Student Services

Bucerius Law School is committed to providing its students with the highest possible level of administrative support.

International Office

We are your experts in all matters regarding study abroad and international exchange. We will support before and during your time at Bucerius, so you can concentrate on making the best of your experience in Hamburg.

Practical issues

With your admission to one of the programs, you will receive a personal log in to access Bucerius’ intranet. There you will find extensive information on all academic and administrative matters.

Below we have gathered some administrative information on things you should think about before coming to Bucerius.

Finding a place to live in Hamburg

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.

General Information

  • Bucerius does not have its own residence halls
  • The campus is centrally-located and easily accessible by public transport
  • Short-term housing is difficult to find and prices are high
  • Prices depend on size and location, they can range from EUR 500 for a room in a shared apartment to EUR 1,800 for a studio in a popular neighborhood
  • We recommend that students search for shared apartments together (a LinkedIn group to connect will be set up)
  • After admission, students will be given access to the Bucerius International intranet with further information about the Hamburg housing market, such as neighborhood information, useful websites, rental agencies etc.
  • For information about the different neighborhoods, check out our "Living in Hamburg" section

Student Residence Halls

  • For the exchange program, there is a limited number of rooms available in a residence hall
  • Unfortunately, there are no residence hall rooms available for summer program participants due to the short duration of the program

Subletting from Bucerius students

  • In the fall term, students are encouraged to swap their apartments with a Bucerius student who is going to spend their study abroad semester at the student's home university. They may also sublet without swapping their apartments.
  • In the summer, there may be additional sublet offers from the Bucerius community.

Exploring Hamburg and its surroundings

The International Office organizes extracurricular activities for both the exchange and summer programs.

Something for everybody

Explore Hamburg together with the International Office! We organize trips to museums, medieval towns close to Hamburg, networking events on campus etc.

However, everyone should reserve some extra time to explore Hamburg on their own, too. Hamburg has something for everyone:

For some general background information about living in Hamburg, check out our "Living in Hamburg" section.


"The transportation system is not too crowded, it's easy to walk anywhere in the city and it's more affordable than Chicago. It has been an excellent place to spend a few months immersing in a new culture and furthering my education."
Nick, USA


"I was really impressed with the variety of shops, restaurants, bars, and nightlife. I came to Germany because I love techno, and I was really impressed with the scene in Hamburg.The people were also very open and respectful."
Viola, New Zealand


"Hamburg has the great advantage of being a big city but still very calm and quiet in most of its neighborhoods without necessarily being less lively or energetic, which makes it perfect for a balanced but still fun and enjoyable university life."
Pietro, Italy

Getting around the city

Hamburg has an excellent public transport system (HVV) which means that you will not need a car to get around.

HVV Ticket

Exchange Program

  • students receive a free student public transportation ticket

Summer Program

  • students should purchase weekly tickets 

Tickets are valid for the subway, some regional trains, buses and some commuter ferries

For more information on public transit, visit: HVV Website.

Hamburg by bike

  • StadtRAD (City Bike), a bike-for-hire network that covers the whole inner-city area.
  • Renting stations around the city
  • 30 minutes free of charge, then you pay by the minute
  • or rent a bike for a whole day


"Hamburg has an amazing integrated public transport service. Although I was living quite far from Campus, I had no problem arriving to classes on time by taking the bus and the metro with a monthly ticket, in a very comfortable journey. Walking or taking the public transport at any time feels safe."
Maria, Peru, Summer Program in International Transactions in Intellectual Property

Who needs a visa?

Check with the German mission in your home country if you need a visa to study in Germany.

* Details and all necessary forms will be available on the Bucerius intranet in May*

EU Students

  • No visa necessary

Non-EU Students

  • Most countries: entry visa must be granted by the German embassy/consulate
  • Some countries: can enter Germany without a visa, must apply for a residence permit after arrival

* We strongly recommend that ALL students apply for a visa to prevent having to apply for a residence permit after arrival.

Entry Visa
  • Apply as early as possible as processing can take several months
  • The visa should be issued for 6 months, if possible
Visa Extension/ Residence Permit
  • Students who can enter Germany without a visa and students whose visa is valid for 3 months must apply for an extension/residence permit
  • The International Office provides information about this on the intranet and during orientation


  • Students who require a visa may be asked by the German embassy/consulate to to open a blocked bank account
  • Amount required: approx. EUR 3500 to prove you can cover your expenses
  • This is a VERY FRUGAL budget, we STRONGLY recommend you consider our cost estimate as a better guideline as Hamburg is a very expensive city



Exchange Program

  • proof of health insurance is required for enrollment at Bucerius and your visa
  • we strongly recommend buying German health insurance as international insurances can often not be accepted for enrollment 
  • students can purchase insurance through Bucerius
  • detailed information will be available on the Bucerius intranet in May
  • EU students can use their home country insurance

Summer Programs

  • health insurance will be required if you need a visa
  • for all others having travel health insurance is strongly recommended


"Impeccable. It was not my first experience abroad but the support of the International Office was incomparable to anyone else."
Anonymous, from program evaluation

Accompanying spouse

"My situation was a bit different than a typical student because my wife joined me for the semester. The team were extremely helpful and responsive leading up to our arrival. I felt very well prepared."
Anonymous, from program evaluation


"The information received was useful, timely and appropriate. The International Office team was always open to offer additional information and guidance."
Anonymous, from program evaluation

International students welcome

Bucerius Law School grants all international students the same rights as German or EU students and offers all the services and assistance required by the National Code of Conduct on Foreign Students at German Universities.

More Information


Find out about the structure and course details of the Exchange Program.


These are the estimated costs of participating in the Bucerius Exchange Program.


This is how you apply for the Bucerius Exchange Program.