Local guide

A Student’s Guide to Frankfurt

Welcome to the most international city in Germany! Fit in with the locals by sipping on an “Ebbelwoi,” a well-loved local cider served in a clay jug. What else can be explored in this sparkling city?

FOM University of Applied Sciences

16 minute walk from Alvarium

Studying at Germany's largest private uiversity? Lucky you! Uninest is perfectly located for access to the uni.

University of Music and Performing Arts

13 minute cycle from Alvarium

The Frankfurt University of Music and Performing Arts is a state Hochschule for Music, Theater and Dance and is close to Uninest.

Frankfurt School of Finance & Management

20 minute drive from Alvarium

Frankfurt School of Finance & Management is ranked among the best universities and business schools in Germany!

Welcome to the most international city in Germany! Get into the Frankfurt spirit and try a sip of “Ebbelwoi” in order to understand Goethe’s love for this local cider, served in a clay jug. What else can be explored in this sparkling city?



Frankfurt has a reputation for being expensive (we call it classy), but if you know where to go, you can find lots of fantastic shops that won’t break the bank.

In Leipziger Straße just down the road from the Alvarium, you’ll find lots of small stores for jewelry and accessories, ethnic stores and book shops. Just a 10 minutes’ walk away from the Urbanum, there’s the Skyline Plaza – home to 170 shops. Goethestraße is the luxury mile of town, while Neue Kräme boasts a mix of independent and specialist shops. And of course, Frankfurt’s shopping scene would not be complete without a mention of one of Europe’s most frequented shopping streets: Zeil. Find out more about the hottest spots in this stylish city here!



For all the Skyscrapers and business suits, Frankfurt is still a great place to have fun and it has plenty of places for you to enjoy a good night out. The streets of Bockenheim around our Alvarium are packed with bars and cafés, so you won’t need to travel far. Kleine Bockenheimer Straße is called “Jazzgasse” for its vivid live jazz music in the evenings. Not far from the Urbanum there’s one of the most famous clubs in the city: the Tanzhaus West. From upmarket cocktail bars overlooking “Mainhattan”, to down-to-earth beer gardens along Bergerstraße, the city has plenty of choice for everyone.



Frankfurt is a stunning city steeped in history and culture, with several famous museums to its name. For the culture vultures among us, check out this glorious guide to make sure you never miss out on things to do!

Sporty souls can get their kicks watching a real German football game of German Bundesliga at club Eintracht Frankfurt. If football is not your thing, why not watch the city’s renowned ice hockey team, Löwen Frankfurt, in action? For lovers of the outdoors, head for a stroll in the Grüneburgpark, head to Taunus Hills Nature park or check out this list of activities around the city. Check out the world’s biggest trade book fair and the motor show for Germany’s status symbol no. 1: Cars. Whatever your interests, there will always be something exciting happening in Frankfurt, so make the most of your study time in town!



Be sure to try some of Germany’s regional specialties. The classic Frankfurter can be picked up anywhere on the go for a few bucks. “Handkäs mit Musik” and Frankfurt’s green sauce are must-tries!

If you enjoy cooking for yourself and have a little extra money, there is plenty of inspiration to be found from the Kleinmarkthalle, a large indoor food market which is famous throughout the Rhein-Main region. For restaurants, Bockenheim, home to our Alvarium, offers a wide selection to choose from with the popular Leipziger Straße located only a stone’s throw away. Also worth a visit are Große Bockenheimer Straße for affordable dining and the Bahnhofsviertel, close to Urbanum, for oriental tastes. Check out a few of our favourite student eats here and learn to eat like a local with these tips. You’ll soon discover your own favourite places to go out!