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Life in the University and Hanseatic City of Greifswald

Greifswald is a modern university and science location – and one of the youngest cities in East Germany. Thanks to the 12,000 students attending one of the oldest universities in Germany, the city with a total of 60,000 inhabitants, ensures a lively, intellectual and exuberant atmosphere. After all there is good reason why it is said of Greifswald that it is a university with a city. The innovative spirit also benefits approximately 70 scientific facilities, research institutions and companies – for example next to our Leibniz Institute for Plasma Science and Technology, there is the Federal Research Institute for Animal Health and the Max Planck Ancillary Institute for Plasma Physics.

The outstanding medical infrastructure, the numerous educational offerings, the innovative concepts for development of the family-friendly city, Greifswald, are indicators of the attraction of the city as a place to live and work.

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We make life easier for you in a foreign country that confronts you with yet unknown formalities and government agencies. To somewhat facilitate preparation and execution of your research stay in Greifswald we support you intensively, particularly in the first weeks at your new workplace. We have contact persons for all the administrative questions associated with your stay. Events at the INP Guesthouse that are organized jointly by the employees are also especially popular. Here you will find an overview of the first important stations dealing with the government agencies at your arrival in Greifswald:

Authorities and first steps Government agencies: 

Greifswald City

Administration Greifswald


Welcome Centre Greifswald


Our Guesthouse is located at Käthe-Kollwitz-Straße 5 in the quiet, yet centrally located exclusive residential area close to the Greifswald Theater. It takes just a few minutes to walk to the city center or to the INP. In the listed urban villa all who are visiting the INP for professional or scientific purposes will find inexpensive and pleasant possibilities for overnight accommodation. In addition to international guest scientists, newly hired employees can also use the Guesthouse accommodations while they go about finding an apartment without stress at the start phase of their employment at the INP. The house has 4 single rooms. The rooms are furnished and equipped with TV; free of charge WLAN can be used. Bed linen and towels are provided for our guests. A shared bathroom is located on the floor. A shared kitchen and a sitting room are also available in the Guesthouse and invite residents to cook together and be together.

Links to housing associations and real estate portals

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WVG Greifswald
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