Mainz is one of the oldest cities in Germany, west of Frankfurt and bisected by the Rhine River. Dating back to Roman times, the city is famous for its cathedral and Johannes Gutenberg, the inventor of the printing press, after whom the university is named. Although the city is not primarily a student city with its aristocratic atmosphere, it is home to around 41,000 students. The city’s proximity to Frankfurt and ease of transportation make it very attractive.
Located in Rheinhessen, Germany’s largest wine-producing region, the city has a distinct beauty thanks to the vineyards, castles, castles and vineyard houses around it. Its mild climate is perhaps the most valuable thing in Germany and the thing that those who have lived here for a while miss the most. Summers are usually between 20-30 degrees in sunny weather, while winters are roughly 10-14 degrees. It is rare to see snow. Since air conditioning is not generally used throughout Germany, you will definitely feel it when it is hot.
Since Mainz is a green city, it is perfect for a green lover like me. For those who are bored between concrete blocks, the city has a village atmosphere and I can guarantee that you will not get bored. This atmosphere of the city is also reflected in its people. The locals in Mainz love to party, drink and laugh after soccer matches or any chance they get. Their annual craze is the “Meenzer Fassenacht” festival. Starting long beforehand with countless events and gatherings, the festival kicks off with the Mainz Rose Monday parade. As you know, our vacations are either semester or summer. We couldn’t coincide, but let’s hope for the next time. Although it is said to be very crowded, 500.000 visitors come from all over the world. (I don’t like crowds, maybe that’s why we couldn’t coincide 🙂
Transportation to Mainz is very easy. There are 7-8 direct flights to Frankfurt Airport every day from almost every major airport in the world. To reach Mainz, you take the train at the airport and you are there in 40 minutes. (We spend twice as much time to reach home from the airport in Istanbul)
LIFE IN MAINZ
Compared to its population, Mainz has a high proportion of students. The housing and flat-sharing market is therefore very active. However: the limited supply of housing may make it difficult to find a place to stay. Your chances are slightly better during this month, as housing usually changes hands in July. As such, rents are also relatively expensive. Therefore, it seems a good strategy to accept shared living in a student apartment in Mainz at the beginning of your studies and to pursue an opportunity to move into your own apartment during your studies. At the time of writing this blog (early July), apartments for rent were starting at around 450 Euros per month.
As the number of students is high, the number of dormitory beds is accordingly high. The student union provides accommodation for about 4300 students. The advantage of being a foreign student is that you have priority in the dormitories (although it seems a little strange to us, this is the case throughout Germany) However, keep in mind that the demand is so high that you will have to wait at least 6 months. You can apply for dormitories from the link below.
There are also a few private student hostels in Mainz. I share their links below.
If you are visiting Mainz and don’t have a place to stay yet, the following hotels may be an alternative for a short stay.
Please Note !!! Be suspicious of commission-free apartments, photos that look like hotel rooms and utopian low rental prices: they are often fake. You should also always be suspicious of landlords who are supposedly based abroad and demand money before you even see the apartment.
Mainz is beautiful, but the surroundings are also attractive. The semester ticket for studying in Mainz has a surprisingly wide range of validity. Although Mainz is in the state of Rhineland-Palatinate, the semester ticket is also valid in most of the state of Hesse. With the semester ticket you can travel for free not only to Wiesbaden, but also to Frankfurt, Bad Kreuznach, Darmstadt, Worms, Gießen, Marburg and Fulda, and vice versa. (It’s a lot of traveling 🙂
MAINZ BY THE NUMBERS
|Number of Students
|Number of beds provided by Studierendenwerk
|Rents for accommodation provided by Studierendenwerk
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