Health & Wellbeing:
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.
Dresden is a really fun and rewarding city to shop in. If you’re just after high street fashion, you can’t go wrong with the modern Prager Strasse where you’ll find all the usual high street stores. But if you’re looking for something more interesting, there’s plenty to keep you happy.
The Outer Neustadt area is great for independent stores and quirky finds with lots of quirky shops and kitsch delights. Check out the Kunsthofpassage with its colourful exteriors and unusual shops and studios.The Markthalle (close to Albertplatz) is great for gifts.
If you like markets, get up early on a Saturday – the Elbe flea market on the banks of the river Elbe, between the Carola and Albert Bridges, is fantastic for bargains.
And at Christmas time you’ll find all your shopping taken care of at Dresden’s famous Christmas market, the Striezelmarkt.
You’ll soon discover that Dresden is divided into two, especially when it comes to nightlife - the new part of the city (Neustadt) where the students tend to hang out, and the historic district (Altstadt), where you’ll take your parents when they visit.
The Neustadt is where you’ll find most of the popular bars and clubs and where you’re likely to bump into your fellow students. Popular clubs include Katy’s Garage and Downtown. For a more grown-up atmosphere, head for Lloyd’s or Blue Note, and if you fancy crossing town for a cocktail, make for the sophisticated Karl May Bar.
If you’re in Dresden in the summer, check out the Bunte Republik Neustadt – a festival with musicians and artist, flea markets and stands.
Dresden has something for diners of all palates and pockets – whether you prefer your stars on a brass plaque at the front of the restaurant or sparkling above your head as you enjoy the delights of a traditional beer garden. There’s something here to tickle everyone’s taste buds.
The food in Dresden is an interesting mix of regional an international dishes, and as its rich history meets its rural Saxony surroundings, there are options for every budget, too.
Traditional Saxon dishes include potato soup with sausages; head to Ladencafe Aha for a great (and sensibly priced) version. For the best traditional coffee and cake, in fabulous surroundings, try the Grand Café Coselpalais where your cake will be served on pretty, German china and you can enjoy the Baroque surroundings.
You’ll find lots of restaurants and cocktail bars on Weisse-Gasse in the Altstadt district, though take a glance at the prices before sitting down. You’ll find better value in the grungier Neustadt area, though, with ethnic restaurants and reasonably priced cafés.
At Christmas time, don’t miss Dresden’s Christmas market, the Striezelmarkt, where you’ll be able to the “Christstollen” - a traditional pastry served during Advent.
Dresden may not be able to boast a Bundesliga football team, but there is plenty here to keep sporty people happy. Try your hand at beach volleyball at Sportpark Ostra or go ice skating at the EnergieVerbund Arena.
If you fancy seeing the city from the water, you can hire a boat or canoe and keep fit at the same time. There are lots of walking routes around the city, and if hiking is your thing you should head out of town; there are amazing trails in nearby Switzerland.
And don’t forget that your Uninest residence has its own gym, so there’s not excuse not to stay fit!