Living in Aachen and Jülich

  • Aachen
  • Jülich
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In Aachen, there are seven faculties with altogether about 9,500 students:

  • Architecture
  • Civil Engineering
  • Design
  • Electrical Engineering and Information Technology
  • Aerospace Engineering
  • Business Studies
  • Mechanical Engineering and Mechatronics

First steps in Aachen

Aachen and its Surroundings

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By choosing Aachen for your stay in Germany, you have opened the door to a beautiful, historical and youthful city. Aachen is located at the centre of the "Euregio", the border area between Germany, Belgium and the Netherlands.

The unique location of Aachen in a tri-border region (Dreiländereck) allows for a cross-border exchange of knowledge, culture and lifestyle which has evidently come to fruition. People from neighbouring countries come to Aachen to work and Aachener and Aachenerinnen (that's how people of Aachen are called!) travel to nearby Lüttich (Liège) or to Maastricht, an equally old, yet youthful, lively city. When you hear the sentence "Stadt im Herzen Europas", people refer to the fact that European ideals like freedom and living together in harmony, without borders, are a way of everyday life here and that in this tri-border region called ''Euregio'', Europe has existed for a long time, outside institutions and treaties. 

Today, with around 250,000 inhabitants, Aachen is the largest, most western city in Germany. It is located directly on the borders of Belgium and the Netherlands. 40,000 students work in four universities, industry and trade keep thriving beyond the borders and every year people from all over the world travel to Aachen to enjoy the international and easygoing atmosphere. A special annual attraction is the CHIO (Concours Hippique International Officiel), one of the most important international equestrian tournaments. Beyond that, even more is happening. The ''Aachener Kultursommer'', held every year in July, brings reputed musicians to one of "Germany's most beautiful open air stages" and, naturally, there's the carnival in February when people cast out the winter with costumes, parades and a festive cheer.

In the Euregio, there are not only interesting and lively cities like Maastricht or Lüttich with numerous shopping possibilities, but cosy cafés as well which invite you to stay, and a rich cultural offer, with lots of concerts and parties. The entire region has a lot to offer - old hamlets in Limburg province, placid lakes and woods in the Eifel and, again and again, cross-cultural encounters with open-minded and interesting people.

In the city magazine "Klenkes", you can get informed about what is happening in Aachen. Other than that, you also have the ''Stadt Aachen'' magazine (City of Aachen), the student guide "Eureview" and a collection of links about the Euregio. The last two offer a lot of tips about the entire Euregio.

If you want to leave the city behind for a while, you can do this in the forests of the Eifel in the south of Aachen, or in the Hohes Venn, a unique high moor landscape directly at the gates of the city. In summer, you can easily travel by train or car to the seaside at Oostende or Zeeland and enjoy the sun and the sea.

In Aachen, there is a lot to see and experience, and we hope that we could offer you a glimpse of that. If you're already curious, then come over and have a look yourself.

Have fun!

(A Brief) History of Aachen

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In Aachen, it all began more than 2,000 years ago with the Romans. They created a much loved health spa at the bubbling springs and dedicated the city, under the name "Aquae Granni", to Grannus, a Germanic god of well-being and water. But even before that, people had come to this place and and bathed in the beneficial waters of the hottest springs in Europe.

In the 8th century, it really got going when Charlemagne, Emperor of Franconia, made Aachen - his favorite palatinate - the centre of his huge empire. Under his rule, the first section of the Aachen Cathedral - the wonderful, different octagon - was constructed. During this period, Aachen became wildly famous and an important centre of an emerging Europe. Even today, many buildings in the city centre remind us of Emperor Charlemagne and his time. Every year the city of Aachen awards the international ''Karlspreis'' to personalities who render outstanding services to European ideals and a better understanding between the people.

For a long time after that, German kings were crowned in Aachen. In the Middle Ages, it became an important European place of pilgrimage, where Emperor Charlemagne's remains were enshrined and revered after his canonisation. Moreover, Aachen is a station on the Way of St. James (Camino de Santiago).

At the end of the Middle Ages, Aachen's importance was declining and it was only in the 18th century that it became famous as a fashionable city of baths and health spas again - a role which it had played once before, almost 2,000 years earlier. The situation improved slowly but steadily, and with the establishment of the RWTH Aachen University (Rheinisch-Westfälische Technische Hochschule) in 1870, the City of Aachen, as we know her today, slowly came into being.

Journey to Aachen

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Maybe you're already planning how to get to Aachen. From overseas, you will most likely fly into Frankfurt. If you travel within Europe you can additionally fly into Cologne or Düsseldorf, or travel from Brussels to Aachen.

From the airports, you can travel to Aachen by train with the Deutsche Bahn. In Aachen, there is a good network of public buses.

