The most important locations around the TU Darmstadt campus
To understand how TU Darmstadt came to be what it is today, we’re looking back at its history of 140 years: The main building, planned by Heinrich Wagner, was built along today’s Hochschulstraße at the end of the 19th century. But of course it didn’t take long for the rising numbers of students and programmes to outgrow this location. What started as a growing campus in the city centre has become a big university with more than 25.000 students and several campus locations across town. Before we dive into introducing the individual campus locations in more detail, here’s an overview for you:
There are three main campus locations: the Campus Stadtmitte (S), the Campus Lichtwiese (L) and the buildings near the Botanical Gardens (B). Then there is the Hochschulstadion (university stadium) (H) with a variety of sports fields and the Windkanal and Flugplatz (W). There are more buildings that belong to the organizational unit of the Campus Stadtmitte. You can easily see which part of the campus a building is located on by looking at the first letter of the building name: For example, every building on the Campus Lichtwiese starts with the letter L. After that, the geographic category is specified. The services and counselling building Karo 5 is called S1|01: It is the first building in the S1 area and is located in the inner city. Not too difficult, right?
If you spend time at different campus locations, you can easily get around by bus and train free of charge. Your semester ticket covers all campus locations. Even better: use a bicycle! It’s fast and flexible and if you are unlucky and have a flat tire, there are free bike repair stations in all campus locations!
Between historic and modern: The Campus Stadtmitte
The Campus Stadtmitte is the oldest part of campus and is located in the heart of Darmstadt. Here, historic buildings like the old main building and modern new constructions like the CYSEC building stand side by side. A real highlight is the Herrngarten, Darmstadt’s biggest urban park conveniently located right next to the Campus Stadtmitte and offers the perfect spot for a relaxing lunch break or a coffee with classmates after a lecture.
The Campus Stadtmitte is divided into four parts, S1-S4. In the first area, S1 (Stadtmitte Mitte), the service building Karo 5 is located with lots of TU helpdesks and information centres like the ZSB and the International Student Services. Nearby you can find the library (Universitäts- und Landesbibliothek), the cafeteria (Mensa Stadtmitte) and the Bistro LesBar run by the Studierendenwerk. Tip: In the bike repair shop Zwanzig°, you can get help fixing your bike even without an appointment. In the student café and cultural club 806qm, you can enjoy a cold beverage or a cultural event after class. Located inside the historic castle, there is a student nightclub, the Schlosskeller. In the summer, you can also find a beer garden there.
Several buildings under the label S4 are associated with the Campus Stadtmitte. Some of them are located near the Campus Stadtmitte like the University archive. Five buildings are on or near Landwehrstraße. Other buildings are not nearby: The Studienkolleg for international students and a building with a focus on IT and Artificial Intelligence are near the train station. At the northern end of the city, the Georg-Christoph-Lichtenberg-Haus and the TU Darmstadt horse-riding club are located. ´
The Campus Lichtwiese: Space for Research
At the southeast end of the city, a new campus location was established in the 1960s: the Campus Lichtwiese. Today, the STEM-departments such as Mechanical Engineering, Chemistry, Material Sciences, Civil Engineering and Architecture can be found at this location. New buildings, institutes and labs are still added to offer space for teaching and learning to students and researchers. The Campus Lichtwiese is divided in five areas from L1 to L5.
Of course, there’s a cafeteria and beer garden at this campus location too. Another interesting place here is the solar building, developed by students, that houses the office for sustainability that centrally controls and supports a number of sustainability projects.
The greenest campus location: Welcome to the Botanical Gardens
You might have guessed it from the name: Here, you are surrounded by greenery. Centre of this campus location is its namesake, the Botanical Garden with its 200-year history that houses a variety of plants. The Departments of Biology and Geosciences are located here. But even if you’re studying something completely unrelated – the Botanical Gardens are always worth a visit and there is lots to discover!
Tip! No need to be hungry during class!
You don’t have time for cooking or just don’t feel like it? Then the cafeterias ran by the Studierendenwerk are your new best friend! In addition to the cafeterias, there are several cafes and bistros located at the different campus locations that will make sure you don’t have to go hungry. The cafeteria menus can be found online so always know what to expect.
As you can see, TU Darmstadt campus life is exciting and there is lots to see! No matter which part of campus you’ll spend time on: We hope you’re comfortable! Surely you’ll find many more interesting spots across our campus locations. Let us know on Instagram what your favorite spots are and where you like to hang out!