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Kamp-Lintfort: Small-town feeling with an international flair

Kamp-Lintfort is a good example of how universities and smaller-sized cities complement one another perfectly. An ultra-modern, international university situated in a modest and easy-going town. For students, it’s an ideal place to learn.

by Sebastian Rothe

Many residents go to the Pappelsee in the centre of town to relax © Sebastian Rothe
Many residents go to the Pappelsee in the centre of town to relax . © Sebastian Rothe

Facts & Figures

Inhabitants:
37,300
Students:
7,200
Universities:
1
Monthly rent:
333 €
Tip:
Light up Kamp-Lintfort
Website:
www.kamp-lintfort.de

Welcome to Kamp-Lintfort

Kamp-Lintfort is situated in the state of North Rhine-Westphalia just a hop, skip and jump away from the Netherlands – or to be more exact: less than 30 km away. The city’s residents enjoy the peace and quiet away from the big metropolitan hubs like Düsseldorf, Duisburg and Essen.

Kamp-Lintfort is not a big city, but its districts are rather scattered, separated by green meadows, fields and forests. North of downtown, you’ll find a large wooded area perfect for taking long walks.

But there’s also a lot to discover in town. Kamp-Lintfort had been a mining town for almost 100 years, during which time housing developments were built for the workers and their families. The Friedrich Heinrich Estate is one of the best known. In the Bergmann House, you can learn how the “Kumpel” (friendly term for miners) lived together with their families around the year 1910.

The former Kamp Abbey © Sebastian Rothe
The former Kamp Abbey . © Sebastian Rothe

The former Kamp Abbey on the outskirts of town is much older than the miners’ estates. Today it’s a museum which draws numerous visitors each year. Most tourists come in the spring and summer when the beautiful Baroque terraced gardens are green and in full bloom.

If you keep your eye out, you’ll notice how the look of the city changes as you walk through town. Next to the miners’ estates, which were built over the course of many years, there are high-rises dating back to the 1970s right next to buildings in the latest architectural styles, like the “EK3” shopping mall.

The Rhine-Waal University of Applied Sciences © Sebastian Rothe
The Rhine-Waal University of Applied Sciences . © Sebastian Rothe

Such modern trends are integrated in the Rhine-Waal University of Applied Sciences. The futuristic-looking building was opened to students and professors in 2014. Many students come to Kamp-Lintfort because the university is equipped with the latest technology and offers special degree programmes which are rarely offered at other universities.

Living in Kamp-Lintfort

You will find the city’s compact size a big advantage in the centre of town. If you live in a student hall of residence, all you have to do is cross a small bridge and you’re already on the Rhine-Waal University campus. If you cross the street and walk a bit further, you’ll reach downtown Kamp-Lintfort.

My tip

Near campus, there’s an old mining transformer station whose windows are brightly illuminated every night. On the Internet you can decide how you’d like to have the windows lit. There’s no limit to your imagination.

The student residence halls © Sebastian Rothe
The student residence halls . © Sebastian Rothe

And if you go in the opposite direction, you’ll quickly reach Pappelsee (Poplar Lake) where many residents go to relax. There are several paths around the lake that you can walk or bike along. In the summer, you can have a picnic there with friends or go sunbathing, but unfortunately lake swimming is not allowed.

For that purpose, the city built a large recreational pool adjacent to the lake. It’s called the “Panorama-Bad” and contains several indoor and outdoor pools. In addition to the swimming and diving pools, they also have beach volleyball courts and a ping-pong table.

When the weather is too cold for swimming, you can go to the “Slotracing & Tabletop Center” where you can take a few laps around the model racetrack. On Tuesday and Thursday evenings, you can steer your own racing car on a Carrera racetrack. You’ll be surprised at how many adults like having fun being a kid again.

After such excitement, you can satisfy your appetite at “Rosins”, for example. They offer something for everyone – for steak-eaters and fish-lovers, vegetarians and vegans. You can enjoy a great Spanish atmosphere and cuisine at the “Bodega-Sevilla”. You can order the tapas to tide you over, and if you’re really hungry, you can choose from a selection of juicy steaks.

Interview with Noemi Bello from Italy

Noemi Bello comes from Italy and is enrolled in the bachelor’s degree programme “Environment and Energy”. The 22-year-old student has been living in Kamp-Lintfort for several months.

Noemi from Italy © Private
Noemi from Italy . © Private

Why did you choose Kamp-Lintfort for your study abroad in Germany?

I was looking for a very special kind of degree programme and I found it in Kamp-Lintfort – the bachelor’s programme “Environment and Energy”. I definitely wanted to study something that has a practical application with a focus on sustainability. I’m still not sure what I want to do later, but I know that it should have something to do with the environment in order to safeguard the health and well-being of our children.

How did you prepare for your stay?

After I received a study place in Kamp-Lintfort, I looked around for a room or flat. I also opened up a bank account and signed up for as many language courses as possible - naturally for German too.

What surprised you when you came to Germany?

I was most surprised by the university – student-friendly, international, full of state-of-the-art technology and equipment, new machines and buildings.

How did you find accommodation in Kamp-Lintfort?

I applied for a room in a student hall of residence in Kamp-Lintfort. Unfortunately, it took a few weeks before a room was free. So at the beginning of the semester, I rented a room outside the city and then after three months, I moved into the residence hall.

Is there a place in Kamp-Lintfort that you especially like?

I love going to the Kamp Abbey – it’s a very special place where I find peace and relaxation. In the café, you can eat delicious cakes every day.

What do you do in your free time?

I go jogging and do sports – I especially like going out into the forest and the nature around Kamp-Lintfort.

What advice can you give students who are thinking about studying Kamp-Lintfort?

The town is a bit quieter and smaller than other cities, but in my opinion, that’s what makes it ideal for students. Everything is close by, there aren’t many distractions that keep you from studying, but you still have plenty of opportunities to enjoy student life. You can easily take a trip to big cities like Düsseldorf or Cologne for the weekend or in the evenings if you want to go out with friends.

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