“What? Where’s that?” “Is it near Berlin?”
Those were the three main questions I was asked when I told people I was going on exchange to Weimar in Germany. As soon as I responded, “Bauhaus” most people then seemed to understand where I was talking about (or at least acted like they did).
I’m studying Architecture at Bauhaus University, Weimar. For those wondering, it’s about 2-3 hour by train from Berlin and smack bang in the middle of Germany.
Before arriving in Weimar, I did some travelling. Having flown all this way to Europe I now have so many countries and new cities at my doorstep – Prague, for example is closer to me than Berlin. I first landed in London and spent three weeks there. It was absolutely freezing. It snowed for the first couple of days and the city could not cope. Next was Berlin, which was even colder. That cold was unlike anything I had ever experienced. Thankfully, the bars are warm! After two weeks of this freezing weather (and having to remove five layers of clothing every time I went indoors), it finally warmed up upon my arrival in Weimar. But then, it started snowing again.
I’ve now spent two days in Weimar and I’m really enjoying it. I wasn’t sure what to expect but it’s a very relaxed, student town. Uni doesn’t start until April, so students are only just starting to arrive back from the winter break. Exchange/erasmus need to arrive three weeks before classes start which has given me the opportunity to get to know the place, hang out with other students and just chill before I start the hectic life of the architecture student. I’m lucky because I managed to find a place in a share flat, so have had the luxury of having German Bauhaus students show me around – like to the best places for cheap food, where to do your grocery shopping and even all the uni stuff like where to get printing done, buy cheap materials and importantly, where to have a coffee or a beer after a long day. My flat is 15 minutes walk to uni (which is considered a long walk around here) or five minutes by bike. I’m lucky to have a bike with my flat share.
I’m really looking forward to starting the semester and seeing if architecture is just as intense here as it is back home. If you have any more questions or are interested in studying architecture at Bauhaus, feel free to email me firstname.lastname@example.org
Bachelor of Design in Architecture
Bauhaus University, Weimar