Your university or college will probably have student welfare provision with advice on health and wellbeing.
As Germany is part of the European Union, if you are from a country that is a member of the EU and you have a European Health Insurance Card (EHIC) you will be able to access state-provided healthcare in Germany at a reduced cost or sometimes for free.
If you are from outside the EU you will not be entitled to state healthcare and you should investigate appropriate health insurance.
Shopping is so easy in Darmstadt as the city is compact and the city centre is pedestrianised, with a variety of boutiques, department stores, book shops and jewellery stores, as well as ice cream parlours, cafés and restaurants.
The Luisencenter in the centre of town is the main shopping centre and has all the main high street shops. If you want to head out of town, head for Loop5, a shopping centre with good public transport connections to the city.
The great thing about studying in a small city is that the night life is easy and accessible, and you’re always bumping into people you know.
The Schlossgarten Café in the city centre, with a spacious beer garden and all day breakfast is a popular student hang-out. If you fancy an Irish pub, head for An Sibin which has karaoke on Thursdays, a regular quiz night and live music at the weekend. Clubbers should head for the Goldene Krone – but check the website in advance as there is very different music on different nights.
If comedy is more your thing and your German’s good enough to understand a joke, try the Comedy Hall in the south of the city.
Whether you’re interested in traditional German food or are looking for something more exotic, you’ll find plenty of interesting food in Darmstadt.
For typical German dishes and beer, try the Ratskeller Hausbrauerei next to the Schlossgarten. You mustn’t miss out on coffee and cake when you’re in Germany, so head for Café Gretchen on Spessartring in the north-eastern part of the city. The cheesecake is well worth a visit in itself. The Hobbit pub is a popular choice amongst hungry students, and for traditional worscht, try Snack Point which claims to have the best in town, and for Ethiopian food try Baobab.
And don’t miss the market – Datterich Wochenmarkt, on the first Saturday of the month, is the best place to try regional delicacies.
Alongside a competitive university sports programme Darmstadt also offers sports fans many other opportunities to indulge their passion. SV Darmstad 98 who play in the country's top divison at Merck-Stadion am Böllenfalltor and is easily accessible on public transport. The city also offers a Icerink in the Bürgerpark Nord which is open from August to March. Soccers-Treff is a multifunctional indoor sports park that offers tennis, badminton and football spaces all year around. the Herrngarten opposite The Technical University of Darmstadt is a beautiful park to enjoy walking in.