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 their walls, 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 helps you find your way to the campus about four weeks before term start.
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 1.45 and 3.00 euros. Warm lunch is served between 11:00 a.m. – 2:30 p.m. The Mensa already opens at 08:00 a.m., though, and offers snacks and drinks during the complete opening hours.
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). Should you not have received your student ID by the first day of class due to a late enrolment, there are guest cards available for purchase at the Mensa.
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. The card can only be topped up using cash.
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 Wi-Fi access.
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.
Via their Zedat account, all FUBiS students have access to the Freie Universität Berlin online library portal Primo and the university’s virtual private network. If you need help accessing or setting any of these options please contact the FUBiS staff.