it's important to know that the local dialect is Swabian, which can be quite different from standard German. However, most people also speak standard German and many speak English, especially in the business world. The cost of living in Stuttgart is relatively high compared to other German cities, especially when it comes to housing. It's advisable to start looking for accommodation as early as possible. There are various types of accommodation available, from apartments to houses, and many expats choose to live in the suburbs or surrounding towns where housing is more affordable. Public transportation in Stuttgart is excellent, with a network of trains, trams, and buses that cover the city and surrounding areas. Owning a car can be expensive due to the high cost of parking and the city's commitment to reducing car usage. Stuttgart has a strong economy, with many opportunities for employment, particularly in the automotive, engineering, and IT sectors. It's advisable to have a job secured before moving, as the job market can be competitive. The city has a high standard of education, with a range of international schools available for expat families. The education system in Germany is different from many other countries, so it's important to research this before moving. Stuttgart has a rich cultural scene, with many museums, galleries, and theaters, as well as a vibrant nightlife. The city is also home to several festivals throughout the year, including the popular Stuttgart Beer Festival and the Stuttgart Wine Festival. Healthcare in Stuttgart is of a high standard, with a range of public and private hospitals. It's important to have health insurance, as healthcare is not free in Germany. Finally, Stuttgart is located in a region with a temperate seasonal climate, with warm summers and cool winters. It's advisable to bring a range of clothing suitable for all seasons," explained one expat living in Stuttgart, Germany.
How do I find a place to live in Stuttgart?
About the Author
Joshua Wood, LPC joined Expat Exchange in 2000 and serves as one of its Co-Presidents. He is also one of the Founders of Digital Nomad Exchange. Prior to Expat Exchange, Joshua worked for NBC Cable (MSNBC and CNBC Primetime). Joshua has a BA from Syracuse and a Master's in Clinical and Counseling Psychology from Fairleigh Dickinson University. Mr. Wood is also a licensed counselor and psychotherapist.
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