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Living and living in Karlsruhe

Karlsruhe is perhaps still known to many as the seat of the two highest courts, the Federal Constitutional Court and the Federal Court of Justice. Karlsruhe and KIT have a lot more to offer beyond that!

The city of Karlsruhe was founded in 1715 by the market count Karl-Wilhelm von Baden-Durlach and is therefore a relatively young city at just under 300 years of age.

The market count Karl-Wilhelm von Baden-Durlach also came up with the idea to radiate all streets away from the castle. That is why Karlsruhe is often referred to as the “fan-shaped city”.

There are more than 30,000 students among the approx. 300,000 inhabitants.

More than 30,000 students study at the 7 local universities: the Karlsruhe Institute of Technology (formerly University), the Karlsruhe University of Applied Sciences - Technology and Economics (University of Applied Sciences), the University of Education, the State University of Design, the State Academy of Fine Arts, the University of Music and the Baden-Wuerttemberg Cooperative State University in Karlsruhe. Not least because of the influence of the students, the once leisurely administrative city has become a lively city with international connections, an extensive range of sports and cultural activities and a lively nightlife.

You can't write about Karlsruhe without mentioning the sport. If you just want to watch it, you will find some major sporting events here: international competitions such as the women's basketball world championship, the tennis Davis Cup and the international indoor athletics meeting have already taken place here and even the Tour de France has taken place here several times Station made. Anyone interested in interesting games can support the Karlsruher Sportverein (KSC), ASV Karlsruhe-Hagsfeld and BG Karlsruhe with their respective home games. For those who want to do sports themselves, the numerous clubs are available as contact persons. The city of Karlsruhe provides information on this.

University sports also have a wide range to offer students.

In addition to the Badisches Staatstheater with drama, music theater, classical concerts and Martinees, Karlsruhe is home to a number of creative private and amateur theaters. There the spectrum ranges from the boulevard play in the Kammertheater via d´Badisch Bühn to the dedicated factory theater Sandkorn. Information on events is available directly from the city of Karlsruhe.

Art exhibitions in the Center for Art and Media Technology (ZKM), in the Municipal Gallery and in the State Art Hall invite you to visit. The annual exhibition of the Academy of Fine Arts and the majolica factory with its ceramic exhibition should also be remembered.

In the Natural History Museum and in the Badisches Landesmuseum in the castle you will find exhibitions on natural history and historical topics. You can even find a large number of installations and art spaces in Karlsruhe outdoors. Anyone who would like to find out more about the many different offers in Karlsruhe will also find what they are looking for here directly from the city of Karlsruhe.

But the music is not neglected either. The range of concerts ranges from classical to jazz to rock and pop. With "das Fest" Karlsruhe offers one of the largest multi-day open air festivals with up to 200,000 visitors in the region, every year with new German and international bands and acts. In 2019, for example, Gentleman, Max Giesinger and Fettes Brot were on the main stage of "das Fest".

The cultural offerings at KIT with choirs, bands, orchestras and theaters also have a lot to offer students. Of course, participation in the individual groups is also encouraged here!

Of course, the nightlife in Karlsruhe should not be forgotten either. Karlsruhe has over 1000 restaurants, including more than 30 relevant student and music bars, to offer - something for every taste.

Karlsruhe is geographically located at the 49th degree of latitude in the Rhine plain between the Palatinate, Vosges and Black Forest. This gives the city a mild climate. If you want to take a look at the 49th parallel for yourself, you can do so in the Zoological City Garden in Karlsruhe, because the latitude runs right through it.

Karlsruhe also has extensive green spaces, a large part of which is located in the middle of the city: one of the largest city forests in Germany, the city garden of the zoo, the Günther-Klotz-Anlage and the palace garden with a large lawn, which is directly on the south campus of KIT is adjacent.

Well-developed local transport network

Karlsruhe has a well-developed local transport network. The trams of the Karlsruhe transport association KVV go to the Black Forest, the Palatinate and the Kraichgau. Students travel for free on weekdays between 7:00 p.m. and 6:00 a.m. and all day on Saturdays, Sundays and public holidays. A semester ticket that entitles you to free all-day travel for 6 months can be purchased at a reduced price.

Study funding

In addition to BaFöG and scholarships, there are a few other options for financing your studies.

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Culture and sport offers of the KIT
Broadening horizons

In addition to the regular study programs of the KIT faculties, various KIT institutions offer study-related offers for further education or for the acquisition of interdisciplinary qualifications.

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