Moving to a university in another country can be both an exciting and a challenging experience. To help you settle in quickly and make the most of your time in Braunschweig, we offer you a broad range of support programmes for all administrative, academic, social and personal questions and challenges. You will find all the information and contact points on our International Student Support webpages.
Braunschweig is a city of short distances and the best means of transport is the bicycle. All the main streets have cycle lanes and you can reach the city centre from anywhere in Braunschweig in under 20 minutes. If you want to buy a second-hand bike, there are several options:
If you become ill, your first point of contact for all health issues is a general practitioner (Allgemeinmediziner or Hausarzt). The best way to find a good doctor is to ask your acquaintances or friends for a recommendation. Unfortunately, many doctors' offices are very busy and therefore no longer accept new patients. We are happy to support you in your search for a doctor. Please contact us if you need support: Advisory Service
Please also note our information under "Emergencies" if you need a doctor very urgently.
If necessary, the general practitioner will refer you to a specialist (Facharzt). Ask your doctor to recommend somebody and to make an appointment for you directly. General practitioners and specialists can be found here:
Most doctors expect you to make an appointment by telephone. If you are seriously ill, make it clear that you would like to see the doctor that same day. Please remember to take your health insurance card (EHIC card or German health insurance card) with you.
If you have statutory health insurance, the doctor will invoice all costs directly to your insurance company.
If you have private health insurance, you will receive an invoice, which you will have to pay. You will then submit that invoice to your health insurance company, which will reimburse your expenses.
Medication in Germany is only available at pharmacies.
Medication for minor illnesses such as headaches or colds can be bought without a prescription in the pharmacy.
Many medicines require a doctors's prescription which you will have to take to the pharmacy.
If you have statutory health insurance, you will have to pay between € 5 and € 10 for most medicines. The rest is covered by your health insurance.
If you have private health insurance, you will have to pay the cost of the medication at the time of purchase, then submit the receipt to your insurance company for reimbursement.
Compared to other German cities, Braunschweig is not an expensive place to study. Nevertheless, you need a minimum of about 930 euros a month to be able to study here successfully. For example, you can supplement your living expenses with a part-time job and gain work experience at the same time or apply for scholarship programmes. You can find all the important information about money on our website about financing your studies:
Your residence permit for study purposes is always issued for a limited period and must then be extended.
For this purpose, your immigration officer from the Foreigners' Registration Office will send you an e-mail about 8 weeks before your residence permit expires containing a date for applying for the extension.
If you do not receive an invitation, you should contact your immigration officer yourself, if possible also by e-mail.
In the e-mail from the Foreigners' Registration Office you will find a list of all the documents you will need to renew your residence permit. Please compile the documents in good time and bring them with you to your appointment.
If you move within Braunschweig, you will need to inform the the Department of Citizen Affairs (Abteilung Bürgerangelegenheiten) of the City of Braunschweig of your new address.
Remember also to inform the university, your bank and your insurance companies about your new address. Place a change-of-address order at the post office.
You must renew your enrolment for every new semester! To do so, you will need to pay your semester fee for the new semester.
01 February for the following summer semester
01 August for the following winter semester
Please transfer the money to the TU Braunschweig's account by the above dates.
If you are late in paying your semester contribution, an additional € 15 fee will be charged. If you have not paid by the beginning of the semester, your enrolment at the TU braunschweig will be cancelled!
Leave of absence
When you finish your studies at the TU Braunschweig, you have to end your enrolment. This is the official deregistration from the TU Braunschweig and it is particularly important if you want to study at another German university.
End your enrolment
When you finish your studies at TU Braunschweig, you have to end your enrolment. This is the official deregistration from TU Braunschweig and it is particularly important if you want to study at another German university.
There are a large number of student clubs at TU Braunschweig with a wide range of different topics: From music and theater to research, politics, intercultural exchange, cinema, or gliding there is something for everyone. Joining in is one of the best ways to meet people with common interests and make new friends.
Some societies, such as the Erasmus Student Network (ESN), also offer support with settling in in Braunschweig and with questions and problems related to your studies. Just write an email or drop by at the open office hours!
TU Braunschweig University Sports Centre offers a diverse and affordable range of sports, health and leisure activities for TU students and staff, both digitally and in person. Some courses are very popular, so it is best to register as soon as possible after the start of registration.
From the lecture hall directly to the gym! In the fitness area in the TU sports hall you can do cardiovascular and muscle training on your own in a pleasant and relaxed atmosphere. Certified fitness trainers will be happy to give you tips and training instructions at any time.
Thanks to the large number of students in the city, Braunschweig has a lively and colourful nightlife: You will find all sorts of clubs, ranging from mainstream to alternative to electro, from pubs to jazz clubs. If you're looking for recommendations for going out, the Erasmus Student Network is a good place to find one. And if you are looking for something a bit different at the weekend: The German capital Berlin is only a 90-minute train ride away.
The city’s theatres also have a lot to offer, from modern and classical plays to dance, opera and concerts: The State Theatre was established as early as 1861, and there are also many smaller venues such as the LOT Theatre or the Komödie am Altstadtmarkt. If you are looking for something a little quieter, you will find that the city’s twelve museums are a great place to visit. Film fans get their money’s worth in the local cinemas “Astor” and “Universum” and should definitely visit the annual International Film Festival, the oldest film festival in Lower Saxony. More than 27,000 visitors are drawn to the festival every year when film stars such as Stellan Skarsgard, John Hurt, Mads Mikkelsen or Isabelle Huppert pay a visit.
Where to go at the weekend or to relax after a long day at university? Whether it's theatre, cinema, talks, an exhibition or a city tour: there's always something going on in Braunschweig! Take a look at the event calendars of TU Braunschweig and the city of Braunschweig and off you go!