Studying abroad is exciting – especially when you have no clue what to expect from the people’s culture and the city you will live in. Finally, basic questions come up. You wonder where to live and shop as a student – and how to travel and get around in Darmstadt. Here’s an overview. Take five minutes for reading this article – it will help you to feel home faster!
By Julia Pannewick
What to bring cloth-wise highly depends on the time you come to Darmstadt. From October all to April, you should definitely put some warm cloth in your bag. At this time of the year it can be quite cold with a lot of rain and snow, although the latter hasn’t been seen much in recent years. Usually, the temperature is between -5 and 15 degrees. So when you think about building a snowman: be prepared and take gloves, scarf and co. with you! In summer time (May-September) it can get very hot (at least Germans think so…). With temperatures up to 38 degrees, Darmstadt’s people love to jump into the Woog, a nice and cozy lake in the middle of the city. Unfortunately, same is not true for the Darmbach – the small river that once gave Darmstadt its name. Getting out of the water later the day implies bringing a warm jacket – even in summer the nights get a bit fresh.
As a student in Darmstadt you might want to live in a quarter that is close to the university, to nightlife but also to shops, too. You have the option between living in dormitory, an own flat, or to share the flat with others. Well, as Darmstadt is one of the smaller cities in Germany, you are lucky! Best districts for students are Martinsviertel, Bessungen, Johannisviertel, Mathildenhöhe, Woogsviertel and Stadtzentrum. If you don´t want to stay at one of the student hostels, take a look at these websites to find your perfect room.
In Germany, we have many supermarkets with huge differences in price. Let’s start with the cheaper ones. ALDI, Netto and Penny are discounter and reasonably cheaper than EDEKA or REWE. The discounter are perfect for buying basics such as noodles, rice, sugar, powder, etc. In recent years, they also expanded their offering on fresh fruits, vegetables, meat and fish. Some of these products are even labeled as organic products (“Bio”). Still, you will find no sales counter but welded products only.
As the discounter increasingly invest in cheap but high quality products, EDEKA and REWE extend their existing discounter brand. For instance, keep your eyes open for „GUT und GÜNSTIG“ or “JA”, red labels mostly to be found in the lower third of the shelves. In contrast to the discounter, however, EDEKA and REWE do have a huge spectrum of organic products as well as a variety from other countries like Thai sauces, Turkish spice and Asian noodles. Click the pictures, to find your store in the neighborhood.