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Packing list for your student dormitory

So, you finally decided on which college you want to attend. But, as you imagine all the house parties and other facets of student life, you should not forget the good old packing list. Being prepared is one of the most essential parts of a good start to college life. So, with this packing checklist, you will be able to identify all the things you need for student accommodation. If you are looking for discounts and other benefits to make university life easier, make sure to check out our offers for students.

How to make your wardrobe greener

How to make your wardrobe greener

With these simple tips you can contribute to make the world a little more sustainable when it comes to your wardrobe.

In the face of climate change, we all face the challenge of making our way of life more sustainable. There is a lot of room for improvement, especially when it comes to textile consumption. According to a Greenpeace study on "Fast Fashion", every German buys around 60 (!) items of clothing per year. Reason enough to take a closer look at your own wardrobe.

Inventory of the wardrobe

In principle, the following also applies here: less is often more. Before you’re heading out for the next shopping tour, we recommend an inventory of your wardrobe with some questions in mind: What do I have? What do I really need? What can go? This gives you an overview of your clothes and secondly, you can also create space for new things.

Muck out in an environmentally friendly way

What to do with all the things that no longer fit or are no longer to your liking? In this case, mucking out is in order, with the aim that the pieces that can still be worn remain in the textile cycle.

As an uncomplicated solution, a donation per package is a good idea, as is possible with PACKMEE. Simply pack the items you no longer want into a cardboard box, print out a free shipping slip via, stick it on and return the package to a DHL or Hermes office. With DHL, you can even send your parcel in a completely climate-neutral way and your clothes get a second life. As a thank you, you can choose a voucher from the PACKMEE partners. The best thing: 100 percent of PACKMEE's profits from the textiles go to Save the Children. This way you not only save resources but do something good at the same time.

Second hand as an alternative

When you have completed the inventory, you can better assess whether you need new clothes at all. If so, have a look at flea markets or clothing exchanges, both online and in the real world. Here you can sometimes find real treasures. It is fun, sustainable and environmentally friendly.

If new, then sustainable

If you do want something completely new, it is important that the textiles are sustainable and fair. There are numerous seals to help you recognize this type of clothing, such as the green button, OEKO-TEX or the Global Organic Textile Standard (GOTS). The seals signify environmental compatibility and fair production of a garment.

The right care is important

Read the care instructions on your garments – these help so that your new favourite pieces retain their shape and colour. For the sake of nature, environmentally friendly laundry detergents should be used. Most of them are so good today that they already work at 30 degrees Celsius.

Whether second hand or sustainably new: If you really need new clothes, you should not miss out on the joy of shopping.

Finding Frankfurt: International Student Guide

We are all breathing a big sigh of relief, Summer is finally here! Now we can all go outside and visit the places we love. Manaf, an international student of Uninest has found the perfect escape haven in Frankfurt. Read on to find out more...

Student guide to exploring Darmstadt

Student guide to exploring Darmstadt

Peep at Darmstadt! "The city of science"

Darmstadt has nothing to envy other German cities, it is a student-magnet, known for its renowned university the TU Darmstadt, and the h-da university of applied sciences offering a high range of study fields and specializations. it is also one of the fastest-growing cities in Germany with various companies having their headquarters or subsidiaries located in the area.

Art – State museum of Hessen

Even if you do not live in Darmstadt you have to take the time to visit this unique place. It gathers more than ten sections under one fascinating architectural edifice. Due to its diversified exhibitions and branches, people of all ages are rushing to discover its numerous exposed objects and items. From the Egyptian and Roman era to art and cultural history passing by a weapon hall and kings' gold and treasures, the State Museum has a lot to offer. Don't be a surprise if time flies, you get carried away from the captivating zoological area to the natural stones section on the 1st floor; and could easily spend 3 hours without noticing.

The Museum is temporarily closed and will open again on the 18th of April.  Important tip: Ask right away for your student discount at the cash desk!

Nature – …and the spotlight winner is Oberwaldhaus

The city of Science has its fair share of greenery, parks, and forests the most accessible park is right in the city center in the university square called "Herrngarten" where everyone goes for a quick escape to freshness. A must-visit is a garden in the "Orangerie" district; very sophisticated and comforting, making it the ideal place to read a book in a tranquil environment. 

