FAQ after Arrival
Informationen für einen guten Start in Magdeburg
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- What forms of public transport are there in Magdeburg?
- Where is the University Hospital located (Medical Faculty)?
- Which formalities do I have to deal with when I arrive in Magdeburg?
- Where are the most important authorities and what are their office hours?
- Where can I live in Magdeburg?
a) Quarters of the town
b) Accommodation offers
- Where do I find cheap (second hand) furniture?
- Where do I find a health insurance in Magdeburg?
- Where do I find banks? (change, current account, money transfer)
- Where do I find post offices and where do I get a phone connection?
- Where can I eat at the University/Medical Faculty? How can I use the libraries of the university?
- How can I use a computer at the University/Medical Faculty?
- What kind of activities (Culture, sports, events, etc.) does the town of Magdeburg offer?
- What do I have to do, if I need medical help?
- Where do I get help in case of emergencies? (police, ambulance, etc)
Magdeburg is the capital of the federal state of Saxony-Anhalt. The city has approximately 230.000 inhabitants.
Magdeburg is located in North-Eastern Germany between Hannover and Berlin. By train it takes two hours to reach Berlin and 1,5 hours to get to Hannover. To the airport Halle/Leipzig you need 1,5 hours by train.
The central station of Magdeburg is Magdeburg Hauptbahnhof (Magdeburg Hbf). The next airports are Hannover, Halle/Leipzig and the airports in Berlin. The train connection between these cities and Magdeburg is good.
Further information on how to get to Magdeburg is available here:
On the website of the tourist-information you will find further information on the city of Magdeburg, its history, monuments and important dates:
Trams and busses
The responsible transport company, responsible for busses and trams, is the company "Magdeburger Verkehrsbetriebe (MVB)".
The ticket office at the main entrance of the hospital is open from Monday to Friday from 00.00 bis 24.00 h.
Further information: www.mvbnet.de
Central Bus Station of Magdeburg (ZOB)
There are international bus connections to and from the Central Bus Station (ZOB) at Damaschkeplatz. There are among others connections to Paris, Minsk, London and Budapest. The ZOB is located west to the central train station. It lies between the western exit of the station (Konrad-Adenauer-Platz) and the tram station Damaschkeplatz.
Information on busses and companies are available at the Service Center of the MVB under this charge free phone number 0800 - 548 1245.
Deutsche Bahn (German Railway Service)
There are many train stations in Magdeburg. The most important is the Hauptbahnhof, abbreviated: Hbf, which means Central Station. This station is located in the north-western part of the city center.
Travel information is available here: www.bahn.de
Schedule information (free of charge) is available under (speech recognition system): 0800-1507090.
Taxis are easy to find in front of the station as well as in front of the university hospital. Taxi colour in Germany is beige and they carry a taxi sign on top.
Here are two easy numbers for calling a taxi: 73 73 73 oder 56 56 50, pre-dial 0391 when using mobile phone.
The Faculty of Medicine is located on the campus of the university hospital (Universitätsklinikum) in the quarter Sudenburg, which is south of the city center. You can reach the hospital with tram 6 (from the central station) and tram 9 (from Universitätsplatz, where the university campus is located). The tram stop is named "Universitätsklinikum".
This is the address of the university hospital/Faculty of Medicine:
Leipziger Str. 44
D- 39120 Magdeburg
Please always add the name of the department or clinic and if known the number of the building to the address when corresponding with the hospital.
First of all - depending on the purpose of your stay - you should go the the Studiendekanat (Office of Student Affairs) or the clinical department or institute that you will be working with. The International Office will give you a first orientation.
Principally, most of the formalities you have to cope with are the same as in other German cities. During the first days it is important to take care of the following matters:
get a health insurance valid in Germany, if you haven't got one so far
search for a room or appartment
registration at the Registration Office (Meldeamt)
registration at the Foreigner's Registration Office (Ausländerbehörde)
finding child care facilities, if necessary
An overview over the most important authorities and their opening hours is available under Question V.
For dealing with these formalities, there is a lot of helpful information on the web:
If you stay longer than three months in Magdeburg, you need to register at the Registration Office (Meldeamt) as soon as you have found accommodation. Then you have to register at the Foreigner's Registration Office (Ausländerbehörde) and get your residence permit there. If you want to get a work contract at the university hospital, you need to apply for a work permit at the job agency (Agentur für Arbeit) first.
