Study in Hannover

As a well-established economic region, Hannover supports a range of industries, including automotive and tourism. Home to the World EXPO in 2000, Hannover has since come to enjoy an international reputation as a trade fair and conference venue, earning the nickname ‘EXPO City’.


Hannover is located in central Germany; it is also a major crossing point for railway lines and highways (Autobahnen), connecting European main-lines from east to west (Berlin - Ruhr area) and north to south (Hamburg - Munich et al.). Reaching other notable cities is easy:

  • Berlin: 1 hour 45 minutes by high-speed train
  • Hamburg: 1 hour 30 minutes by high-speed train
  • Cologne: 2 hours 40 minutes by high-speed train

GISMA's Hannover campus boasts modern facilities, and is located close to the River Leine. The campus can be accessed by tram at stations Goetheplatz, or Steintor which is a five minute walk away. The campus is only two tram stops or a 10-15 minute walk from the main train station, Hauptbahnhof. 

With the campus located in the city centre, there is great access to shops, restaurants, nightlife, museums and other attractions. Attractions such as the Kreuzkirche (cross church), the Historical Museum, and the New Town Hall are all reachable within five minutes. The Maschsee Lake lies close by, as well as the Eilenriede Townforest - the largest of its kind in Germany - which transforms the city into a green oasis. The stadium of Hannover 96 offers you the opportunity to watch exciting Bundesliga football matches.

GISMA Hannover 

  • Campus address:
    Goethestraße 18
    30169 Hannover
Cost of Living

We have estimated the cost of living as a student in Hannover. Please note that these are average estimates only – your experiences may vary.


Expenses Estimated amount per month
Rent €320 - €500
Food €200 - €300
Books €20 - €40
Public transportation €45 - €75
Telephone, internet €40 - 60
Health (health insurance, medication, consultations) €45 - 55
Other €80 - 120
Total Cost of Living €750 - €1150

 *GISMA created this table for you to have a reference based on our experience and students feedback.

Things To Do

Hannover boasts an incredible amount of attractions. Here are just a few:

  • Royal Gardens of Herrenhausen 

Hannover's most famous attraction. The Herrenhausen Gardens are a stunning ensemble of garden art and culture that rank among the most important historical gardens in Europe.

  • The Old Town

Half-timbered buildings, museums, and sights in Hannover's historical centre.

  • Maschsee Lake

One of the city's most popular destinations and recreational areas.

  • Tiergarten

The deer park of Hannover - one of the most popular tourist attractions.

  • Eilenriede

Europe's largest city forest.

  • The Old Town Hall

A historical building dating back to 1500.

  • Marktkirche

The church at the market place, built in the 14th century.

  • The New Town Hall

A magnificent building constructed in 1913.

  • Opera House

One of the most beautiful neo-classical buildings of its kind.

  • Hannover Adventure Zoo

Enjoy the zoo's exotic landscapes, over 3,000 animals and amazing shows.

  • Tropical Sea Life Aquarium

Fascinating underwater worlds: Sea Life in Hannover offers 3,500 square metres of habitats, taking in everything from the local River Leine to the Caribbean and Amazon.


Hannover's calendar is full of cultural events and seasonal festivals. These include:

  • Oktoberfest Hannover, the second largest Oktoberfest in the world!
  • Maschsee Lake Festival is one of the biggest open air parties in northern Germany. For three weeks every summer, an enormous party takes place on the promenades around the shores of the Maschsee Lake.
  • The TUI Arena plays host to some of the world’s biggest acts, such as Elton John and Cirque du Soleil and many other world-renowned singers, musicians and performers.
  • Royal Gardens of Herrenhausen host a firework competition that lasts all summer long.
  • If you’re a runner, you can take part in the TUI Marathon at the end of April; see if you can beat your PB on this extremely flat route.

Hannover has a range of beer gardens, bars and clubs to choose from. There’s an emphasis on dance, but alternatives are abundant thanks to a vibrant pub scene. The Central Station neighbourhood is home to lively clubs, while the Old Town features quaint, historic pubs with a wide range of German beers.

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