Local guide

A Student’s Guide to Münster

Münster has a reputation for being one of the most welcoming cities in Germany, so it is sure to feel like your second home from the minute you arrive!

University of Münster

20 minute walk from Leonis

For those of you lucky enough to be studying at the University of Münster, Uninest is just a 20 minute walk away!

Münster University of Applied Sciences

12 minute cycle from Leonis

The University of Applied Sciences is a quick ride away from Uninest or just a 10 minute drive.

University of the Fine Arts Münster

10 minute cycle from Leonis

The University of Fine Arts Münster teaches free art in the fields of painting, sculpture, installation art, performance, photography, film and new media.

Münster has a reputation for being one of the most welcoming cities in Germany, so it is sure to feel like your second home from the minute you arrive!

Shop till you drop

Shopping in Münster has everything you could wish for but on a manageable scale.

For those with a taste for quality, a visit to Prinzipalmarkt is a must. You will find a great selection of designer label shops and upmarket independent boutiques set in an beautiful arcade with medieval colonnades. Ludgeriviertel is another area that is rich in big name brands, while mainstream shops and small cafés can be found around Salzstrasse. For the complete architectural contrast, head for Stubengasse to find fashion and food side by side. And for those who get a thrill out of finding a bargain, look out for the Trödelmarkt, which is a flea market along the promenade.

Things to do

With 50,000 students in town, it’s no wonder the night life is buzzing in Münster. Students tend to congregate in the Kuhviertel (cow quarter) on the edge of the Altstadt, where there are lots of pubs. From beer to cocktails, in pubs and bars, Münster is packed with popular student haunts. Check out some of the hottest places here and here.

Living it up

Münster is an active city. Known as Germany’s cycling capital, it’s a city of charm with plenty to offer if you’re going by bike. Why not spend an afternoon exploring the parks, tree-lined avenues and the five kilometre promenade surrounding the city? The nearby lake Aasee offers the chance to have a go at various water sports. Follow this link for more ideas on how to best discover the area!

Grab a bite

The food in Münster is an interesting mix of traditional regional cuisine and dishes from further afield, as the city’s long tradition of welcoming outsiders has influenced its food. Münster specialties include pumpernickel – slow-baked rye bread – and Westphalian ham for which the pigs were originally fattened on acorns. Check out this guide for a our top picks! For all the vegans in the house, have a gander at this listing.