On this page you might find helpful information regarding your stay in Stralsund. Besides organizational issues like opening a bank account or explanations about the health insurance you also get advice about sports and the public transport. Additionally, we recommend you to have a look into our Incoming Guide.
Are you finishing your studies soon and already looking for a job in Germany? Or do you want to apply for an internship? Just take a look into our Application Manual!
For a stress free and smooth arrival in Stralsund, get further information here.
In Stralsund, there is a network of bus routes. Line 1 goes directly to HOST (bus stop close to house 19) via Stralsund main station and town center. The closest bus stop of line 4 is called "Lilienthalstraße" (use of the way through the BFW). A single ride costs € 2.00. You can also buy a weekly, monthly or half-year ticket. If you do not use the bus every day, you could also buy an 6-trip ticket. The tickets can be purchased from the driver or at any ticket agency.
For more information about the schedules of all bus routes and prices visit the website of public transport in Stralsund (German only!).
All trains arriving in or leaving from Stralsund, can be found at the following link. In addition to the standard fares, there are special tickets (so-called "Ländertickets") which one can use in each province for short-distance travel with a maximum of 5 persons. Those tickets are valid 24/7 on weekends and on weekdays from 9 am. For more information on tickets and the countries of the Quer-durchs-Land-Ticket is available on the website of Deutsche Bahn.
For students who travel a lot, there is a rail card ("Bahncard"), which ensures a discount up to 50 % on standard rates. If you are enrolled in a tourism-related degree (Leisure and Tourism Management or Tourism Development Strategies) course you also have the possibility to apply for the Travel Industry Card. It is valid for one year, costs € 12.50 and offers discounts for long distance busses, trains, different leisure activities and hotel bookings for example.
Long Distance Busses
As an alternative you can also use busses instead of trains. Stralsund is connected to many different cities within Germany and Europe. The schedule you can find here.
Ferries departing from Sassnitz
The ferry port Sassnitz is a gate to the Baltic Sea. Scheduled ferry services offer crossings from Sassnitz to Denmark, Sweden, Russia and Lithuania. Further information about the schedule can be found at the following link.
If you are travelling alone, there are offers like BlaBlaCar or Bessermitfahren where you can find other people traveling to your destination. It could be by car or train, but you can almost always find something low priced.
If your account does not participate in SEPA, we suggest opening a bank account in Stralsund. If you are staying in the student residence Holzhausen, you will definitely need a SEPA account so that Studierendenwerk can debit your account.
You should contact your home bank to find out the cheapest and fastest way to transfer money between your bank in Stralsund and your bank in your home country. When you leave Stralsund, you should close your account here.
Credit cards such as MasterCard, EuroCard, VISA and American Express are accepted nearly everywhere in Germany. In lots of shops, you can also pay by card if it has a "Maestro" emblem. Opening an account should be one of your first steps in Germany. The buddies will help the international students with this.
You will need:
National ID card or passport
Residential address in Stralsund/rental contract
Proof of enrollment (e.g. preliminary certificate of enrollment or letter of acceptance)
Details of your current account (incl. SWIFT/IBAN)
- Possibly money for transferring the administration fees to Hochschule Stralsund
Account holder: Hochschule Stralsund
Bank: Sparkasse Vorpommern
IBAN: DE16 1505 0500 0112 2350 93
Payment reference: Surname, first name(s)
If you need to apply for a residence permit and you did not have to open a blocked account for your visa, you can do so now.
All students require health insurance. The Germany health care system you find explained here in 40 languages.
Students from EU member states and students who come from countries that have a social security agreement with the EU (EEA countries, Bosnia and Herzegovina, Serbia and Montenegro, Croatia, Macedonia, Switzerland, Turkey and Tunisia) should make sure to find out the best way to receive health insurance by asking their health insurance provider in their home country, prior to departure. In most cases, students will receive the European Health Insurance Card (EHIC) which releases you from obligatory health insurance in Germany and provides you with medical care in emergencies. Find out more information on the website of the European Commission.
All other students (non-EU students and students without a European Heath Insurance Card) have two possibilities.
All students aged below 30 years can take out student health insurance with a statutory health insurance provider in Germany. The monthly costs amount to ca. 100 EUR. To do so, you will need to go to a branch of a health insurance provider with the following documents:
Passport or national ID card
Wohnungsgeberbestätigung (confirmation from landlord/rental contract)
Bank account details
- Proof that you are a student (e.g. the Preliminary Certificate of Enrollment or the Letter of Acceptance)
If you have already taken out health insurance that is valid in Germany, you can have this recognised locally by a statutory health insurance provider. To do so, you will have to go to one of the branches of a statutory health insurance provider with proof of your current health insurance and apply for a Befreiung von der Krankenversicherungspflicht (release from obligatory health insurance). If they recognise your health insurance, you can enroll with their notification.
