Student Life

Living in Hamburg

Germany's most beautiful city

Described by many as "Germany’s most beautiful city," Hamburg combines a high quality of life with a strong economy and countless employment opportunities. Hamburg's success is due in no small part to having successfully united business and legal interests.

Hamburg at a glance

✔ Second largest city in Germany (population ≈ 1.8 million)
✔ Plenty of green and water
✔ Third largest harbor in Europe
✔ More bridges than Amsterdam and Venice combined
✔ Well connected within Europe by air and railway
✔ Vibrant and cosmopolitan cultural life
✔ Safe and livable metropolis
✔ 24-hour public transit network, walkable and bike-friendly

Maritime gate to the world

For centuries, Hamburg has been home to one of the largest ports in the world. In addition, strong media, publishing and aerospace companies – some 350,000 enterprises in all, from large stock companies to a thriving start-up scene – also call Hamburg home. For example, the main facility for several Airbus aircraft is located in Hamburg, as is the main office of Lufthansa Technik, the Lufthansa arm that carries out the important safety and maintenance checks for dozens of airlines from around the world. Similarly, Hamburg's legal and political culture has always been defined by its strength and independence. It is therefore not surprising that Hamburg is host to legal institutions of national and global significance, including trial and appeals courts, the Max Planck Institute for Comparative and International Private Law, and the International Tribunal for the Law of the Sea.


"There are things to do for everyone—my highlights were staying up with classmates to prep for a moot trial, watching a full house ballet at the Staatsoper, sitting by a beautiful lakeside cafe on a Sunday afternoon and bathing in the sun by Timmendorf beach."

Jenny, Canada, Summer Program Participant 2015

From Opera House to Reeperbahn

As is befitting a metropolis of some 5 million people, Hamburg offers a wealth of cultural and shopping activities and a vibrant nightlife. From opera to classical music to the club scene (where the Beatles got their start), Hamburg offers more opportunities than students can possibly take advantage of during their studies.

Hamburg is also home to numerous museums, theaters and art galleries, with something for every taste. The Reeperbahn is well-known throughout Europe as the largest entertainment and nightclub district in Germany. The ongoing expansion of the city towards the Elbe waterfront, known as the HafenCity project, illustrates how future-oriented Hamburg's city development is.

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