Living and studying in Nordhausen

The information below will help you negotiate everyday life at Nordhausen University of Applied Sciences.

How to get to Nordhausen

Nordhausen is located at the heart of Germany - in the centre of Europe. Click on How to get to Nordhausen to find out how best to reach us.


Academic year

The academic year at Nordhausen University of Applied Sciences is divided into two semesters.

The summer semester starts early April and ends in mid-August.

The winter semester runs from early October to mid-March.

Click here for the exact dates.

Grading system

1,0-1,590-100%very good
1,6-2,575-89 %good
2,6-3,560-74 %satisfactory
3,6-4,050-59 %sufficient
>4,0>50 %failed

Confirmation of continued studies

For every semester (apart from the first one) you will need to provide the university with confirmation that you would like to continue studying here. Receipt of the semester payment before the payment deadline is deemed confirmation of continued studies.

If you are not planning to or are unable to continue your studies at this time, you can submit an application to the Student Service Centre for leave of absence or ex-matriculation.

Language courses

The Language Centre offers language courses in English, French, Spanish, Italian and Russian.

International students also have the option of taking courses in German as a foreign language.

Thoska – student ID

The Thuringian University and Student Services Card (thoska) is your student ID.

The thoska chip card also has a number of other functions:

  • Library card
  • Semester ticket for regional trains in Thuringia as well as buses and trams within Nordhausen
  • Photocopying card
  • Cashless payment in student canteens and in the laundrettes on the campus

Click here for further details of how the thoska chip card works.


StuRa is the student council. Its members are elected annually by the students and represent the interests of students at Nordhausen University of Applied Sciences.

If you need help with anything or have suggestions for improvements, feel free to contact the student council at any time.


Please note that Nordhausen University of Applied Sciences itself does not provide any accomodation. One option for living right on the campus is the halls of residence of the Studierendenwerk Thüringen. There you will find fully furnished rooms in various sizes. If you have any questions about applying for a place in a hall of residence, please contact Rooms are limited, so you will need to apply (application form) well in advance. For all questions after moving into the dormitory, you can also contact the dorm tutors. These are students who have been living in the hall of residence for some time and can advise you.

You can also check out the free housing market in Nordhausen for accommodation options. Students in Germany frequently live in shared apartments (known as WGs or Wohngemeinschaften). Every student in the apartment has their own room but the bathroom and kitchen are shared. This is a good way to save a lot of money and make new friends. Otherwise, you can also look for a small one or two-room apartment. In general, rents in Nordhausen can range from approx. 200-400 Euros. Available rooms and apartments are advertised online. Check, for instance, the following websites:

Leisure time

If you’re looking to get some exercise and meet people at the same time, there are many great opportunities to take part in university sports free of charge.

Or if you love to sing, why not join our university choir.

Nordhausen University of Applied Sciences also offers a number of international activities to help you make friends.

For those who are interested, the university has a number of clubs and initiatives to choose from.

Finally, the town of Nordhausen also offers a wide range of leisure activities.

Childcare for student parents

Nordhausen University of Applied Sciences is a family-friendly university. Flexible study models and child-friendly premises make it much easier to combine studying and childcare commitments. Nordhausen students can register their children in our campus daycare centre. The university canteen also provides free children’s meals

You can also find a lot of interesting and helpful information about student life in Germany on the website