Student Life

Campuses of Freshman Institute – Jülich and Geilenkirchen

The campuses are situated in quiet small towns of about 20,000 to 32,000 people with green environments. Shopping facilities are within walking distance and many larger cities can be reached for free by public transportation with the student semester ticket.



Jülich Campus
  Heinrich-Mußmann-Straße 1
  52428 Jülich, Germany
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Geilenkirchen Campus
  Gut Loherhof
  Pater-Briers-Weg 85
  52511 Geilenkirchen, Deutschland
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Directions to Geilenkirchen

Campus in Jounieh, Lebanon. Since 1999
     Sarba Highway, Beirut direction
     Jounieh, Kesserwan – Lebanon
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Live on Campus during the Freshman Year

Live on Campus during the Freshman Year

During the Freshman year, most of your classes will take place on campus in classrooms conveniently located just a few steps from your dormitory.  Engineering students who must attend their nine-week workshop training course at the university facilities in Jülich will be transported at no extra cost.

Photo Gallery

The photos below were made just before the new students moved into the dorms. Once the students move in, they may decorate their rooms.

Please note that the facilities are slightly different in each dorm, so the photos you see here may not be of the room you will be assigned. Rooms are assigned upon arrival.  It is not possible to request a specific dorm.


What is in the Apartments?

What is in the Apartments?

Our apartments have

  • sheets, blanket, pillow, desk, desk lamp, chair and wardrobe
  • communal kitchen with oven, stove with 4 cooking elements, refrigerator, table and chairs
  • one bathroom with shower, toilet and sink
  • trash can, clothes drying rack, broom, cleaning supplies and first aid kit
  • coin-operated washing machines and clothes dryers

Not included

  • pots, pans, dishes, silverware
    We recommend that the students purchase these upon arrival in Germany.  Our staff can recommend shops.

Living conditions - accommodation in double rooms

Living conditions - accommodation in double rooms

We will assign you a room for the duration of the Freshman Program.  The room rental will not be refunded if you leave the program or move to another address.

  • Students share a room with another Freshman of the same gender during the Freshman year. 
  • Students live in apartments with 4 to 6 students of the same gender in each flat.
  • The rooms have a living and sleeping area of about 10-16m².
  • Most rooms or apartments have their own kitchen/common room and one bathroom.  In some cases shared bathrooms are in the hall, in which case there are separate bathrooms for male and female students.
  • Cable internet connection (LAN) is free in each room - no WiFi.
  • Study rooms and sport facilities such as table tennis and badminton are available for free on campus.

Students attending classes in Jülich may eat breakfast and lunch from Mondays to Fridays in the university dining room (Mensa).  You can see the daily menu here:

The cafeteria on the Freshman campus in Geilenkirchen is open Monday-Friday from 10-17.

Cooking, cleaning, laundry, etc.

All students should learn to cook, clean, do laundry and sew on buttons and other small items before coming to Germany. All students are responsible for preparing their own meals and keeping their rooms clean, including the bathrooms.  In particular students seem to enjoy cooking together and sharing different kinds of foods with each other.

There are coin-operated washing machines and dryers in the student dormitories.  Students must do their own laundry.

General Assistance

General assistance

  • pickup service from Dusseldorf airport upon first arrival in Germany
  • opening a bank account

  • registration at town hall

  • residence permit/visa
 after arrival in Germany
  • sports activities (swimming, basketball, soccer, badminton, table tennis, dancing, etc.)

  • excursions
  • individual and social support

  • housekeeping course with certificate at the beginning of the Freshman year
  • mentoring by former Freshmen
  • written lecture materials and use of the textbooks during the Freshman year are included in the fees

Food, personal articles, sim card (phone contract) and pocket money are not included.

Security Deposit

Security Deposit

  • A security deposit of €500 is included in your Freshman program fees.  
  • You will get your security deposit back only if you leave the room in good condition at the end of the Freshman program.

Medical Issues

Medical Issues

During the Freshman year

All students are covered by private health insurance during the Freshman year.

This health insurance covers most medical and dental problems that may arise during the Freshman year, however, it does not cover pre-existing conditions.

If you get sick, our staff will help you find a doctor and make an appointment for you, if necessary.

During the Freshman year students are also covered by liability insurance.  

After the Freshman year

When students enroll in a bachelor's program after completion of the Freshman year, they will be required by law to purchase health insurance at a German public health insurance company.  This currently costs approximately € 110 per month.  More information will be available during the Freshman year.  

German public health insurance covers most medical and dental problems.

Students must purchase their own liability and other insurance after the Freshman year.

Working in Germany

Working in Germany

Students are not permitted to work during the Freshman year.

After completion of the Freshman year, students enrolled at German universities are permitted to work part-time.

Upon completion of their degree, students may stay in Germany for up to one and a half years to find employment.