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A book reading in auditorium G

Photo: Paderborn University, Adelheid Rutenburges

Demonstration during a lecture in the “Audimax”

Photo: Paderborn University, Adelheid Rutenburges

Studying in the O building

Photo: Paderborn University, Adelheid Rutenburges

The foyer with the Service Center

Life in Paderborn

The City of Paderborn and Shopping Opportunities

Paderborn is found in Germany in the most densely populated federal state: Northrhine - Westfalia (NRW).

With almost 150,000 inhabitants, Paderborn has developed into a young and modern city in the heart of northwest Germany that at the same time has preserved its history and traditions. This has given rise to an interesting contrast.

Culturally, Paderborn has a lot to offer: there is a theater, music events, museums, art galleries, and cinemas, as well as sports events and other free time activities. The culinary offerings range from traditional cooking to cozy student pubs, bars, and bistros.

As city excursions, trips to Osnabrück, Soest, Detmold, Hamlin, Munster and the Ruhrgebiet are recommended, as well as Dusseldorf, Bonn und Cologne.

Paderborn offers many shopping possibilities, for example:

  • The inner city
  • The Südring-Center (large shopping mall)
  • Foreign food markets (Asian, Indian, Turkish) scattered around the city

Please note: on Sundays and holidays all stores are closed!


Health Insurance

Health insurance is a requirement for all students to be able to enroll for studies in Germany!

An international travel health insurance is often acceptable for entering Germany and for receiving a valid visa, however, it will not be sufficient to study at a German university!

If you come from an EU country and hold the European Health Insurance Card (EHIC) or Form E111, you usually do not have to take out statutory insurance. Since January 1, 2021, however, you must also apply for a certificate from a statutory health insurance that confirms that you are not subject to compulsory insurance. Please submit this certificate to the International Office after your arrival.

Students from non-EU third countries must take out a German health insurance plan - usually a statutory insurance.  Information on statutory health insurance providers and further information on the subject of insurance can be found on the DAAD (German Academic Exchange Service) website. If you have any specific questions about individual insurance plans, please contact the providers directly.

If you take out a private health insurance instead - as, for certain legal reasons, you might not be entitled to a membership in a statutory health insurance - you will have to present written proof that you are officially exempt from the obligation to be insured in a German statutory health insurance. Such document can be issued by any statutory health insurance in Germany. The document will be considered proof for the university that the private health insurance cover is sufficient for enrolment.

The costs for statuatory health insurances are around EUR 100 per month, depending on the service and provider you choose. In all cases we recommend securing full insurance protection that includes treatment of chronic illnesses, long-term hospital stays, etc. You should also make sure that your health insurance covers treatment of the Coronavirus.

Liability insurance in addition to health insurance coverage is recommended to all students for their stay in Germany.


More detailled information on health insurance and liabililty insurance in Germany is available here.



Finances and Costs

Good news first: At Paderborn University, no tuition fees have to be paid!

All students have to pay the semester fees, which also includes the semester ticket for free public transport all over North Rhine-Westphalia. Other fees do not have to be paid.

When you arrive in Paderborn, it is important that you have enough cash at your disposal to be able to budget the first week. After your arrival, you will normally have to pay the deposit for your room, the semester fees (about 320 euros), and possibly for health insurance as well. You must also buy flatware and linens if necessary. On average you can estimate monthly costs of at least 700-800 euros; a better estimate is 850 euros with extra costs such as travel and other activities.

In the following you should get a general idea how much it will cost you to live and study in Paderborn. The average expenses in a month can be budgeted as follows:


250 Euro - 340 Euro


200 Euro - 250 Euro

Leisure time

100 Euro - 150 Euro

Miscellaneous (books, clothing, travel)

120 Euro - 180 Euro


670 Euro - 920 Euro


As a student, you have the possibility to sign up for university sports.

Paderborn University has a large fitness studio, a running track, a golf course, and tennis courts. Unisport offers a variety of sport styles and courses. Most of these courses are free. All courses require a registration (at the beginning of the semester, that is, the beginning of April or October). For many courses you should register very early, because they can be booked out very quickly. Some of the offered courses are for example American football, soccer, tennis, weight lifting, aerobics, and (ski) gymnastics. The courses are a lot of fun and offer an opportunity to make contacts with other students.

Other than that, there are numerous offerings outside of the university: There is a large sports park called the “Ahorn Sportpark” with e.g. an indoor and outdoor track field, on which one can play squash, participate in aerobics courses, table tennis, and volleyball. An indoor as well as an outdoor pool can be found close to the city center. Furthermore there are numerous fitness studios. The Sportclub Paderborn (SCP) plays (as of May 2020) in the first German football league. It is a great opportunity to visit one of the games here in Paderborn. Basketball is also very popular in Paderborn.

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