Quite different from New York or Paris - Hildesheim is pleasantly quiet © Sophie Nagel
Quite different from New York or Paris - Hildesheim is pleasantly quiet© Sophie Nagel Open fig caption

Taking a swim in "Tonkuhle Lake" or discovering the sights and sounds of Hildesheim on the "Route of the Roses" – if you decide to study in Hildesheim, you can look forward to living in a beautiful, quaint student town where everything is within biking distance. And in the middle of it all you’ll discover an impressive historical setting.


About three hours north of Frankfurt airport lies the quaint city of Hildesheim. It is situated in the upper-middle half of Germany in the state of Lower Saxony, approximately 30 km southeast of Hanover. Located on the Innerste River, it possesses a certain small-town charm. Here you will find many beautiful and historically significant buildings. and St. Michael’s Church are listed as UNESCO World Heritage sites.

The spire of is the highest church steeple in Lower Saxony and even holds the record as one of the highest steeples in the world. Aside from its numerous churches, Hildesheim is home to a large number of well-preserved half-timbered houses. Most of them can be found in the Neustadtdistrict, but there are some in Moritzberg as well. It’s definitely worth visiting the old (armoury house) built in 1548 (at Gelber Stern 21) and the (Werner’s house) from 1606 on Godehardsplatz across from St. Godehard Basilica. You will immediately recognise them by their brightly coloured carvings on the façades. The half-timbered houses on the marketplace, however, are only replicas.

If you’re interested in discovering Hildesheim on your own, take a walk along the „Route of the Roses“ by following the brass plaques that are set into the pavement. The roses point the way to various tourist attractions. From the old marketplace to the famous , the roses will lead you past churches, historical buildings and beautiful half-timbered houses.


The most important mode of transportation for students in Hildesheim is the bicycle. Traffic in town is not very hectic, which means you can reach most destinations quickly and easily by bike. Hildesheim also offers a diverse if you want to stay fit during your studies. Do you like climbing? The Hildesheim chapter of the German Alpine Association (DAV) runs a in town.

Want to go out with friends? Hindenburgplatz is a popular meeting place not far from city hall in the centre of town. Just around the corner, you will find cosy cafés in which students get together in the afternoon. In the evening, you should try out a pub before going to a concert at the located northeast of the train station. That’s also where they hold the popular “Glow in the Dark” parties where you will surely meet some of your fellow students.

If you want to participate in film nights, parties and excursions around the region and to other German cities, you should get in touch with the staff at . The ESN team takes good care of international students in Hildesheim and makes sure that nobody is lonesome for long.

If you’re interested in other cultural events, Hildesheim has its own city theatre which offers a wide range of plays, operas, musicals and concerts. In the summertime many of these events take place outdoors at various locations around town.

How to find a room in Hildesheim

Many university and college towns have dormitories or student halls, and a room there is often the most affordable accommodation. To obtain a room in a dormitory or student hall, you have to apply to your college or university’s student union (). Our ‘Find Student Hall’ function can be of practical help. You only need to make a few mouse clicks to get to the online application form. Find a room and more information about dormitories and student halls in Hildesheim.


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