Accommodation in Aachen

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Before you start your journey, you would surely want to know about accommodation possibilities in Aachen. Finding an accommodation is one of the most important matters in organising your stay here in Germany, because where you live and whether you like it there will affect almost all aspects of your life. So what are the accommodation possibilities that are available here?

INCAS Guide for House Hunting

https://www.fh-aachen.de/en/university/general-academic-counselling/accommodation-and-free-time/ 

Student Halls of Residence:

  • The largest provider of student hostels in Aachen is the Studentenwerk. Here you can live reasonably cheap and also get to know new people easily. Apply for a place as early as possible since the hostels have a long waiting list.

Private Accommodation:

  • Extraraum is an initiative of the city of Aachen and its universities.
  • Home Company offers flats and rooms for a limited time period in exchange for a moderate commission. This depends on the period of rent.
  • On the internet you can find accommodation under Studenten-WG, Studentenwohnungsmarkt und WG-Gesucht.
  • Classified advertisements in magazines like the Aachener "Klenkes" or the "Annonce" and the notice boards in the universities and cafeterias. The most widely distributed newspapers are the "Aachener Nachrichten" and the "Aachener Zeitung", which especially on Saturdays carry many advertisements regarding accommodation as also the "Super Sonntag" and the "Super Mittwoch" papers which are distributed free of cost.
  • Non-profit Housing Society: Gemeinnützige Wohnungsgesellschaft für den Kreis Aachen
  • If you urgently need temporary accommodation, you can reside at the youth hostel: Euregionales Jugendgästehaus   Maria-Theresia-Allee 260, 52074 Aachen   Tel: + 49 (0) 241-71101-0, Fax: + 49 (0) 241-71101-20 

As you are in the most western corner of Germany, you may also consider living in Belgium or in the Netherlands. The rent there is to an extent cheaper than in Aachen, even though for foreign students there are some additional formal hurdles to overcome.

 

Disclaimer:

The information here is a service from the Dept. of International Affairs and should be seen as providing only initial guidance. It does not lay any claim to any kind of completeness. Even though it has been compiled with utmost care and consideration, no liability will be assumed for the accuracy of the content matter.

Cost of Living

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The cost of living in Aachen amounts to ca. 700 EUR a month. Therefore, you should have at least 670 EUR a month, which is equivalent to 8,040 EUR a year, available. Monthly costs comprise the following:

  • Social contribution and health insurance (up to 30 years of age) ca. 80 EUR 
  • Study materials, books ca. 40 EUR 
  • Accommodation ca. 250-350 EUR (basic accommodation)
  • Food, clothes and other essentials ca. 200 EUR 
  • Computer, TV and radio licence fee around 18 EUR

Before the semester starts, a mandatory social contribution (Sozialbeitrag) has to be paid. This contribution is not a tuition fee, but is used towards benefitting the Studierendenwerk Aachen (housing and social affairs) as well as the AStA (Student's Union Executive Committee), and includes the Semester Ticket (public transport) which is valid for a period of one semester and allows the use of public transport in North Rhine-Westfalia (NRW). 

In order to cover your monthly living expenses, the amount mentioned above should be available under all circumstances. Financing your studies by way of a job is generally not possible for foreign students who do not come from one of the 15 "old" member states of the EU, the European Economic Area (EEA) and Switzerland.

The information is available online (in German). Should you need any help, please contact the Registrar's Office or the Department of International Affairs personally. 

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Sports

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For sport lovers, the University Sports Center offers over 60 different types of sport programmes, ranging from Aikido to basketball and climbing to high diving and yoga. Water sport freaks can also go sailing or surfing. Do look up the current programme on offer and set yourself loose!

The current programme can be found at the University Sports Center.

Climate and Clothing

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Aachen and Jülich are located in a moderate climate zone. Frequent changes in weather are common: strong winds alternate with rain and sunshine all round the year. Especially in autumn and in spring it can rain heavily. Therefore it is advisable to bring an umbrella or a raincoat/jacket along. The temperature falls very rarely under 10°C. In winter occasionally there is snowfall, but the snow stays only rarely for more than one or two days. In January, the temperature can sometimes fall under 0°C.

Students from warmer climate zones should be think of bringing along thick overcoats and jackets, warm shoes, gloves, caps and mufflers with them, if they do not want to buy the same here.

Summers here can be very warm, with sudden temperature rises from 25°C to 35°C. Even in summer there are showers, resulting in storms.

In Deutschland there are no restrictions regarding clothing. Jeans and pullovers, blouses or T-Shirts are normal. For the graduation ceremony most students don a formal attire (suits, shirts, blouses, ties).

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Useful Tips for Aachen

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Used Bicycle Market

Once a month there's a used bicycle market in front of the Karman Auditorium where you can buy and sell used bicycles.

