Arriving in Wedel

We welcome you at FH Wedel University of Applied Sciences!

In order to make you feel right at home, we would like to provide you with essential information you will need when arriving in Wedel.

Public Transport & Airport

As an incoming international student, you will most likely arrive at Hamburg Airport, the region’s largest airport. It is well connected to Hamburg’s network of public railway (S-Bahn and U-Bahn), bus, and in fact ferry connections. In order to get to Wedel, simply enter the airport’s S-Bahn station, purchase a ticket and enter the next train towards Wedel. Note that all trains go in the right direction, however, some trains terminate short of Wedel at the Blankenese station. From there, you may wait for the next train to Wedel, or take a bus.

The public transport company of Hamburg, the HVV, serves the city itself and surrounding areas, including Wedel. You may find more information on their website. You can reach Hamburg’s central station, the Hauptbahnhof, within about 40 minutes from Wedel. Here, there are frequent regional, national and international train connections, as well as the main bus station just next to it.

Within Wedel, there are a number of bus lines getting you where you want to go. If you are going to be using them on a regular basis, it might be worth looking into a monthly subscription to save on fares.

Accomodation

Students from abroad have several options regarding their accommodation. Depending on the length of your stay, whether you prefer living by yourself or sharing an apartment, here are some tips to help you finding the right place for you.

Just like german students, incoming students will have to find their own accommodation. Please take into account that this may take some time and start searching early.

The easiest option is renting a room at the student accommodation, which is only about ten minutes from campus.

Some students prefer staying in privately rented apartments in Wedel and the north-western suburbs of Hamburg. If you do not live in Wedel, you will need a car or have to use public transportation to get to campus. Public transport within the Hamburg Metropolitan Region is excellent.

It is not a good idea to rent accommodation in one of the smaller villages around Wedel, such as Holm or Hetlingen, unless you have your own car. The rent may be a lot cheaper, but public transport is infrequent, especially in the later hours of the evening.

Student accommodation

Many of our students live in the residence hall which is located within ten minutes walking distance of the university. It was opened in 1997 and has been well accepted by our students.

The apartments are usually shared between six people. Everybody has a room to themselves, which is between 12 m² and 14 m² in size and usually comes unfurnished. Additionally, each apartment has two shared bathrooms, kitchen facilities, and a communal room. The rent ranges from €211,- to €274,-, including heating, electricity and internet, with a contract period of six months.

As these rooms are quite popular, they sometimes have a waiting list, so you should apply for them early. Enquiries regarding availability may be directed to Mrs. Seybold.

Private apartments

There is wide range of rental accommodation available in the vicinity of FH Wedel. Over the last years we have established a network with local residents who rent out rooms or apartments to students.

The rent is usually higher than at the hall of residence, starting around €250,- and depending on size and facilities. When renting private apartments, it is important to note that the rent mentioned in the advert is for the room/flat only. You will have to pay for heating, electricity, telephone, internet and other things on top of it. Most landlords provide an estimate for these additional costs (the so-called "Nebenkosten"), which you should consider as the lower limit.

Our International Office maintains a list of current rental offers. If you are interested, please contact Mrs Seybold.

FH Wedel notice board

On our campus, you can find a notice board with advertisements for rooms or shared apartments in the vicinity. However, for students from abroad it is advisable to start searching accommodation prior to the start of the semester.

Local newspapers

Another way to find accommodation is browsing the local newspapers. The Hamburger Abendblatt, one of Hamburg's biggest daily newspapers, has a section containing rental offers in Wedel, Hamburg and the suburbs surrounding it.
You will find a similar section in Wedel's daily newspaper, the Schulauer Tageblatt.

Internet real estate portals

You can also find numerous rental offers via the following real estate portals:

Language classes

As most lectures are currently conducted in German, we highly recommend that our incoming exchange students possess a good understanding of German.

FH Wedel University of Applied Sciences offers German language classes at the Volkshochschule Wedel (VHS Wedel). The costs are carried by the university. Students will obtain a language certificate upon successfully completing the course. The number of lessons taken by the students depend on the programme they arranged with their home university's advisor.

The VHS Wedel offers different modules and course types for each skill level. To learn the starting dates, please contact our International Office.

Please note that attendance to the language course is compulsory. We advise you to plan your arrival at least two weeks before the semester begins, in order to participate in the first language course lessons and also have enough time to settle in.

Wedel & Hamburg

Wedel is situated to the west of Hamburg and is part of the Hamburg Metropolitan Region. City trains and buses provide frequent and easy access to Hamburg's many attractions.

Wedel with its ~33,000 inhabitants is part of the administrative district Pinneberg. This disctrict is famous for its tree nurseries; in fact, it is the largest tree nursery area in Europe.

The river Elbe plays an important role in Wedel. Many tourists come here to take a walk along the waterfront or visit the ship greeting station Willkomm-Höft (lit. welcome point), to watch and listen as it welcomes every incoming ship to the port of Hamburg with its national anthem and gives farewell to departing ships in the same manner.

Wedel offers an excellent infrastructure, which is a great advantage for students. The university can be reached by bus, or even on foot from the student accommodation. Shopping facilities can easily be reached as well. There are many supermarkets and shops to buy food and all necessities for daily life.

In Wedel, there are many ways to spend your evening: a variety of pubs and restaurants, two theatres, one of these the so-called theatre-ship Batavia, which means just what the name suggests. During the summer they run an open-air cinema next to the ship. Wedel also has a beach club, the 28grad.

In summer you can attend to the many outdoor festivals that are held in Wedel. For example, there are an ox market, a harbour festival, a wine tasting event and several craft markets.

Other recreational activities include

If you need medical treatment, you are well provided for. Wedel has its own hospital, the university clinics of Hamburg and specialist clinics are not far away. Doctors of all medical specialisations have their offices in Wedel.

Hamburg

The city of Hamburg is Germany's second largest metropolis with a population of 1.8 million inhabitants. It is one of the sixteen states of Germany and situated in the centre of Northern Germany.

Hamburg is one of the greenest cities in Germany, and with its wide range of cultural events and its extravagant shopping streets the harbour city attracts millions of tourists every year. The many streams, rivers and canals are crossed by some 2,500 bridges, more than London, Amsterdam and Venice combined. As of 2009 there were 100 consulates in Hamburg, a feat only surpassed by New York City and Hong Kong.

Hamburg's many attractions include

  • the river Elbe and the harbour
  • the HafenCity, a quarter of the Hamburg-Mitte district, which is considered the largest urban redevelopment project in Europe, and also includes the historical Speicherstadt
  • the Alster, a tributary of the Elbe river that forms two artificial lakes
  • the Hamburgische Staatsoper, an opera house
  • the Hamburgische Kunsthalle, one of Hamburg's many art museums
  • the Museum für Kunst und Gewerbe, a museum of arts and crafts
  • a vivid night life with bars, pubs and clubs in the districts Ottensen, Sternschanze (short "Schanze") and St. Pauli