Kiel is a coastal city and the only federal state capital right by the sea. Kiel lives off the sea and lives with the sea and has done so for nearly 800 years.
With around 250,000 inhabitants, of which some 35,000 are students, Kiel is not too big and not too small. With statistically 1,660 hours of sunshine every year, it is not as sunny as Freiburg, but the coast is beautiful in all weathers.
The City of Kiel is committed to sustainability and won the German Sustainability Award 2021. It is the first German Zero.Waste.City. And, in any case, it is also a Klimaschutzstadt (climate protecting city).
There are many businesses and (student) initiatives that support sustainable living, such as the Kieler Marktschwärmereien (Kiel market enthusiasts) or the loan shops. The kleine Fiebel des nachhaltigen Konsums (little book for the more sustainable consumer) gives a brief overview of what is available in Kiel.
Citizen participation is a big thing in Kiel, for example, as part of the Zukunftsdialog Kiel 2042 (dialogue about the future in Kiel 2042).
Kiel provides a lot of opportunities for getting involved and trying things out. It has a series of co-working places and a lively creative and cultural scene. And to relax you can return to the sea. Or go to the theatre or opera using a last minute deal.
Find out more about student life in Kiel in FIETE – the campus magazine for all students in Kiel.
Header photos: Landeshauptstadt Kiel / Bodo Quante
Fotos bottom (from left): Landeshauptstadt Kiel / Bodo Quante; Landeshauptstadt Kiel / Christoph Adloff; Landeshauptstadt Kiel / Bodo Quante; Landeshauptstadt Kiel / Barbara Westendorf