Green, Culinary, Diverse: Living and Studying in Hanover

We want to hear from our students what they like most about where they are studying. Today, Lucas tells us what makes Hanover so special during the winter semester.


I’m not only studying in the state capital of Lower Saxony, but also in the greenest city in Germany. Hanover! I’m actually from Cologne, and it was a big change for me to move away from a city with which I completely identity myself. But Hanover has also given me a sense of home.

The best place in Hanover …

… To study: TIB at the Conti Campus

During the winter I like to study in the Technical Information Library (TIB) at Conti Campus. You can look over the rooftops of Hanover from that building, and there is a great view of the Herrenhäuser gardens.

… To shop: Ernst-August-Galerie

I like to go to the Ernst-August-Galerie directly by the main station. The mall has everything you need. I also like the small shops in the old town area and the Linden district. They offer great alternatives to the mainstream shops.

… For delicious food: Buddha Bowl, Stadtmauer or Duke

Whether you want Asian, Italian or German home cooking – Hanover offers a lot of culinary diversity. There is a wide selection of food available along the Leine river. You can get the finest sushi and other Asian delicacies at “Buddha Bowl”. “Stadtmauer” really scores points with its large selection of sparkling juices and lemonades,and it offers a wide range of options from superfoods to pizza or schnitzel. I recommend “Duke” or “Burger Heart” if you like burgers.

… To go out: Weidendamm, KLUB PAN, Enchilada or Bier Comptoir

Hanover’s nightlife offers a variety of restaurants, pubs and clubs. If you want to party, go to “Weidendamm” or “KLUB PAN” in Engelbosteler Damm, also called E-Damm. There are a lot of bars and pubs there. There are also great bars in the old town area area such as “Enchilada” and “Bier Comptoir”.

… To get into the Christmas spirit: Christmas market in the old town area

I recommend the Christmas market in the old town area. There are lot of booths you can enjoy while taking a stroll, and the Finnish village has some culinary highlights. But the best thing there is the forest around the wishing well – the scent of mulled wine and pine is sure to get you into the Christmas spirit.

My favourite place: The old town area

It’s probably already obvious that I like to be in the old town area. Although Hanover has many beautiful places to offer, such as the Maschsee, I like the special atmosphere of the old town area with its old houses and the nearby Leine river especially in the winter time. You can browse through the small shops and then relax at a cosy cafe here.


Lucas is 22 years old and has been studying Marketing Management since October 2017. He has lived in Hanover for two years and enjoys spending his free time cooking, meeting friends and volunteering.

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