The spotlight winner here is "Oberwaldhaus" 10 min on bus from "Luisenplatz", is a leisure park that regroups a beer garden, a big playground, pony rides, and a relative big pond where boats are available for rent in summer or in winter where people enjoy ice-skating when the small lake is frozen. For the ones who enjoy the forest and its peacefulness the whole area is surrounded by one; you could also walk southwest to discover the Scheftheimer Wiesen natural reserve. Finally, you will find the "Prinz von Hessen" swimming pond within a 10 min walk west of the bus station. In summer, the place is packed with families and students alike.

Food - Little Italia in Riegerplatz

One of the finest and the most surprising Pizza you will ever try is brick-oven-backed by Mono-pizza. The pizzaiolo on-site renders the experience authentic and makes a thin crispy dough. Good things take time, be patient, 10-15 minutes waiting for a Mono-pizza is worth it. The price range is from 6/8€ for a Margarita going up to 15€, pizza lovers would be delighted because you get absolute value for your money. I suggest you finish your gustative experience with ice cream from "Eisboutique Da Carlo" right next to Mono-pizza Restaurant.

  Written by: Manaf Naqouri

  Uninest Student Residences resident

Top tips to be water efficient for World Water Day

On the 22nd March we observe World Water Day! Every year focusing on the importance of freshwater for our planet. Water is under threat from a number of challenges. Rapidly growing populations, changes in farming, food production and the related industries, not to mention the impacts of climate change. Research shows that around 2.2 billion people live without access to safe water. Find out more ways to be water efficient...

Frankfurt: Eat Like A Banker, Pay Like A Student

Frankfurt: Eat Like A Banker, Pay Like A Student

Are you new to Frankfurt and looking for the hidden foodie gems? Don’t worry about your student budget, because here’s our (not so) secret delicious eateries to enjoy in Frankfurt.

Frankfurt has the reputation of being an expensive city, but this doesn’t mean you can’t treat yourself to the best food in town. You may find yourself googling “cheap places to eat in Frankfurt”, to be answered with an everlasting list of places to visit offering sushi, pizza, burgers, schnitzel…all in one.

With generous portions, delicious flavours, and of course affordable prices, below are our top four picks of places to eat in Frankfurt:

1. Aroma

The Mediterranean meets Germany. Aroma serves up tasty wraps of shawarma and falafel. It has a high rating of 4.5 on Tripadvisor for a reason – it’s delicious!

Address: Oeder Weg 80

Distance from Alvarium: 11-minute drive

Distance from Urbanum: 13-minute drive

2. Aroydee

Authentic Thai restaurant in the heart of Frankfurt. Whether you fancy noodles, rice, or soup, they have it all.

Address: Stiftstraße 34

Distance from Alvarium: 17-minute drive

Distance from Urbanum: 11-minute drive

3. Pak Choi

Very close to the Main Tower and Stoltze Museum, Pak Choi is the city’s go-to Chinese restaurant. The prices are low and the flavours are high!

Address: Elbestraße 12

Distance from Alvarium: 13-minute drive

Distance from Urbanum: 10-minute drive

4. L’Osteria

The pizzas here are huge! They may cost you 10 EUR, but you can easily share it between two.

Address: Speicherstraße 1

Distance from Alvarium: 11-minute drive

Distance from Urbanum: 6-minute drive

So, there are our top four places to visit if you’re hungry and on a budget. Not only is the food delicious, but the locations are great too. All the places are in booming areas of Frankfurt like the Bahnhofsviertel and Nordend. Be sure to take a walk around afterwards to find a series of hip, cool bars to grab a drink before heading home (or staying out).

Free Subscription - Terms & Conditions

Free Subscription - Terms & Conditions

This campaign is only applicable to new bookings in Germany between 17th May 2021 and 14th June 2021 for 2021-2022 Academic year with the contract start between June 1st 2021 and October 1st 2021.

Incentive has no cash redemption value, non-transferable and cannot be exchanged for any other prize.

The promotion will be revoked in case of cancellation of the reservation.

The promotion is not valid for students who have come through agent, university or other 3rd party referral agreements.

