Your first days in Rostock

Depending on your type of visa you may have to register at the local office (town hall) in Rostock. You will be accompanied by one of the students working for IAESTE. It is also very useful to buy yourself a German SIM card as soon as possible after your arrival. If you have any questions / need help, just call one of us or the office and we will help you.

On your first working day, you will also be accompanied to your working place by one of our IAESTE members, who will explain you everything (how to get there every day, etc.)



  • Valid passport, valid visa if necessary (ideally additional copies) or ID card (for EU-citizens)
  • International Student Identity Card (ISIC)
  • ticket for your return flight
  • Rain gear and warm clothes as the weather in the summers in Rostock can sometimes be rainy and cold as well as summer clothes and swimming suits, since Rostock is right at the Baltic Sea
  • enough money for the first month (about 670€) for deposit, rent and meals
  • bed linen, towels and / or possibly sleeping bag for weekend trips
  • some passport-size pictures (about 4)
  • Please, e-mail us your exact arrival dates!!!

What to do in Rostock

In this documents you can find some Tips about what to do in Rostock.

The City of Rostock

The Hanseatic city of Rostock, founded in 13th century is with approximately 200.000 residents the largest city in Mecklenburg-Vorpommern (MV). It sprawls over both sides of the river Warnow and enjoys a thriving overseas trade with Scandinavia through its large port facilities.

Rostock has many historic points of interest – the monumental Marien Church with its valuable art treasures, the Holy Cross Monastery near the University’s main building, founded in 1419 and the reconstructed 117m high steeple of the Petri Church.

Warnemünde is by far the most attractive part of Rostock and one of the finest resorts on the Baltic coast. The “Alte Strom”, the Westmole and the Marine Promenade with its lighthouse attract many tourists.

Some Highlights

The architecture reflects the more than 700 years of town history. Once an important member of the Hanseatic league, the town has retained much if its original charm, never averse to new issues. Brick facades here are almost holy. Gable houses of various eras together with imposing churches indicate the vast wealth of medieval merchants. Time and time again the dominating Gothic architecture was joined by new modern buildings of younger ages, never losing sight of brick buildings.

The Town Hall

The town hall, for more than 700 years seat of the city administration, originated out of three town houses, which were compromised by a seven turret gothic façade and made to look like one building. In the middle ages it was also used as a store. Merchants offered their articles here. In the beginning of the 18th century the baroque front structure and the valuable banqueting-hall were built. Other new parts of the town hall were built at the beginning of the 20th century. It is commended to visit the vaults of the town hall cellar.