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Living and Studying in Freiburg

Living and studying in Freiburg




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Some (historical) facts on the city of Freiburg

Freiburg was founded by the Dukes of Zähringen in 1120, and the layout of streets and squares of the rapidly prospering metropolis is still impressively reflected in today's cityscape. In 1368 Freiburg came under the Habsburgs - remaining, with but brief interruptions, the capital of Austria’s Vorderösterreich until the beginning of the 19th century.
The medieval Old Quarter with its architectural treasures, colorful marketplace, twisting narrow lanes and little "waterways" running through the streets picturesquely circles the magnificent Gothic Cathedral. Its unique 381-foot-high tower ranks among the masterworks of Gothic architecture, enhancing Freiburg's enchanting silhouette. At every corner you will encounter historic sights, and the old craftsmen's districts are just as worth seeing as the striking architecture of the two old city towers. Freiburg today - a cheerful little big city with southern flair and a charming mix of tradition and progress. The location of the cosmopolitan university town is unmatched: right at the foot of the Black Forest, in the midst of the "three-country corner" where Germany, France and Switzerland touch. With the Vosges and the Alps close by. With a climate like that of Lugano. With a renowned mineral thermal bath and spa resort. And with all the things that make for unspoilt quality of life. Theater, concerts, ballet, museums and galleries enliven the city's cultural scene. The range is as varied and colorful as Freiburg's charming environs, renowned for the sun-kissed wines of Baden and scrumptious cuisine.
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Finding Student Accommodation in Freiburg

Finding suitable housing for your study abroad experience can prove to be a difficult endeavor. If you are looking for an accommodation in Freiburg, you might find the following pieces of information helpful.

Student dorms (application recommended before January 15 and June 15, respectively):


·        Alban-Stolz-Haus (Reinhold-Schneider-Straße 37, Freiburg-Littenweiler, take tram #1)
·        Thomas-Morus-Burse (Kappler Straße 57, Freiburg-Littenweiler, take tram #1)
·        Collegium Sapientiae (Lorettostraße 2)
·        Protestant Dormitory (Elsässer Straße 38)
·        Studentensiedlung am Seepark (Sundgauallee)
·        Vauban (Merzhauserstraße)
·        Engelberger Wohnheim (Engelberger Straße)



Miscellaneous other places to check:

·        Studentenwerk Freiburg (Schreiberstraße 12-16 | Monday to Friday: 9-12 a.m., Thursday: 2-4 p.m.)
·        Asta (Belfortstr. 24 | Tel.: 203-2035 | Tuesday and Thursday: 11.30 to 1.30 p.m.)
·        Mitwohnzentrale (Schwarzwaldstraße 8 | Tel.: 709653 | Monday - Friday: 10-13 and 3-7 p.m.)
·        Roommate agency (Konradstraße 15a)
Please also check out local newspapers for room offers on the private market, for instance in Badische Zeitung (Wednesdays and Thursdays) and Schnapp (Thursday supplement to the Badische Zeitung). Very helpful is also Zypresse, appearing bi-weekly on Wednesday and Saturday.
A relatively inexpensive place to spend a few nights while you’re searching for a room or an apartment in Freiburg would be the Freiburg Youth Hostel. It is located in Karthäuserstraße 151 (Littenweiler) and can be reached at (0761) 67656. You will have to be in possession of a German youth hostel membership card, which you can either get right at the youth hostel or at the Rempartstraße Cafeteria.
Another inexpensive place would be the Black Forest Hostel. It is located on Karthäuserstr.33 and can be reached at (0761) 8817870.
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