Bielefeld University combines the best German university tradition with innovative research and teaching structures. Life and work at Bielefeld University benefit from the unique design of the university building, which places particular emphasis on interdisciplinary cooperation. All 13 faculties, which are the basic units of research and teaching, and the different institutes are housed under one roof and are located within a short distance of each other. This construction provides an ideal framework for successful study and research, supported by one of the best libraries in Germany, with a computerized cataloguing and lending system, open access arrangement of its 2.2 million volumes, long opening hours, and a high density computer network, installed in all departments, which can be used by all students free of charge round the clock. The central hall of the main building is a meeting place, a lively centre of communication. With its shops and cafés it forms an inviting centre in which to chat, relax, meet people and find out what is happening. For recreation the university offers an indoor pool, a gymnasium, tennis courts and a football (soccer) field, all located on the campus of Bielefeld University.
Bielefeld is an attractively situated city in the heart of Germany, in the northeast of the Bundesland North Rhine-Westphalia. It is the centre of Eastern Westphalia (Ostwestfalen-Lippe). More than 325,500 inhabitants live on the edge of the Teutoburg Forest (a unique range of low mountains) and benefit from the advantages of a modern industrial centre, but with the parks and open spaces of a garden city (with 4,800 hectares of forest). The older part of the city with its medieval castle Sparrenburg (see photo above) reminds visitors of its history, while the new shopping district is designed in contemporary style. Bielefeld offers a wide variety of cultural life with two theatres, well-known art galleries (see photo Kunsthalle) and excellent sport and recreation facilities.
Bielefeld is easy to reach (see maps) both by car and by train: every hour an intercity train on the route from Cologne/Bonn to Berlin stops at Bielefeld. By car, you can take the A 2 from Dortmund to Hanover, exit at"Bielefeld-Zentrum", follow the street signs towards the centre ("Zentrum"), and from there the University ("Universität") is signposted (see town map).
The nearest airport is Paderborn/Lippstadt, which is located just 50 km southeast of Bielefeld, but you can also reach the international airports of Frankfurt, Cologne, Düsseldorf, Hannover and Hamburg within three hours or less.