However, please keep in mind that international insurance policies do not always provide for the same amount of care as statutory health insurance in Germany and this could mean that if you fall ill, you might be faced with problems. If the health insurance protection is not sufficient, you will have to take out student health insurance with a statutory health insurance provider. If you have any questions, do not hesitate to contact us!
Students who are older than 30 are not subject to obligatory health insurance. You can choose to take out health insurance with a statutory health insurance provider at a higher cost or take out private health insurance. Please make sure you take out sufficient health insurance protection for the entire length of your studies in Stralsund.
For enrollment, a German statutory health insurance must have digitally transmitted the insurance status of each study applicant. This is done upon request of the applicants.
If you are insured with a German statutory health insurance company at the beginning of your studies, please contact your statutory health insurance company, quoting our dispatch number H0000327, and they will digitally report the insurance status to us.
If you are insured with a private health insurance company at the beginning of your studies, please contact any German statutory health insurance company, quoting our dispatch number H0000327, which will digitally confirm the existence of private insurance.
No enrollment will take place without proof of health insurance.
All enrolled students are covered with accident insurance from the State of Mecklenburg-Vorpommern. This insurance covers any accidents that might occur during studies in Stralsund. If an accident occurs, you have to inform HOST (Division II) about the accident within 3 days. The university will then contact the insurance company. If you do not inform HOST about the accident, you will not be able to make any claims at a later date.
You register your address in Stralsund at the local Residents' Registration Office - the Ordnungsamt. You will also need the Meldebescheinigung (Certificate of Registration) for registration at the Ausländerbehörde (Immigration Office).
Students of HOST can obtain an one-time "GutscheinCard Stralsund" from the registration office if they present a certificate of study from the university and have recently moved their main place of residence to Stralsund for the purpose of taking up their studies. The GutscheinCard can be used at local traders and businesses.
For registration you will need the following documents:
Passport or national ID card
Wohnungsgeberbestätigung (confirmation from landlord/rental agreement)
Bank account details
Proof that you are a student (e.g. Preliminary Certificate of Enrollment or Letter of Acceptance)
Ordnungsamt (Residents' Registration Office)
Monday 8.00 a.m. – 12.00 p.m.
Tuesday 8.00 a.m. – 12.00 p.m. and 1.00 - 6.00 p.m.
Wednesday Appointments only by prior arrangement
Thursday 8.00 a.m. – 12.00 p.m. and 1.00 - 4.00 p.m.
Friday 8.00 a.m. – 12.00 p.m.
Ausländerbehörde (Immigration Office)
Tuesday 9.00 a.m. – 12.00 p.m. and 1.30 - 6.00 p.m.
Thursday 9.00 a.m. – 12.00 p.m. and 1.30 - 4.00 p.m.
All students at the HOST need to pay an administration fee of 105,00 €* for the first and 88,00 € for each subsequent semester.
*Exception: ERASMUS+ students have to pay an administration fee of only 85 EUR per semester.
Before you enroll in your first or exchange semester, please transfer 105,00 €* to:
Recipient: Hochschule Stralsund
Bank: Sparkasse Vorpommern
IBAN: DE16 1505 0500 0112 2350 93
Reference: Your name (for exchange students) and applicant number (for full course students)
Please bring a receipt or proof of this transfer to your enrollment.
For further semesters please transfer 88 EUR* to:
Empfänger: Hochschule Stralsund
Bank: Sparkasse Vorpommern
IBAN: DE44 1505 0500 0100 0572 09
Reference: matriculation number, first name, family name
Living in Stralsund
You are searching for an accommodation in Stralsund? All information about living in Stralsund can be found here.
Information on ECTS Points
The ECTS credit system makes degree programmes and student performance more transparent and comparable all across European Union countries. ECTS replaced or complemented the different local (national) standards within Europe. Thanks to the ECTS credit system students from EU-countries can go abroad and study a degree that will be universally accepted all throughout the European Union.
By completing a course, seminar, module etc., you get awarded with ECTS-credit points. Every ECTS credit point represents the amount of workload.
Some examples of ECTS credits assigned per degree type:
- One year of studies - 60 ECTS-credits;
- 3-year Bachelor’s programme - 180 ECTS-credits;
- 2-year Master’s programme - 120 ECTS-credits.
Due to its relative nature, the ECTS grading scale can just give an orientation about a student’s performance but is much more transparent than many national grading systems and it helps compare your academic performance towards other students in Europe!
The ECTS-Coordinators below are in charge to proof and sign your learning agreements. Changes (Changes/during the mobility) can be made until five weeks after semester start.
Faculty of Economics
Dr. Acácia Malhado
House 1, Room 141
Tel. +49 3831 456 671
Faculty of Electrical Engineering and Informatics
Prof. Dr.-Ing. Birgit Steffenhagen
House 4, Room 102c
Tel. +49 3831 457317
Faculty of Engineering
Prof. Dr.-Ing. Olaf Lotter
House 19, Room 311
Tel. 03831 45 6926
Prof. Dr. rer. nat. Michael Koch
House 4, Room 326a
Tel. 03831 45 6656
The Buddy programme enables international students, whether they are degree or exchange students, to find their way around Stralsund, to fight their way through Germany's government jungle and to find connections on campus with the help of volunteer local students. The students of the University of Stralsund assist the Internationals with questions and help them on arrival, enrollment and support them to overcome language barriers. It is a chance to make new friendships worldwide, improve language and international skills and promote intercultural exchange.
