Rostock - Life in the Hanseatic City

Youthful, cosmopolitan and full of surprises

Rostock is more than just a historic hanseatic and university 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.

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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 the MAU, the URSPRUNG and in a large number of other clubs.

Popular among students are the LT-Club and the Student's Cellar. Rostock is also famous for its pubs, bars, restaurants and cafés. The city's top events include not only concerts of all music genres but also regional festivals such as the “Hanse Sail”, renowned far beyond the boundaries of the city and the state.

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.

City of Rostock

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 island Hiddensee. There are also good transport connections to the Hanseatic city of Hamburg, the German capital Berlin and by hybrid ferry to neighbouring Denmark.

Remarkable are the monasteries in Mecklenburg-Western Pomerania. One of them is the building of our university.

About universities and possibilities of studying in Mecklenburg-West Pomerania informs the campaign for studying See your Future - Study in MV.

Student accommodation

The student welfare service runs ten halls of residence in the Hanseatic and University city of Rostock, offering accommodation for 2,200 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 or houses. The quarter known as the “Kröpeliner Tor-Vorstadt” with its numerous cafés and pubs is a very popular residential area for students.

Please note that the principle to be applies is first come, first serve. Make sure that you propose for an accommodation as soon as you receive your letter of acception.