Freising and Garching - Life Outside Munich

With its research center in Garching and the TUM School of Life Sciences Weihenstephan, TUM has two major sites outside the city of Munich. That is why many undergraduates, graduate students and professors live in Freising, Garching and other communities to the north of Munich.

Even if they are not huge metropolises, the cities north of Munich offer a high quality of life – with a lower cost of living and outstanding transit connections to the metropolis on the Isar.


For centuries, Freising was one of the political centers of the region because of its role as the Bishop’s seat. Today, the fast-growing city of 46,000 is mainly known as an important airport location.

In addition to its beautiful Old Town, Freising offers everything you need – from shopping centers to theaters. The Weihenstephan district is not only the location of the TUM university site, but is also home to an impressive monastery and to the oldest brewery in the world.

You can reach downtown Munich via the nearby freeway, in about 30 minutes by regional express train, or in 45 minutes by S-Bahn. The Garching research center is about half an hour away by S-Bahn or bus.


In the last few decades, a tranquil Bavarian village has become the booming town of Garching, with about 16,000 residents. This is due in no small part to TUM, with its Garching research center.

Garching, not far from the Isar River, combines an idyllic countryside with a dynamic economy. Several large companies are located in the Hochbrück neighborhood, and new residential areas are quickly being built in the open spaces. To deal with all this activity, Garching received its own U-Bahn station several years ago.

Garching has outstanding connections to downtown Munich via the freeway and U-Bahn. The U6 line not only goes to the Garching research center in just a few minutes – it also offers a fast way to get to the English Garden and Marienplatz.