Bürgerbüro Mitte, Meldeamt
Bestandteil der Abteilung Bürgerservice
Breiter Weg 222
Phone: (0391) 5 40-43 02
Fax: (0391) 5 40-43 59
Can be reached with trams 2, 5, 9, 10 - Tram stop: Domplatz
Mo 08:00 - 15:00 Tue 09:00 - 18:00 Wed 12:00 - 15:00 (closed on 1. Wed of each month) Thu 09:00 - 18:00 Fr 08:00 - 12:00 Sat 08:00 - 12:00 (only with appointment)
Breiter Weg 222
Phone: (0391) 5 40-43 89 (not during service hours)
Fax : (0391) 5 40-43 50
E-Mail : Abh@ewo.magdeburg.de
Can be reached with trams 2, 5, 9, 10 - Tram stop: Domplatz
Mo 08:00 - 12:00 Tue 09:00 - 12:00 and 14:00 - 17:30 Wed closed Thu 09:00 - 12:00 Fr 08:00 - 12:00
Agentur für Arbeit (Arbeitsamt Magdeburg), work permit
Hohepfortestraße 37 (At corner to W.-Rathenau-Str.)
Agentur für Arbeit Magdeburg
Can be reached with tram 5 - Tram stop: Askanischer Platz
Phone: 0800 4 5555 00
Fax: 0391 257-14 32
These quarters are surrounding the university hospital:
Sudenburg: Sudenburg is the quarter in which the hopital is located. West to the hospital there are old and new building, shops and restaurants. The rents are moderate. Unfortunately, there is no direct public transportation to the hospital, but by car, bike or by foot you can reach the hospital through Lemsdorfer Weg. East to the hopital there are new buildings with affordable rents. There are not many shops or restaurants around there.
City Center (Altstadt): This part of town has very beautiful old buildings especially around Hasselbachplatz. It is a lively quarter with lots of cafés and shops. The more central the appartment, the higher the rent. The connection with public transport to the hospital is usually good.
Buckau: In the east of Sudenburg there are a lot of free flats in this former industrial and worker's quarter. It is a little bit more difficult to reach the hospital with public transportation from here, but by car or bike you can reach the hospital easily as well.
Stadtfeld: In the north-east of Sudenburg the quarter Stadtfeld between the "Großer Diesdorfer Str.", "Westring" and "Liebknechtstr." is very much frequented by students, as there are cafés, shops and nice old houses, which can be rented for sharing an appartment. The nice appartments may be relatively expensive. Public transportation to the hopital is not the best, by bike it takes 15 to 20 min.
Reform: This quarter is located south of Sudenburg. There are new buildings and individual houses. It is rather far from the city centre.
We recommend to our international students and scientists the quarters Sudenburg, Altstadt and Stadtfeld.
Halls of Residence for students:
Rooms in the Hall of Residence are administered by the Studentenwerk (Association of Student Affairs). Except one building, which is located on the campus of the Medical Faculty, but which offers only unfurnished rooms, all the other buildings are located next to the main campus at Universitätsplatz in the north of the city.
The furnishing of rooms varies. Generally, the Studentenwerk rents out unfurnished rooms, but even furnished rooms only have a minimum of furniture. Bedding can be asked for, but dishes, bed-linen and curtains have to be bought. IKUS has a limited amount of dishes and small furniture which they lend to students.
The rooms are between 12-38sqm. Rent varies with size and degree of equipment between € 200 and € 306 per month. A deposit of € 225 must be paid which is refunded at the end of your stay if the room is left in a proper state. Bed-linen can be bought for € 12,78. Usually the kitchen is shared by several students. They are rarely equiped with dishes.
Studentenwerk Magdeburg Wohnheime
Mo 10:00 - 12:00 Tue 10:00 - 12:00 and 13:00 - 18:00 Wed closed Thu 10:00 - 12:00 Fr 10:00 - 12:00
Can be reached with tram 2 - Tram stop: Pfälzer Strasse and tram 9, 10 - Tram stop: Universität
More information: https://www.studentenwerk-magdeburg.de/en/
Lodging on Campus (Grundtec)
Apart from the Student Union, the company Grundtec Bauregie GmbH rents out fully and partially furnished apartments directly on University campus (dormitory 9 and Campus Tower). Precondition for renting a room is a valid record of study that is submitted at the time of making the rental agreement, for instance:
- student card
- enrolment documents
Furthermore, a valid identity card or passport must be submitted.
