BIMM Cities

Ten reasons to study in Hamburg

31st January 2018


If you’re thinking about studying at BIMM Hamburg, here are ten reasons why Hamburg is one of the best cities for students.

1. The nightlife

The two centres of Hamburg’s nightlife are the districts St. Pauli (where BIMM Hamburg is located) and Sternschanze. St. Pauli is the entertainment district, known for its famous streets like Reeperbahn and Große Freiheit which house clubs, bars and adult entertainment. Right next to St. Pauli is the district of Sternschanze, also known as ‘Schanzenviertel’ and nicknamed ‘Schanze’. If you like to party, then both areas have everything you could possibly want in the form of entertainment, and your weekend need never be boring again! You can also find the coolest music venues there like Molotow and Mojo Club, and alternative shops too.

 2. The Hamburger

Even though the reputation of the Hamburger among other German citizens suggests otherwise, they’re really very open minded and sociable people once you connect with them, so you’ll be able to make friends very quickly. When the weather is nice, a lot of people sit at the Jungfernstieg – the urban promenade in Hamburg and the city’s foremost boulevard – and enjoy the Alster. Figures from the ‘Statistikamt Nord’ show that there are 1,860,759 citizens living in Hamburg – more than enough people for you to meet and socialise with!

3. City of music

Europe’s first public opera house opened in Hamburg Gänsemarkt in 1678, and it’s still open for performances today. Ever since then, the city has been a true centre for music. You can find a whole selection of cool record stores, music businesses and venues in the city… like Uebel & Gefährlich – a World War Two bunker which has been turned into an amazing gig venue. And one of the largest and most acoustically advanced concert halls in the world: The Elbphilharmonie, on the banks of the Elbe. Hamburg is also known for its famous music festivals like Dockville and Reeperbahn Festival. Hamburg is not only a place for musicians, but also somewhere for all people in creative industries, like journalists, filmmakers, marketing and PR people, as well as illustrators and many other types of artist. Get ready to be inspired!

4. Nature and water

Hamburg is not only a big city, but it often feels like you’re in the middle of the rich, green countryside. Parks and the Alster, the right tributary of the Elbe River, are the perfect places to enjoy nature. Particularly idyllic is the Außenalster or Outer Alster Lake. It’s the larger of two artificial lakes which are formed by the Alster River and are both located within the city limits. Of all of Germany’s big cities, Hamburg is the one with the largest green area (540 km²) and eight percent of the city consists of water. It means that you can easily study surrounded by nature rather than sitting in a boring concrete library!

5. The location

As the city’s in the north of Germany, it’s located close enough for a day or weekend trip to the North Sea. A visit to Lüneburg Heath (German: Lüneburger Heide), a large area of heath, geest and woodland, or the island Sylt are very popular as well. And everyone who wants to visit Berlin can reach it in only two hours by taking the train from Hamburg Central station.

6. Mobility

Mobility and the potential to get around easily is a very important aspect of city life. Hamburg’s transport association HVV provides public transport by bus, underground, city train… and even ferries. Missed your underground train? No worries… there’ll be another one along soon. Hamburg also offers cycle paths and footpaths for a leisurely ride or stroll around the Alster.

7. The harbour

The Port of Hamburg (German: Hamburger Hafen) is a sea port on the River Elbe, 110 kilometres from its mouth on the North Sea. It’s the largest port in Germany and called the ‘Gateway to the World’. It’s one of the city’s must-see sights. and is not only loved by tourists, but by citizens too. For the two most beautiful views of the port of Hamburg, visit the Landungsbrücken and the Elbstrand (beach) in the district of Övelgönne.

8. Leisure activities

Whether you like shopping trips, sporting activities or eating out, Hamburg’s got it all. It’s the perfect place to try a selection of different restaurants and cafés, and whether you prefer vegetarian, vegan or traditional German food, you’ll soon find what you’re after. You can also try crazy things like the HafenCity RiverBus, which combines a city trip with a harbour tour, because the bus can drive on both the street as well as on the water.

9. Variety

Hamburg is the home of many different cultures and languages and you’ll meet people from all over the world. A study has shown that 94 percent of Hamburg’s citizens enjoy living in such a multicultural part of the world, which can be seen first-hand in the Schanzenpark in the city’s district of Sternschanze.

10. Young city

Hamburg is the ‘youngest’ federal state in Germany. More than 100,000 students live in the city, as well as young employees at the start of their working life. Hamburg has its own irresistible charm which attracts young people from all over the world who come to enjoy its range of different leisure activities, good job prospects and large selection of fashionable and trendy shops.

If you think you might like to study music at BIMM Hamburg and want to find out more, order a copy of the Prospectus here or contact our Admissions Team on +49 303 11 99 186 or by email at [email protected]

Don’t delay your application as BIMM Hamburg are offering applicants an exclusive incentive for early commitment. EU/Overseas applicants who apply before 31st March 2019 and subsequently enrol in October 2019, will automatically receive a 10% discount on their first-year tuition fees with our Early Bird Discount. Find out more

Photos by Melina Seiler.




Melina Seiler

Melina Seiler is a Hamburg based journalist and author working for several online German magazines. Melina writes for and was responsible for the reporting on Reeperbahn Festival 2017 – Germany’s most prominent inner-city music event.