Studying is part of daily life for a good third of Tübingen’s inhabitants; out of 90,000 residents, 30,000 are students. This does not go unnoticed! The city is full of young people, especially during the semesters. This resonant demographic distribution has also shaped the town’s character. In a manner of speaking, Tübingen does not only have a university, Tübingen is the university. The sight of punting boats floating across the Neckar in summer is typical of Tübingen; tourists from all over Germany and abroad, as well as students take refuge in the tranquillity and beauty of the river.
The Eberhard Karls University of Tübingen is one of the oldest and most prestigious in Europe. It was founded in 1477 by Count Eberhard im Bart and carries the fist name of Karl Eugen, Duke of Württemberg, as well. In June 2012, the university was awarded the elite status in the third round of the German Excellence Initiative (Wikipedia). All in all, Tübingen is a great place to study at. More about that below.
What would a student town be without a vibrant nightlife? Probably unpopular! Tübingen is comparable to Berlin, Hamburg, or Leipzig in this respect. We have tried to outline the hip places where you can spend your evenings in Tübingen, here. Our interactive map (see below) will help you find those locations more readily.
Since its reorganisation in 2010, the University of Tübingen has eight major faculties: the Faculty of Protestant Theology, the Faculty of Catholic Theology, the Faculty of Law, the Faculty of Medicine, the Faculty of Humanities, the Faculty of Economics and Social Sciences, the Faculty of Science and the Centre of Islamic Theology.
Up until the 50s, the University of Tübingen was by far not as big as it has become today. It has come a long way since then and enjoys a reputable status quo worldwide. The University is currently ranked 78th in the Times Higher Education World University Rankings (2015). It’s not all perfect yet, but a lot has been done in the past few years to improve on and develop the academic resources and facilities. Many young, committed professors have joined the university and the awarded distinction, as an Elite University, has certainly helped bring in needed financing. Our new central library offers an ideal atmosphere for studying and the libraries of the various departments are perfect for longer hours of research and concentration.
You can brush up on your foreign language-skills at the Language Learning Centre (Fachsprachenzentrum, FSZ), at no extra costs. A visit to the university’s museum is a must if you’re interested in arts. In comparison to other renowned German universities, the University of Tübingen cooperates with a large number of exchange universities abroad; this is a significant key feature for prospective students, who intend to spend a semester or more at a university abroad.
Here is a map of Tübingen with the main spots in the city, including a short explanation. We hope you enjoy our town! The main university buildings are highlighted in orange and places you can visit in your free time are in green.