Student life at our business school is more than just attending lectures and learning - it's an exciting journey of personal and academic development. Actively shape your time as a student by enjoying our university offerings, taking advantage of what the city has to offer, and exploring the beautiful nature of the northern Black Forest. Make new friends and create memories at parties, sports and cultural events, field trips and more.
Get involved in our student self-administration, the AStA or the various initiatives at Pforzheim University to make new contacts and actively shape student life in Pforzheim. Become part of the big picture.
Why, how come, what for?
- Bringing ideas to life
- Pursue common goals
- Strengthen team spirit
- Gather job-qualifying skills
By you, for you: whether you're a lone warrior or a team player, you will find what you're looking for in one of the university's sports teams. The Gold City Hunt, the Buddy Program, the Campus Festival, the Semester-Opening & Semester-End Parties, and the Running Dinner through the shared kitchens of Pforzheim are just a few examples of the great recreational activities offered by the initiatives. And with the Cultural Flat you can visit selected cultural events in Pforzheim for free (e.g. go to museums or movies).
Click through the videos in German to get a first insight into the work of the student initiatives or get more detailed information in English here.
Pforzheim may not win any beauty awards, but as we all know, it's the inner values that count, and the city has more to offer than you might think. From interesting museums, leisurely pedal boating on the Enz, getting creative at EMMAs, an exciting visit to the wildlife park, free concerts at the Schlosspark Open Festival, surfing on the blackforestwave, a spectacular view of the Great Barrier Reef at the Gasometer, open air movies and a spring festival (Pforzhemer Mess) to the Christmas market with an ice rink for ice skating, there is an impressive cultural program for every season.
You can also explore
- new places during guided tours of the city
- the hiking and biking trails of the region
- the green parks of the city
- clubs and voluntary work (e.g. federal voluntary service)
- the Wartberg and Nagold outdoor swimming pools
- one of the 120 sports clubs in Pforzheim
- fresh fruit and vegetables at the weekly markets
For all information in German, please visit the City of Pforzheim's website under "Kultur" and "Freizeit".
In the city center there are several clubs like Graden's or Salt & Pepper. On Wednesdays, the Irish Pub offers a karaoke night where you can show what you've got. The pub quiz is also a great way to spend a fun evening with friends. Other popular locations are Lehner's (cocktail dice every Monday), Café Roland and Ozon, which turns into a bar at night. Pforzheim also has several movie theaters: the Rex right by the train station and the Kommunale Kino, which shows well-selected movies.
Those who want to indulge in culinary delights after a busy week will find many international restaurants in Pforzheim. A special recommendation for all lovers of Asian food is the Thai snack bar Sawasdee in the Jägerpassage, in the city center. If you want to enjoy good bread, you will find a delicious selection at the Wiskandt bakery. Coffee specialties can be enjoyed on the way to college at Caphe an der Enz (Flößerviertel). In the Northern part of the city, Fräulein Orth bakes fantastic cakes. If you're in the mood for an extravagant breakfast, Ozon and Café d'Anvers offer breakfast variations à la #instafoodie. Café Damals with its cozy atmosphere is also worth a visit. Ice cream and dolce vita can be found at the Rialto ice cream parlor near Leopoldplatz.
Leisurely walks lead from the campus through the forest to the Seehaus, to the Glasbronnenquelle near Würm or to the Haidach lookout point. You definitely should not miss the beautiful sunset at the Wallberg in the west of Pforzheim. The Wallberg is a viewpoint and memorial at the same time, as it was built up with World War II debris.
Unique options in Pforzheim's surroundings include the treetop path and the Wild Line in Bad Wildbad, which offer exceptional perspectives of the northern Black Forest. A hike through the Monbach Valley near Bad Liebenzell is our insider tip for hiking enthusiasts. All those who want to relax, dive into the thermal bath in Bad Liebenzell with various saunas and a great outdoor area. Culture enthusiasts and everyone else will love the UNESCO World Heritage Site Maulbronn Monastery, the best preserved monastery complex of the Middle Ages north of the Alps. In summer, on Sundays and holidays, there are additional public transport connections ("Freizeitexpress") that take you to the monastery in just 20 minutes. If you want to cool down afterwards, you can jump into the idyllic bathing lake "Tiefer See" Maulbronn right next door to end the day.
For city trip lovers, a trip to the neighboring cities of Karlsruhe or Stuttgart is well worth it. The wonderful old town of Heidelberg and the city center of Freiburg, which is crisscrossed by small streams, also attract travelers. Those who are drawn beyond the country's borders can reach Strasbourg or Paris by train from Karlsruhe.
Everyday life at the university can sometimes get quite hectic. This is why we built a Room of Silence. The room is located on the first floor of the Mensa building, at the end of the narrow corridor, behind the "chicco di caffè". The Room of Silence offers you a retreat to pause, pray or meditate. With its own occupancy schedule and common rules of use (in German), the room can be used by all students. Please store bags and shoes in the closet and enter the carpeted room without shoes.
Happiness, religious freedom, war - if you want to broaden your horizons and participate in current debates, you are cordially invited to attend the exciting Studium Generale lectures on geopolitical, economic and social topics in german language. Find out about the current program online and participate on site at the university, start watching the live stream on YouTube (Studium Generale Hochschule Pforzheim) or watch the recording until about four weeks after it has been recorded.