Living in Karlsruhe


With a little more than 300 years is Karlsruhe is a young city, and many of the 300,000 inhabitants are young too. Approximately 30,000 students live and work here.

The former residence city of Baden was founded by Margrave Karl-Wilhelm. The former residence has one of the largest city forests and the most extensive green spaces in the Federal Republic. A good part of it starts in the middle of the city: The city garden with the zoo, the Günther-Klotz-Anlage, the castle garden with the huge sunbathing lawn right next to the KIT.

A rich cultural offer is provided by the "Badisches Staatstheater", the concert hall, various clubs, numerous museums, exhibition halls and galleries, the baroque castle, libraries, cinemas and the ZKM (Center for Art and Media Technology), which enjoys worldwide fame in terms of art and modern technologies. Year after year, thousands of visitors are thrilled by the event "Das Fest", a large open-air concert that always takes place in July in the Günther-Klotz-Anlage.


The "Housing" department of the Studierendenwerk Karlsruhe operates more than 20 student dormitories in Karlsruhe and Pforzheim with more than 2,700 dormitory places. In Karlsruhe they also offer a private room service.
The halls of residence are regularly fully booked, especially at the beginning of the semester, and the waiting lists are long. It is therefore advisable to apply for a place in a hall of residence as early as possible; this is possible up to six months before the desired move-in date.

In the cities of Karlsruhe and Pforzheim you will find 21 dormitories with more than 2,100 rooms run by the Department for Accommodation Affairs of Studentenwerk Karlsruhe. In addition to these, a service for private accommodation is provided in Karlsruhe. Dorm rooms are waitlisted and are mostly fully booked, especially at the start of semester. It is advisable, therefore, to apply for a room well in advance or six months, at the earliest, before the planned date of moving in.

Culture and leisure

Student cultural work has many faces in Karlsruhe. First of all, there is the Student Cultural Centre and the Student Centre Z10, which are supported by the Studentenwerk Karlsruhe.

But the Studentenwerk Karlsruhe also promotes student culture beyond this. With the Kulturscheckheft, which is published by the Studentenwerk together with the city of Karlsruhe, we make it possible for all first-semester students of the universities in Karlsruhe to get to know the cultural life in Karlsruhe at a special price.

Another important cultural institution is the Arbeitskreis Kultur und Kommunikation (AKK). Just like the Z10, the AKK is a student-run institution that organises a wide range of activities and events such as concerts, workshops and film screenings.

University Sports

The KIT University Sports program is aimed at students and employees of the cooperating institutions. The university sport offers a rich sports program in the areas of popular and competitive sports, whereby the special needs of disabled students and employees are also to be taken into account. Popular sports and competitive sports are on an equal footing in the KIT's university sports program.

Useful links

Center for Information and Counseling (ZIB)
The ZIB is the central student advisory service of the KIT and the first contact for all questions concerning studies.

Karlsruhe Student Union
On behalf of the state of Baden-Württemberg, the Studierendenwerk Karlsruhe supports about 46,000 students in Karlsruhe and Pforzheim in all questions concerning their studies, e.g. housing.

Official website of the city of Karlsruhe
42,350 students, 26 research institutions, including nine universities, the Karlsruhe Institute of Technology (KIT) as Germany's largest research centre and the city's largest employer - the facts prove it:
Karlsruhe is a city of science!