This promotion cannot be used in conjunction with any other offer.

To claim your incentive of choice you need to complete your booking, sign your tenancy agreement, and then click the link and complete the form with your choice of incentive from booking confirmation mail. Incentive subscription can be chosen once the booking is confirmed and will be distributed within the first 14 days after check-in at property or electronically.

Each resident can select one of the following subscription rewards:

  • My Little Box (Beauty & home products) 6 months subscription/voucher;
  • (Healthy snacks boxes) 6 months subscription/voucher;
  • Gymondo Online Fitness subscription for 6 months or partner equivalent;

All offers are limited to a certain number of bookings. Uninest Germany has the right to withdraw the offer at any given time on any residence, without notice.

The promotion is valid for new bookings only for the 2021/2022 academic year and the tenancy must be for a full academic year (51 weeks) or start at any time between June 1st 2021 and October 1st 2021 and end September 23rd 2022.

To set up or terminate the subscription, please follow the requirement of third-party T&C. 

Uninest Germany does not own your payment details from third party subscription(s).

Uninest Germany reserve the right to change partner companies without prior notice.

If any tenants cancel the booking or otherwise terminate the contract prior to the start of the tenancy, then the promotion is not valid.

Adherence to the promotion implies acceptance of these conditions of participation. These Terms & Conditions are correct as of 10th of May but Uninest Germany reserve the right to change them at any time without prior notice.

Fun Facts about our Uninest Student Residences in Germany

Fun Facts about our Uninest Student Residences in Germany

  • 83 different nationalities live in our six residences.
  • Five to seven times a day a student pops by the Management Office to borrow a vacuum cleaner.
  • The top 3 things that are left behind in our Common Rooms: glasses, charging cables, jackets/sweatshirts. But, jewellery and wallets have also been found!
  • Each month our six residences consume 1,074 cups of coffee.
  • The top 3 wearing parts in our apartments: bulbs, fleece filters, light switches.
  • During exam periods, approximately 1,000 of our small glucose sweets were consumed per residence!

  • During a classic washing day at the weekend, approximately 35 machines of laundry are washed per residence. 
  • Each month, approximately 1,150 pieces of parcel are accepted in our six residences.

  • In the lobby of our Urbanum approximately 200 songs are played per day.

  • Every day 60-70 bicycles are stored in the Bicycle Storage of our Leonis.
  • Most birthdays in a month are celebrated in our Elementum in May – 34 students then enjoy their special day.
  • On a Coffee & Tea Day in our Alvarium, about 30 of our Uninest-To-Go cups are filled with hot drinks.
  • The U- and S-Bahn station "Wandsbeker Chaussee" is only about 270 steps away from our Navale

Germany’s Best Christmas Markets

Germany’s Best Christmas Markets

If you’re a ‘Christmas person’, you’ll know how the festive season can add a little extra magic to your day-to-day life. Yes, it’s cold and you may have umpteen presents to buy with very little money to spend, but finances aside, it’s the actually the little things that make Christmas special.

Like clasping your hands around a hot drink at a Christmas market, for example. Picture the scene. You’re with friends or family at one of Germany’s best markets. There’s an atmosphere in the air and a spring in your step. It’s deadly cold, but that’s okay – you have your nice hot drink to keep you warm.

So, as the holiday season inches ever closer, you can put your workload on the backburner and spend some quality time with those around you. That’s exactly what the Christmas period is for.

If you’re feeling festive just reading this, hang tight. It’s about to get a whole lot more Christmassy up in here. We’ve compiled a list of Germany’s best Christmas markets – visit them all in a week and you’ll turn into an elf, apparently.

Here they are.

Berlin: Weihnachtszauber

This is a grand, glittering, truly magical affair. You’ll be lured in by the great-smelling food. You’ll marvel at the amusements, and will without a doubt come away feeling like Christmas has finally arrived.

The experience is a bit like living out your favourite Christmas film – multiplied by 100. All the festivities are there, and the old feelings of Yuletide anticipation you felt in younger years will come flooding back. It begs the question: have you been a good student or a bad student this year?

