The Hochschule Konstanz – University of Applied Sciences (HTWG) lies directly on the left shore of the Lake-Rhine (Seerhein) in the part of town known as “Paradies“ (paradise) – just a hop, skip and jump away from the old town.
On the central campus square you cannot miss the oversized yellow sculptures, which self-proclaimed graffiti artists “personally beautify” from time to time. All important facilities are located just a few meters away from the square. The campus on the Lake-Rhine has been growing for decades, which is reflected by the different styles of the buildings.
At the canteen you can choose between the main meal and alternative meal with a view of the Rhine. After eating, you can head outside to the Beach Bar (Strandbar): the top location when it comes to relaxation (only open in the summer though). Fellow students hang out here for an espresso in the afternoon already – laying on sun beds with a parasol over their heads.
The relaxation program also includes egging on courageous youngsters who jump off the nearby bicycle bridge into the Rhine – much to the chagrin of the water police. In fact, not only
recent graduates enjoy partaking in this pastime. In the evening DJ Sound and live bands turn the Beach Bar into the hot spot of Konstanz nightlife.
Just a few hundred meters away you can escape the stress from studying and roll out your bath mats. The city’s Rhine beach is just across the way, but isn’t free. Water-averse students can instead relax in the swing hammocks in the entrance area to the canteen or burn calories during a game of table tennis with students and employees near the computer science building.
A few steps away is the library which has an intriguing history. Repeatedly listed as the best applied sciences university library, the building was still used as a slaughter house just 20 years ago – right next to the campus. Student protests, in particular, helped put an end to the slaughtering.
Nowadays, things are much more harmonious. The Sound Orchester Schlachthof (Schlachthof = Slaughter house), otherwise known as SOS, rehearses right across the way (Room FK 11). You are also rewarded for making music at the HTWG, as the SOS is part of the so-called Studium Generale program (you’ll find out how from your study program directors).
You can also rack up credits from other campus activities (for example the Internet television program “Fischersbraut”, the university theater “EventProduktion” or the ecological vehicle project “ECON”). There is information on the Studium Generale on the Internet (different credit recognition from faculty to faculty!).
ZACK gets you moving: your personal chip card is a student ID card, library card as well as a cashless means of payment for the canteen and computers center all in one. Top it up with cash (in the library, canteen or in the students office), but don’t lose it: only your first one is free.
Studying relaxing, experimenting – the campus has a life of its own. You’ll hear this at the latest when the many members of the Bodensee Racing Team put their knowledge to the test and
crank up their self-made racing machines to practice for the next race. The people working in university management and administration know that it’s now time for them to close the
windows. Things will quiet down when the BRT Team heads off for the international Formula Student races with their self-made racecars.
Those sitting in the library with a view of the Lake-Rhine can see the anchored Solgnia boat. The boat, which was developed by students of electrical engineering and information technology, combines fuel cell, photovoltaic, and hydrogen technology. The combination of technologies makes the boat unique world-wide. You can get involved as there are often job postings for project workers.
At the Career and Project Center (CPC) you can take part in practical assessments, if you are not from the technology department. The CPC also organizes excursions and lectures.