Studyıng ın Germany

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Living in Odenburg as a Student


Oldenburg is a small city in the north of Germany in Lower Saxony. (When I say small, I mean for those who live in a metropolis like me, otherwise it is an average city on a German scale) It is a cute place close to the Dutch border and you will feel the atmosphere of a holiday resort in four seasons. (It gets cold in winter, but you still feel that air) The first time we visited the city for the first time, we liked it very much because of the high number of touristic visitors and the mobility of the students due to the summer season. Afterwards, when we had the opportunity to go again in the winter months, we witnessed that the same mobility continued despite the cold weather.

The city, which is very close to Bremen, can be reached in about 40 minutes from Bremen station. Since there are direct flights from many cities to Bremen, it stands out as an easily accessible city. There are two universities in the city, one of which is a university of applied sciences, and approximately 18,000 students receive education. Since it is close to the Netherlands, it is one of the schools preferred by Dutch students. Carl von Ossietzky University is a young university, but has managed to stand out in certain subjects.


Although the city is of average size, it is a very rich city. It is even famous for having many job opportunities. The city has a relatively young population and I think it owes its mobility to this. Since the city, which was almost never bombed during the Second World War, has preserved its authenticity in this sense, it also attracts touristic attention. (Maybe that’s why we liked it so much, I don’t know) Together with Göttingen and Lüneburg, it is one of the monument cities in Lower Saxony that reflects the old atmosphere. The city consists of the old city centre and three large towns around it, which have largely preserved their historical structure. Since Oldenburg used to be the capital of a duchy, the many classical buildings in the old town give it a very “monarchical” atmosphere.

The only negative thing I can say about the city is the weather, which is rarely stable. (You will hear similar complaints in all northern cities of Germany) The weather can be very changeable due to the ocean coast. In winter, snow is very rare. (I have never experienced it here or in other northern cities) Winter here means a kind of permanent “late autumn” lasting 4 months and being stuck in temperatures between 3 and 10 degrees Celsius. (Maybe those who know the winters in England can understand what I mean) Summers are cold, the weather is changeable and you rarely see the sunny weather that has become typical of the cities of Eastern and Southern Germany. (I love Northern Germany very much as I am not very good with heat)

The pedestrian zone of the Old Town (Innerstadt) has been closed to vehicular traffic since 1970


I mentioned that Oldenburg is a rich city, so life is a bit expensive compared to the city scale. The good thing is that I have not heard of any bad neighbourhoods in Oldenburg. When I write blogs and cities, I especially do research on this subject, consult those who know, and I have not heard of any negative locations about Oldenburg.

Most of the young people who move to Oldenburg to study live in shared flats in the Haarentor and Eversten areas in the west of the city, which are gradually turning into student neighbourhoods. This area is relatively central and you can get to the university and the old town quickly. Rents are generally affordable, especially in shared flats. If you are planning an apartment on your own, you can find a place for roughly 500 Euros. In addition, the studentenwerk (Student Union) offers a dormitory for around 2200 people.

Studentenwerk Oldenburg Dormitories


City Population 169.077
Number of Students17.906
Student/resident ratio% 10.6
Number of beds provided by Studierendenwerk2.199
Rents for accommodation provided by Studierendenwerk126-389 €  
Source – CHE Ranking

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