Living in Osnabrück and Lingen
Life in Osnabrück and Lingen include diverse cultural offerings and a well-developed infrastructure that allows you to spend your free time rich in variety. For more detailed information, see the following:
The Osnabrück UAS is the largest University of Applied Sciences in Lower Saxony, Germany. Four faculties (Agricultural Sciences and Landscape Architecture, Engineering and Computer Science, Management, Culture and Technology in Lingen as well as Business Management and Social Sciences) and the Institute of Music form the backbone of the university at the two locations in Osnabrück and Lingen.
The nearest airport is that of Münster and Osnabrück (airport code: FMO). From there, you can take an Express Bus to Osnabrück Central Station. You can catch connecting flights to FMO from Munich and Frankfurt.
By Train you can reach Osnabrück from the following international airports: Frankfurt/Main (app. 4 hours), Düsseldorf (app. 2 hours), Bremen (app. 1.5 hours), Hamburg (app. 2 hours), Berlin (app. 4 hours) or Amsterdam (app. 4 hours).
The "Studentenwerk Osnabrück" provides student services in the field of student housing. It owns more than 20 student dorms in Osnabrück and one apartment complex in Lingen. Some rooms and all the apartments are furnished.
For international students in our english-taught study programs who have no or only little knowledge of German, the Housing Service of Osnabrück University of Applied Sciences offers housing in furnished rooms.
Please find further information to accommodation here.
In comparison with many other cities in Germany, the cost of living is relatively low in Osnabrück, because rents for rooms are somewhat affordable.
Our estimate is that students in and around Osnabrück need approximately 750 to 850 Euro per month to cover all costs. Of course, this also depends on individual needs and habits.
Please note that a proof of finance is necessary for your visa and residence permit in Germany. Currently, you need to demonstrate that you have 853 Euro per month at your disposal. Some German embassies require you to open up a blocked account at a bank and put a certain amount of money on that account (for one year: 12 x 853 Euro = 10,236 Euro). Once in Germany, you are allowed to withdraw up tp 853 Euro per month from that account.
|Type of Costs||Description|
|Housing||between 200 and 350 Euro per month|
|Leisure Time||app. 60 bis 70 Euro per month|
|Health Insurance (public)||app. 90 Euro per month|
|Public Transportation in Lower Saxony||free from charge, because you can use public transportation (buses in Osnabrück and regional trains throughout Lower Saxony) with your semester ticket|
|Study Materials||app. 30 to 50 Euro per month for scripts, copies, etc.|
|Fee for TV and Radio (mandatory!)||app. 18 Euro per month --> this fee is mandatory for each student!|
At the beginning of your stay, there will be some extra expenses to incur:
|Type of Cost||Details|
|semester fees||app. 350 Euro per semester (administrative fee, fees for student services and student self-administration, semester ticket)|
|residence permit for non-EU-citizens||app. 110,00 Euro for the first residence permit, app. 80 Euro for permit extensions|
|housing deposit|| |
up to 2.5 times the amount of your monthly rent, 400 Euro in student dorms
At the end of your stay, the depositv will be reimbursed to you if your room is in a good state. Please talk to your landlord about what that means.
|equipment for your room||app. 150 Euro for bed linen, towels, kitchen equipment etc.|
After studying in Germany, many international students want to stay here to work. The following is to be noted:
- Students from EU countries:
The principle of freedom of movement applies to you, i.e. you are allowed to work in Germany like any German citizen.
- Students from non-EU countries:
You can request an extension of the residence permit promptly at the end of your studies for up to 18 months at the Alien's Registration Office. You have time to find a job during these 18 months. It is important that you seek for a job that corresponds to the qualification you have acquired through your university studies. The extension of the residence permit requires that you have adequate financial resources at your disposal for living expenses while looking for employment. For this, you may work full time while searching for employment (it does not matter if this job meets your qualifications within the 18 months or not).
The chances of getting a job in Germany are generally much better when you have good German language skills. Exceptions are large, internationally active companies or scientific research institutions.
The Career Center (page only available in German) of the Osnabrück University of Applied Sciences helps you by providing seminars and consulting on starting your career.
