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How to reach Dortmund

Most major capitals in Europe offer direct flight connections to Dortmund Airport. The airport is connected to the central station in the city center. From here, suburban trains connect directly to the TU-Dortmund campus. The unique H-Bahn connects the different areas of the campus and invites travellers to a first sightseeing from 10m elevation. If you approach Germany via an intercontinental connection you will most likely disembarque your flight at Frankfurt (M) [FRA] or Düsseldorf [DUS]. Both airports offer direct train connections to Dortmund main station and the speed train from Frankfurt (M) covers the distance in about 2 hours.

A more detailed description of scheduled arrivals can be found on the internet page of the TU-Dortmund.



Accomodation and Expenditures

Cost for accommodation can be kept reasonable if you get a free room in one of the dormitories which are offered by the "Studentenwerk". The rent will be in the range from 150 to 250€ per month. As a rule such an accommodation will include a single apartment plus common facilites, such as a bathroom for 2 and a kitchen for 4 parties. Some dormitories, such as "Alte Emil-Figge-Straße" or "Baroper Straße" offer self contained apartments.

In case of accommodation from the private sector approx. 200-450€ per month, depending on location and interior, might be due. However, in such a case, you can commonly share the apartment with a friend.

Further 250€ per month should be considered for nutrition and other costs of living.

Newcomers should note that it is helpful to register for a dormitory room as soon as possible to enhance the chances to be assigned to a room. The academic foreign office (AAA) offers a starter package for international newcomers to guarantee the placement in an appropriate accomodation and to help along during the first weeks of stay.

You may find more information, e.g.. flate to be let, on the following sites:

Newcomers may consider to move into one flat as a group of 2 or 3 to share expenses. As a hint, a flat is considered as appropriate for a group if there is at least one individual room per person (not counting the kitchen). So landlords will not let a flat with 2 rooms for four people.


The City

DO_WParkThe setting of Dortmund close to  the topographic center of Germany and close to our international partner Universities in the Netherlands as well as the concentrated campus, intertwined with one of the most successful technology parks in Germany, grant a prosperous environment for successful studies.

Counting 600.000 citizens, Dortmund makes up the 6th largest town in Germany. It has been founded in 890. Today, the city is a modern center of trade, technology, culture and education. Despite major destructions during the second world war, many of the facaces of the art nouveau style living quarters have been retained in the peripheral areas of the city center.

In contrast, the core city has been reworked in the last 3 decades to reflect modern city architecture and offers a rich variety of shops, office quarters  and also a vivid student night life.

One of the most surprising and convenient things Dortmund has to offer is the multitude of parks and natural landscapes. Green patches are lined up from the outskirts right to the city center so that it is possible to enter the city by bike without touching many roads. More than 50% of the cities area are green with gardens, parks and woods.

Two major topics in the history of Dortmund still have an imprint of today's cultural life: playing soccer and brewing beer. The soccer club Borussia Dortmund has an international reputation  als well as the beer which is being exported into any corner of the globe.







The Region

DO HohewardDortmund is part of the famous urban melting pot called  "Ruhrgebiet" (sometimes also coined coal area). The name has been assigned in accordance to the main river "Ruhr" which takes its path through the major cities in east-western direction. More than 5 Millionen citizens are homed in the 53 cities of the Ruhrgebiet, including Dortmund, Bochum, Essen and Duisburg.

Until the 1970's the Ruhrgebiet was renowned for coal mining and heavy industry. A major structural change has taken place since then and high-tech companies now dominate the landscape. The technological uprise covering communication industries, automation, software and nano technologies is well complemented by research at 7 local Universities.

Students of the TU-Dortmund get a travel ticket which grants free public transportation all over this area to explore the rich cultural life as well as the industrial monuments which often have been changed to, even if sometimes still operational, museums. Famous cities as Cologne and Düsseldorf are close as well as the vineyards of the Rhine valley.

Well tended railway connections all over the area make travelling convenient and fast.






The European Union

Fahnen EUCitizens of all  EU member states are considered EU-citizens. Recurring each 5 years they elect the members of th European Parliament. EU-citizens in general are free to chose their living, work and invest their money in each of the union mebmer states, though some temporal restirictions for new member states usually apply. At most inner borders of the EU you won't find and check for passport or custom, you just cross the border without noticing it. Those countries which do so signed the so called Schengen Agreement in 1985.

For students having visa in one of the Schengen-States a similar travel rule applies. You are free to travel to all of the Schengen states without any additional formalities.

In addition the common currency (Euro) now is the official currency in most of the EU member states. As a rule, it will be possible to pay in Euro even if a country hasn't adopted the Euro, but you'll get your change in local currency then.














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