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Living in Schwäbisch Gmünd

Life, housing, and studying can be good in Schwäbisch Gmünd. The oldest Staufer town in the region of the state capital Stuttgart offers an urban ambience yet is surrounded by open green countryside. Its many street cafés, traditional wine bars, markets, variety of shops, and rich and lively cultural scene give the town a special flair

Housing is affordable too. Students generally prefer the central area of the mediaeval town with its historic buildings, half-timbered houses, and Baroque buildings. You might want to apply for a room in the Student Union’s (Studentenwerk Ulm) local apartment block. The surrounding area is a paradise for sport and open-air fans with excellent facilities for cycling, riding, hiking, climbing, long distance or downhill skiing, and most indoor sports.

Schwäbisch Gmünd is renowned as the town with the highest density of designers in Europe and was dubbed “the secret design capital” by the Financial Times Germany. Many HfG graduates practise professionally here, open design offices, or delivering creative services in the many light industrial companies or public institutions in the area.

The state capital Stuttgart, only 40 minutes away by train or car, offers many more cultural and shopping opportunities

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