The dormitories are newly reconstructed and the rooms are equipped with bathroom, kitchenette (incl. electric hob, refrigerator, sink and wall cabinet), furniture, telephone and internet connection, lift. The students have to take care of all other necessary equipment, such as dishes, bed-linen, curtains etc.
The room or flat size ranges from 16 to 41sqm. Depending on size and fittings, the rent varies between € 250 and € 420 per month. You also have to pay a deposit of a monthly rent when you sign the lease/tenancy contract.
GRUNDTEC Bauregie GmbH
Phone: +49 (391) 7 21 41 02
Fax: +49 (391) 7 21 41 04
GRUNDTEC Bauregie GmbH
Olvenstedter Str. 33
Other accomodation opportunities can be found on: www.volksstimme.de or via the universities electronic bulletin board: http://www.mein-uniboard.de/uni-magdeburg?locale=en-us
Temporary accommodation in the Youth Hostel:
The Youth Hostel offers affordable accommodation for the first days in Magdeburg. By the way: not only for "Youth". Accommodation in a room with several beds for adults up to 26 years of age costs 22,50 Euro (B&B) + an annual fee of 7 Euro.
More information: www.jugendherberge.de/jh/magdeburg.
Holiday Home Agency Casamundo: www.casamundo.de/deutschland/sachsen_anhalt/magdeburg.htm
The tourist information helps you with finding accommodation in BB and hotels. An affordable room would cost between 20-40 Euro/night.
Phone: 0391 - 8380-402
Fax: 0391 - 8380-430
October to April
Mo - Fr: 10:00 - 18:30 Sa: 10:00 - 15:00
May to September
Mo - Fr 10:00 - 19:00 Sa: 10:00 - 16:00
Can be reached by trams 2, 5, 9, 10 - Tram stop: Alter Markt
Gästeetage (guest house) for scientific staff and guests:
The university guest house is located in building 18 directly above the International Office at Universitätsplatz. It offers individual rooms for rent to scientific staff and guests. Bath room and kitchen are shared with other guests. Bed-linen and towels are inclusive. The kitchen is equipped with dishes. Rooms can also be rented for single days. Please contact Frau Beck via email to ask for current rents.
Contact Person: Frau Beck
Tel.: 0391 67-51467
Fax: 0391 67-11238
Universitätsplatz-Campus, Haus 18
International Meeting Center (IBZ):
The International Meeting Center lies next to the university campus and offers apartments for international scientists. The apartments are completely furnished. They include bed-linen, towels and dishes. The rent varies between 200-700 Euro/months - depending on the size of the appartment. It is rather difficult to obtain a flat here, though. The apartments have to be booked for at least one month.
Contact Person: Frau Voigt
Phone: 0391 67-11752
Fax: 0391 67-11239
More information available at: http://www.ibz.ovgu.de/ibz/en/
Further accomodation options
- Home Real Estate Agencies and Cooperatives
http://www.ovgu.de/Campus+_+City/Wohnen.html (on lower half of this page)
- Furnished guest apartments of the Wobau (cooperative):
- Ads in the local newspaper:
- Electronic bulletin board of the OvGU:
IKUS furniture market for international students:
Jugend- und Sozialzentrum "Mutter Teresa"
Am Charlottentor 31
Phone: 0391-818 58 - 39
Fax: 0391-818 58 52
Can be reached with Tram 6 - Tram stop: Am Cracauer Tor/Tram 5 - Tram stop: Am Heumarkt
Mo 8:00 - 14:30 Tue 8:00 - 17:30 Wed 8:00 - 14:30 Thu 8:00 - 14:30 Fr 8:00 - 11:30
Wertstoffhof der AQB
Phone: 0391-72726 140
Tram 1, 8, 9, 10 - Tram stop: Mittagstr, by foot in direction Magdeburger Ring in front of Diakonie.