The CampusCard is also your semester ticket (page only available in German): With the semester fee, Osnabrück students automatically pay for a semester ticket which allows them to use all city buses. The buses run regularly and stop at all student residences, as well as each campus of the university. The semester ticket is also valid on the regional railways in Lower Saxony; the best prerequisite for, e.g. traveling all over the state on weekends.
To find train connections for all of Germany, visit the Deutsche Bahn website and for bus routes and timetables for in Osnabrück, go to the Stadtwerke Osnabrück.
Good news for exchange students from partner universities of the Osnabrück University of Applied Sciences:
You are exempt from the payment of the semester fee for a maximum of two semesters. This means that you can use the semester ticket free-of-charge.
Osnabrück is a bicycle-friendly city: You can explore the city or cycle from the dorm to the school on cycle paths; used bicycles are also available for purchase.
In Germany, students have the opportunity to work alongside their studies and to take part in internships. It is however important that you observe the legal framework and that you do not neglect your studies.
In general, the following shall apply: During lecture periods, students (whether from Germany, the EU or non-EU countries) are only allowed to work up to 20 hours a week.
Students from the EU (with the exception of Croatia) are treated the same as German students and are allowed to work without restrictions within the above-mentioned regulation.
Students from non-EU countries and Croatia may work 120 full days or 240 half-days a year (and usually have a corresponding remark in their residence permit). For this, you do not need a work permit (residence permit for the purpose of gainful employment), i.e. no permit from the Federal Employment Agency and the Alien's Registration Office.
No work permit is required for compulsory work-placements (internships which are specified in the study and examination regulations of your degree program) and these internships do not fall under the 120-day rule.
Also working as a scientific or student research assistant at the university is exempted from a work permit and is not affected by the 120-day rule. At the Faculty of Economics and Social Sciences, international students can work, e.g. as language tutors.
You should always inform the Alien's Registration Office on your employment activity.
If you want to complete a voluntary internship, the 120-day rule applies. For any other employment above and beyond this, you need a residence permit for the purpose of employment.
If you would like to apply for an internship or a job after graduation, the Career Center of the of Osnabrück will assist you. A great way to connect with over 100 companies in the region is to attend CHANCE, the business contact trade fair(page only available in German), which takes place once a year in th the fall at the Osnabrück University of Applied Sciences.
Consult the website of the German Academic Exchange Service for internships in Germany.
Use your leisure time to explore Germany, to meet other people and to find a balance to studies. The Osnabrück University of Applied Sciences and the Cities of Osnabrück and Lingen offer you many possibilities:
University Sports Center
The University Sports Center offers an extensive and diverse sports program from aqua jogging to Zumba. The semester program is published each mid-April to mid-October and courses are also held during the semester holidays. You will find a program in the Central International Office or on the Sports Offerings webpage.
JOIN OS: cultural program for international students
JOIN OS, the joint cultural program for international students is jointly organized by the Osnabrück University of Applied Sciences and the University of Osnabrück. It offers a varied program with, e.g. excursions in the region (cycling or canoing), city trips each semester, e.g to Hamburg, Cologne or Munich, theater or museum visits. Learn more about Germany with JOIN OS and meet your fellow students.
The Friend Family program mediates contacts between international students of the Osnabrück University of Applied Sciences and the Osnabrück residents and helps you get insight into life outside of studies and the university.
Events of the AStA and the student councils
The events organized by the student representatives are an integral part of the academic year: First semester parties and the annual terrace celebration invite you to celebrate. These and many other events are be announced on the Facebook page of the General Students' Committee (AStA).
Osnabrück as well as Lingen have much to offer for students. In addition to restaurants, bars and clubs, there are theaters, movie theaters, museums and a beautiful environment. Best ask your fellow classmates about their favorite places and look at the calendar of events
Students at the Lingen campus can find out what sports and leisure activities are available on-site on the Internet page "Where is Lingen?".
Counseling and Support
- Tatjana Maier
Phone: +49 (0)541 969-3045
Room: AB 0011
Tuesday from 14:00 to 16:00, Wednesday from 09:00 to 12:00, Thursday from 14:00 to 17:00.