The spectacular municipal park landscape, a lively state and independent arts scene and a high quality of life are the hallmarks of this modern city in the Teutoburg Forest. Only a few minutes away from the boutiques and cafés of the historic old town or the internationally renowned Kunsthalle Bielefeld is the green range of hills of the Teutoburg Forest. The mediaeval Sparrenburg, 580 km of hiking trails, a climbing park and various mountain biking routes are among the many leisure and recreational attractions available. Prominent among them is one of Germany’s most popular hiking trails, the 156 km long Hermannsweg, which runs along the ridge of the Teutoburg Forest and right through the city centre. With more than 2,000 shops and stores, Bielefeld is an attractive shopping destination.
High quality, varied arts scene
The city's renowned range of cultural assets includes 15 museums, Kunsthalle Bielefeld, the Bielefeld Art Club, two state-run theatres and the Rudolf-Oetker-Halle, the outstanding home of the Bielefeld Philharmonic Orchestra. In addition, Bielefeld's cultural life is also characterised by a very active independent arts scene, with fresh ideas and a lot of young actors. A number of independent theatres, galleries, arts centres, arts cinemas, night clubs and events venues offer a varied choice to suit every taste. A wide range of clubs, courses and choirs is available for people to join and try something new.
A selection of event highlights provides an insight into the city's varied arts, sporting, scientific and culinary life.
Individual living spaces
The Campus is on the edge of Bielefeld city centre and is easily accessible by tram or bicycle. It is only a few minutes from the central railway station (ICE services) and thus has very good connections with the whole city zone and the region.
Bielefeld has a wide range of residential areas, each with their own particular charm. From the student/alternative west, with its well preserved late 19th century houses, to the east with its delightful old buildings and modern housing areas, or the steep paths of the classic 'musicians’ district' on the slopes of the Teutoburg Forest, each quarter has its own residential character. In the immediate vicinity of Campus Bielefeld there are some attractive, leafy residential areas with excellent infrastructure. Rents and property prices in Bielefeld have risen only moderately compared with the national average.
Additional student accommodation will be built on Campus Bielefeld itself. The Bielefeld student welfare services organisation has recently renovated its student accommodation on Morgenbreede at a cost of 10 million euros funded from the Federal Government’s Second Economic Package. Students who do not necessarily want to have a view of the Campus at breakfast-time will find lots of other accommodation options in the city itself. For example, they can move into a student residence created in 2011 in the premises of a former factory, or share a flat in the colourful 'orange box' right in the city centre. About 2,450 rooms and flats are currently available to students.
Education and family
There is a broad range of education and further education institutions, with more than 100 schools providing an all-round education, vocational and technical colleges in various subject areas, and other institutions. An international school offers both English-medium and German-medium teaching.
The municipal Family Portal can provide extensive information about day nurseries, leisure-time options and services available for all members of the family.