Mo, Fr 9:00 - 14:30 Tue-Thu 9:00 - 16:00
A list of health insurances is available here:
Some big providers of mandatory insurance are:
Please check the available amount of money for your stay in Magdburg before coming to Germany. You will need at least 643 Euro/month.
The travel bank is specialized on international money transfer. It is located directly in the Central Station. But there are also other banks which offer this service. We cannot recommend any bank in particular.
Travel Bank (Reisebank) at Central Station (change, traveller checks, money transfer, etc.)
Phone: 0391 5 41 09 03
Telefax: 0391 5 41 09 03
Can be reached by tram 6 - Tram stop: Hauptbahnhof //Tram 1 - Tram stop: City Carré/Hauptbahnhof
Mo - Fr 08.00 - 19.30 Sa 08.00 - 12.00 Sundays and holidays closed
Here is a list of banks in Magdeburg:
Further information on finances:
At the post office and in some other shops (with the yellow post sign), you will get stamps and you can send letters and parcels.
These post offices are centrally located or near the main campus:
Breiter Weg 203 - 206
Mo-Fr 9:00 - 19:00 Sa 9:00 - 12:00
Mo-Fr 9:00 - 12:00 and 14:00 - 18:00 Sa 9:00 - 12:00
In most flats a land line is available. To use it you have to sign a contract with a phone company. Possible options in Magdeburg are MDCC (Magdeburg-City-Com GmbH) or Telekom, but there are many others you can find online and check their availablity in Magdeburg.
Please note: It happend more than once that international students or staff signed phone or internet contracts in German, because they were informed orally in English about the conditions. Later they got very high invoices and discovered that they had signed conditions they did not agree with. Please take any contract home before signing to read and translate them carefully and make sure that you have understood all conditions, especially regarding out of country tarifs.
In these Telecafés you can make calls to other countries and use the Internet:
Breiter Weg 39
Tram stop: Theater
Phone: 0391\5639181Tram stop: City Carré
There is a student cafeteria (Mensa) at the main campus as well as at the Medical Faculty.
The student cafeteria on the medical campus is in building 42.
The student cafeteria on the main campus is in building 27.
There are several other small cafeterias on both campuses.
Both student cafeterias are located next to the libraries. To use the libraries, you need to register at the library. A proof of an address in Magdeburg is required for the registration.
Central Medical Library (Medizinische Zentralbibliothek): building 42
University Library (Universitätsbibliothek): building 30
You can use the computers of the university, if you have applied for it at the computer center (Rechenzentrum).
There is a computer center at the Medical Faculty and one at the University.
- Medical computer center: http://www.mrz.ovgu.de/mrz.html
- University computer center: https://www.urz.ovgu.de/
Information on Magdeburg:
Culture and Spare Time:
Activities at the University:
Student Cabaret Prolästerrat:
Opera/Theatre in Magdeburg:
Theater an der Angel:
- Magdeburger Zwickmühle
Intercultural Meeting Center Magdeburg (Einewelt haus):
In Germany you can chose your doctor. There is an overview of medical practice in Magdeburg in the "yellow pages":
Or you can do a search on http://arztsuche.kvsa.de/arztsuche where you can choose among other things for specialty and language spoken by the doctor.
Except for the specialties ophthalmology, dentistry and gynecology you need to consult you general practicioner first. There you will get a transfer slip to specialised doctors.
In case of medical emergency you need to dial the number 112.
If you have a mandatory insurance, your visit to the doctor is free of charge.
If the doctor prescribes you drugs, usually you will have to pay a fee in the pharmacy, which does not correspond to the full price of the drug, though.
Some providers of mandatory insurance are:
If you have a private insurance you need to pay the full fee for the doctor and for the drugs at the pharmacy. Your insurance will refund you later.
EHI (European Health Insurance)
Nationals from EU-member states or other countries that have an equivalent agreement with Germany do not have to get an additional insurance here in Germany. If you are a holder of the EHIC (European Health Insuranc Card) you can directly visit a doctor, though only emergency treatment will be provided in that case. Screening and preventive diagnostic measures are not covered by the EHIC.
Fire Brigade/Medical Emergencies 112
Directory enquiries (subject to charge):
- Germany: 11 8 33
- english 11 8 37
- turkish 11 8 36
- Abroad 11 8 34
Operator (directly connecting you to number you want to call, subject to charge!): 0180 200 10 33