Katholische Hochschule Nordrhein-Westfalen Catholic University of Applied Sciences

Student Life in Cologne

The daily walk from the lecture theatre to the canteen should not be the only form of variety in your student life. An exceptional number of different options for leisure time pursuits away from student work are on offer in the city of Cologne. In addition to the cathedral people with an interest in art have museums, art fairs and numerous galleries at their disposal which ensure Cologne is a well-known international centre for visual arts. Cologne is a media metropolis and a centre for cabaret and comedy. You can see productions of international musical ensembles in the Musicaldome. You can watch the matches of the FC Cologne football team in the Rhein-Energie-Stadion.
You can, for instance obtain detailed information about events and parties from the city magazines with their daily calendars (e.g.: www.stadtrevue.de, www.koeln.prinz.de, www.koelner.de).

University sport

As a student of the KatHO Cologne you are entitled to participate in the more than 100 predominantly free university sports options. You can find out the variety of differing sporting
options in detail at www.hochschulsport-koeln.de

University parishes

The Catholic and Evangelical university parishes provide counselling and advice if you have any personal problems or questions relating to your faith. They hold church services and organise intercultural meetings.

Katholische Hochschulgemeinde Köln
(Catholic university parish)
Berrenrather Straße 127, 50937 Cologne
Tel: +49 (0) 221 - 47 69 - 20

Evangelische Studierendengemeinde Uni Köln
(Evangelical student parish of the University of Cologne)
Bachemer Str. 27, 50931 Cologne
Tel.: +49 (0) 221 - 94 05 22 - 0

University parties

The KatHO Cologne organises a freshers’ party at the start of the first semester for all the students who have just enrolled. It is an outstanding way of getting to know people and making friends. In the summer the student union of the KatHO organises a varied summer festival for all the students. In December the international office organises an intercultural Christmas party every year. In addition student parties regularly take place that are organised by the University of Cologne.


Cologne offers a large selection of museums. In the Römisch- Germanisches Museum (Roman-Germanic museum) you can admire Cologne’s excavational findings. Then Museum Ludwig is one of the most significant museums in Europe for contemporary art, the Wallraf-Richartz-Museum is one of the major classic portrait galleries in Germany and you can learn everything about the history of chocolate in the Chocolate Museum. But those are just a few examples of the varied range of museums on offer in Cologne.


Cologne is a music metropolis. Music of all styles and ages can be heard here every day. For instance in the Philharmonie (the philharmonic hall), in the large modern opera house with its repertoire of classic and romantic operatic literature or in the countless trendy places such as the Stadtgarten, in E-Werk, in the Live-Music-Hall or in the Lanxess Arena, Germany‘s largest show and music hall.


The Cologne Schauspielhaus (Cologne playhouse) offers metropolitan theatre performances that are internationally famous; in addition to the municipal playhouses approx. 60 independent and private theatres round off the theatre scene by means of their own creative productions, comedies and varied guest performances by visiting theatre groups.


Cologne has a lot of cinemas to choose from ranging from mainstream to art house cinemas. In the “Metropolis“ cinema at Ebertplatz you can see all the films in the undubbed
version. The “Rex” cinema at Friesenplatz shows older films for just € 2.99.


On the weekends in particular locals, tourists and students mingle in numerous discotheques, nightclubs, bars and lounges, which should be able to cover all tastes and cater for every size of wallet. The main congregation points are the Altstadt (the old city centre), the Kwartier Latäng (the Cologne student district) around the Zülpicher Straße and the Luxemburger Straße, the Friesenviertel district of the city near to Friesenplatz as well as the southern part of the city in the area of Chlodwigplatz.

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