The Free University Berlin was founded in 1948 and is ranked 5th in the THE University Ranking of Germany. Its location is a little outside of Berlin in the areas of Dahlem, Lankwitz and Düppel, whereby most faculties are located in Dahlem. Currently, there are some 30.600 students at FU Berlin, of which about 16% are from abroad.
If you decide to study at FU Berlin, you can choose between 76 Bachelor and 105 Master degree courses. The seal of the university calls for its values: truth, justice and freedom (veritas, Iustitia and libertas).
If you study at FU Berlin, you usually have to take longer distances into account, be it because you live in the city center or because you want to party there in the weekends.
The main campus of the FU Berlin is located in Garystraße, Thielallee and Clayallee. This is also where the very well-equipped university library is located. One of the peculiarities of Dahlem is the University’s Botanical Garden, which holds an area of 43 hectares and is thus one of the largest botanical gardens in the world. From Alexanderplatz, you need about 45 minutes to reach the main building of the FU in Thielallee. The best way is to take the U2 to Wittenbergplatz and then the U3 to Thielplatz. From there, the individual faculties can be reached in a few minutes walking distance. From the Zoological Garden you need about 29 minutes with the U9 to Spichernstraße and the U3 to Thielplatz.
You live close to the university if you decided to live in Schmargendorf, Steglitz, Friedenau or Dahlem, yet your way into the city will be longer.
Previously, this was the location of the Pedagogic College Berlin, which was integrated into the FU, TU and UdK in 1980, as well as the Institute for Journalism and Communication Sciences. Today, the only remaining faculty located here is the faculty of Geosciences in Lankwitz on the Malteserstrasse. From Alexanderplatz you need about 39 minutes to get here, if you take the U2 to Potsdamer Platz, then the S25 to Lankwitz and from there the bus X83 to Emmichstraße. From here it takes only a few minutes walking to reach the Geoscience Institute.
From the Zoological Garden you need about 31 minutes, if you take the U9 to Rathaus Steglitz and from there the bus X83 to Emmichstraße.
The campus in Düppel is also small. The Faculty of Veterinary Medicine with the animal clinic is situated here at Potsdamer Chaussee. The best way to get there is from Alexanderplatz with the S7 to the station Nikolassee, then with the bus 112 to Wolzogenstraße and from here it is only 2 minutes walking distance. Altogether you need about 50 minutes to get here. From the Zoological Garden you need about 35 minutes with the S7 and the bus 112. The closest place for you to live would be Zehlendorf, however, it is much quieter and the rents are usually much higher than in other districts of Berlin. In return, you can reach the university in about 9 minutes, if you take the bus 112.
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