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Student life in Saarbrücken

Students make up only a part of the population of Saarbrücken. The best-known student district is Nauwieser Viertel - a colourful mix of alternative shops, bars and restaurants. There are also pubs and bars a plenty in and around St. Johanner Markt. And of course there's a big choice of clubs and discos offering everything from house, techno, rock and dancefloor to salsa and tango. - something for every taste and budget.

Tips for living in Saarbrücken

B... for BahnCard

BahnCard25 is a national rail discount card that costs €51.50 per year for second-class rail travel. Card holders receive a 25 % discount on DB's standard and saver fares. In addition, if you purchase a DB saver fare, up to four people can accompany you, each paying half the saver fare. For students up to the age of 26, the BahnCard50 costs €103 per year for second-class travel. Card holders receive a 50 % discount on standard fares. BahnCard25 and BahnCard50 are both valid for one year. The card will be automatically renewed for a further year unless written notice of termination is sent to DB's BahnCard Service unit at least six weeks before the date on which the current card is due to expire.

B... for Bus

The student ID card (semester travel ticket) allows students to use all public transport services in Saarland. The current timetable for Saartallinien buses can be searched online at

C... for Cinema

Saarbrücken boasts a large number of cinemas. All of them offer reduced-price tickets on one day a week (Kinotag).
CineStar, St. Johanner Straße 61 (bargain admissions: Tue, Thur)
Filmhaus, Mainzer Straße 8 (bargain admissions: Tue)
Kino Acht ½, Nauwieserstraße 19
Passage-Kino, Bahnhofstraße 82 (bargain admissions: Mon, Tue, Wed)
Camera zwo, Futterstraße 5 (bargain admissions: Tue)
Unifilm, Universität Campus, AudiMax, Bldg. 16
UT Kinos, Berliner Promenade 17 (bargain admissions: Mon, Tue, Wed)

D... for Doctors

A list of local doctors can be found in your telephone directory or in the Yellow Pages. If you need assistance, the staff at the International Office would be pleased to recommend a doctor or medical practitioner. Just call round or phone for assistance. (See also "E… for Emergency".)

E... for Emergency

In an emergency call

110 police and emergency medical services 
112 fire service
Doctors-on-call: 0681 48038
Mon, Tue, Thur: 7 pm - 7 am, Wed: 1 pm - 7 am, Fri: 7 pm - 8 am
Sat-Sun and holidays: 8 am - 8 pm
Evangelisches Krankenhaus, Saarbrücken
Großherzog-Friedrich-Straße 44, 0681 3886700
St. Josef Krankenhaus, Dudweiler
Klosterstraße 14, 06897 7010

E... for E-mail

Once enrolled at the HTW, you will be issued with an e-mail account that gives you internet access via the PC labs in your department.

F... for Fitness centre

SpoGeSa, Dudweilerlandstraße 7
( 0681/376666
Health and Fitness (19,95 Euro)
Fitness-Zentrum Venice, Sulzbachstraße 44-48
( 0681/31212

I... for Intercultural communication and advisory services

Ramesch - Forum für Interkulturelle Begegnung e.V.
Haus der Kulturen, Johannisstraße 13
( 0681/3904921

I... for Internet

Once enrolled, students have access to the internet via the HTW computing network. The following address may be useful before matriculation (enrolment) is complete:

Internet-Treff Saarbrücken, Großherzog-Friedrich-Straße 16-18
( 0681/9385267,
Mon-Fri: 10 am - 5 pm; Sat: 11 am to 4 pm

L... for Launderette

There are a number of launderettes in Saarbrücken, for instance at Eisenbahnstraße 8 or Nauwieser Straße 22.

L... for Library

Students at the HTW have access to the university library.
Information is available at
The Saarbrücken Municipal Library (Gustav-Regler-Platz, Tue-Fri: 11 am - 6 pm; Sa: 10 am - 1 pm) offers everything from atlases and encyclopaedias to magazines, novels and films on DVD. Membership costs €10 a year. International newspapers and magazines are available at the Lese-Café.

M... for Music

Collegium Musikum
Saarland University, Saarbrücken Campus, Bldg. 11.1 Level 0, Room 20
( 0681/3022218

N... for Nightlife

Saarbrücken is home to a wide variety of pubs and bars, including:
Café Kostbar, Nauwieserstraße 19
Kurzes Eck, Nauwieserstraße 15
Mono, Nauwieserstraße 38
Ubu Roi, Ecke Cecilien/Försterstraße
home, Berliner Promenade 17-19
hellmut, Bleichstraße 11-15
O'Dwyer's Irish Pub, Fröschengasse 6
Tante Anna, Türkenstraße 3

