Dortmund is a city located in the North Rhine-Westphalia region in Germany. Dortmund is considered to be the administrative, commercial and cultural centre of the eastern Ruhr area and praises for being named a ‘green metropolis’ due to the fact that almost half of the city is comprised of waterways, woodland, agriculture, and beautiful parks. Counting over 15,000 international students each year, Dortmund is truly a young university city, covering numerous relaxing spots and entertainment venues addressing specifically to youngsters. Study abroad in Dortmund, choose from numerous English study programmes that focus on research and enjoy the laid-back and hip atmosphere.
Dortmund is one of the German cities with a rich and diverse economy and the most developed sectors are biomedical technology, micro systems technology, tourism, finance, education and services.
Some of the top employers in Dortmund are Rhenus Logistics, IKEA, Verizon Communications, GAP, ThyssenKrupp, BMW, L’oreal, Deutsche Bahn, Ernst and Young.
Universities in Dortmund have partnerships with many of the local companies, and encourage international students to partake internship opportunities, especially if they are related with their chosen study field.
Dortmund is a vibrant and lively city that makes young population feel like home. Dortmund offers numerous places where you can relax, have fun, do some shopping, embrace natural spots or engage in a sport.
The main attractions of Dortmund are:
You can have a splendid view of the city if you go up the “Florian” TV tower and enjoy lovely walks around Westfalenpark and Rombergpark.
If you’d like to see a play or a music concert, go to Konzerthaus or the opera house of Dortmund.
Kreuzviertel is a trendy district with countless pubs, restaurants, cafés, and Westenhellweg is a popular shopping destination. Do check out the west park area in the downtown of Dortmund, a place where most students like to hang out.
Besides the multicultural student population, Dortmund is home to several ethnic communities, most of them coming from Eastern Europe, France, Ireland, the UK, and Turkey.
Many expats and foreign investors have also chosen to live in Dortmund and a number of multinational companies have an office in the city.
In Dortmund, winters are mild and summers are rather cool, with only a few days where temperatures exceed 20 °C (70 °F). In the winter, temperatures range at around 4 – 5 °C (39–41 °F), and most times, rainfalls occur and snowfalls are rare and they are usually light.
Students can choose from the following accommodation options:
1. Student dorms – rates are between 230 and 370 EUR/month.
2. Share a flat – the rent is between 200 and 350 EUR/month for one room.
Dortmund is quite an affordable city to live in, especially compared to other large European cities. On average, students would need between 650 and 800 EUR/month for all expenditures, including the accommodation. You would spend around 150 EUR/month for food bills, another 50 – 60 EUR for social activities, and travels with the public transportation would cost around 40 EUR/month.