Koblenz: City of Flowers
A small, cozy town full of history and legends – that’s Koblenz. More than 2,000 years old with two famous rivers running through it, Koblenz is home to one of the most recently founded universities in Germany and wsa also the host of the Federal Horticultural Show in 2011 – the largest horticultural exhibition in Germany.
Koblenz at a glance
Deutsches Eck ('German Corner') in Koblenz, Photo: Steuer/DAAD
At that elevation, you will certainly catch a glimpse of one (or several) castles in the distance, because there’s no place in Germany with more castles than along the Central Rhine Valley between Koblenz and Bingen. There are a total of 40 palaces, castles and fortresses waiting to be discovered along the 65-km span of the Rhine River. In 2002, UNESCO officially added this region to its list of World Heritage Sites.
You should try to find a room in Koblenz before you arrive. The Studentenwerk website includes a database with available rooms in private flat-shares. The Studentenwerk also operates three student halls of residence with space for 503 students. Depending on whether you take a single-person flat or a room in a flat-share, your average rental costs will range between 220 and 265 euros per month.
Campus in Koblenz, Photo: Steuer/DAAD
Koblenz University of Applied Sciences
With 6,700 students, the Koblenz University of Applied Sciences is the largest and most modern university of its kind in Rhineland-Palatinate. Years ago, this university used to cater to engineering students only. In the meantime, it offers degree programmes in the subject areas of Technology, Business, Social Science and Art in Koblenz, Remagen and Höhr-Grenzhausen. What’s especially interesting is that students in Höhr-Grenzhausen can get a bachelor’s or master’s degree in Art and Ceramics.
Recreation in Koblenz
Having a cup of coffee in the sun, Photo: Steuer/DAAD
When you’re ready to dive into the nightlife of Koblenz, start your evening by going to one of the many pubs and cocktail bars. The Gecko Lounge on Gemüsegasse and Sugar Ray at Münzplatz, where you get cocktails for four or five euros a piece, are especially popular among students. The next stop is up to you, because there are three discos to choose from – the largest one, Agostea on Clemensstraße, holds special student events on a regular basis. Hidden in a back courtyard in the Schanzenpforte is the smaller and less expensive disco "Dreams". The price at the door is only two euros. Do you prefer a more luxurious ambience? Then you’ll love the Palais, a café during the day which turns into a cool club/lounge at night.
If you’re not a big dancer and watching is more your thing, then you should check out the Circus Maximus. Monday evenings is “Film Night”, organised by and for students – and entrance is free. Or if you and your friends go to the Irish Pub on Burgstraße on Wednesday, you’ll have a chance to show off your karaoke skills.
The university sports courses can help you get back into shape. Whether you’re into football, badminton, street dance or swimming, there’s a huge selection of courses with something for everyone.
If, for some reason, you are battling boredom, you can get on the train and in little over an hour, you can be strolling down streets of Cologne, Bonn or Frankfurt am Main. You can reach Düsseldorf in just under two hours with the Regional Express train.
Interview with Victor Martinez and Andrea Büttner from Spanien
Victor studies Computer Science and Andrea studies Educational Science. They both left their university in Cadiz, Spain for a year to study in Koblenz.
Victor and Andrea, Photo: Steuer/DAAD
Why did you both decide to study abroad in Koblenz?
Victor: My professor told me that a lot of people study Computer Science in Koblenz. My university in Cadiz also has an agreement with Koblenz which enables me to get a dual degree and then come back to Germany to write my master’s thesis.
Andrea: My dad is German and comes from Berlin. I wanted to go to Koblenz because I have friends here. It’s a small university where you can get to know people quickly. The subjects and the professors are good. It’s just something different and the city is beautiful, too.
Have you noticed any differences between your university in Spain and the one here in Koblenz?
Victor: The University of Cadiz is bigger and there are several different campuses around the city. Here in Koblenz, everything’s in one spot and there are not as many students, which is very nice. All in all, I like it a lot.
Andrea: The university is small – when I have problems, I simply ask one of my teachers for help. I wasn’t familiar with Koblenz before I came, so I didn’t imagine it being so beautiful.
What do you do in your free time?
Andrea: We bought our own bicycles and use them a lot. We also do karaoke and go bowling.
Victor: Sometimes we go to Cologne, for example, during Carnival, or to Frankfurt, have parties or participate in excursions organised by the International Office. Café Enchilada is a Mexican restaurant and is also very nice. Having a picnic at the riverside is great, too. Unfortunately, there are never any parties at our student hall of residence, and in Koblenz, there aren’t very many discos, but there are pubs and bars. Thursday is “Student Day” and drinks are cheaper.
Was it hard for you to learn German?
Victor: Yes, I still have problems with the language. But the Buddy Programme here at the university is a big help. I find it very difficult to keep up a good conversation in German, because I just don’t know the right words. Unfortunately, I didn’t have any time to learn German before coming to Germany. I initially planned to write my master’s thesis in German, but now I guess I’ll be writing it in English. (grins)
Andrea: I spent some time in Germany when I was growing up, but I’ve learned much more German since I’ve been in Koblenz. I strongly recommend learning German, because you need it all the time in daily life – at the doctor’s or the bakery.
If you could do it all over, would you decide to study in Koblenz again?
Victor: Yes, this is a good university for Computer Science. I would definitely come back again. I’ve made lot of friends here, and that’s very important.
Andrea: Me, too! If all you want is to party, then you can do that at home. Koblenz is geographically well situated. You can travel to the neighbouring countries very easily, the flights are cheap. It’s really worth it!