If you are new to Loerrach or want to do learn about the area before you arrive, this is the place to do it!
Below you can find all of the important information that you should know when planning your time here. If you have any questions about the area or DHBW that haven't been answered on this page then please contact our International Office (internationalofficedhbw-loerrach.de).
Currently, student accommodation is not provided at the DHBW Loerrach. Therefore, students are required to search for an apartment to rent within Loerrach. Fully furnished apartments in Loerrach have an average monthly rent of €350. It is crucial that you begin looking for an apartment early on as they are in high demand in Loerrach. Please see the website www.hc24.de/en that is in English and search for the city “Lörrach”.
Baden-Wuerttemburg, the province that Loerrach is located in, is one of Europe’s leading technological regions with its unbroken tradition of carrying out innovation and creativity. Impressive brands such as Porsche and Mercedes-Benz have headquarters and museums based in the region. The capital, Stuttgart, is home to one of the largest zoos and botanical gardens in Europe. Stuttgart is a popular destination for our students due to its nearby location and entertainment possibilities.
On top of this, the people of Baden Wuerttemburg have an outstanding quality of life. People feel at home, enjoying the benefits of a rich landscape full of natural beauty as well as the community’s outstanding environmental values and a lively international arts and culture scene.
With its 11 million in-habitants, Baden-Württemberg is the third largest of the 16 German federal states. Just under 1.2 million residents are of non-German origin, of which the majority are Turkish, Greek and Italian. Baden-Württemberg also enjoys one the lowest unemployment figures of any German federal state making it a perfect location for students beginning their careers.
Having a bank account in Loerrach is something that will make your stay here a lot easier. Some smaller shops and restaurants do not accept credit cards and therefore having an account that you can easily withdraw money from will be very useful. Moreover, bank accounts for students under 25 are usually free if you take your student card along with you when you open the account.
Lots of students have an account with Deutsche Bank as they are more internationally friendly, they are based near the centre of Loerrach and their ATMs can be found all over Europe. The service hours of the Deutsche Bank or other German banks can be found on google.
Basel is Loerrach’s closest large city, home to beautiful cathedrals and history as well as the stunning Rhine River, Basel is an amazing cultural hub that is a must see!
Find more information here: Basel
This Capital city has an endless list of attractions that make it one of the top cities to see in Germany. This vibrant and edgy city is the setting of many famous films such as The Bourne Supremacy.
Find more information here: Berlin
The mountainous Black Forest is famous for its dark evergreen forests surrounding small picturesque villages. The Black Forest offers a range of outdoor activities such as skiing, sledging, hiking, biking and even sailing on Lake Titisee.
Find more information here: The Black Forest
Police/Ambulance department: 110
Fire department: 112
Germany has produced some world famous scientists, musicians, actors and figureheads such as Albert Einstein, Beethoven, Bruce Willis and Pope Benedict. Germany celebrates the 16 day folk festival of Oktoberfest each year in Munich, Bavaria, Germany - which is a combination of a beer festival and a travelling funfair! Loerrach as well as many other smaller towns and cities has their own version of Oktoberfest where people enjoy music, dance and the traditional German beer all while wearing the famous lederhosen or dirndel! Not forgetting Germany’s colourful and cultural Christmas Markets that can be found throughout the country including trinkets, food and drink and prefect gifts to take home.
Find more information here: Germany
Health insurance coverage is mandatory for all students in Germany. Public health insurance costs around 80 euros per month. DHBW Loerrach requires you to provide a health insurance certificate; this should be done within your first 2 weeks of living in Germany. Please make sure that you have travel insurance for your journey here. The international office is more than happy to help you with local insurance. For all European student, the EHIC card is acceptable.
Personal Liability and Travel Insurance
We recommend that in addition to health insurance, personal liability insurance as well as travel insurance should be acquired.
German holidays often mean that most or even all stores are closed. This includes not only retail stores but also super markets and drug stores, so make sure that you have enough food in your house the day before a German holiday! Below you can see some German holidays; you will need to look these holidays up online to find out their exact date as this can vary from year to year.
|New Years||1st January|
|Labour Day||1st May|
|Corpus Christi||26th May|
|Day of German Unity||3rd October|
|All Saints’ Day||1st November|
|Christmas||24th - 26th December|
The International Office is your service point and support station regarding almost all questions concerning your stay in Germany at the DHBW Loerrach. The International Office is based on the KBC campus in room K104 and K116 (Ms. Haase). Please contact us via email to make an appointment.
