Due to the fact that the university and local authorities are closed from Friday afternoon to Sunday, we strongly advise you to plan to arrive in Giessen between Monday and Thursday – preferably in the morning. This will allow you to take care of any necessary formalities as soon as you arrive. Please remember that 3rd October is a public holiday in Germany – all shops and the student service facilities are closed on that day.
Please remember that if you reserved a room in one of our student hostels, you will be handed your room-key only during the opening hours of the student service offices. You will be required to pay your deposit and sign the rental contract before receiving your key.
Student Service Office - Opening Hours:
Monday - Thursday 9:00 am - 3:00 pm
Friday 9:00 am - 2:30 pm
If you arrive at a time that lies outside of the opening hours, you will need to book accommodation at a hotel or hostel (cost: between 20 and 100 Euros per night).
Please ensure that you have enough money with you when you arrive (cash or credit card) in order to cover initial expenses during your first few days in Giessen. Don't forget that you will require money for accommodation, bonds, transport etc. and you may not be able to open a bank account as soon as you arrive. As there are several formalities to be taken care of in order to open a bank account, this process may take several days.
Transfer to Giessen
If you arrive at Frankfurt Main Airport there are several ways of getting to Giessen: you can travel by train (about 25 Euros) or by taxi (about 55 Euros). Giessen is situated approximately 70 km north of Frankfurt / Frankfurt Main Airport.
If you decide to take a taxi to Giessen, you can order this service in advance via e-mail (firstname.lastname@example.org). Please ensure that you receive a notice of confirmation.
If you decide to travel via train you can search here for a suitable train to Giessen:
If you arrive at Giessen Central Rail Station ("Hauptbahnhof") you can use public transport to reach your next destination. The link below will take you to the website of the RMV, the public transport company responsible for the area of Germany that Giessen lies in. The website is also available in English. Here you can enter departure and destination points (e.g. bus stops) as well as enter addresses directly:
The following provides a map detailing the public transport in Giessen:
If you reserved a room at a student hostel, you will need to sign the rental agreement and provide the following:
- Letter of admission or certificate of enrolment
- Cash with which to pay the deposit
You will require the rental agreement when registering at the Stadtbüro Gießen (Giessen city office).
Pleas note the information of the Student Service Office
Timeline of the Student Service Office