On and around the main campus of Universität Hamburg, you can find just about everything you need for a successful student life – and lucky for you, both the Faculty of Business, Economics and Social Sciences and the Faculty of Business Administration are located here. You will probably spend a good part of your day on campus, but certainly not just to attend lectures or seminars.
When you need a quiet place to study, want to borrow a book or need access to computers and printers, try out one of the many libraries on campus. The main library “Stabi”, the library for business and economics and the library for social sciences are just some of the options you have. The libraries also offer areas for group work.
For a computer workspace with internet access, you can also go to a CiP-Pool, of which there are several on campus, or to the Rechenzentrum (RRZ). There are also options to print, copy and scan in those places; or you can find one of many copy shops on campus if you need a script or paper printed.
When you need a break from your work, maybe something to eat and drink is a good idea. Breakfast, lunch, dinner and snacks, the cafeterias (“Mensa”) and cafes on campus offer delicious food at very fair prices all day long. After your meal, we suggest getting some fresh air. Either join the other students who are relaxing around the Ententeich in the campus center, or take a walk in the Planten un Blomen park not far from university.
If you need anything from groceries to books, the streets adjoining the campus, like the Grindelallee and Grindelhof offer many shops where you can get all the essentials.
And after your hard studying is done, the Pony Bar on campus invites you to unwind in a cozy atmosphere. Or maybe you want to catch a movie: the Abaton Cinema is right next door, and once a week the Audimax becomes a movie theatre for students as well.
Abbriviations on Campus
Von-Melle-Park 6 (VMP 6)
Highest building on Campus (52m)
Closed/ Under construction
Von-Melle-Park 3 (VMP 3)
Staats- und Universitätsbibliothek
Dr. Werner von Melle:
Senator and mayor of Hamburg who supported the founding of UHH
Von-Melle-Park 5 (VMP 5)
WiWi = Wirtschaftswissenschaften = Business and Economics
Allende-Platz 1 (AP 1)
This building used to be a horse barn. Today it is home to the library of social sciences and the Pony Bar, amongst others.
2022: closed/under construction
There used to be a pig-sty where the building is today
AStA - General Student's Committee
PIASTA - Intercultural Living and Learning
Working in Hamburg
Students of non-EU-countries are allowed a maximum work load of 120 full/240 half days each year. Further information can be found in the following (German) Info-Sheet (PDF).
SportsCard: Get access to more than 200 different courses
Price: €52 for one semester
FitnessCard: Get access to the 3 university gyms
|Duration of membership||1 month||3 months||6 months||12 months|
|Price per month||€ 42||€ 31||€ 26||€ 21|
SchwimmCard: Get access to a selection of 19 courses and 20 hours of independent training at Bartholomäusbad and at Bad Wilhelmsburg ("Am Inselpark")
Price: €105 for one semester
No SportsCard: There are certain sport courses that you can book independently and pay a certain amount for a specific course only.
To get any kind of card, you must book it online, fill in the online form and take it together with the SEPA-Mandat (in which you agree to a direct debit order for the card fees) with you to the Hochschulsport Hamburg office. Also, do not forget to bring your ID, your student ID and a “passport” photo.
Sportspass is Hamburg’s largest sports club, offering 1,650 courses per week all over the city. The membership fee is 9.30€ per month. You can start the contract whenever you want (you will only pay for the remaining months of the quarter) and end it every 3 months (mid-March, mid-June, mid-September, or mid-December).
Cinema on Campus
The student cinema Hamburg UniFilm screens a selection of movies ranging from Blockbusters to Arthouse every semester, directly to the lecture hall. The seats may not be quite as comfortable as in a real cinema, but the cheap prices and the special atmosphere make up for it. You can check out the program at the UniFilm website, just select Hamburg in the drop-down menu on the site.
There is a real cinema on campus as well. The Abaton-Kino has a long history and focuses its program on international arthouse movies. Find out more about the cinema and its program online.
Theatre on Campus
The University Players are an English-speaking student theatre workshop, founded and situated at the University of Hamburg.
Probably the best known place on Campus (of course, after the WiWi-Bunker). Just drop by to enjoy delicious latte or to grab a beer after a stressful lecture day. A very cozy place with nice people all around.