Hochschule Karlsruhe Hochschule Karlsruhe - University of Applied Sciences
Hochschule Karlsruhe Hochschule Karlsruhe - University of Applied Sciences

Studying in Karlsruhe

A total of nine universities with 43,000 students characterize the large city of Karlsruhe with its approximately 310,000 inhabitants in the sunny south of Germany.

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City of culture

In the European Commission's 2019 Culture and Creative Cities Ranking, Karlsruhe ranks 2nd in Europe after Florence in the category with 250,0000-500,000 inhabitants. The Center for Art and Media (ZKM), the Baden State Museum, the State Art Gallery and the Baden State Theater are significant. The cultural scene is enriched by jazz and rock clubs and the Tollhaus and Tempel cultural centers. Major events include DAS FEST, the largest open-air festival in southern Germany with around 250,000 visitors, the European Culture Days, the Handel Festival, the Schlosslichtspiele and various film festivals. At the European theater festival Premières, young directors present their first productions. The art and creative scene presents its work at the art Karlsruhe and EUNIQUE art fairs.

Cultural activities in Karlsruhe

Culture and creative city ranking

Outdoor and leisure

The proximity to the Black Forest, the French Alsace and the Southern Palatinate make Karlsruhe a city with high recreational value. Whether it's skiing in the mountains, climbing, biking, hiking or water sports - almost everything is possible in the surroundings of the Baden metropolis. Relaxation is also offered by numerous parks such as the palace gardens, the botanical gardens, but above all also numerous bathing lakes and the scenic Rhine meadows.  

Experience Karlsruhe

Black Forest tourism


The housing situation in Karlsruhe is comparable to that at other large university locations. Dormitory places are scarce, so the majority of those looking for a room have to find one on the private housing market. This is not always easy, because the market there is also generally tight. But the city is doing something about it. With the housing campaign DACH GESUCHT!, the Science Office of the City of Karlsruhe, together with the Studierendenwerk, has been organising unusual campaigns in public spaces for several years, which draw attention to the housing situation in Karlsruhe and successfully motivate landlords to rent unused housing to students.

Further links

Tips for finding a room


Karlsruhe stands for computer science. The term "Infor­ma­tik" was invented here and is a trademark of the entire region. Around 11,500 people work in IT in Karlsruhe. The region is one of the leading IT locations in Europe and is part of the nation­s top IT­clusters. Overall, the region competes with the most important business locations in Germany, Europe, and the U.S. The focus is on the topics of mobility, energy, and digitalisation. Well-known companies such as Siemens, Bosch, SEW-EURODRIVE, Blanc & Fischer, CAS, Physik Instrumente, EnBW, and Schaeffler have their headquarters in the Karlsruhe Technology Region. Through cooperations with HKA, students can find a wide range of internships, working student jobs, final theses and permanent positions after graduation.

Industry partners of HKA

TechnologieRegion Karlsruhe


Karlsruhe is known worldwide for its rail transport system. Passengers can travel by train from Freudenstadt, Bad Wildbad, Bietigheim-Bissingen, Germersheim or Heilbronn, for example, to Karlsruhe city centre without changing trains. Specially developed "dual-system vehicles" switch from AC to DC voltage at the city limits. The connection between the surrounding area and the city provides passengers with direct, fast and inexpensive connections to the city centre and local recreation areas. The linking of tram and railway to form the regional light rail system is known as the "Karlsruhe Model". In the press, Karlsruhe has also been dubbed the Mecca of local transport. The study programme Transport System Management at the Karlsruhe University of Applied Sciences cooperates in teaching and research with the Karlsruhe Transport Association, so that there are points of contact for joint projects and theses.  

Transport Systems Management degree programme

Karlsruher Verkehrsverbund

Bicycle-friendly major city in Germany

Karlsruhe has implemented a great many measures for cycling in recent years. This can be seen in the current 2020 Cycling Climate Test, which is conducted every two years by the German Cyclists' Federation (ADFC). In the category "large cities over 200,000 inhabitants", Karlsruhe is regularly among the most bicycle-friendly cities in Germany. For the city and the surrounding area, this means more safety on the roads compared to other cities, a better cycling network, better infrastructure as well as an overall higher awareness of cycling road users.

At the HKA, cycling is not only practised, but also studied and researched.

Karlsruhe is also the only city in Baden-Württemberg with its own professorship for cycling, which was established at Karlsruhe University of Applied Sciences in 2020 and is funded by the Federal Ministry of Transport and Digital Infrastructure (BMVI)

Study focus on cycling

ADFC Cycling Climate Test