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Information and tips for Erasmus students in Dortmund

Erasmus in Dortmund

Information and tips for Erasmus students in Dortmund

Private rooms Dortmund 393 805/month
Studios Dortmund 22 1084/month
Apartments Dortmund 52 1002/month

Dortmund is one of the largest cities in Germany, it is a thriving cultural and sports centre. Despite being one of the youngest cities in Europe, it has an excellent public transport system that can take you anywhere in the city in a matter of minutes. Its streets are lined with shops, cafes, music venues and Pubs.

Erasmus students of FH (Fachhochschule Dortmund) and TU (Technische Universität Dortmund) have a big advantage over other universities in Germany. The "Semesterticket" is an affordable ticket that allows students to travel on all public transport routes within Nordrhein-Westfalen, including cities such as Düsseldorf, Köln, Münster and Aachen among others. This pass lasts for 6 months, perfect for students who like to explore new places! 

Every university in Germany has a cafe called "Mensa". At TU Dortmund (the Campus) you can find 4 different menus: normal meals that vary in price between € 1 and € 3.50; vegetarian dishes at very low prices; buffet and even kebab rolls.

Next, we are going to tell you everything you need to know about Dortmund to enjoy it to the fullest.

Cost of living in Dortmund, Germany

The cost of living in Dortmund is not excessively expensive when compared to other German cities such as Berlin, Munich, Frankfurt or Stuttgart. To give you an idea, you can find a room for rent for just over € 260 per month. 

On the other hand, the food is relatively cheap. If you normaly eat out with your friends, the price of a meal or lunch is usually around 10 euros, although you can also opt for a fast-food menu for about 7 euros. There are several areas with a good atmosphere where you can go for a drink or even eat: Brückstrasse, Friesenviertel (residential area), Scharnhorststrasse (quieter area to go for a drink or have a coffee). 

If you are an athletic person, in this city you will be able to practise any sport you can imagine. For those young people who like the gym, you can find some for € 30 a month, which is not too high a cost.

Student life, parties and leisure in Dortmund, Germany

Dortmund is a very safe city for students, both at night and during the day. The city centre is full of places to party, go to bars or cafes for a drink with friends. The student atmosphere is great. You can meet many local people and from all over the world, as it is full of international students. 

If you want to party, there are a variety of clubs to go out to in Dortmund: "The View" and "Night rooms" are some of the most popular nightlife spots for Erasmus. It also depends on the style of music you like.

For sports lovers, there are enough facilities nearby: golf courses, tennis courts or courts to practice any type of sport.

Culture and gastronomy in Dortmund, Germany

Dortmund Cathedral is a historical place that is worth visiting, it is also located in one of the most beautiful areas of Dortmund. The Dortmunder U museum is a great attraction for Erasmus students studying art and design. Baptist Historic EbenezerChurch is located on McMartin Luther KingSquare, dedicated to this renowned African-American leader.

For music lovers, the Dortmunder Philharmoniker is a must-see, presenting almost two hundred concerts a year.

Dortmund is a city known for its hot sauces and high-quality beer, delighting its visitors with a great culinary experience. You can savour a Herforder Pfannkuchen (boiled pancakes) or other German dishes such as meat stew (Sauerbraten) or spiced, smoked or dried ham called (Westfalia Ham). 

Hot sauces are an essential part of the dishes in Dortmund and you can try Sauerbraten (marinated beef) or Mettwurst (blood sausage). Hövels Hausbrauerei is one of the restaurants that serve excellent dishes and beer high quality. The Pfefferkorn restaurant is another German place where you can enjoy the best craft beers in Dortmund. 

Advantages of doing Erasmus in Dortmund, Germany

  • Dortmund has several internationally recognized universities for their programs in technology, engineering, art and design, applied science or economics.
  • If you like languages, English and German will be in all your classes. Many of these universities teach their classes in both languages. 
  • The cost of living is affordable, it is not so difficult to find a good area to live with other Erasmus or local students.
  • Dortmund transport is complete and you can visit other places in northern Europe such as Belgium, Holland, Denmark by train.
  • You will get to know the German culture and understand their lifestyle.

Cheap student accommodation in Dortmund, Germany

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Frequently asked questions about doing Erasmus in Dortmund

How much does it cost to live in Dortmund as a student?

You will need approximately € 650/month. It is the amount of money that is estimated necessary to lead an average lifestyle in Dortmund, Germany: rent (€ 400), food (€ 200) and other expenses (€ 50).

How is student life in Dortmund?

The life of the students in Dortmund is quite fun and lively, they are able to make plans daily. The nightlife is very good and you have options to go out with your friends every day of the week.

How much does student accommodation cost in Dortmund?

The minimum cost of a room to rent in Dortmund is € 260 per month. There are different options but it is recommended that you share accommodation with other students as this means savings in monthly expenses.

 How much is the Erasmus scholarship to study in Dortmund?

The Erasmus scholarship depends on the country and university of origin. We recommend that you ask your Erasmus tutor to explain what financial aid you can access. Our recommendation, submit all the requests you can to try to get as much money as possible.

 What are the best areas to live in Dortmund?

If you are looking for a good place to live in Dortmund, the Nordstadt and Kaiserviertel districts are a great option. This area has easy access to public transport, making it very convenient to move around the city centre. The Dortmund University of Applied Sciences and Arts is located just down the road in Kreuzviertel.