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Freie Universität Berlin has four main campuses. To help you find your way around on campus check the information and maps of the four campuses and other important institutions.

How to reach Dahlem Research School

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The central institution for data processing at Freie Universität (Zentraleinrichtung für Datenverarbeitung – Zedat) is in charge of all matters related to internet and data processing on campus. Here you can get, among other things, an email account as well as access to wireless LAN and computer workstations on campus.

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During weekdays several student dining halls (Mensa) at different locations of Freie Universität offer a variety of warm meals and small snacks at moderate prices. Please note that you first have to purchase a MensaCard at the cash desk in a dining hall before being able to buy your meal. You have to show your student ID and pay a deposit of € 1.55. This plastic card allows you cashless payment. You can recharge it with up to € 50 bills at several recharging terminals which you will find at the entrances of the dining halls.The current menu is published here.

In addition, there are a number of small student-run coffee shops on campus, nearby bakeries, coffee shops, restaurants, and shops.

  • Mensa FU I Van’t-Hoff-Straße

Address: Van’t-Hoff-Str. 6, 14195 Berlin

Opening hours

Mon – Fri 11:15 a.m. – 02:30 p.m.

  • Mensa FU II Otto-von-Simson-Straße

Address: Otto-von-Simson-Str. 26, 14195 Berlin

Opening hours

Mon – Fri 08:00 a.m. – 06:30 p.m.

  • Cafeteria FU Koserstraße

Address: Koserstr. 20, 14195 Berlin

Opening hours

Mon – Thu 08:30 a.m. – 04:30 p.m.

Fri 08:00 a.m. – 04:00 p.m.

  • Cafeteria FU Otto-Suhr-Institut

Address: Ihnestr. 20, 14195 Berlin

Opening hours

Mon – Fri 08:30 a.m. – 03:30 p.m.

  • Mensa FU Herrenhaus Düppel

Address: Oertzenweg 19b, 14163 Berlin

Opening hours

Mon – Fri 09:00 a.m. – 03:00 p.m.

  • Mensa FU Lankwitz

Address: Malteserstr. 74, 12249 Berlin

Opening hours

Mon – Fri 08:00 a.m. – 04:30 p.m.

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University Libraries in Berlin

Berlin has four universities, each with its own library, as well as a number of excellent public libraries.

Central University Library of Freie Universität

The University Library is conveniently located on the campus on Garystr. 39 and is open weekdays starting at 10.00 am. A valid student card serves as a library card for students and doctoral candidates enrolled at Freie Universität. The loan period is 4 weeks. Items may be renewed via the FU Catalog, providing they have not been reserved by another user. The University Library Catalogue is available online.

Every faculty has its own library where you can find books relevant to your research topic. A list of the faculty libraries can be found here.

Freie Universität archives can be found here.

Central University Library of Humboldt-Universität

In order to be able to make use of the University Library of Humboldt-Universität, you first have to obtain a library card. Library cards are issued free of charge, you just have to show your passport, your registration with the local authorities, and your student ID at the information desk. The University Library Catalog is available online.

Central University Library of Technische Universität

In order to be able to make use of the University Library of Technische Universität, you first have to obtain a library card. Library cards are issued free of charge, you just have to show your passport, your registration with the local authorities, and your student ID at the information desk.The University Library Catalog is available online.

Public Libraries in Berlin

You can find a good overview in German and English as well as a list of interlibrary loan facilities at the Association of Public Libraries in Berlin.

Staatsbibliothek (Berlin State Library)

The Berlin State Library called "Stabi" collects research-level literature from all subject areas, all languages, and all eras. It provides services at both its sites in the district of Mitte – Potsdamer Str. 33 and Unter den Linden 8. To use the reading rooms, the information services, and the collections, you must first apply for a library card. You can choose between a monthly ticket (€ 10) and an annual ticket (€ 25). You will be issued a library card upon presenting your official ID together with your registration with the local authorities at the registration desk. To search for literature, you can use their online-catalog.

Zentral- und Landesbibliothek Berlin (Berlin City Library)

The public Berlin City Library holds more than 3 million media and has several buildings throughout the city. The two main houses are the Amerika-Gedenkbibliothek (America Memorial Library) and the Berliner Stadtbibliothek (Berlin City Library).

In order to obtain a library card you have to show your passport and your registration with the local authorities. The fee is either € 2.50 (per month) or € 10.00 (per year).


Near the subway station Dahlem-Dorf you will find a street (Königin-Luise-Straße) with small shops (bookstore, copy shop, pharmacy, a supermarket, a card shop, a florist, a döner kebab shop, a restaurant, a post office, a newspaper and magazine shop, a travel agency).


There are numerous bookstores all over the city. Here is the one closest to the university campus. Here you will find information about bookstores specializing in English books.

Schleichers Buchhandlung Dahlem-Dorf

This campus bookstore on Königin-Luise-Street offers a wide range of literature from cultural studies, social sciences and natural sciences to fiction and travel guides.

Copy Shops

Copy-Repro-Center Berlin on Habelschwerdter Allee 37

Kopierservice on Königin-Luise-Str. 39

Kopierladen on Brümmerstr. 49

University Shop (Souvenirs)

You can buy merchandise like sweaters, T-Shirts, or bags at the university shop in Schleichers Buchhandlung (see above) and in the UNI-Shop in the Foyer of Mensa II.

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Language Courses

At the language center (Sprachenzentrum) of Freie Universität Berlin located in one of the main campus buildings on Habelschwerdter Allee 45, courses for the following languages are offered :

  • German as a Foreign Language
  • English
  • French
  • Italian
  • Portuguese
  • Russian
  • Spanish

German language courses offered at DRS

International doctoral candidates of the Dahlem Research School doctoral programs are offered an intensive German language course during Orientation Weeks in the month of September and a German language course during the term.


The university sports center centrally located at Königin-Luise-Str. 47 offers a variety of courses during term-time and between terms; e.g. soccer, fencing, sailing, yoga, and many more.

For university members, fees for the respective courses are very reasonable compared to other fitness centers.

For other sports and clubs check the information here.


The Collegium Musicum located on campus at Garystr. 35 is a joint music association of Freie Universität and Technische Universität Berlin. Over 400 students from all fields of study enjoy music by playing in three orchestras and singing in two choirs.

The Young orchestra (Junges Orchester) of Freie Universität is also open to all students of Berlin's universities.

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  • Chief Gender Equality Officer (Frauenbeauftragte)

Mechthild Koreuber

Address: Rudeloffweg 25-27, room 121, 14195 Berlin

Phone: +49 (0)30 / 838 52087



  • Family Support Center

Dr. Sünne Andresen

Address: Rudeloffweg 25-27, 1st floor, 14195 Berlin

Phone: +49 (0)30 / 838 51137


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  • Psychological Counseling

Address: Brümmerstr. 50, 14195 Berlin

Phone: +49 (0)30 / 838 55242


  • Dahlem Research School (DRS)

Address: Hittorfstr. 16, 14195 Berlin

Phone: +49 (0)30 / 838 73954



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Career Service

Profund - Business Start-Up Support Center at Freie Universität

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