24 February 2024

Studyıng ın Germany

My Personal Research and Experıences

Living in Würzburg as a Student

Würzburg is a small Franconian city in the middle of Germany’s most famous wine region between Frankfurt and Nuremberg. I didn’t have the chance to visit, but it is considered one of the paradise corners of Germany due to its agricultural production and climate. It was also a tourist destination with its Baroque buildings and numerous wine festivals. The city’s Julius Maximilian University is the oldest university in the state of Bavaria.

The city is divided in two by the river Main. The bridges over the Main are an important feature of the cityscape. The oldest and perhaps the most famous bridge is the “Alte Mainbrücke”, which connects the Altstadt to the Marienberg castle. The bridge has become a popular meeting place for students.

Alte Mainbrücke

Würzburg is a city where you can get almost everywhere on foot or by bike. University faculties and institutes are scattered in different parts of the city of 130.000 inhabitants, the city center is very compact and you can easily reach almost everything. There is no need to drive here. WVV’s transportation network makes it easy to reach all important parts of the city during the day, evening or weekend. Thanks to the local public transportation network, you can reach the university at almost any time. Moreover, with semester tickets, students travel free of charge 24 hours a day for six months with just their ID card. From almost every vantage point in the city you have a view of the beautiful castle, one of the top 10 tourist attractions in Würzburg.

If you want to get away from this idyllic city and reach the big cities: the nearest big cities are Nurmberg (about 110 kilometers southeast), Frankfurt am Main (about 120 kilometers northwest), Stuttgart (about 140 kilometers southwest) and Mannheim (about 177 kilometers west). The shortest way to reach the city from outside Germany is a 1 hour and 30 minute train ride from Frankfurt airport, which has flights from almost everywhere in the world. Nuremberg can also be an alternative transportation route. From there you can reach Würzburg with a 1 hour 25 min train ride.

St. Kilian the bridge saint and view of the castle

LIFE IN WÜRZBURG

Würzburg is a popular city, especially for its climate (sunny and clear weather is very rare in Germany and you can only find it in some areas in the south). With almost one in four people living in Würzburg being students, this creates a very student atmosphere in the bars and cafes and there is a high demand for affordable apartments. With 64% of students choosing to live independently, finding a place to rent is also a problem. I have read that rents have risen significantly in recent years, but compared to the big cities in Germany, it is still relatively cheap to live here.

The university warns that the housing market can be tight, especially at the beginning of the semester. That’s why its website advises first-year students to look for accommodation in the surrounding area, in neighboring towns like Veitshöchheim, Zell and Höchberg. In my searches in the city center, rents can be found from 500 Euros, but even though it is the full exchange period, I did not find many options. (It is better to act early) Studentenwerk runs eleven dormitories in Würzburg with a total of more than 2500 housing units. Prices are student-friendly and range from 200 to 300 Euros depending on the room, with waiting times between one and two semesters. Of course, by the way, one of the advantages of being a foreign student is that you have priority in the dormitories (although it may seem a little strange to us, this is the case throughout Germany) You can apply for dormitories from the link below.

https://tl1host.eu/SWWUE/index.html#admission

There are also a few private student hostels in Würzburg. I share their links below.

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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 abroad and ask for money before you have even seen the apartment.

As a student you can live very well in Würzburg. In the summer, there are many secluded spots on the River Main where you can barbecue or sunbathe. The surrounding country restaurants and beer gardens, swimming lakes and attractive excursion destinations (e.g. the Rococo garden in Veitshöchheim) allow you to quickly forget about afternoon classes.

Würzburg is a city that soothes the soul with its calm and idyllic structure

WÜRZBURG BY THE NUMBERS

City Population 127.934
Number of Students32.218
Student/resident ratio% 26,7
Number of beds provided by Studierendenwerk3.910
Rents for accommodation provided by Studierendenwerk212-364 €  
Source – CHE Ranking

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