Living in Karlsruhe

Things to know about finding a room, job offers and leisure activities in Karlsruhe


The Studierendenwerk is the largest institution offering rooms in student residences in Karlsruhe. In addition, other agencies also provide housing. The rooms are regularly fully booked, especially at the beginning of the semester, so it is best to apply for a room as early as possible. Applications can be submitted up to six months before the desired move-in date.

In addition to rooms in student residences, the Housing department of the Studierendenwerk Karlsruhe offers a private accommodation service, which is free of charge for landlords and tenants. Students can also find the offers in the students’ house.

Studentenwohnheim des KIT Tanja Meißner/KIT
Students from different universities in Karlsruhe live in the Hans Dickmann Kolleg (HaDiKo) (Photo: Tanja Meißner, KIT)

Sport and Culture at KIT

Theater and film, literature, art, and music - at KIT, a diverse cultural scene enriches student life. Numerous students are involved in cultural university groups and organize concerts, theater or cinema events, or literature parties. Sports and physical activity are not lacking, either. The KIT University Sports organizes an extensive program of popular and competitive sports on several modern sports facilities. Students can train regularly and keep fit in more than 300 courses and a health-oriented fitness studio.

Internships and Jobs

The KIT Career Service Portal supports career planning and preparation for entering the job market with various tools. For example, attractive job advertisements for students and graduates appear daily in the job portal. Those who want spend a day with experienced specialists can apply for job shadowing. Graduates can also publish a personal application profile on the platform, which enables direct contact with future employers. 

Markus Breig, KIT

City of Karlsruhe

The Karlsruhe region is an active and diverse research and innovation scene in Germany. For students and graduates, the universities and research institutions offer the research fields of the future: energy and environment, micro- and nanotechnology, mobility, computer science and robotics. Karlsruhe as a university location is characterized by:

  • highly qualified researchers and teachers
  • diverse career opportunities
  • high quality of life
  • international contacts

Numerous museums and theaters, cultural centers and clubs enrich Karlsruhe's cultural landscape with a multifaceted program ranging from classical to modern. The open-air festival "DAS FEST" with national and international artists attracts hundreds of thousands of visitors to Karlsruhe every year.

The KIT Campus South is located in the heart of the city between the pedestrian zone and the Palace Park. The excellent public transport system connects the city center with cities such as Heidelberg and Baden-Baden. Alsace, Strasbourg and Paris are easy to reach, the Black Forest and Palatinate Forest are perfect for hiking.