Berlin’s WeihnachtsZauber is set at the heart of the city and draws nearly 60,000 visitors every year. It’s nearby the Französischer Dom, the Konzerthaus and the Deutscher Dom, so there’s plenty of sights to see once you’ve been to the market.

Cologne: Cathedral Christmas Market

The impressive backdrop of Cologne’s Christmas market is impossible to beat. The Cathedral looks over the festival, a huge Gothic edifice that’s awe-inspiring in every sense of the word.

The market is also identified by its 150 rich, red wooden huts that light up the scene. They are all connected by lines of fairy lights that sprout from the middle of the impressive Christmas tree and drape gracefully over each and every one of the huts.

And, with more than 100 stage performances throughout the duration of the festival, the Cologne Cathedral Christmas Market does festive entertainment like no other.

The market prides itself on its choice of artisanal food vendors. You can see them all in action. There are expert candy makers for those with a sweet tooth, and various concoctions of mulled wine to get you in the Christmas spirit.

If you’re looking for a magnificent visual spectacle – with a great choice of organic food and drink – then Cologne’s market is the one for you.

Black Forest: Ravenna Gorge Christmas Market

Set in the depths of the Black Forest, the Ravenna Gorge Christmas Market is a Christmas market like you’ve never seen before. The location is what makes it so darkly spectacular.

It’s bathed in a glow of lights, found at the base of Germany’s steepest railway bridge deep in the canyons of the Black Forest Valley. If this doesn’t capture your imagination, the market is just a short walk from the Hofgut Sternen Hotel, whose past guests include one Marie Antoinette and Germany’s literary jewel Goethe.

There are 40 small, attractive wooden huts that form a cluster at the bottom of the ravine, each one lighting up the market with a dark ambience.

The Ravenna Gorge Christmas Market has a real fairytale vibe, with an illuminated fairytale trail and food and drink inspired by traditional folklore.

The market is an otherworldly experience, and descending the slopes that lead to the market feels a bit like entering the recesses of a magical grotto.

Stuttgart: Stuttgarter Weihnachtsmarkt

The festive scents of cinnamon and mulled wine waft temptingly over Stuttgart’s Christmas market, the Stuttgarter Weihnachtsmarkt. Around 300 lovingly-crafted stalls are dotted in and around the market, all complete with traditional decorations.

Music from professionally-trained choirs can be heard far and wide, with an ensemble playing nightly beneath the lofty Christmas tree. There are also plenty of amusements to take in, from a luxury skating rink to a miniature steam railway.

The market is surrounded by palatial architecture; pillars decorated with fairy lights line your view as a nearby Gothic church looks over it all.

You’d do well to keep your eyes front and centre at Stuttgart’s market because there’s just so much to look at. From the nearby Porsche and Mercedes-Benz Museum to the Baroque market in nearby Ludwigsburg, there’s plenty of attractions you won’t want to miss out on.

Munich Christmas Market

Munich’s Christmas market is one of the more traditional markets you’ll find in Germany. Held in front of the imposing Munich Town Hall, its roots are rumoured to go back to 14th-century festivities.

More than 3,000 lights decorate the towering fir tree, so as you can imagine it’s a true spectacle to behold. There’s a very real sense of magic in the air, made all the more fascinating by its collection of traditional German gifts and nativity scenes.

If you’re interested in German traditions and the Bavarian history of a great city like Munich, look no further than the Munich Christmas Market. It’s held on the Marienplatz central square, right in the city centre.

There are five of the best Christmas markets you can experience in Germany. And, what an experience they are! Wherever you’re based across our range of German residences, you have to check out these markets. Don’t miss out – if you’d like any more information, get in touch.

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Graduate in Arizona from our accommodation in Germany!

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Are you looking to study at an award winning university? The University of Arizona is offering 40 virtual undergraduate programs, 20 graduate programs and scholarships worldwide in a brand new venture with The Student Housing Company.

The Student Housing Company has recently joined The University of Arizona in a unique partnership that launches the ‘Global Campus Education Platform’ to students staying in our accommodation around the world. Developed by The University of Arizona, the interactive platform will revolutionise modern learning, by offering students virtual programs, scholarships, flexible payment plans, and access to all of our student living campuses.

