Everyday life in Germany

Living in Bochum

When living in Bochum you are located in the heart of the industrially and scientifically most developed part of Europe. Bochum and its surrounding area have a vast cultural heritage with industrial culture, all advantages of a metropolitan area as well as recreational areas close by. There are art, film and music festivals in the summer and a ski resort just a couple of hours away in the winter. Information on student life in Bochum and the surrounding area is given here.

Health Insurance

Please note that a health insurance is compulsory for students. Only then is enrolment, study, and visa extension possible at all. There are two types of health insurance in Germany: statutory and private health insurance.

You can find more information about health insurance and the differences between statutory and private health insurance here.

Financial Issues

Studying in a relaxed way is only possible if the financing of your studies is secure. You can find more information about the following financing options here:

  • Scholarships
  • Student loans
  • BAföG
  • Foreigners’ aid fund
  • Working

As an international student, there are many factors to consider when it comes to financing your studies. Before considering a particular financing option, you should first figure out which options apply to you and learn about the advantages and disadvantages of each.

Please also visit the website of the International Office in order to get an idea of the costs for living and studying in Germany.