Local guide

A Student’s Guide to Dresden

Frequently lamented as the most beautiful city in Germany, this gem is not nicknamed the ‘Jewel Box of Germany’ for nothing. Dresden has 40,000 students, with 10 colleges and universities, two academies and 12 vocational schools, so the city is a favourite among young people, and for good reason…

Hochschule fur Musik

Carl Maria von Weber College of Music

11 minute drive from Albia

This is one of the oldest of its kind in Germany. Today, over 600 people from around the world come to Dresden to study their passion: music.

University of Applied Sciences Dresden

12 minute drive from Albia

Technology, business, design and "green" studies are the four pillars available for study at the University of Applied Sciences.

TECHNISCHE UNIVERSITÄT DRESDEN

15 minute drive from Albia

The largest institute of higher education in the city of Dresden is just a 15 minute drive from Uninest.

Dresden Academy of Fine Arts

6 minute drive from Albia

A charming fixture on the Dresden skyline and current faculty dedicated to the study of the arts located only 6 minutes from Uninest!

Fachhochschule Dresden (FHD)

10 minute drive from Albia

The Fachhochschule Dresden is a state-approved, private university with a practical and individual orientation and an international outlook.

Frequently lamented as the most beautiful city in Germany, this gem is not nicknamed the ‘Jewel Box of Germany’ for nothing. Dresden has 40,000 students,  with 10 colleges and universities, two academies and 12 vocational schools, so the city is a favourite among young people, and for good reason…

Shopping

Dresden is a really exciting city to shop in with loads of options for high street fashion along the likes of the modern Prager Straße where you’ll find all the usual high street stores. But if you’re tastes are more unique, there’s still plenty to keep you happy. The Outer Neustadt area is great for independent stores and quirky finds with lots of shops and kitsch delights. Check out the beautiful Kunsthofpassage’s unusual shops and studios boasting colourful exteriors. The Markthalle close to Albertplatz is great for gifts – don’t miss out on the flea markets on Saturday along the banks of the river Elbe, between the Carola and Albert bridges for a bargain!

Entertainment

Dresden is divided in two. There’s the Neustadt, an area where students tend to hangout, and the Altstadt which is a beautiful area bursting with history and attractive buildings from the Renaissance, the baroque and the 19th century. Dresden is home to plenty of bars and clubs where you’re likely to bump into your fellow students. The renowned Louisenstraße has a load of exciting clubs, discos and bars with affordable prices – perfect for the student budget! But it’s during the summer months that Dresden really shines, with festivals are a-plenty, including the vivid city festival in Bunte Republik Neuzstadt and then Elbhangfest in June. You will never be bored in Dresden!

Lifestyle

The city offers plenty in terms of entertainment, such as outdoor filmnights by the river, museums and theatres. As Dresden is known as the capital of student clubs, you’re bound to meet some interesting people when you venture out! For daytime activity, why not head to the ice skating centre, to the skatepark or to the climbing park at Mittelteich? If you’re more into culture and architecture, check out Coselpalais, a baroque building from 1765 or the famous Dresdener Zwinger that hosts various museums.

Food

Dresden has something for diners of all tastes. There are restaurants offering an eclectic mix of regional and international dishes, and as the city’s rich history meets its rural Saxony surroundings, there are options for every budget.

You’ll find lots of restaurants and cocktail bars in Weisse Gasse in the Altstadt, and more ethnic restaurants and student-budget-friendly cafés in grungy Neustadt. A Dresdner Christstollen, the traditional pastry for Christmas time is a must-try. Check out this selection of cheap eats to satisfy all of your dining needs.