“The events that caused the current situation in international education have hastened the dawn of a new post-mobility world in which physical travel is unnecessary for the creation and transmission of knowledge across borders,” said Brent White, vice provost of global affairs at Arizona. “Almost overnight, courses have transitioned to online, and international students are continuing to study while remaining safe at home in their own countries. We want to help them achieve their dreams of a U.S. degree, no matter the circumstances.”

Why virtual?

Virtual learning seems to have become a new normal in recent times, with many universities opting to offer classes via video seminar to their students. This gives The University of Arizona an opportunity to offer their courses globally for their future academic semesters.Live in one city but learn remotely from another!

Why The University of Arizona?

The University of Arizona is listed within the Top 100 Institutions in the world as well as #11 out of 353 programs in the '2020 Best Online Bachelor's programs' according to a US News & World Report as well as finding itself named within ‘top’ lists for various courses and programs. Their forward thinking in the start of this new project opens up a whole new world of learning for international students without having to physically move country.

Why The Student Housing Company?

We continue winning awards for our student accommodation and services provided to those staying in our state of the art facilities around the world. We currently have student residences in 8 countries, giving students the opportunities to study in safe and social communities.

For further information regarding studying as part of the 'Global Campus Education Platform' from one of our amazing student accommodations, please contact us and one of the team will be in contact.

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The Ultimate Guide To Studying Abroad

The Ultimate Guide To Studying Abroad

Living in a foreign country is completely different to a holiday. Instead of visiting the city, you’ll get to actually experience your place of study in the long term. You’ll pick up local knowledge like where to go to people-watch, what tourist traps you should avoid, and how to haggle to get the best deals.

… But Is Studying Abroad Right for You?

Before you go and start flipping through the prospectuses, ask yourself “Why do I want to study abroad?” Is it to learn a foreign language? Is it to network with like-minded people? Or is it to learn from the best in your industry?

Wherever you’re going, you’ll likely experience a different style of teaching and learning, not to mention there’ll be culture shocks and language barriers… but if you think you’re ready to brave them all, then consider this journey, close the books, and break out the suitcases!

1. Destination

It’s a big wide wonderful world out there and your options are pretty much endless. Each course, city, and country offers a unique uni experience; geography, weather, food, culture, and political climate (amongst many other factors) all come into play in helping students like you decide where to study. Therefore, you should choose your destination carefully if you wish to pursue higher education abroad.

2. Funding

Neither travelling nor higher education come cheap, so it’s only reasonable to assume that studying abroad is going to cost a pretty penny – and it does. If you’re not prepared to take out loans, you should check out the grants and scholarships available to you and your preferred course to make it easier on your (mum and dad’s) wallet.

3. Student Visa

Arguably the most notorious part of the study abroad application process. If you’re choosing to stay within Europe, then you probably won’t need a student visa, but if you’re venturing to a foreign continent, then the chances are you’ll be required to apply for a student visa before you can begin your studies abroad. Note that every country has its own requirements, so take a look at their immigration rules for foreign students to prevent you from being visa-less on the day of your flight. Alternatively, you can seek guidance from the international office at your university.

4. Packing

How are you going to fit your entire life into two suitcases? How do people dress in the country you’re travelling to? How many carry-ons are you allowed on your airline? These are only a few of the things you need to know for efficient packing and speedy check-in.

5. Local Customs

Studying and living in a foreign country, especially one where English isn’t the primary language, will certainly force you to get out of your comfort zone, take part in new customs and traditions, and immerse yourself in the local way of life. These experiences will not only help you gain a worldly perspective, but they will also help you set yourself apart on your future CVs. Not to mention all the travel tales you’ll be able to tell when you go home.

The Career Prospects for Students Who Study Abroad

Studying abroad can show a prospective employer that you’re responsible and can cope under pressure outside your comfort zone. You can also prove your organisational skills (because you’ll need a lot of them when you’re travelling and living internationally), communication skills, and no doubt many other applicable skills you’ll gain from your studies abroad. If nothing else, the experience will be a great conversation-starter during a job interview.

We cannot stress enough the importance of international commerce and cooperation these days, and having studied abroad is considered an invaluable asset to any company and organisation that operates on a global scale.