Who can participate?
All students who come to Stralsund as exchange/guest students are automatically assigned a buddy. All international students who are going to complete full-time studies in Stralsund can register for the Buddy Programme after receiving their confirmation of admission.
How can I participate?
Once you have received a confirmation of admission as a degree student, you can register for the programme via the following e-mail-address, using the information below:
Required information: Name, study program, country of origin, arrival date
Here you find an interview with the former Buddy Programme Coordinator Ms Juliane Wloch.
The International Office offers various workshops and events during the semester. In cooperation with the International Event Point we would like to invite you to our international "Get Togethers" and other events to make international and German contacts and to have a great time together with friends.
The recent programm can be downloaded here.
For further information please visit the Instagram page of the International Event-Point.
The International Event-Point – a place where cultures meet
Hello and welcome to the IEP!
Every semester there are lots of Internationals studying at the Hochschule Stralsund. On the other hand there are plenty of Germans here who want to get in contact with other cultures. The IEP is a group for all of those: where both International and German students can meet up, plan and celebrate together.
Already interested? The IEP caters something for all tastes!
Maybe you like organising and coordinating? Then you should definitely join the Organisational department. It deals with administrative questions like the application for financial support or the cooperation with the university. So it is the perfect chance to get an insight into the organisation and the responsibilities of a group like the IEP.
Another important part of our team is the Marketing department. Its members advertise events and programs on social media. By designing flyers and stickers or by writing articles you can fully act out your creativity and get by the way interesting knowledge about the basics of marketing.
Maybe you have already been at a Get-Together or at some excursions organised by the Event and Journey department? From planning and moderating those events to collecting feedback afterwards - a lot of work but also fun lies in the hands of this team. Is there anything better than enjoying a relaxed evening at the beach or doing bigger excursions to interesting places like Hamburg or Rügen while meeting people from all over the world?
Our aim is to offer something for every student of the HOST. No matter if you just want to have fun at one of our many events or if you even like to join our team - everyone with an open mind is always welcome at the IEP!
Are you already a bit curious? Then visit us at our weekly meetings during the Gremienzeit.
On campus there is a canteen (Mensa) and a cafeteria where students can have lunch or a light snack. The canteen is currently open between 11.30 am and 1.30 pm (Monday until Friday) and the cafeteria is open between 8 am and 2 pm (Monday until Friday). At present the price of lunch starts from € 1.75 for students. The lunch can be paid by using the HOST Card.
Sport Clubs in Stralsund
Apart from the University’s sports club, there are also other sports clubs in Stralsund that offer a wide variety of sports. Membership in a sports club is not very expensive. Members have to pay an annual membership fee and can then take part in all sports activities. The sports clubs in Stralsund offer a huge array of sports, ranging from basketball, handball, football, volleyball to martial arts, gymnastics and athletics.
The go-cart track can be found on the industrial estate in Grünhufe. With a length of 277 m, it provides enough space for fast laps. So come along and put your foot down!
Bowleros is located right next to Stralsund’s central train station. With its 1700 m², the Center offers enough space for ten-pin bowlers of all abilities, whether it’s just for fun or more serious hobby bowlers. Visitors also have the chance to play pool, table hockey and table football.
The HanseDom leisure center is the right place for a fun swim or slippery slides, a pool for lane-swimming, the oriental sauna landscape, a well-equipped fitness studio and a broad range of sports possibilities, for example tennis, squash and an indoor climbing wall.
Sailing School Altefähr
The sailing school in Altefähr, which is located on the opposite side of the Sund to Stralsund, offers sailing boats and catamarans, windsurfing equipment, kayaks, fishing boats, yachts and traditional wooden boats.
Tree-Top Adventures on Rügen
There are two tree-top rope courses on Rügen:
Stralsund Football Club - The Stralsund Pikes
You love football or want to try it out? Then get in contact with the Pikes.
Stralsund Rowing Club
You can row at different levels of ability at the Stralsund Rowing Club. You can take part in training sessions during the week, at weekends or go on water tours and there will be enough time for socializing. The Club rows on the Strelasund.
Students who need professional help with psychological problems, e.g. if they feel lonely, anxious or exhausted, or need support with legal advice, can contact the Social Counseling Service of the Studierendenwerk Greifswald. The social counseling can be reached via:
Christin Rewitz / Liane Krüger
House 1, Room 145
Phone: +493831 456879
Due to the current Covid 19 pandemic, there are no contact hours in presence. Consultation will take place via e-mail, telephone or video call.