Frankfurt is the smallest but most compact metropolis in the world; it has people from all over the world travelling in for business, the advantage of miraculous tranquility within a rush hour and the perks of offering its citizens an extravagant lifestyle.
If you think of Frankfurt, the first three things that pop up in your mind are Goethe, Stock Exchange and Book Fair. So if you ever think of taking a piece of the city back after you leave, a symbol with the image of those three will definitely be archetypal.
Architecturally, Main River divides the city into two different fronts; the concrete modern skyscrapers that resemble a futuristic mindset are the reason why Frankfurt am Main is known as Manhattan, opposed to the carefully preserved remissness of the ancient buildings and houses that now serve as museums exhibiting rare collections of art, symbolizing the worth of tradition and values.
Listed as the financial capital of Europe, Frankfurt features years of tradition in trading and the aftermath of this dynamic economy, it is now an international center for business and trade, home to the European Central Bank as well as one of the largest Stock Exchanges in the World.
The fact that the third largest and busiest airport in the world happens to be in Frankfurt has helped recognizing expats as part of the Frankfurters daily routine, accepting and welcoming them in their city to do business.
Not only business, but also the fact that Frankfurt is ranked among the most livable metropolises has made people from all around the world come together and bring a piece of their culture in this urban diversion. Now, it seem like one of the three people you meet in the city is from a different part of the world; they have their own restaurants, speak their own language and neatly preserve the perks of their culture because in Frankfurt you can do this.
Home to the great Goethe and the biggest Book Fair in the world, Frankfurt takes pride also in its rich and varied cultural attractions, numerous art and history museums, a fine taste in music, vibrant nightlife and excellent dining alternatives. Now, let not forget how Frankfurt can be rough: it hosts the craziest motor fairs in the region.
Frankfurt does appear to be rather “too” urbanized at first, but once you start exploring you realize that a great percentage of its surrounding area is green and utterly nature-friendly, just like the rest of the country. Some of the best rated neighborhoods to be living in the city are Bornheim, filled with small cafés and creative shops its streets lined with trees, Westend, the ideal safe and quiet family district, Innenstad, the city center with all those shopping possibilities and Sachsenhausen, right across the Main river, away from the noise but close to the center.
Universities in Frankfurt
Frankfurt is no different in offering a world class quality, postsecondary education just as the rest of Germany. As a host to numerous plausible Universities, it attracts students from all part of the world to join a true Frankfurters dynamic lifestyle.
Johann Wolfgang Goethe University
Goethe University was found in 1914, for its citizens and was financed by its citizens a unique feature in the German education history. Students that aim to enroll in this University can choose to study from a wide range of fields, practically spread in four Campuses within the city;
- Campus Bockenheim: Mathematics, Computer science, Art history, Fine Arts
- Campus Riedberg: Pharmacy, Physics, Chemistry, Biochemistry, Geosciences and Geography
- Campus Westend: Social sciences, Pedagogy, Psychology, Theology, Philosophy, History, Philology, Archaeology, Law, Economics and Business Administration, Human geography
- Campus Niederrad: Medical science, Dentistry, University hospital
Among its most prominent alumni there are quite a few that got the Nobel Prize for their life deeds accounting for the quality of education and the freedom of expression.
University of Applied Sciences Frankfurt
The University of Applied Sciences, Frankfurt am Main,(FRA-UAS) challenges its students to work hard for an academic degree with a clear practical purpose; immediately after you finish your studies you are bound to start practicing and sharing your skills. The University offers around 57 courses in 4 faculties: architecture and civil engineering, computer science and engineering, business and law, social work and health, making thus for one of the greatest applied science institutions in the country.
University of Music and Performing Arts
The University of Music and Performing Art in Frankfurt was found in 1938, it is the only institution of the sort on the region of Hesse and as such, it features around 900 students yearly to this day. University staff is highly professional and determined to hunt for exclusive talent: there are over 65 professors and 320 other assistance that together with their students make the magic happen. University curricula includes performance in all instruments and voice, the teaching of music, composition, conducting and church music. Also, there are courses in musical theater, drama and dance. After graduation student that seek an academic career can apply for a postgraduate degree in in musicology and the teaching of music.
Städelschule – Staatliche Hochschule für Bildende Künste Städelschule
The Städelschule dating back over two centuries due to the excellence of Johann Friedrich Städel, a merchant that established such a community and left young artists communicate with its art collection. Now two very important institution derive from that area. The Stadel Museum and Stadel Schule an international academy that gathers experts and talents to join in the exploration of the ancient in the context of now. The exhibition space, Portikus has also been added to the school’s international reputation and since 1987 in this exhibiting space various eminent names from all part of the world exhibit their work and interchange their thoughts on such a challenging domain.
Frankfurt School of Finance and Management
The institution, takes lead in every field of business, management, banking and finance preparing its students to offer excellent consultant services, advising both giant companies as well as small or individual businesses to blossom, encouraging people to invest in order to gain and withdraw in order not to fail. Intellectually it challenges their students to think forward over different challenges in the business, finance and management world, and creatively find an ever changing solution.
Cost of Living
The way people spend their money varies solely on their preferences, so living in Frankfurt is no different than living in any other city in the region. If you are smart enough you spend what you have, and if you’re not you end up failing to get a degree. While you can perfectly survive on a few hundreds, you can always find places in Frankfurt where money goes pouring down the drain when you are not even looking.
As a student it is very common not to be having that much money on your hands. Piece of advice, plan ahead so you can expect the outcome.
Renting a private apartment is always more expensive than settling down in University dormitories, especially in Frankfurt center area. If you want to survive as a student in the Frankfurt economy dynamics you shall definitely share an apartment with flat mates.
- A three room-apartment in the center costs from 1200-1500 euros
- A three-room apartment outside the center costs 900-1100 euros
Monthly utilities for heat, gas, electricity and garbage come across 215 euros.
An inexpensive meal somewhere in Frankfurt’s budget restaurants will cost you around 10 euros, meanwhile if you plan to take someone to dinner and impress them, put some 50 euros and more on the side.
A glass of German Beer out cost 4 euros, while in the market you can buy it for less than a euro. Coffee, regular is around 3 euros.
In the market:
- Fresh white bread is 2 euros
- A bottle of milk is less than 1 euro
- 1 kg of fruit is around 3 euros
- A Bottle of wine is 6 euros
- A pack of cigarettes is 5 euros (To stop smoking is recommendable)
Monthly pass in order to use Public Transportation will cost somewhere around 80 euros and its mandatory, just as health insurance policy students have to purchase before even enrolling in a German University.
Monthly fee for a Fitness Club is around 50 euros for those who work out, yet running is just as efficient and free. International movies in the cinema cost 9 euros per person, 3D movies a bit more expensive.
Things to See
- Frankfurt Stock Exchange – Borse
- Frankfurter Dom
- Alte Oper
- Museum fur Moderne Kunst
- Stadel Museum
- Frankfurt Zoo
Things to Do
- Book an insightful Jewish tour with Kulturothek
- Experience the sight of the city with wheels under your feet, go for the popular Tuesday night skating event.
- Frankfurt book fair, an experience not to be missed when living in Frankfurt. Oh, that smell of new books.
- Christmas Markets get so crowded, it almost reminds you of a family reunion back at home. Everyone is so friendly.
- Go out there and encourage gay pride on the Christofer’s Street Day
- Go on a shopping spree along the Schiller Passage.
- Buy a garden gnome in the Frankfurt Dippenmarkt
- Listen to some quality music in Summa Summarum
- Enjoy a decent meal in Pielok
- Party hard in Cocoon Club