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Incoming - Student Life

Why Enginnering at RUB?

RUB has more than 42,000 students including more than 4,000 international students and researchers, making Bochum a university city. There is a wide variety of Engineering study courses, from which you can choose the one that suits you best. You may also have the opportunity to work at one of the departments as a teaching or research assistant! And here is more about Bochum …

Free Time

You will never get bored in Bochum! The city is always buzzing with life. Here are some social activities that you can fill your free time with:

  • University sports
  • Cultural workshops, for example from Akafö
  • Bermuda 3eck
  • Cinemas and uni-cinema
  • Festivals like Bochum Total, Musiksommer and Kemnade in Flammen
  • Student parties, mostly organised by the student associations (the so-called “Fachschaften“)

Moreover, with your NRW-ticket you will have the chance to discover the whole state of North Rhine-Westphalia!

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Transportation in Bochum is easy especially for students! Those are some of your options:

  • Trains and trams
  • Metropol rad ruhr
  • Car sharing opportunities

Check out this page for more information.


Bochum is full of residence halls for students and researchers. Whether you are an international student planning a long stay in Bochum or an exchange student, you can find accommodation through the International Portal.

Accommodation for international students can be found on this page. For exchange students, more can be found here.

Gästehaus der Uni Forum - Marion Nelle
Begin the search for accommodation as soon as you take the decision to study at the university, as it is not always easy to find something that is immediately free!

Leticia (Mechanical Engineering) from Brazil:

“I came as an exchange student for 6 months but I decided to extend my stay as I was fascinated with the city and enjoyed studying at RUB. The university is quite known for materials science and even though I had a different focus back in Brazil, I want to go for a master in materials now. All the partnerships and cooperation with other institutes, companies and other universities here at RUB can give you excellent opportunities for your career and is great that you can choose so many courses in English. As an exchange student you are part of this whole network of international students at RUB which is very cool but ever since I transferred from exchange to regular student I feel even much more as a part of the faculty.”