Dance clubs that are popular with students include:
Atomic Club Futterstraße 5-7 - Rock
blau, Am Steg 3: House
Garage, Bleichstraße 15-17 - Dancefloor, Alternative
Havanna-Member-Club, Futterstraße 5-7 - Salsa
KUFA, Dudweilerlandstraße 7 - Rock, HipHop
N8Werk: St. Johanner Straße 38 - Dancefloor

You can find a calendar of events here:

P... for Post

There are numerous post offices in Saarbrücken, for example at:
Am Hauptbahnhof 16-18
Dudweiler Straße 17
Vorstadtstraße 40

R... for Radio

See also "T… for Television".
Radio stations broadcasting in and around Saarbrücken:
JAM FM (94.2 MHz) - Commercial station, black music and soul
Radio Salü (101.7 MHz) - Commercial station, pop
SR 1 Europawelle (98.2 MHz) - Pop
SR 2 KulturRadio (98.0 MHz) - Classical, jazz
SWR 3 (97.5 MHz) - Pop
UnserDing (103.7 MHz) - Pop

R... for Religion

A number of religious communities in Saarbrücken are listed below:
Protestant Student Community (Evangelische Studentengemeinde - ESG)
Waldhausweg 7, ( 0681/9366110
Islamic Community of the Saarland (Islamische Gemeinde Saarland e.V.)
Im Malhofen 4, Saarbrücken-Burbach, ( 0681/7616885
Catholic Students' Association (Katholische Hochschulgemeinde - KHG)
Saarland University, Saarbrücken Campus, Bldg. 19.2, ( 0681/3022950
Jewish Community (Synagogengemeinde Saar)
Kaiserstraße 5, ( 0681/910380
Turkish Islamic Cultural Association (Türkisch Islamischer Kulturverein)
Hohenzollernstraße 120 (next to the HTW), ( 0681/9273298

S... for Shopping

Saarbrücken offers a number of discount supermarkets such as Plus, Lidl and Aldi. There are conveniently located branches in Dudweiler Straße and Mainzer Straße. The food departments at Karstadt and Galeria Kaufhof are somewhat more expensive. Asian food can be bought for instance at Asia Shop, Mainzer Straße 55. Middle Eastern foodstores include Central-Markt, which is opposite the Haus der Zukunft and Santha Weltmarkt at Nauwieserstraße 38a. And anyone who would like to test the culinary delights of neighbouring France only needs to take a number 11 or 19 bus to the border where there's an ATAC supermarket.

S... for Swimming pools

Calypso Indoor Water Park, Deutschmühlental 7
Dudweiler Indoor Swimming Pool, St. Avolder Straße
Schwarzenberg Outdoor Swimming Pool, Am Schwarzenberg

S... for Sport

Students at the HTW can make use of the activities on offer within the University Sport programme at Saarland University. Details of the current programme are available on-line at: The link to the University Sport website (Hochschulsport) is on the left side of the page.

Local sports clubs in and around Saarbrücken offer a very wide range of sporting activities. The following is just a small selection of what's on offer:

Inline skating:

T... for Telephone

You can apply for a phone line by contacting Deutsche Telekom (for instance at the T-Punkt store in Bahnhofstraße). The Uni@home ( scheme is of particular interest to students and offers cheap rates and special offers.
The international dialling code for Germany is +49. To call an international number from Germany, you will first need to pre-dial the international access code '00'.

T... for Television

If you want to watch television or listen to radio in Germany, you need to pay a fee. If you receive a request for payment from the licensing authority GEZ, please don't ignore it; it could be that you are exempt from charges. Ask us for advice.
The German public service television broadcasting stations are: ARD, ZDF, ARTE, Euronews and 3 SAT. There are also a large number of private television stations.

T... for Theatre

Saarland State Theatre (Saarländisches Staatstheater), Schillerplatz 1
( +0681/32204

Alte Feuerwache, Landwehrplatz
( 0681/3092-203 681

Theater im Viertel, Nauwieserstraße 13
( 0681/3904602

V... for Varied cultural events

Saarbrücken's calendar of cultural events is available at

Special events hosted in Saarbrücken:
January: Max-Ophüls-Festival (A festival showcasing young talent in German-language films)
Early summer: Perspectives du théatre (A festival of French theatre)
July: Saarbrücker Altstadtfest (Saarbrücken's traditional city fair)
July: Sommer Szene, International street theatre festival
August: Nauwieser-Viertel-Fest (A street festival in the Nauwieser Viertel district)
December: Weihnachtsmarkt (Christmas market)

Y... for Youth Hostel

Meerwiesertalweg 31
( +49-681/33040

You can apply at the hostel to join the German Youth Hostelling Association (DJH). As a member you will have access to affordable accommodation at hostels around the world. The annual membership fee for students up to the age of 26 is €12. Membership runs from 1 October of each year and is renewed automatically unless terminated before 30 September.

zuletzt ver├Ąndert: 18.10.2006 von Betina Lang
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