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Student life at Dresden

Studying at TU Dresden, students will be enrolled at one of Germany’s eleven Universities of Excellence and at one of the oldest forestry educational institutions in the world.

The campus

TU Dresden has several campuses within the city centre of Dresden, as well as two campuses outside of Dresden.
Most teaching activities for GloFor students will be held in Tharandt, a lovely town some 15 minutes from Dresden Central Station by suburban train. It is considered the cradle of scientific forestry and hosts the oldest scientific arboretum worldwide. You will experience the latest knowledge and methods in forest-related fields in a truly cosy and forest-rich atmosphere, before the Saxonian capital city invites you for its exciting night life and cultural highlights.

The TU Dresden faculty of forestry in Tharandt. Credit Nils Eisfeld

The TU Dresden faculty of forestry in Tharandt


The City

Dresden is the capital city of the Federal State of Saxony and has about 560.000 inhabitants. It is considered one of the best cities to live in Germany and is not called the ‘Florence on the Elbe’ for nothing. The comparatively low rents and cost of living also contribute to this.

Two students on the Elbe riverbank in Dresden city. Credit Crispin-Iven Mokry

The city is known for its diverse cultural scene and turbulent history. Visits to trendy pubs, world-renowned museums, theatres, opera and concert halls, cinemas, or music festivals are just as much a possibility as activities in the many sports facilities or the surrounding nature of the Elbe landscape, the Elbe Sandstone Mountains, and the Erzgebirge/Ore Mountains.

Student life at Dresden: TUD students hiking in Saxon Switzerland nearby Dresden

Incidentally, Dresden is considered the unofficial capital of student clubs, and the trendy Neustadt district ensures an exciting nightlife. If you want to get out of Dresden, Berlin, Prague, Leipzig, and Wroclaw are easy to reach.

Getting around in the city and also between campuses is no problem with the semester ticket and its included use of all public transport and rental bikes.

Useful Links:

TU Dresden

Dresden City

Bürgerbüro (foreigners office)

Studentenwerk (student residences)