Student Life Where no man’s an island
Whether you’re catching the first rays of spring with a latte macchiato on Pontstrasse, getting to know new people during Carnival while swaying to the music in costume, chilling out at a summer barbecue in one of the city’s many parks, enjoying a good book on your balcony in autumn or sampling the mulled wine at the Christmas Market, Aachen radiates different kinds of special feelings whatever the season.
The way of life in the region around the River Meuse is relaxed. Here, high culture and subculture, past and present, science and the arts are not opposites but interesting facets of the same city. Living in one of the most densely populated – and at the same time greenest – city centres is something Aacheners take entirely for granted. In a region famed for both science and the arts.
Making friends in no time
In a place where no one remains alone for long. Be it a meal at the refectory, taking part in the popular “Contact Hop” (literally a “hop”!) at the university sports centre or a cosy carousel ride at the Öcher Bend funfair, Aachen is a place where everything’s up-close and you’ll be making friends in no time at all. You’ll bump into your neighbour at the library, happen upon a friend while out shopping or spot your lecturer at the gym.
And when the paths of academic disciplines cross inadvertently, the housewarming party with flatmates becomes a great place to discuss the sociological significance of mechanical engineering or the finer detail of business studies techniques. In an open, non-threatening atmosphere among friends – like it should be. And as you eventually embark on your short way home, you’ll be in no doubt: “Aachen isn’t a city. It’s a way of life”.
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