Living in Bochum

Bochum is located in the heart of the Ruhr area - a metropolitan region with a fascinating urban culture and a special dynamic. Once one of the most important industrial regions in Europe, the Ruhr area has developed into one of the most important centres of education, science and research.

Bochum has also changed considerably. From a mining centre, the city has developed into an important science location with a unique cultural life. Industrial giants have become thriving places of leisure activities, art and culture. They shape an image of a great modern city that promises international students extraordinary experiences.

Theatre Bochum

The 'Schauspielhaus Bochum' is the theatre of Bochum. With your student card you have the possibility to get free tickets for regular events with the so-called theatre flat rate. Find out more about this on the website.


The Nextbike rental bikes can be found all over Bochum. As a student, you can use them for up to 1 hour free of charge. To do so, download the app "Nextbike" and register with your RUB email address.

Bochumer Symphoniker

The 'Bochumer Symphoniker' is a varied symphony orchestra. They play their concerts in Bochum at the Anneliese Brost Musikforum Ruhr.

Situation Art

The underground museum in the castle park 'Haus Weitmar' houses both a temporary exhibition and a permanent exhibition of works of landscape art.


The 'Bergbaumuseum' is a mining museum amd one of the most visited museums in the Ruhr area. There you can learn a lot about the history of the Ruhr area, which was shaped by mining. Admission is free for students of the RUB.


In the planetarium you can enjoy exciting events and shows with a view of the starry sky.

The lake 'Kemnader'

As a local recreation area, the lake 'Kemnader' offers a wide range of leisure activities: mini-golfing, boat trips, boat rental, inline skating, restaurants and much more.


The 'Ruhrpark' is the shopping centre of Bochum. There you will find over 150 shops for shopping, a food court and a cinema.


In the middle of Bochum's city centre you will find the 'Bermuda3Eck', where there is no shortage of bars, cinemas, pubs, snack bars and clubs.

Brewery Tour

The Moritz Fiege private brewery has been brewing beer since 1878. On a guided tour of the brewery you will get an impression of how beer is brewed as well as what it tastes like.

VfL Bochum

The 'VfL Bochum' football club plays in the 1st division of Germany. You can watch the club's games at the Vonovia Ruhrstadion.


Currywurst ist a bratwurst sausage served with curry-flavoured ketchup and french fries. They are part of the traditional food in the Ruhr area.

Annual Events in Bochum

Extraschicht - Night of Industrial Culture

  • The 'Extraschicht' turns industrial giants and mines into places of industrial culture. Exciting events take place at several locations for an entire night, highlighting the cultural change in the region.
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RUB summer festival

  • Traditionally, the Wednesday before Corpus Christi is always the summer festival at the Ruhr-University. Every year, countless activities and events take place on this day, such as concerts, street food festival, "University Run" of 5 and 10 km and fireworks.
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Festival "Libella"

  • The open-air festival "Libella" offers several concerts, street food market and fantastic fireworks directly next to the lake Kemnader.

Bochum Total

  • The festival "Bochum Total" offers many live concerts in the city centre of Bochum. Admission is free of charge.
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Christmas Market

  • Every year hundreds of thousands of visitors enjoy the festive atmosphere at one of the best Christmas markets in the Ruhr area.
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