If you’re ready to reap the benefits of studying abroad, then you’ll be interested to learn that some of the world’s best universities can be found in Germany – and you may just find that we have a Uninest residence to accommodate you in the city you choose. For more information, feel free to get in touch!

Top 5 Weekend Trips For Students In Germany

Top 5 Weekend Trips For Students In Germany

All work and no play can make your university experience extremely dull… Yes, even in Germany!

For many international students here in Germany, studying abroad is the perfect chance to travel and explore this diverse and exciting country. So listen up if you are hoping to see more of Germany without compromising on your education; we’ve scoured the map and pinpointed five towns and cities that you need to visit while you’re here… Road trip, anyone?

1. Heidelberg

ravel from Darmstadt (Uninest: Elementum)

An easy one-hour train ride south of Darmstadt, Heidelberg is an old university town on Neckar River. It’s widely regarded as one of Europe’s most romantic destinations thanks to its riverside location, as well as its many charming bridges and old ruins.

With Heidelberg practically on your doorstep, you don’t have to travel far to enjoy pleasant weather – this town is known for its warm climate, which makes al fresco-dining a distinct novelty year-round. Heidelberg is pedestrian-friendly and easy to navigate around on foot, so you can save on transportation while you’re there.

2. Bremen

Travel from Hamburg (Uninest: Navale)

There’s no shortage of beautiful places to visit around Hamburg, but our top pick has to be Bremen, a Hanseatic city that’s situated only about an hour away by train.

Whether you choose to admire the Renaissance town hall that was built in the Gothic style in the early 15th century, or take a stroll through Schnoor (a maze of small streets lined with charming 15th- and 16th-century houses), Bremen will transport you back in time to somewhere far, far away… Whatever you do, just don’t leave without rubbing the donkey’s legs on the Bremen Town Musicians statue – it’s believed to bring you good luck!

3. Hanau

Travel from Frankfurt (Uninest: Alvarium and Urbanum)

From a city that looks as if it’s been plucked out of a fairy tale to another town where the magic was born – literally. Hanau was the boyhood home of the Brothers Grimm, creators of many famous fairy tales. The town’s connection to these literary figures is celebrated daily between May and July each year with the Brothers Grimm Festival. If you fancy yourself as a die-hard Disney fan, this is the place to be!

This historic town is only 20km east of Frankfurt and less than 20 minutes away if you opt to take the public transportation, which, as a student, we suspect you might!

4. Meissen

You might be thinking “Where is Meissen?” and you’d be forgiven for that! We’re aware that Meissen isn’t the most well-known destination amongst student travellers, but it might just be the best Saxon city you’ve never heard of!

Commonly known as the ‘cradle of Saxony’, Meissen is the ideal choice for busy students with hectic university lives. This scenic city has a laid-back vibe that’s perfect if you need to take a breather in-between assignments or exams. Plus, there are regular trains there every day, and they only take a little over 30 minutes, so you can easily plan a day-trip there – no need to stress over finding a hostel room!

5. Düsseldorf

Travel from Münster (Uninest: Leonis)

Travelling to Düsseldorf from Münster can take up to two-and-a-half hours, which may seem like a trek but it’s worth it when a return bus ticket costs less than €20!

In case you need some convincing, Düsseldorf has a well-to-do reputation underpinned by a chic shopping street and a revitalised harbour where you can get up-close to some architectural masterpieces. If all that sounds a little too ‘bougie’ for your liking, there’s an earthier side to Düsseldorf too: residents and tourists let their hair down and quaff in the historic Altstadt, which is home to hundreds of bars – now you’re listening, huh? But that’s not all. The Largest Fair on the Rhine (Größte Kirmes am Rhein), which takes place here every July, is second to only Oktoberfest in terms of scale – it’s a real explosion of fun. Convinced yet?

Start Exploring Today!

Many people wish to travel the world. If you’re one of the lucky few who actually get to travel overseas to study, then we suggest you make the most of the opportunity!

Germany is one of the most popular destinations for international students who are planning on studying abroad. If you too are hoping to pursue a higher education here, then make sure you check out all the Uninest residences we have across the country – there may be one near where you’re headed!