Entering Germany

Münster in Europe

Please find out beforehand about entry requirements to Germany from the German embassy or consulate in your home country. The Federal Ministry of Foreign Affairs website provides further information for your stay in Germany. Once you have arrived in Münster, the local Foreigners' Registration Office will be your port of call for any questions you may have concerning your visa and the right of residence. Foreigners' Registration Office of the City of Münster

Getting to Münster and Steinfurt

Münster and Steinfurt are around 30 km apart, located in the Federal State of North Rhine-Westphalia in northwest Germany. There are several airports to choose from if you decide to fly to Germany:

If you wish to continue your journey by rail, coach or car, please find information here:

Out and about in Münster/Steinfurt

You can get around Münster and Steinfurt on foot, by bus, car or bike. All FH Münster sites and the main destinations in Münster, Steinfurt and Münsterland are served by a number of bus lines. As the "Bicycle Capital", Münster is ideal for cycling. Rental bikes can be hired from various sites around the city.

Finding accommodation in Münster or Steinfurt

Prinzipalmarkt Münster
Unfortunately, FH Münster is unable to offer you accommodation in a guest house or to bear the costs incurred for overnight stays, food and transport. However, there are lots of accommodation options in Münster, Steinfurt and the surrounding areas. If you intend to visit FH Münster for a longer period and require an apartment, please start checking out the information and offers in time. Here you will find an overview:

Discovering Münster and Steinfurt

Discovering Münster

The Westphalian city with around 300,000 inhabitants, including 50,000 students at eight HEIs, is a lively and dynamic city. In addition to many restaurants and bars, Münster also has numerous theatres, cinemas and museums, including the Picasso MuseumMühlenhof Open-Air Museum and the LWL-Museum of Natural History with its Planetarium. A local recreation area around the Aasee is ideal for jogging, boating and walking.

Lots of sights, large festivals, cultural events, the annual Christmas Market and the "Send", Münsterland region's largest funfair, attract a great many visitors. Münster was the first city of its size to be awarded the title of the World's Most Liveable City, and is regularly voted the bicycle capital of Germany.

Discovering Steinfurt

Embedded in Münsterland park landscape, the tranquil district town of Steinfurt of around 34,000 now presents itself as a business location with many medium-sized enterprises. Münster and Steinfurt are just 33 minutes apart by train. Walking through Steinfurt, passing the magnificent water castle, the historic Old Town and the Bagno forest park housing Europe's oldest concert hall, you can experience almost 1,200 years of European town history.

The surrounding Münsterland region offers lots of attractions, sights and destinations such as windmills, museums and water castles for you to visit in your free time.

Living and working at FH Münster

As a member of FH Münster, you may make use of various offers, like family services or university sports. We have put together the most important sources of information for you. If you wish to find out more about life in Germany, German customs and habits, as well as tips and useful information for everyday life, then check out the Goethe-Institut website:

We hope that you will have an enjoyable and successful stay at FH Münster. Should you need to consult a doctor during your stay, however, or in the case of an emergency, you will need the following phone numbers: police: 110, fire service: 112, emergency doctor: 112.

Internet access

If you wish to use the university's wireless LAN, you will need a user name and a password, which the Data Processing Centre (DVZ) may have to arrange for you. To this end, please get in touch with your faculty contact partner, who will be pleased to help.

Family Services

FH Münster is committed to meeting the special needs of students and staff who have to care for children or other family members. Offers provided by Family Services, such as counselling, child care, nursing and baby-changing rooms, can be found here:

Eating at the canteen

The Studierendenwerk Münster offers reasonably priced meals at facilities at virtually all sites, and elsewhere in Münster. The options include breakfast, lunch and even dinner in some places.

University libraries

The University Library of FH Münster offers a wide range of media (printed literature, journals, reference works and recorded media) to all those interested. The University Library departments are located at several sites, for example the Fachhochschulzentrum (FHZ), Leonardo Campus in Münster and Steinfurt Campus.

University Sports

As a member of FH Münster, you will be able to participate in all sports events offered by the University Sports Club. You can find out which sports are offered and the conditions for participating here:
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