Bucerius Law School is committed to providing its students with the highest possible level of administrative support. We do this so that you can concentrate on your studies, get to know your fellow students, enjoy the city and make the most of your time here.
We are your experts in all matters regarding study abroad and international exchange. We are here to support you before and during your stay at Bucerius. You can count on our expertise and experience with international students and the various issues that accompany a study abroad experience.
Bucerius does not have any on-campus or dormitory housing of its own. However, the campus is easily accessible by public transportation and the International Office actively assists you in finding suitable accommodation.
The International Office reserves a limited number of rooms in a private dormitory administered by the Studierendenwerk Hamburg. Dormitory housing is usually more affordable than apartment housing; unfortunately, there are not enough places to accommodate all program participants. Applicants who have been admitted to a summer program will be able to register for this housing option in May on a first-come, first-served basis.
Bucerius Housing Market
A limited number of apartments and shared rooms will be available on a sublet basis from Bucerius students leaving for their semester abroad in the summer and fall. Rent varies greatly, ranging anywhere between EUR 300 and EUR 650 per month depending on size and location.
In addition, Bucerius provides lists with agencies offering short-term accomodations, such as City-Wohnen.
Due to the tight housing market in Hamburg, rental prices are currently quite high and suitable accommodation for a short period of time is difficult to find. We recommend that participants search for shared flats together. All admitted participants will receive an invitation to join a Facebook group so that they can get in touch with each other.
All contact data and additional information about the housing market in Hamburg, including neighborhood descriptions and the most common abbreviations found in accommodation ads, will be provided once you have been admitted to take part in a Bucerius Summer Program.
Over the course of the three-week program, a few afternoons will be kept open so that you can enjoy some time in the sun and take advantage of extracurricular programming offered by the International Office.
Hamburg has numerous museums, theaters, cafes, bars and clubs and sights to discover. Everybody will find something of interest here: You can cross the Old Elbe Tunnel, discover hidden pathways and cottages in the Treppenviertel in Blankenese or sink your toes in the sand in one of Hamburg's numerous beach clubs on the Elbe River. The city is very spread out and surprisingly green, thanks to an abundance of trees and parks scattered throughout the city. Just minutes away from the Bucerius campus is the beautiful Alster Lake. You can take a stroll or jog around the lake: With a circumference of 7.6 km (4.7 miles), you can complete the entire loop for a decent workout.
Free guided tours and excursions allow you to explore Hamburg, its museums and other sites of interest.
Hamburg has an excellent public transport system which means that you will not need a car to get around.
It may be worth getting a monthly season ticket for the public transport system in Hamburg. The so-called HVV ticket includes transport by metro, bus, night bus and ferries. The cost of the public transportation ticket is about EUR 90 for three weeks.
For more information on the public transport system in Hamburg, please refer to the HVV Website.
If you prefer to jump on a bicycle instead of taking the bus or the metro, you may be interested in StadtRAD (City Bike), a bike-for-hire network that covers the whole inner-city area. You can pick up a bike at one of the many hiring stations around town and drop it off at one near your destination.
The first 30 minutes are free of charge, which is usually enough time to get anywhere within the city center. After 30 minutes, you pay by the minute. Alternatively, you can rent a bike for a whole day.
Depending on your nationality you may need a visa to enter Germany. Contact the German embassy or consulate in your home country for the most up-to-date information.
Some nationalities require a visa for the duration of the summer program, for which you need to apply before travelling to Germany. Bucerius Law School will provide proof of admission required by the German authorities. To check whether you need a visa, please visit the website of the Federal Foreign Office of Germany.
In order to find out how to apply for the visa, please contact the German mission in your home country to determine whether you need to apply for an entrance visa. Please note that, during the peak travel season, the process for obtaining an entry visa may take several weeks. You must, therefore, make sure to submit your application on time.
There are no visa requirements for citizens from EU member countries, Australia, Canada, Israel, Japan, New Zealand, South Korea, Switzerland and the United States. Participants from these countries can enter Germany and take part in the program on a tourist visa.