How is the city of Frankfurt, Germany? How is the student life in Frankfurt?
Frankfurt is one of the largest cities in Germany and is known as the financial center because of hosting European Central Bank, other important German banks like Commerzbank and Germany’s largest fairs. The city center is quite crowded and lively with its famous skyscrapers through Schaumankai Street.
One of the most live places in the city is the Zeil, having a shopping mall and many shops of famous brands. In Christmas and Germany’s holidays, this city center gets even more active. The historic center of the city, named Römer, with its Dom, shows you the traditional city formation in Germany. You can also check the Messe (Fair) where each week or each month a new fair takes place. Also you can follow the events of Oper Haus, the old Opera House of Frankfurt where many famous performances take place. I believe the most beautiful feature of Frankfurt is being a cosmopolitan city that tolerates different people and cultures.
The monthly living expenses in Frankfurt are around 800 euros. The most important indicator of this amount is the place you will stay, if you can manage to find good accommodation, the rest is fine. If you can manage to stay in dormitory, you are lucky as there are not many places, the fee is around 300 Euros and you are close to university. Alternatively you can look at the common houses, called Wohngemeinschaft or WG, with options of only girls or men WGs, with prices ranging from 200-400 euros. Ads for these houses are available on the walls of the school and on internet sites. The most preferred website in Germany for accommodation is https://www.immobilienscout24.de/ for both the WG and other options like studios or 1 room apartments where you can stay alone. It can be difficult to use the site if you do not speak German, I am preparing a post for that but you can leave a comment if you have questions. If you rent a house without furniture, you can easily find second hand goods from the internet. The subject you have to prepare yourself is the deposit, whether you stay in dormitory or in an apartment, you will have to deposit the three month’s rent to your landlord and you can get back that when you are leaving the room without any damage. All of your grant could go as deposit, so you need to be prepared. We stayed in a house with my husband and a small kitchen with one room, which cost around 400 Euros.
The food can be arranged in a convenient manner as campus canteen offers various meals and you can buy your food from supermarkets like Edeka, Aldi, Lidl, Penny, Rewe and many other shopping centers. Prices for basic foods are standard(1 liter milk 60 cents, 1 pack toasted cucumber 55 cents, fresh cream cheese 75 cents, water 19 cents etc). You can find Asian, Indian, Arab and Turkish markets for different products (you can find halal meat from Turkish markets). I can recommend the Kilinc Center, which we often went; with reliable, fresh products and affordable prices in Raunheim (you can reach S bahn S8 or S9). We did not have much food out in a restaurant but we can recommend Bayram restaurant, Halal Thai Fun in Münchener Street and the breakfast of Bohne Cafe across Zoo stop. The university’s cafeteria (Mensa) also offers hot meals with vegan and vegetarian options every day.
There are beautiful places around Frankfurt to visit, my recommendations might be; Grüneburgpark, one of the many parks you can find in the center, Palmengarten which is near the university and you can enter for free with your student card, Römer, Main River, Goethehaus, Freilichtmuseum Hessenpark, Freiburg Castle and Heidelberg Castle (in Mannheim) which is 1 hour far from the center with train.
The transportation will be covered by your student card which you’ll pay 300 Euros for whole semester. It is better to apply for this card as soon as possible as you would not have to buy tickets. With student card you can travel around Hessen which is around 100 km radius. The easiest and fastest transportation is with trains S-bahn(long distance) and U-bahn(Short distance, subway) and Regional Bahn(You can reach with these to other big cities) and these are the ones that you student card covers. The fast trains of IC, ICE is not covered by your card.
Important points of the city are international airport and central station. It is possible to reach the airport with subway and trains, called U-bahn and S-bahn trains, in half an hour time from 30 km area of the city. The stops you should know in first time are; Flughafen (airport) stop, Hauptbahnof (central station) stop where all of the trains pass and the se stop where the university campus is. For the first times, you buy your tickets from ticket automats, one way ticket costs 2.70 Euros and daily Ticket costs around 7 Euros.
About language, it is possible to live your life in Frankfurt with English but you can as well learn some daily life German. Apart from Foreigners or Aliens Office, no one there speaks English which I find shameful. When you go to register your address or apply for residence permit you do need to speak German, if not, you should bring someone who speaks German.