Kathrin Hebert (Head International Office)
Fatma Toumi (Outgoing students and scholarships)
Franziska Haase (Incoming students)
The living costs in Loerrach are estimated to be between 750 - 800 euros per month. These costs include housing, bills, food, social activities and travel. Rent is usually between 350 - 400 euros per month including bills. Shopping in Loerrach tends to be more expensive as we are located so close to Switzerland.
Loerrach has several different supermarkets ranging in prices so you will be able to save money and budget if you wish to do so. There are other ways that you budget as well, such as, if you want to have a meal out at a restaurant, eat in Germany and not Switzerland and pick restaurants just outside of the city centre etc.
Loerrach is a small city based in South Germany bordering Switzerland and France making it a widely international region. Loerrach has many attractions including the 11th Century ruins of Rotteln Castle located on a hilltop overlooking Loerrach and the Wiese valley. Parkschwimmbad, a huge outdoor swim area, is another large attraction of Loerrach’s, with a wave machine, water slides, diving platforms and an exercise pool, it’s great on a sunny day with friends. As well as this Loerrach also has an impressive concert hall, the Burghof, the picturesque river Wiese and many large businesses such as the Milka Chocolate Factory.
Each year in June and July Loerrach hosts the “Stimmen” festival a celebration of voices through song that can be heard throughout the city. As well as this the fun park, Europa Park, is located just a 1 hour drive away from Loerrach in Rust. You can also reach Europa Park via public transport that takes around 2hr 30 mins. Europa Park is a huge attraction in Germany as it is the largest theme park in Germany and the second most popular in Europe, only coming behind Disneyland Paris!
Milan is one of the world’s most famous cities known for its fashion and design, from architecture to the runway as well as its stunning Opera and fascinating Roman history. Visit the world’s largest gothic cathedral, the Duomo Di Milano that stands at an impressive 107m high offering a spectacular view of the city from an open walkway along the rooftop.
Find more information here: Milan
Once you have arrived in Loerrach you must go to the City Hall to register. You should take with you your passport and visa (if you have one). You will be given a residency form to fill out as well as a form for your rubbish/trash.
You must tell the City Hall every time you move to a new residency in Loerrach. As well as this it is crucial that you inform the City Hall when you will be leaving Germany to move somewhere else e.g. to your home country. The City Hall can be found close to the main train station (Hbf) and the Deutsche Post.
DHBW Loerrach has signed ERASMUS+ agreements with several European universities. Please check with your ERASMUS coordinator at home to see if your home university is one of them. The application process for the ERASMUS+ scholarship is always coordinated by the sending university.
Students from our partner universities outside of Europe can apply for the Baden-Wuerttemberg Scholarship. For more information, please contact the International Office (InternationalOfficedhbw-loerrach.de)
To see if you are eligible for a scholarship please visit the DAAD website (German Academic Exchange Service). https://www.daad.de/deutschland/stipendium/en/
Loerrach has 4 train stations: Schwarzwaldstraße, Hbf (the main station), Museum/Burghof and Stetten making it very easy to travel to bigger cities such as Basel and Freiburg. It is important that you buy a ticket at the train station before you enter the train as if you are caught without a ticket on the train you will receive a large fine. All ticket machines can be changed from German to English so you shouldn’t have any problems. If you are unsure about how to buy a ticket, there will be people buying their own who can help you. Otherwise, you can also go to the Deutsche Bahn counter at the main station.
Tipp: look for people around the age of 20 – 25 as they are more likely to speak English.
Getting to Loerrach from the Airport
From Basel airport, you can take the number 50 bus to the SBB Basel Bahnhof (train station) and then from there you can easily catch a train to any of the 3 stations in Loerrach.
This beautiful city in Switzerland is less than 2 hours away from Loerrach! Visit the famous lake Zurich the stunning Limmat River running through this city full of culture. With art galleries, history museums, water sports, landmarks and the nightlife, there is never a dull moment in the largest city in Switzerland.
Find more information here: Zurich