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Frankfurt

Facts about Frankfurt

- Around 750,000 inhabitants from 180 countries live in Germany’s most international city.

- An impressive 350,000 commuters travel to Frankfurt to make the most of their careers.

Frankfurt is a breath of fresh air for finance and business professionals. Boasting an impressive skyline and the European Central Bank’s new headquarters, as well as Germany’s largest stock exchange (Deutsche Börse) and some of the world’s most famous trade shows, Frankfurt attracts thousands of business travellers every year.

Frankfurt neighbourhoods

Frankfurt map showing the different districts

Nordend is home to the Frankfurt School Campus; it's one of four city districts that make up Frankfurt’s downtown. The district features some of the most beautiful architecture in the city. 

Westend is a quieter neighbourhood adjoining the Palmengarten (Palm Garden) and Grüneberg park. It is sometimes described as the “Upper East Side” of Frankfurt – very central and quite pricy, but full of beautiful old buildings (Altbau) dating from the late 19th and early 20th centuries.

Bockenheim is a colourful mix with a bit of everything; it’s also one of the oldest and largest districts in Frankfurt, bordered by the Westend and Gallusviertel districts. Here you will find countless attractive cafés and restaurants.

Bornheim is home to a lot of young people and boasts a wide variety of restaurants, cafés and boutiques along the well-known Berger Strasse, which runs from one end of the district right through to the other. 

Sachsenhausen is south of the River Main. Although it’s slightly further away from our campus, this district is a popular residential area because of the many restaurants and bars. It’s also home to Alt-Sachs, Frankfurt’s “pub mile”. In short, Sachsenhausen is the perfect location for people who want to live in a big city but would prefer to avoid the hustle and bustle of the city centre.

The city centre (Innenstadt) is also a great place to live. Not only do you have Frankfurt’s main shopping street (“shopping mile”) on your doorstep, you’re also just a few steps away from numerous bars and clubs – making this the perfect choice for those who want a real taste of city life.

Ostend is located northeast of the River Main. Most of the houses in this district are decidedly modern, and the fact that the river is next door is a big plus. Our old campus is in the neighbourhood – can you find it?

Eckenheim and Dornbusch are a little further away from the city centre but closer to our campus, so rental prices are slightly lower. The neighbourhood is quieter and a lot of families live here.

Gallusviertel and Gutleutviertel are situated directly behind the main railway station (Hauptbahnhof). A new district, the Europaviertel (a renovated part of the Gallusviertel district) features many new apartment blocks and shops. A new subway line (U-Bahn) will soon link the Europaviertel with the “Deutsche Nationalbibliothek” metro station, which is right next door to our campus.

Offenbach, although technically not part of Frankfurt, is in the Rhine-Main area directly adjacent to the city. It’s a great alternative for students seeking accommodation, because it’s cheaper and yet still well-connected via the S-Bahn (suburban railway). The “Hafen” area has been converted from an industrial port to a modern residential quarter with many new buildings.


 


 

Getting around Frankfurt

Frankfurt is home to Europe’s third-largest airport, conveniently located in the middle of Europe and just a 10-minute train-ride away from Frankfurt’s main railway station. Regular flights to all corners of the world mean that travel is quick and convenient.

Of course the reputable Deutsche Bahn (German Rail Service) also serves Germany’s financial hub, providing you with a punctual, reliable train network for exploring Germany. You can reach Cologne in just one hour, Munich in three hours, Hamburg in 3.5 hours, and Berlin in four hours.

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Socialising in Frankfurt

The city provides plenty of opportunities for socialising after work and at weekends. Taking a walk along Museum Mile, visiting parks, going for bike rides, relaxing on the River Main, going to festivals, visiting the English Theatre or one of the city’s many markets – those are just a few of the leisure activities you can enjoy in Frankfurt.

It’s also worth visiting the Goethe House museum, once home to the most famous German-language poet and writer of all time, Johann Wolfgang von Goethe, who was born and raised in Frankfurt. 

A huge selection of bars and clubs means it’s easy to find entertainment in the evenings. Frankfurt is home to Germany’s oldest jazz bar, the “Jazzkeller”, which has been hosting world-famous musicians since 1952. 

Eating in and eating out

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Because people from all over the world live in Frankfurt, it’s no wonder there are so many restaurants serving international food. If it’s local specialities you’re after, try Flammkuchen, Apfelwein (apple wine) or Grüne Soße (green sauce).  

Or it’s just as easy to eat in: Rewe, Lidl and Aldi stores offer a wide variety of groceries at different price points and can be found on nearly every street corner.