Rostock - life in the Hanseatic city

Youthful, cosmopolitan and full of surprises

Rostock is more than just a historic Hanseatic city. As the largest cultural and economic centre on the Baltic coast in Mecklenburg-Western Pomerania, it has something for everyone – a city full of surprises.

Rostock is home to more than 200,000 people, over 15,000 of whom are students from Germany and abroad who give the city its youthful, vibrant flair. The city is booming. In a survey of 50 German cities held in 2009, Rostock came 7th for its dynamism. Living in Rostock, you are part of a blossoming, cosmopolitan community without being overwhelmed by the masses. It’s a friendly city which you can get to know quickly, but which still has surprises even for people who have been living here for years.


Rostock offers leisure activities to suit all tastes. The cinema programme ranges from challenging films in the cinema “Wundervoll” to mainstream movies in the Cinestar. The seasonal programme at the Volkstheater covers a wide variety of music, opera, drama and dance. The Norddeutsche Philharmonie Rostock – Mecklenburg-Western Pomerania’s only top-ranking orchestra – is the Hanseatic city’s pride and joy. The Stadthalle (City Hall) close to the railway station draws famous comedians, show stars and live music artists – from classical to rock. However, up-and-coming young artists will also find interesting venues in MAU or in a large number of clubs. Rostock’s top events include not only concerts of all music genres but also regional festivals such as the Harbour Days or “Hanse Sail”, renowned far beyond the boundaries of the city and the state.

Rostock is also famous for its pubs, bars, restaurants and cafés. More than ten student clubs offer a wide range of events, from live music, literature and film via talks and dance to opportunities to get to know one another. All of these clubs manage themselves and are happy to welcome new members.

The large number of leisure activities is rounded off by college sport activities. Students can choose from more than 30 sports, including aikido, judo, rock and roll, sailing, swimming, tennis and volleyball. The nearby coast is a paradise for lovers of water sports.

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The surroundings

While Rostock has all the conveniences of a large city, it is also within easy reach of lush green scenery and lakes, lively bathing places and beautiful coastline. The Baltic bathing resort of Warnemünde and its spacious beach are only 20 minutes away by S-Bahn (local train). From here, you can walk miles east and west along sandy beaches offering spots for solitude or to mingle with the crowd all year round.

East of Rostock, about 45 minutes away by car but also accessible by rail and bike, is the Western Pomerania Lagoon Area National Park (“Vorpommersche Boddenlandschaft“), probably one of Germany’s most beautiful areas and home to the famous Ahrenshoop artist colony with its thatched houses, where numerous writers, musicians and painters have spent their summers since the 1920s.

Somewhat further east, you will find the Baltic island of Rügen and the picturesque lake Hiddensee. There are also good transport connections to the Hanseatic city of Hamburg, the German capital Berlin and to neighbouring Denmark.

Student accomodation

The student welfare service runs six halls of residence in the Hanseatic city of Rostock, offering accommodation for 1,700 students. They are within easy reach of the city centre by bike or public transport. Furnished rooms are available for rent from about € 140 a month. All student rooms have internet access. Many students prefer private accommodation or share apartments/houses. The quarter known as the “Kröpeliner Tor Vorstadt” with its numerous cafés and pubs is a very popular residential area for students.

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Surroundings of the hmt Rostock - Impressions

The hmt is located almost directly on the waterfront of the river Warnow, photo: Ulrike Bals
The harbour of Rostock, photo: Ulrike Bals
The city wall in the immediate neighbourhood of the hmt, photo: Ulrike Bals
Beach at the Baltic Sea near Warnemünde, photo: Ulrike Bals