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In Jülich, there are three faculties with altogether aboout 3,500 students: 

  • Chemistry and Biotechnology
  • Medical Engineering and Technomathematics
  • Energy Technology

      Jülich and its Surroundings

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      Jülich is a welcoming, medium-sized city with approximately 33,000 inhabitants, nestled between the attractive landscape of the Rur River and the Eifel hills, about 35 kilometres west of Aachen.

      In the first century BC, Jülich was founded as the Roman station of "Juliacum", a day's journey from the starting point of the main Roman road in Cologne. Jülich's 2000 years of history provide unique sites integrated into the townscape. The ''Citadel'', an impressive fortified complex covering 120,000 square meters, was built in the 16th century in the so-called "neo-Italian fortification" style.

      One of Jülich's landmarks is the Hexenturm (The Witches' Tower), a city gate in a typical Gothic style. The "Rur Gate" or the so-called Hexenturm is one of the four city gates to have existed in the medieval fortification of Jülich. It is also the only gate to remain in existence. Following the almost complete destruction of Jülich during World War II, the first measures to safeguard the Hexenturm took place between 1949-1952. A further restoration process followed from 1961-1964, during which the "onion" shaped domes of the gate were faithfully reconstructed in its original 17th century style.

      Jülich's gardens and parks offer peace, tranquility and relaxation. For sport and leisure activities, many possibilities are offered all around the city. For nature lovers, there exists a well built and well connected network of trails and cycle paths along the Rur with a multitude of nature preserve and conservation areas. The city of Jülich boasts of more than 60 sport organisations with many football grounds, tennis courts, gyms and riding arenas among them. When at the end of your day and after your activities, you want to relax, then recreational areas, e.g. Brückenkopfpark, are especially recommended.

      Jülich is a city of science and research and it's home to the largest research centre in Germany (Forschungszentrum Jülich) as well as the Jülich campus of the FH Aachen. The Forschungszentrum Jülich houses the world's second fastest supercomputer: the JUGENE. It is the world's fastest civilian supercomputer. With an aim to make more precise forecasts about future climate changes, this facility will soon boast a new supercomputer which will stake its claim as the world's third fastest supercomputer.

      Jülich has more to be proud of than its supercomputer. The 2007 Nobel Prize winner in Physics, scientist Peter Grünberg, comes from this city. In 1988 he discovered the so-called Giant Magnetoresistive Effect (GMR) leading to the breakthrough in Gigabyte harddisks, which can be found in all PCs today.

      You can find further information about the city of Jülich here

      Journey to Jülich

      The nearest airports are Cologne and Düsseldorf. Overseas flights normally land in Frankfurt. You should then take a train (over Cologne) up to Düren and from there take the train to Jülich. You will find the train timetable here.

      In Jülich you can travel further either by taxi or by public bus.

      Accommodation in Jülich

      Student Halls of Residence (Studentenwohnheime):

      • Solar Campus, Heinrich-Mußmann-Straße
      • Wohnheim Jan-van-Werth-Straße

      Further Information:

      Private Flats:

      • Classified advertisements (Tuesdays und Saturdays) in the local newspapers "Jülicher Nachrichten" and "Jülicher Zeitung".
      • Classified advertisements (Wednesdays und Sundays) in free weekly newspapers "Super Mittwoch" and "Super Sonntag".

      You can get these newspapers e.g. at the Zeitungs Service Centre in

      Buchhandlung Fischer, Kölnstraße 9, Jülich

      Postings at the FH Aachen

      Please keep an eye on the postings on the notice boards in the FH buildings, especially in the dining halls (Mensa) and the student body of the faculties.

      Internet Sources

      Temporary Accommodation

       

      Disclaimer:

      The information here is a service from the Department of International Affairs and should be seen as providing only initial guidance. It does not lay any claim to any kind of completeness. Even though it has been compiled with utmost care and consideration, no liability will be assumed for the accuracy of the content matter.

      Cost of Living

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      Schmuckgrafik

      The cost of living in Aachen amounts to ca. 700 EUR a month. Therefore, you should have at least 670 EUR a month, which is equivalent to 8,040 EUR a year, available. Monthly costs comprise the following:

      • Social contribution and health insurance (up to 30 years of age) ca. 80 EUR 
      • Study materials, books ca. 40 EUR 
      • Accommodation ca. 250-350 EUR (basic accommodation)
      • Food, clothes and other essentials ca. 200 EUR 
      • Computer, TV and radio licence fee around 18 EUR

      Before the semester starts, a mandatory social contribution (Sozialbeitrag) has to be paid. This contribution is not a tuition fee, but is used towards benefitting the Studierendenwerk Aachen (housing and social affairs) as well as the AStA (Student's Union Executive Committee), and includes the Semester Ticket (public transport) which is valid for a period of one semester and allows the use of public transport in North Rhine-Westfalia (NRW). 

