Health & Wellbeing:
Your university or college will probably have student welfare provision with advice on health and wellbeing, and there is a doctor’s surgery and a hospital near the Uninest student’s residence.
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.
Frankfurt has a reputation for being expensive, but if you know where to go you can find lots of fantastic shops that won’t break the bank. The first and obvious place to head for is Zeil – Frankfurt’s best known shopping street (and one of the most frequented shopping streets in Europe – where you’ll find all the big name brands from H&M to Adidas, plus the department store, Galeria Kaufhof.
If you want a taste of designer living, go to super-luxe Goethestrasse, where you’ll find the likes of Ferragamo, Versacce, Tiffany and Gucci. If independent labels are more your thing, you’ll like Neue Kräme, right in the city centre, where you’ll find independent and specialist shops plus lots of places to eat.
Students tend to favour Leipziger Strasse in Bockheim (near Uninest!) where you’ll find small stores selling jewellery and accessories by young designers, independent bookshops and ethnic stores.
For all the skyscrapers and business suits, Frankfurt is still a great place to have fun and has plenty of places to enjoy a good night out. The streets of Bockenheim, near the Uninest restaurant, are packed with bars and cafés, so you won’t need to go far to find some fun.
If you want to go upmarket a bit, head for Salzhaus – great for a cocktail night - and if it’s beer you’re after, the Bergerstrasse has some nice beer gardens.
For live music, Kleine Bockenheimer Strasse has so many jazz clubs it’s known as “Jazzgasse”. The Cave is a popular nightclub amongst students, as is Final Destination (which has different styles of music on different floors. For more mainstream music head for the Velvet Club. And if you fancy an Irish pub night, go to O’Reilly’s.
German food is known for being filling and tasty, and the food in Frankfurt is no exception. While you’re here you should be sure to try some of the local specialities, starting with the Frankfurter, which you can pick up for a few euros anywhere you go.
Feeling extra hungry? Adolf Wagner is a must see, the kitchen produces the delicious and hearty German dishes will fill you up nicely. if you are looking to whip up your own masterpieces then Kleinmarkthalle a large indoor food market is the perfect place to get inspired.
Don’t miss the Handkäse mit Musik – curdled soft cheese, rolled by hand into a cylindrical shape, usually eaten with rye bread with vinegar, onions and caraway seeds. It’s not to everybody’s taste, but worth a try. And if you want to make like Goethe, try Grüne Sosse (green sauce) filled with herbs and mixed with sour cream or quark, which was a favourite of the writer. Eaten with hard boiled eggs, it’s great for vegetarians.
Bockenheim has plenty of cheap places to eat, as has Leiziger Strasse (not far away). For reasonably priced dining, go to the Grosse Bockenheimer Strasse, and if you like Middle Eastern food try the Bahnhofsviertel area near Hauptbahnhof station. Pubs are always a good bet for hearty food, and you must try the local ‘ebbelwoi’, a drink made from fermented apples.
Food-lovers will also enjoy the Kleimarkthalle, a large indoor food market.
Sport & Leisure:
Frankfurt is a sports loving town, in terms of both spectating and participating.
You can watch the city’s football team – Eintracht Frankfurt (the Eagles) – which is in the prestigious Bundesliga. The city’s ice hockey team, Löwen Frankfurt, which plays out of the Eissporthalle (a multi-rink stadium not far from the city centre) is also popular, and Frankfurt also hosts an increasingly popular basketball team, Fraport Skyliners Frankfurt.
With beautiful green parks there are lots of opportunities to enjoy the outdoors. Hiking is very popular and you can hire a bike and cycle through the city. Make a beeline for the attractive Grüneburgpark, which has an excellent track for walkers, runners, cyclists and in-line skaters, or head out of town to the Taunus Hills Nature Park.
Frankfurt is a stunning city steeped in history and culture, with several renowned museums such as the Staedel Museum housing an amazing collection of fine arts and the German Film Museum dedicated to film production and technology aside from museums the stunning architecture of Frankfurt Romans Square and the Old Opera House are sure to impress. Trade shows are common in Frankfurt be sure not to miss the worlds largest: the Frankfurt Motor Show held bi-annually in September and the Frankfurt Book Fair held annually in mid-October.