Rostock lighthouse on the beach © Schlun/DAAD
Rostock lighthouse on the beach© Schlun/DAAD

In the far north of Germany, the city of Rostock welcomes you with wide, sandy beaches along the Baltic Sea, a quaint university and a downtown full of large parks and greens. And in the summertime, Rostock rolls out a vibrant cultural programme for students.

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More and more students complete their studies at the University of Rostock every year. This large city in the state of Mecklenburg-Western Pomerania has a lot to offer – beaches, a beautifully renovated historic city centre and a large harbour. The Hanseatic city attracts countless tourists every year.



Summer in Rostock is especially beautiful. It takes only twenty minutes to reach the beach at Warnemünde by suburban railway. You can relax there, go swimming, or take a sailing trip. And from the beach, you can watch the ferries heading to Denmark, Sweden and Finland.

Rostock boasts one of the oldest universities in Germany, located in the centre of town. The university itself and many buildings downtown were constructed in the brick Gothic-style and are still very well-preserved. Among the rows of buildings, you will find numerous greens and parks, such as the Botanical Garden, the ramparts and the city harbour, where students like meeting in the evening.


Many students choose to live in the district of Kröpeliner Tor-Vorstadt (KTV). In addition to many flats, you’ll find one café or bar after another. The “Bahnhofsviertel” (train-station district) with its newly renovated historic apartments is popular among students as well. Of course, the rental prices in these areas are somewhat higher than in other parts of the city – between four and eight euros per square metre.

The rental prices are less expensive the further away you live from the centre of town. In the outer districts, you can’t walk or ride your bike to campus or downtown. However, every student receives a “semester ticket” from the university, with which they can use all modes of public transportation free of charge.

The allocates rooms in student halls of residence, most of which are located in the southern district (Südstadt). The cost of a room is only 90 euros a month, but you usually have to share your room with someone else. A one-person apartment is more expensive and can cost between 130 to 420 euros a month.

If you want to take a break, there are many things to do in Rostock. Students like meeting at Café Central or the Stadtpalast. You can also go to Heumond, located downtown, where you can relax after a stressful day at university with a cup of coffee or a meal.

When students go out at night, they usually meet up at one of the student clubs in town. The Studentenkeller hold parties at the weekends, and during the summer, you can watch movies together with friends in the back courtyard. Or you could go to one of the two best-known student clubs in town – the “LT” or the “ST”. LT stands for “Landwirtschaftstechniker” (agricultural engineers) and ST is short for “Schifffahrtstechniker” (marine engineers). Long ago, those were the students who congregated there, but nowadays both clubs are open to all students.

You can attend cultural events at the Volkstheater. Students at the Rostock University of Music and Drama regularly stage concerts and plays as well.

Due to Rostock’s proximity to the sea, many of the attractions during the summer take place on the water. You’re guaranteed to see a wide variety of sailing regattas, or races. The at the University of Rostock offers an especially diverse range of water sports.

At the second weekend in August, you can experience Rostock’s cultural highlight of the year – the . Close to a million visitors travel to Rostock at that weekend to watch sailings ships of all shapes and sizes enter the harbour. You can meet up with your friends at the funfair and gaze at the huge ships passing by.

How to find a room in Rostock

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