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Ruhr University Bochum


  • Jan. 1975: Opening of the art collections
  • June 1971: Opening of the Botanical Gardens (today one of the ten largest in Germany)
  • June 1965: Ceremonial opening of the university/November: start of teaching
  • July 1961: Decision of the State Parliament of North Rhine-Westphalia: Bochum chosen as the site for the first new university in the Federal Republic of Germany


Located in the midst of the dynamic, hospitable metropolitan area of the Ruhr, in the heart of Europe, the Ruhr-Universität with its 20 faculties is home to 5,000 employees and over 33,000 students from 130 countries. All the great scientific disciplines are united on one compact campus. In a few minutes you can walk from philosophy to biology, from astronomy to civil engineering or medicine. The main lecture hall, the cafeteria and the university library are all just a stone's throw away.


Ruhr-Universität Bochum (RUB) is one of Germany’s leading research universities with a growing international reputation. Its institutional strategy “Research Campus RUB” (RCR), which made it to the final selection round of the Excellence Initiative in 2007 and has been fully implemented since then, further develops RUB’s unique meritocratic academic culture by merging cutting-edge research with advanced, research-oriented study and teaching.RUB draws its aca­demic strength from its can-do attitude and the diversity of academic disciplines on its campus. Research Campus RUB was designed specifically to encourage collaboration and to enable students and researchers to interact more effectively.


There's life after uni! And RUB graduates do not have to enter it unaided: they have a competent team of advisors to support them. The Career Service facilitates the start of your career with information, advisory, and qualification services, and helps contacting potential employers.One click is enough to browse around this comprehensive range of services: for example, on the website there are internship and job positions listed and there is information material to download. Additionally, the Career Point, located in the Business Studies Faculty Library, is open to students of all subjects from Mondays to Saturdays.

University Ranking

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Student services

  • Academic Facilities
Twenty Faculties, Central Academic Institutes and Affiliated Institutes, Research Departments, special research areas and groups of young academics: numerous Academic Facilities sharpen the RUBs research and teaching profile.
  • Administrative Departments and Offices
Headed by the Chancellor, the administration of the RUB is divided into seven Administrative Departments and the Legal Department.
  • Service Facilities
So that the students and researchers of the RUB are able to concentrate fully on their work and the best possible conditions are provided, the university offers a comprehensive range of services for members and outsiders.

Housing services

  • House of Nations
This house is equipped with 39 non-smoking accommodation units.International Guest HouseThis house is equipped with 15 non-smoking accommodation units.
  • Kubus
The KUBUS now has a total area of 1200sqm on four floors and is used as an art exhibition space and space for cultural and scientific events; furthermore, it includes office space, storage space with a frame- and restaurating workshop, a small bistro, as well as three modern non-smoking apartments for guest researchers of RUB.
  • Uni-Forum
This house is equipped with 19 non-smoking accommodation units with shower/toilet, some with balcony or terrace.
  • One-family Terraced House Overberg Strasse

Library services

Aim – a seamless library system

The future design of the Ruhr-Universität Bochum's (RUB) library system is consistently oriented towards the mission statement “universitas”.Strategy – oriented around the needs of the peopleImplementation – continuous developmentThe range of media available in the libraries is to be continuously expanded

Medical services

The University hospitals of the Ruhr University of Bochum, German Universitätsklinikum der Ruhr-Universität Bochum, abbreviated UK RUB is a syndicate of six university hospitals and associated facilities of the Ruhr University of Bochum. Founded in 2008 by the merger of formally independent hospitals the UK RUB is now a major provider of health in the Ruhr Metropolitan Region.

Campus life

The RUB is much more than a place of learning, teaching and research. It is located in the heart of an exciting region which, is one of Europes largest urban centres. Nevertheless, it is surrounded by greenery: directly to the south of the RUB, the Ruhr Valley opens up with its popular recreational destination around the Kemnader lake. If you like to be active in your spare time, the universitys range of sports has just the right thing for every taste, or you can join a theatre group or the university orchestra, learn photography or painting. Spectators also get their moneys worth: there are regular performances on campus, concerts by the Bochum Symphony Orchestra and organ recitals.

Sports facilities

  • Track & Field court and athletic facilities Markstraße
  • Athletic facilities at the campus (CaSpo)
  • Boathouse Kemnade
  • Swimming bath of the university
  • Elburg (Netherlands)
  • Valmorel (France)
  • Further facilities

Student clubs

As a campus university, the RUB provides ideal conditions for getting involved and help to shape university culture and politics. Anyone who would like to represent student interests can, for example, stand for the student parliament, join a faculty council, or one of the numerous other bodies. In addition, active students are always being sought for the on-campus student radio, the university cinema, or the cultural office boSKop who are interested in the cultural life at the RUB. Involvement pays, and not only personally, because there is also the opportunity to gather a lot of useful experience with a view to one’s own professional future while still at the university.

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