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Welcome to Freiburg

If you have general questions about studying or doing research in Germany, you are invited to visit this website:

A Little Bit of Freiburg History


Freiburg was founded by the Dukes of Zähringen in 1120, and eventually came under Habsburg rule in 1368. With only brief interruptions, it remained the capital of Further Austria until the beginning of the 19th century.

The original layout of the streets and squares is still preserved in today's cityscape. The medieval old town boasts many architectural treasures, winding narrow alleyways, and Bächle, little streams running along the streets. A colorful marketplace surrounds the magnificent cathedral, whose unique 381-foot tower is a masterwork of Gothic architecture. The city is full of historic sites, including the Renaissance-era university and the old city gates.

Freiburg is a cheerful little city with southern flair and a charming mix of tradition and modernity. Its mild, sunny micro-climate is the envy of the rest of Germany. And its location is unmatched: right at the foot of the Black Forest, in the Dreiländereck tripoint between Germany, France and Switzerland, with the Vosges and the Alps just over the border. Theater, concerts, museums, galleries, and a relaxing mineral spa enliven the cultural scene and contribute to Freiburg’s excellent quality of life. Not to mention the surrounding region, which is renowned for its sun-kissed wines and scrumptious cuisine.

For more information on Freiburg, click here or visit the city’s official website at

Check out these pictures of the English Department and the university campus.

Student Accommodation in Freiburg


Finding suitable housing as an exchange student is often difficult. We’ve compiled the following information to help you out.

Student Dorms

Even if your exchange program does not set you up with housing, you may still apply for a room in residence. The main student residences include StuSie and Vauban, but there are many others around the city. You can find descriptions of the residences run by Student Services Freiburg (Studierendenwerk) here.

The application period is from July 15 to August 31 for the winter semester and from January 15 to February 28 for the summer semester. Click here for more information on applying for a residence room.

In addition to the main residences run by Student Services Freiburg, there are several private residences, many run by the Archdiocese of Freiburg.


Other Places to Check

  • Student Services Freiburg (Studierendenwerk): Check out the Residence section of their website. In addition to running the student residences, they offer a housing listing service as well as information on alternative forms of accommodation.
  • This is the website for finding flat-shares in Germany. Available rooms are posted constantly but there are so many students looking for a place to live, so it’s a good idea to check the site often.
  • Don’t forget to check local newspapers for room offers as well. The Badische Zeitung has online as well as print listings. The Zypresse classified magazine comes out bi-weekly on Wednesdays and Saturdays.

Short-Term Accommodation

If you need an inexpensive place to stay while searching for housing in Freiburg, book a bed at one of Freiburg’s hostels. The Black Forest Hostel is more centrally located at Kartäuserstr. 33, while the Freiburg Youth Hostel is a bit further, at Kartäuserstr. 151. Also check Airbnb or try Couchsurfing!



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