Studying at Freie Universität Berlin

The Lankwitz campus of Freie Universität Berlin, where the FUBiS courses take place, lies in the quiet and green south of Berlin in the district of Lankwitz.

Several buildings, that can be identified by large letters on the wall, form the Lankwitz campus. The seminar rooms and the FUBiS office can be found in house L. The entrance to the campus is located in Malteserstraße 74-100, on the opposite side of the bus stup "Emmichstraße" (bus X83).

Thanks to Berlin’s well-structured public transportation network, Freie Universität Berlin is easy to reach. You can reach the campus of Lankwitz by bus (line X83, Emmichstraße stop). The closest S-Bahn (city train) stop is Lankwitz (line S25 / S26). You will receive pre-departure information that help you find your way to the campus about four weeks before term start.

There are several dining options on and nearby the campus of Lankwitz.

For lunch FUBiS recommends the student cafeteria which is called "Mensa" at German universities. There are many choices, including vegetarian, vegan and pork-free options, a salad and antipasti bar, fresh juices, desserts, and sweets. A warm meal costs between 1.30 and 3.00 euro. A warm lunch is served between 11:00 a.m. – 2:30 p.m.

How can I pay in the Mensa?

To allow a quick and smooth payment, Mensa meals are paid for using your student ID card (also used in other cafeterias and some cafés on Campus Dahlem).

Where can I get a student ID card?

You will receive your student ID card at the FUBiS orientation meeting. The machines to top up your card are located in the entrance hall on the ground floor of the Mensa as well as on the first floor.

In addition to the Mensa, there is a small café in the Mensa building. Here you can purchase beverages, sandwiches, cakes, sweets and other types of food at a low price. It is open from 8.00 a.m. to 3.30 p.m.

There are a number of restaurants, cafés, snack bars and bistros off campus, particularly near the S-Bahn station Lankwitz. You will also find a supermarket, a pharmacy, a drug store, bakeries and other shops around the Lankwitz Kirche stop (one stop after S Lankwitz, bus line X83).

At Freie Universität Berlin, you will have access to the computer lab in House L on campus Lankwitz as well as to ZEDAT PC pool (university computer labs) at Campus Dahlem. At the orientation meeting, you will receive a user name and a password with which you can log in to the computers of Freie Universität Berlin.

In addition, on campus you will have access to the university Wi-Fi network which you can use with a Wi-Fi equipped device. Off-campus there are some internet cafés where you can access the internet for a reasonable price. Most cafés and coffee shops in Berlin offer free Wi-Fi to their customers.

Please note that not all accommodations offer guaranteed internet access.

If you have a laptop, we recommend you bring it with you because it will be easier for you to do your homework and other assignments. If your laptop is equipped with Wi-Fi you can access to the university internet network available on campus. If you do not bring a laptop, you can use the computer facilities of Freie Universität Berlin (ZEDAT).

You can print and copy in the computer lab in House L on Campus Lankwitz for a small fee. Copy machines can also be found in the university library and in copy shops nearby.In addition, you can print at the ZEDAT (university computer center of Freie Universität Berlin) at Campus Dahlem.

The FUBiS student identity card identifies you as student of Freie Universität Berlin and entitles you to various discounts. You need it in the Mensa to get your meal at the student price. You also need it to use the libraries. In addition, you can receive the student discount in many cinemas, theaters, museums and other venues if you show your student ID. Please note that there are no discounts on Berlin public transportation tickets/passes for short-term student.

With your FUBiS student identity card you will have access to all Freie Universität Berlin libraries and can use the books shelved there in the reading rooms. Please note that you may not take books out of the libraries because this requires a permanent address in Germany.

You can find useful information on how to study at Freie Universität Berlin here.