      In order to cover your monthly living expenses, the amount mentioned above should be available under all circumstances. Financing your studies by way of a job is generally not possible for foreign students who do not come from one of the 15 "old" member states of the EU, the European Economic Area (EEA) and Switzerland.

      The information is available online (in German). Should you need any help, please contact the Registrar's Office or the Department of International Affairs personally. 

      Contribution regarding Broadcast Services

      FAQ

      Sports

      Photo: chuttersnap | Unsplash
      Schmuckgrafik

      For sport lovers, the University Sports Center offers over 60 different types of sport programmes, ranging from Aikido to basketball and climbing to high diving and yoga. Water sport freaks can also go sailing or surfing. Do look up the current programme on offer and set yourself loose!

      The current programme can be found at the University Sports Center.

      Climate and Clothing

      Photo: Pascal Chanel | Unsplash
      Schmuckgrafik

      Aachen and Jülich are located in a moderate climate zone. Frequent changes in weather are common: strong winds alternate with rain and sunshine all round the year. Especially in autumn and in spring it can rain heavily. Therefore it is advisable to bring an umbrella or a raincoat/jacket along. The temperature falls very rarely under 10°C. In winter occasionally there is snowfall, but the snow stays only rarely for more than one or two days. In January, the temperature can sometimes fall under 0°C.

      Students from warmer climate zones should be think of bringing along thick overcoats and jackets, warm shoes, gloves, caps and mufflers with them, if they do not want to buy the same here.

      Summers here can be very warm, with sudden temperature rises from 25°C to 35°C. Even in summer there are showers, resulting in storms.

      In Deutschland there are no restrictions regarding clothing. Jeans and pullovers, blouses or T-Shirts are normal. For the graduation ceremony most students don a formal attire (suits, shirts, blouses, ties).

      Current weather

      Useful Tips for Jülich

      Photo: Susan Yin | Unsplash
      Schmuckgrafik

      Used Bicycle Market

      Twice a year there’s a used bicycle market in front of the Verkehrswacht Jülich e.V. where you can buy and sell used bicycles.

      Verkehrswacht Jülich
      52428 Jülich, Stadtteil Koslar
      Genossenschaftsweg

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      Lebenshaltungskosten

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      The cost of living in Aachen amounts to ca. 700 EUR a month. Therefore, you should have at least 670 EUR a month, which is equivalent to 8,040 EUR a year, available. Monthly costs comprise the following:

      • Social contribution and health insurance (up to 30 years of age) ca. 80 EUR 
      • Study materials, books ca. 40 EUR 
      • Accommodation ca. 250-350 EUR (basic accommodation)
      • Food, clothes and other essentials ca. 200 EUR 
      • Computer, TV and radio licence fee around 18 EUR

      Before the semester starts, a mandatory social contribution (Sozialbeitrag) has to be paid. This contribution is not a tuition fee, but is used towards benefitting the Studierendenwerk Aachen (housing and social affairs) as well as the AStA (Student's Union Executive Committee), and includes the Semester Ticket (public transport) which is valid for a period of one semester and allows the use of public transport in North Rhine-Westfalia (NRW). 

      In order to cover your monthly living expenses, the amount mentioned above should be available under all circumstances. Financing your studies by way of a job is generally not possible for foreign students who do not come from one of the 15 "old" member states of the EU, the European Economic Area (EEA) and Switzerland.

      The information is available online (in German). Should you need any help, please contact the Registrar's Office or the Department of International Affairs personally. 

      Sport

      Photo: chuttersnap | Unsplash
      Schmuckgrafik

      For sport lovers, the University Sports Center offers over 60 different types of sport programmes, ranging from Aikido to basketball and climbing to high diving and yoga. Water sport freaks can also go sailing or surfing. Do look up the current programme on offer and set yourself loose!

      The current programme can be found at the University Sports Center.

      Klima und Kleidung

      Photo: Pascal Chanel | Unsplash
      Schmuckgrafik

      Aachen and Jülich are located in a moderate climate zone. Frequent changes in weather are common: strong winds alternate with rain and sunshine all round the year. Especially in autumn and in spring it can rain heavily. Therefore it is advisable to bring an umbrella or a raincoat/jacket along. The temperature falls very rarely under 10°C. In winter occasionally there is snowfall, but the snow stays only rarely for more than one or two days. In January, the temperature can sometimes fall under 0°C.

      Students from warmer climate zones should be think of bringing along thick overcoats and jackets, warm shoes, gloves, caps and mufflers with them, if they do not want to buy the same here.

      Summers here can be very warm, with sudden temperature rises from 25°C to 35°C. Even in summer there are showers, resulting in storms.

      In Deutschland there are no restrictions regarding clothing. Jeans and pullovers, blouses or T-Shirts are normal. For the graduation ceremony most students don a formal attire (suits, shirts, blouses, ties).

      Current weather

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