The University of Bremen is a campus university. It is located on the edge of the city, near a park (the Stadtwald) and a lake (the Uni-See).
More information: Directions to the University of Bremen
Bremen has an efficient public transport system. Buses and trams (BSAG) are usually on time and reliable. Students can use all buses and trams free of charge with the Semesterticket (valid area).
With the semester ticket students can also go to Hamburg, Hannover, Osnabrück, Oldenburg and other cities with regional trains (no IC or ICE).
Close to the city center is the Bremen city airport, from where destinations all over Europe can be reached: Airport Bremen
More information on public transport
The costs of living and studying
The standard of living is high in Germany. Currently students should calculate at least 700 euro per month. Since the rent in big cities are increasing, especially accommodation is rather expensive (at present single rooms are around 300 – 550 euro depending on location, size and quality).
Costs of study material
Students should also calculate some money to pay for books and other study material. Depending on the study program, costs can be around 230 – 370 euro per semester. On top of this, it is impossible to study in any program without a computer or laptop. Some departments and faculties as well as the university library provide the use of communal computer facilities. However, a personal computer would be of advantage.
Students should inquire about special student rates and other discounts from more than one travel agency before they book their ticket to come to Germany.
Social charges (“Sozialgebühren”)
The social charges include the financial support of the "Studentenwerk", the "AStA" and the Semesterticket. Every university has its own “Studentenwerk” (Student Welfare Services), which finances facilities like the Mensa (refectory), cafeterias, student residences, sport facilities and so on. The AStA is the Student Union of the University of Bremen and supports the rights of all students.
In addition to the social charges, there is also an extra charge for the Semesterticket. The Semesterticket allows students to use the different means of public transport in and around Bremen free of charge for a period of six months.
All students contribute by paying social charges via the semester contribution ("Semesterbeitrag") and are entitled to make use of all the facilities provided.
Further information about working in Germany is available here: Career Center University of Bremen.
We recommend you inform yourself about the possible account management fees before opening an account. It would also be advantageous to choose a financial institution with an office in the city center or on the campus (for example, Bremer Landesbank, Sparkasse).
Please note: In Germany, it is not customary to send checks by post to the recipient of the payment (for example to the landlord)!
In Germany there are general practitioners as well as specialists in each field (eg. pediatric doctors, optometrists, dermatologists, etc.). Everyone has free choice in the selection of their doctor.
In case of illness, we recommend making an appointment.
For an appointment, a valid health insurance (e.g. EHIC card), a proof of matriculation at the University of Bremen, and an ID / Passport are needed.
At night or on the weekend. we recommend contacting the emergency medical services (phone numbers below) or going directly to the hospital.
Emergency phone numbers
- Police: 110
- Fire Services: 112
- Emergency Medical Services: 112
Emergency Medical Care (Nights and Weekends):
- Emergency Doctors: +49 421 / 19292
- Emergency Pediatric Doctor: +49 421 / 3404444
- "Giftinformationszentrum Nord" (Poison Information Center North): +49 551 / 19240
Emergency Pharmacies Bremen (search by zip code)
In Germany, medicine is only available in pharmacies. There are two types of medicine: available with or without a prescription.
The German law on medicine is strict - most medicine is only available with a prescription (e.g. antibiotics) and pharmacies will not provide them without a prescription from a doctor. In this case, a doctor must be consulted first in order to get a prescription for medicine available in pharmacies. Most health insurances generally cover most of the cost of medicine. There might be an additional fee of around 5-10 Euro.
At night or on the weekend, we recommend contacting the emergency pharmacy service (Apotheken-Notdienst). Information on which pharmacy to contact in this case can be found in the newspaper or on the Internet.