Campus Life

The University of Mannheim offers a unique learning atmosphere, as most of the lecture halls are located in Mannheim Palace, one of the most beautiful baroque palaces in Europe. About 3,000 employees and 12,000 students currently enjoy the privileges of this extraordinary campus setting and its inspiring atmosphere, close to Mannheim's city center.


As an international student you can either apply for a room in one of the student residences off-campus or you can look for an apartment or a room on the private housing market. Our student residences are fully-furnished rooms and students usually share the kitchen and the bathroom with 2-5 roommates. If you choose to look for different accommodation, the International Office will be happy to provide you with information and tips on finding an apartment in Mannheim or the greater area.

Residential houses   |   Guidance and Advice


Whether it’s athletics, lectures or cultural events, the University of Mannheim campus is bustling with activity. Many campus events are open to the public. Browse through our event calendar or join one of the main events throughout the academic year.

Summer Academy  |  Schlossfest

Food and Refreshments

One main student restaurant and several smaller places are located on campus. The main student restaurant (Mensa) offers daily changing lunch menu with vegetarian and vegan alternatives. The selection also includes large salat buffets, smaller snacks and a coffee bar. Many other small cafés and bistros on different campus locations additionally offer the possibility to have a snack and a coffee. Several private restaurants in close reach of the University also serve various dishes for small prices.       



Exercising is the perfect way to relax after studying. The University of Mannheim offers almost every kind of sports you can imagine.The best thing is that the facilities are located close to the main campus and most of the offers are completely free of charge.

Sports Program   |   Institute of Sports

Student Organizations

Social or cultural engagement outside the classroom plays an important role at the University of Mannheim. More than 30 student organizations offer opportunities to get involved in business and social projects, culture or the media. Your benefit is the opportunity to broaden your social skills and to get to know like-minded people.

List of Student Organizations (including short summaries)


The weekly student parties, called Schneckenhofparties, are famous. Organized by your fellow students there are always creative mottos, student-friendly prices and many specials. In the summer time, the parties are outdoors and when the wheather gets colder they take place in the catacombs of Mannheim Castle. Since the city of Mannheim is a student city you can choose from many bars, clubs and concert halls with a diverse program in the city center.

Party News [in German]   |   Schneckenhof and Katakomben parties [in German]

Mannheim Palace

With a length of 400 meters and a total floor area of six hectares, Mannheim Palace is one of the largest baroque palaces in Europe. In 1720, Prince Elector Carl Philipp initiated the construction of a new palace. Since then, the main part of the palace has been rebuilt, including the stately Rittersaal (Knights’ Hall). Several guided tours help you get an impression of Mannheim Palace. Each September, the University of Mannheim hosts its annual "Schlossfest" and welcomes thousands of visitors at Mannheim Palace.

Mannheim Palace   |   Visitor Information   |   Campus Map [PDF]   |   Schlossfest

Cultural Activities

If you are interested in cultural activities you can choose from events organized by student organizations or you can take advantage of the diverse cultural institutions in the city of Mannheim. There are also many alternatives for students to get involved in music and drama projects at the University of Mannheim. The University's Orchestra, the English Drama Group, the College Jazz Orchestra and the Choir are always glad to welcome new members.

Cultural Events [in German]

University Media

The University uses all possible media channels to inform you about what is new and worth knowing on campus. Just follow us on Facebook or catch up on current news via the University of Mannheim App. Each semester, you can find news stories and interviews  in our magazine FORUM. Additionally, there are several student magazines, a campus radio and also a TV channel that inform about student matters and where you can participate.

FORUM Magazine [in German]   |   App   |   Facebook   |   Campus Media [in German]

Campus Shop

Located in the main part of the castle, the Campus Shop is the place where you can buy shirts, hoodies, cups and many other things with the University's official logo. If you look for a souvenir from your stay at the University of Mannheim you will find it here. You can also get coffee, snacks or other refreshments at the Campus Shop.

Campus Shop [in German]

Outside of Campus

Mannheim’s city center with its variety of shops, cafés, clubs, theaters or international restaurants is close to the University’s lecture halls. The rivers Neckar and Rhine are meeting points for sports activities and barbecues. For travelling in and outside Germany Mannheim is the perfect starting point as well as for smaller trips in the Rhine-Neckar Metropolitan Region.

Portrait of Mannheim   |   City of Mannheim   |   Rhine-Neckar Metropolitan Region