About the city and the region

This is the Lion City

■ part of Europe’s strongest research region
■ history of the city goes back to the year 1031
■ big city that attracts many young people
■ lots of parks and short distances
■ extensive sports, cultural and nightclub opportunities
■ excellent connections to destinations such as the Harz Mountains or the capital Berlin

Braunschweig is a historical student city with about 20,000 students at two universities: TU Braunschweig and Braunschweig University of Fine Arts. With its approximately 250,000 inhabitants, the city combines all the advantages of a major city with short distances, its excellent cycling infrastructure and numerous public parks.

Some people in the pedestrian zone of Braunschweig

Welcome to Europe’s Number 1 Region for Research!

In the Braunschweig region, more than 15,000 people work and research in 250 companies in the high-tech sector and 27 research institutions. These include, among others, the Helmholtz Centre for Infection Research, the Physikalisch-Technische Bundesanstalt and the German Aerospace Centre at the research airport.

Of course, our students also benefit from this special situation, because the lively network structures between business and science offer students numerous opportunities to gain practical experience during their studies and already plan further career steps. Renowned research institutions and companies in the region such as Volkswagen AG, Siemens AG or Salzgitter AG shine with their research departments and excellent job prospects for university graduates.

An air view of the airfield

Living in Braunschweig

Braunschweig is a city of short distances: no matter where you live, you can reach the campus, the city centre or the countryside in no time by public transport or bicycle.

The individual districts in Braunschweig offer living options for every taste and every budget: shared flats in old buildings in creative neighbourhoods such as the western ring area, your first own flat alone in apartment buildings with a garden or student living in a flat or room in the centrally located halls of residence. The central campus can be reached from all parts of the city in less than 25 minutes by bike.

There are many cult student pubs and cafés in the immediate vicinity of the campus. When it gets warm outside, Braunschweig's pubs put well over 10,000 chairs out on the nicest squares and streets. On hot days, beach bars right by the Oker or above the city's rooftops invite you to relax with friends.

More about living in Braunschweig:
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Culture and Nightlife

Braunschweig's art and cultural scene ranges from hip to sophisticated. Theatres and museums invite you to visit, as do concert halls and cinemas.

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.  The young scene in the cult quarter around Friedrich-Wilhelm-Straße is very popular. At the Hochschule für Bildende Künste and at TU Braunschweig there are events and exhibitions almost every day. And in autumn, cineastes can enjoy the Braunschweig International Film Festival.

The Braunschweig Castle Square including the Braunschweig Lion

The culture ticket included in the semester fee invites you to visit the State Theatre, LOT Theatre and Figurentheater Fadenschein free of charge. There are also special offers such as many open-air concerts, the "Sommerlochfestival", the "Culture Night" or "Culture in the Park". Concerts in the Volkswagen Hall, the Westand Culture and Event Centre Westand,  but also newcomer performances and hip DJs in clubs in the Kultviertel: in Braunschweig you can clear your head and get going again.

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 Hanseatic city of Hamburg can even be reached with the semester ticket.

Sports and Outdoor Activities

For those who prefer to be outdoors rather than going to the movies, Braunschweig won't disappoint either. The city is known for its many parks and recreational spaces and is home to a number of top sports clubs.

The river Oker, which springs in the Harz Mountains, surrounds the city centre with its historic canals. Alongside disused railway tracks, the approximately 20 km long and greened “Ringgleis” invites you to circle the city centre by bike. In the whole city area there are also around 20 parks, which are ideal for strolling, jogging or barbecuing.

The many sports clubs and fitness studios in Braunschweig also offer innumerable possibilities for sporting activities. Whether Aikido or American Football, crossfit or frisbee, rowing, bouldering or tennis: there's something for everyone. Naturally, the university sports facilities are particularly attractive for students and staff of our university. They are inexpensive and open to all members of the university.

Person in Konrad Koch disguise in the stadium of Eintracht Braunschweig

And since you can also watch sports very well without having to take action yourself, we gladly recommend a visit to Braunschweig’s elite sports clubs: Eintracht Braunschweig is a traditional German soccer team and plays in the 2nd Bundesliga, the Basketball Löwen Braunschweig brought forth NBA stars such as Dennis Schröder and Daniel Theis, and the American footballers of the New York Lions have been among Germany’s elite for years. By the way: Did you know that Braunschweig is the cradle of German soccer? In 1874, teacher Konrad Koch organized the first soccer match on a field located directly next to the TU Braunschweig campus. One year later he published the first version of the German soccer rules.