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Student Life

The university’s library resources are outstanding. Besides the central University Library with its over two million items, the Law Library will probably of special interest to you. Open seven days a week, the Law Library holds a collection of about 800,000 print items and grants access to about 40 legal databases as well as hundreds of non-legal databases. In addition, you will have exclusive access to specialized books and readers on business, competition and regulatory law. You may want to join one of the guided library tours and workshops to help optimize your research.

The United Nations and European Union Documentation Center provides you with assistance in finding original documents or case law on European or international law and politics. Their collection includes the United Nations' publications from 1956 onwards and the European Union's Working Papers from 1963 onwards as well as UN and EU printed monographic publications and periodicals. In addition, the Documentation Center holds specialized literature on the two institutions.

Berlin’s State Library is Germany’s largest academic general library with over 13 million print items. An ever-growing number of databases and digital resources complements the library collections. Registration is currently free of charge. You will obtain access to the library’s services and both of its buildings with large reading rooms.

If you wish, you may also register as an external user at the libraries of other universities in Berlin such as Technische Universität Berlin (TU), Universität der Künste Berlin (UdK) or Humboldt-Universität zu Berlin (HU).

Freie Universität supports its members to better balance working life, studies, and academic qualification processes with family responsibilities. The Dual Career & Family Service offers all students information and confidential advising services on all questions relating to better balancing work, studies, and family life.

Students with children are offered different childcare options as well as special rooms to spend time with their children.

As a student of FU Berlin, there is a variety of sporting activities you can join. The university sports center (Hochschulsport) offers a wide range of sports, workshops and sport trips. Every semester, you can choose from over 800 courses and events representing over 120 sport disciplines. On their website, you find more information about the course program, event calendar and registration procedures.

For many students, enrolling at a university marks the start of a new stage in their lives. As exciting and enriching as student life may be, it also requires different ways of organizing everyday life, thus, often causing insecurity and discomfort. Freie Universität Berlin supports its students by offering a number of places to turn to for advice and information.

  • The Student Services Center (SSC) is the first address for all concerns related to studying at Freie Universität. Those seeking advice should first contact the Info-Service Studium with any concerns, however.
  • The Psychological Counseling Service offers you individual counseling, training courses, and workshops. They can support you in your personal development and in improving your study skills. Also, personal problems can be addressed at this service unit.
  • For MBL-FU students, specialized academic advising is available throughout the entire study year. The MBL-FU staff is glad to help out with any questions you may have during your studies with us. We offer counseling in English, German, French, Italian, Portuguese and Spanish.