Business Insider explains “Why Germany’s Free College Education Is Actually Not That Great”.
Even though tuition is free, housing is very limited. This leads to situations where “multiple students live in a single room”.
“This is far from luxury, of course,” Niclas Zumholte, a student in Heidelberg sharing a room with several others in emergency accommodation, told Inside Higher Ed.
It’s hard to generate too much sympathy, even though American students typically live in increasingly luxurious accommodations, commonly offering amenities like gyms, pools, and saunas. Free tuition would seem to trump cushy housing, although maybe most Americans would disagree.
Interested Americans should know that while tuition is also free for international students, German schools are mostly quite selective and fluency in the German language is required.