Campus Life and Surroundings

The different Campuses


Since its foundation in 2003, the University of Duisburg-Essen has two different campuses, which are located in the cities of Duisburg and Essen. Please note which campus is relevant for your stay.

For more information about the two campuses and orientation in Duisburg as well as Essen, please click here.


On Campus Essen

Die Brücke

Die Brücke refers to the Protestant student center on the Essen campus and includes a student dormitory, the university communities and the Brücken-Café. Die Brücke is located directly on campus, across from the main dining hall entrance, and is an excellent place to socialize. 


On Campuses Duisburg and Essen

Tutors Service Center

The Tutoring Service Center helps exchange students to connect with other students. For this purpose they offer a buddy program, international social gatherings, information meetings, leisure activities in groups and much more. 

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Every year, various events take place, such as MINT parties, beach parties, pub nights, game nights and much more. You can find more information here:

Student Associations

In a student association, students of a study program organize themselves to represent their interests to the university or to the outside world and to support each other in the initial phase of their studies and in the further course of their studies.

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Activities around the Campuses

There are many leisure activities in and around Essen. We have compiled a list of interesting and varied suggestions here:

Zeche Zollverein, Essen

Phoenix See, Dortmund

The reservoir is perfect for a relaxing day trip with friends or just to eat ice cream on the lakeshore.


Botanischer Garten, Grugapark Essen

Lake Baldeney

Lake Baldeney in the south of Essen offers many recreational opportunities and attractions:

  • The wildlife enclosure in the Heissiwald forest above Lake Baldeney.
  • The Villa Hügel and the Hügelpark at the edge of Lake Baldeney
  • The Heisinger Aue bird sanctuary
  • The ruins of the medieval Essen Isenburg Castle
  • Scheppen House on Lake Baldeney
  • Baldeney Castle in Essen
  • Canoe, rowing and sailing clubs
  • Cycling, inline skating, jogging, walking or hiking once around the lake or through the forest
  • Minigolf
  • Sunbathing, climbing, barbecuing or stand-up paddling at Seaside Beach Baldeney

The Margarethenhöhe

Places of interest on the Margarethenhöhe, the first German garden city under monument protection: 

  • The "small market"
  • The bridgehead and the museum at the bridgehead
  • The building of the former consumer
  • Restaurant M in Mintrops City Hotel
  • The small studio house
  • Restaurant / Café Hülsmannshof with beer garden

Essen City Center

  • Shopping experience among others in the shopping center Limbecker Platz, the Rathaus Galerie and the Lindengalerie
  • Essen Cathedral and the Kreuzeskirche
  • The Grillo Theater in Essen
  • The listed Lichtburg, the largest cinema palace in Germany (and the most beautiful !)
  • Christmas market and ice rink in winter at Kennedyplatz
  • Events such as "Essen.Original", the Essen Light Weeks, etc.



Along the nightlife and promenade "Rü", the Rüttenscheider Straße, there are around 100 pubs bars, clubs, cafés and restaurants of all kinds, where live music or other events are frequently offered.

Nowhere else in the region can you also find such a collection of individual specialty stores, trendy stores and manufactories that invite you to go shopping. It is also worth taking a look at the side streets.

In addition to 4 private theaters, the Philharmonie, the Aalto Music Theater, the Museum Folkwang and the German Poster Museum offer a high-class, award-winning cultural program.

With the Grugapark, one of the largest and most beautiful landscape parks in Germany is available with many leisure facilities. Health and wellness facilities, such as on-site spa, invite you to relax and unwind.


Places of interest in the Südviertel, the small "Kiez" of Essen:

  • City Garden
  • Film studio in Glückauf House
  • Boule in the Stadtgarten
  • Isenberg Square
  • Cycling
  • Secondhand stores, unpacking stores, art, pubs, restaurants