You have successfully applied as a guest student and have already arrived in Frankfurt?
Here you will find all the information you need about studying and living in Frankfurt.
We wish you all a wonderful time and successful studies!
Directions and maps of the campuses of Goethe University can be found here.
The following information only applies to the dormitory rooms allocated via the Global Office contingent. If you have found private accommodation or rented a room in another student residence, please inform yourself about your move-in.
You will receive the necessary information for moving into the student residence before your arrival via e-mail from the Global Office.
Please note that it is only possible to move in at the following times:
Monday to Thursday: 8 am to 3 pm (8-15h)
Fridays: 8 am to 2 pm (8-14h)
If you arrive outside these times, you will not be able to move into your accommodation on the day of arrival.
60313 Frankfurt am Main
Tel.: 069/212 30600
Web Page of the Registration Office (Bürgeramt)
As an alternative to the central Bürgeramt, you can also go to a Bürgeramt near you. If you move into an accommodation outside of Frankfurt, you need to register with the municipal office of the respective city.
In order to register, please bring your rental contract, your proof of identity (ID card, passport) and your lessor confirmation (Wohnungsgeberbestätigung).
Only for Non-EU-citizens!
The following documents* will be needed:
* The information on our website regarding required documentation is provided as a guideline only. In general, it is always possible that the Foreigners' Registration Office (= Ausländerbehörde) may request additional documentation beyond the standard requirements.
Every registered student of the Goethe University gets a Goethe-Card. It is not only your student ID-card but holds many other functions: library card, key for lockers, semester ticket for public transport, credit card for the mensa, coffee and vending machines, printing, copying and scanning, ticket of admission for the botanical garden (Palmengarten) and municipal museums (Kulturticket).
The Goethe-Card can be picked up personally after your arrival in Frankfurt at the Global Office. You will receive further information regarding this procedure via e-mail.
You can find further information here.
All necessary information can be found on the website of the HRZ.
Frequently used websites and portals:
Further information on the RMV-AStA-Semesterticket:
|Cost of living (Rent, Food, Clothing, Study Material, etc., per month)||approx. €700|
|Health insurance (per Month)||approx. €120|
|Semester contribution (Semesterbeitrag) (approx. €326 per semester), per month||approx. €55|
|Total (per Month)||approx. 865 €|
|1 bread (approx. 500g)||€2.50|
|1 kg potatoes||€1.50|
|1 l milk||€0.90|
|1 bottle mineral water (0.75 l)||€0.80|
|1 cup of coffee (in a Café)||€3.00|
|1 lunch (at the university cafeteria)||€3.50|
|1 beer (at a bar)||€4|
|1 Apfelwein (traditional Frankfurter drink)||€2.50|
|1 pizza (at a restaurant)||€7.50|
|stamp standard letter national||€0.85|
|movie theater ticket||€11|
A German bank account allows you to make regular payments such as rent and insurance. Most banks offer free checking accounts for students. Smaller amounts of money are mostly paid with cash. However payment by debit card is also common for everyday purchases.
If you are accommodated in a student residence of the Studierendenwerk and you do not yet have a bank account with a bank that participates in the SEPA procedure, you need to open a bank account from which the monthly rent for your accommodation can be debited by direct debit authorization. Usually, it is necessary to arrange an appointment with the respective bank or savings bank, in order to open an account opening. Various banks and savings banks have branches near the university. To open a bank account, you need a valid ID document (e.g., passport). After you have opened a bank account with a bank or savings bank, please submit your account data/direct debit authorization to the student housing administration within the first three days after moving in.
You can also find the schedule for these courses in the online course overview and on the website of the Internationales Studienzentrum (ISZ). As soon as possible we will inform you via e-mail regarding the courses of the respective semester. The courses are free of charge for registered exchange students. German language courses at the ISZ can be added to your schedule in addition to the courses of your field of study at Goethe University.
Please note that you cannot obtain language certificates upon completion of the courses.
A flyer with all German courses of the current semester can be found here.
The ISZ offers a Sprachcafé on the Westend Campus in cooperation with the department "Deutsch im Studium". The Sprachcafé is a further opportunity to develop multilingual skills and to improve your oral language skills, in particular your fluency, as well as your intercultural skills.
You can find further information on the website of the ISZ.
After the money has successfully been booked under your name, (please have in mind that the money transferal and booking might take approx. five working days), you can validate your Goethe-Card for the following semester. Therefore the lower half of the chip card will be re-stamped with the RMV logo and the new period of validity. Further information on the Goethe-Card can be found here. In order to validate your chip card, insert it into one of the semester ticket validating machines. The locations of these can be found here. Re-enrollment is only completed, once you have re-validated your semester ticket and printed out your confirmation of enrollment for the following semester.
Extension Student Housing:
In general, the period for your student housing contract relates to your planned study period, i.e. if you applied for one semester, you can only be accepted for one semester at student housing, too. If your planned study period is one semester and you extend your study period during the mobility, usually you cannot extend your accommodation in student housing as it is reserved for the newly arriving students. An extension may be possible in some cases, but you need to finalize your extension of study period before 01 December (extension for summer term) / 01 June (extension for winter term). Otherwise the accommodation will be re-assigned.
On weekends, public holidays or at night, you will find help from the medical emergency and on-call service in the hospital, a doctor or pharmacy in your area.
In all serious cases, especially in a potentially life threatening situation, call the telephone number 112 (Notruf). The telephone number is valid everywhere in Germany and you will receive an ambulance within 15 minutes. There are no telephone charges for the emergency number.
If it's not that bad, you can also go straight to an emergency room of a hospital, which is open 24 hours a day.
If you need to see a doctor in Germany you should ask your fellow students or acquaintances for a recommendation. Your local classified directory (Yellow Pages/Gelbe Seiten) will provide you with a list of all of doctors, listed according to their field of expertise. A list of doctors might also be found through the website: https://arztsuchehessen.de.
It is often advisable to consult a general practitioner first ("Hausarzt"), who will then refer you to a specialist if necessary. You should always ring the doctor's clinic in advance to make an appointment. In the event of an accident or emergency, you will be given an appointment immediately or on the same day. In non-urgent cases, you will probably have to wait a couple of days or even weeks for an appointment, particularly if you want to see a dentist or a specialist. Do not forget to take your health insurance card with you when going to the doctor.
All necessary information regarding health insurance can be found here.
|Firefighters, Ambulances, Emergency Doctor||112|
|Dental Emergency Service||069/63015877|
|Pedeatric Emergency Service Frankfurt||069/3106 ext. 3322|
The city Frankfurt and the Goethe University offer a number of activities for your free time.
With the Goethe-Card, all students of Goethe University have free admission to all municipal museums in Frankfurt and the Palmengarten.
Additional partners of the culture ticket.
In Frankfurt there exists a broad variety of recreational activities so that everybody can find a suitable hobby.
Possible actvities can be found through these websites:
Frankfurt is also home to numerous sports clubs, some of which are succesful both nationally and internationally:
It was great to meet so many of you and we wish you all the very best for your winter term 2023-24.
You will find the Power Point presentations of the online meeting and the sessions in presence here.