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Fulda: A Dynamic City with a Vibrant Campus and Great Perspectives

Fulda is full of half-timbered houses, charming cafés and pubs with live music. And student life up on the hill is in full swing. You certainly won’t feel bored here. You can participate in a working group at the university, complete an internship in Würzburg or work part-time at a radio station.

by Sophie Nagel

Half-timbered houses on Nonnengasse © Nagel/DAAD
Half-timbered houses on Nonnengasse . © Nagel/DAAD

Facts & Figures

Inhabitants:
64,000
Students:
8,827
Universities:
2
Monthly rent:
144 € - 427 €
Tip:
Arrange to meet your friends at “Pura Vida“ downtown!
Website:
www.fulda.de

Welcome to Fulda

Fulda is a quiet and very pretty town with lots of half-timbered buildings. It’s not far from Frankfurt and Würzburg. The town is named after the Fulda River and is surrounded by the Rhön Mountains and Vogelsberg.

Cathedral © Nagel/DAAD
Cathedral . © Nagel/DAAD

Fulda benefits greatly from its proximity to the Rhine-Main region. There are many people who commute to work to Frankfurt or Würzburg every day because the Fulda train station is one of those at which the Intercity Express trains (ICE) stop.

There are numerous companies which operate in Fulda itself. One of the important employers in the region is “Fulda Reifen”, a well-known tyre company in Germany. The main headquarters of the food retailer “tegut” are also situated in Fulda.

Students will find the R & D project M-House quite interesting. This adult-education project, co-founded by the University of Applied Sciences in Fulda, offers students opportunities to complete internships within the EU, take on part-time jobs and work on their dissertations.

If you’re interested in a part-time job or wish to gain experience in the media sector, the Hessian Broadcasting Company is an ideal employer. You can find the regional studio of the private radio station "Hit Radio FFH" on Frankfurter Strasse in the Parzeller House.

Castle © Nagel/DAAD
Castle . © Nagel/DAAD

The tourist attractions downtown include St. Salvator’s Cathedral and the Baroque city castle with its gorgeous castle park. At the intersection at Kanalstrasse not far from the cathedral square, you’ll discover a fourteen-metre tower called the Hexenturm (Witch’s Tower). It once belonged to Fulda’s medieval city walls many centuries ago.

The Frauenberg monastery atop the hill to the north is also worth a visit. Franciscan monks moved into the premises in 1623. Today the former monastery is used as a hotel.

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Living in Fulda

If you’re looking for a room in Fulda, we recommend checking out the Wohnbörse and speaking with the staff at the International Office. There are an abundance of offers available on the market. Fulda is relatively small which makes it easy to meet other students and become well-acquainted with your professors. Tandem language partners can help lessen your fear of speaking in German and are interested in getting practice in speaking your native language.

My tip

Arrange to meet your friends at „Pura Vida“ downtown. Located in one of the side streets, it’s the perfect place to spend a relaxing evening dining on a tapas buffet. They often have live music at the weekends as well.

Although located some distance from downtown, the university campus is an oasis of possibilities – eating out together, partying, organising festivals and doing hobbies – and everything in a very familiar setting. The student government (AStA), for example, organises something called the "AG Strebergarten" which allows you to try your hand at gardening for a season. The university also offers a writing workshop to encourage students and instructors to discuss the goals and pitfalls of academic writing.

University square © Nagel/DAAD
University square . © Nagel/DAAD

If you’re more into sports, the university sports programme offers you plenty of ways to exercise at a low cost. Every semester, you have the chance to try out something new – acrobatics, capoeira, functional training – you name it! The organisers are always looking for course instructors, so if you have expertise in a certain sport, it’s a great way to earn some extra cash.

Film evenings and barbecues at the student café „Chaos“ will certainly put the spark in your social life. For lectures, vegan meals, and meeting with friends, this café is definitely the place to go. Departmental get-togethers and AStA parties are held every week at Halle 8 on campus.

The Kulturzentrum Kreuz outside of campus is where students in Fulda meet in the evenings. This cultural centre hosts legendary student parties in the Kulturkeller downtown every Wednesday. On Saturdays dance parties are held in Fulda’s most trendy club, the *Neidclub. At that same location, the Kulturzentrum in cooperation with the Filmbühne Fulda stages an open-air summer cinema in the "Museumshof". If you want to treat yourself to a delicious, old-fashioned breakfast, we recommend going to "Café Glück" on Friedrichstrasse.

Interview with Rachel from the United States

Rachel Steinhaus is 25 years old and is enrolled in the master’s degree programme Intercultural Communication and European Studies (ICEUS) at the University of Applied Sciences in Fulda.

Rachel from the United States © Nagel/DAAD
Rachel from the United States . © Nagel/DAAD

Why did you decide to study in Fulda?

The degree programme appealed to me. The chance to study both communication and political aspects is something you don’t find everywhere. The programme is also bilingual, which I liked.

How did you prepare for your stay in Germany?

I had already spent a semester abroad in Germany during my bachelor’s programme, so the culture shock wasn’t so big. But I did do a little research about Fulda and took care of all the paperwork in advance. I also joined a German “Stammtisch” in Baltimore (USA) to get some practice speaking.

How do you finance your studies and living expenses in Germany?

I pay for my studies myself. After I got my bachelor’s, I worked for a year and saved up to do my master’s. Here in Fulda I work two part-time jobs – as a tutor at the International Office here at the university and as a student assistant in the library.

What surprised you most about life in Fulda?

How many people I know in Fulda. I can hardly walk down the streets in town without running into someone I know! I also didn’t realise that there are so many international students in Fulda. Over ten percent of all students come from abroad.

View from the monastery © Nagel/DAAD
View from the monastery . © Nagel/DAAD

What’s you secret tip or favourite place in Fulda?

The “Wiesenmühle” is my favourite beer garden because it has the best beer in town.

Why is Fulda a good place to study?

Even though it’s a small city, it’s doesn’t get boring here. Some special events include the Honky Tonk Festival, the Holi Festival and the University Days. And there’s a lot going on here on campus – film evenings at the café “Chaos”, parties at “Halle 8” and various events organised by the faculty council.

What’s the best way of coming in contact with other students?

It’s a bit difficult to make contact with students in other departments here. You have to make an effort. I got involved pretty intensively – I sing in the university chorus, work as a student representative in my faculty, and through my jobs, I’ve met international students who have recently arrived. Many German students come from the vicinity of Fulda, which is why the town empties out a bit during the semester breaks and holidays. The excursions offered by the International Office are not only a good way of getting to know Germany better, but other students as well!