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Hamburg University of Applied Sciences

Hamburg University of Applied Sciences (HAW Hamburg) is one of the largest of its kind in Germany and within our four faculties we offer a wide range of Bachelor’s and Master’s programmes in engineering, IT, life sciences, design and media as well as business and social sciences.



Hamburg University of Applied Sciences was founded in 1970. 


Our fields of expertise reflect the technologies, industries and services that make Germany a leading economy and our close collaboration with Hamburg's innovation clusters allows us to develop this knowledge in our teaching and research.


HAW Hamburg focuses on innovative and applied research for sustainable solutions often in close cooperation with industry. To draw together expertise from across the university and to highlight the innovation clusters for external partners HAW Hamburg has defined four strategic research areas. These pages give a brief overview of the strategic areas and their competence centres, the research groups at the HAW Hamburg and our Research & Technology Transfer Centres.


At the transition from university to professional life, we support you in your professional orientation and development, in the development of your (over) professional skills, in the application process as well as on your way to independence or your thoughts on it. 

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Housing services

Finding accommodation in Hamburg is difficult. We therefore recommend that you start looking for a place to live in good time. If you have friends or relatives in Hamburg ask them to help.

Most of the halls of residence in Hamburg are run by the Studierendenwerk Hamburg and offer affordable accommodation for students. Generally, students have their own room in an apartment which they share with other students - bathroom and kitchen are shared. The monthly rent for a room in hall starts at roughly 220 Euro [including heating, water and electricity]. 

Library services

In our five libraries you have access to more than 200,000 print and electronic media. We support your research with our many professional sources of information. We offer a place of learning for your study. Read and learn - learn and study with us!

Medical services

Sometimes problems or situations can get too big to handle alone and it is important to have someone to turn to in confidence. In our Students Service Centre we have trained psychologists that you can talk to and who will help you find a solution to your problem. 

Student Life

Campus life

HAW Hamburg is a city university and not a typical "campus university". Our university is split up over four locations throughout the city. We hope however, that wherever you study, you will feel at home. 

Campus Berliner Tor is our main campus and home to the Faculty of Engineering & Computer Science and the Faculty of Business & Social Sciences. The faculties have their own libraries, labs and computer rooms on this site. The campus has a cafeteria and different cafés as well as a hall of residence directly on campus and another one a seven-minute walk away. 

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I like at this University that we have various fields of design studies to choose from and a lot of different workshops but on the other hand they always want to close down the workshops due to money so we always have to fight for them. Also the course choosing system is just horrible … getting the courses you want is a lottery. And i least like that the focus of the...

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