A Town within the City

Locations

The city of Bonn and the university to which it plays host are inextricably linked. The baroque palace located in Bonn’s city center, which the Prussian King gifted to the new University in 1818, is still the University main building, but the University has long outgrown its original base. University operations are now spread across some 250 buildings throughout Bonn and a further 100 buildings at locations outside the city.

The University main building, the Hofgarten, Poppelsdorfer Allee and Poppelsdorf Palace combine to make a unique historic ensemble. University campuses are located in the city center and the Poppelsdorf, Endenich and Castell districts of Bonn.

The University of Bonn works closely with University Hospital Bonn on the Venusberg and a range of non-university research organizations, non-research academic institutions maintained by government and administrative organizations as well as a range of foundations and other organizations. The Faculty of Agriculture at the University of Bonn also maintains a number of teaching and research units in the environs of Bonn.

Main Locations

University operations are concentrated on five campuses at various locations in the city and a number of research estates outside the city limits. 

The main building photographed from the air.
The main building and the courtyard garden. © Volker Lannert/Uni Bonn

Central Bonn Campus

The central University campus plays host to the main building with the Faculty of the Arts and the Department of Law. 

Poppelsdorf Campus

Poppelsdorf Campus follows an interdisciplinary approach, clustering a number of disciplines drawn from multiple faculties.

Campus Poppelsdorf photographed from above and at night.
Campus Poppelsdorf © Volker Lannert/Uni Bonn
Campus Endenich
Campus Endenich © Volker Lannert/Uni Bonn

Endenich Campus

The Endenich Campus hosts the Faculty of Mathematics and Natural Sciences and provides space for technology units and startups.

Venusberg Campus

The top level research, teaching and medical care provided at the campus in the Venusberg district has established the international reputation of the University Hospital Bonn.

Campus Innenstadt
© Volker Lannert/Uni Bonn
Innovation Campus Bonn
Innovation Campus Bonn © Volker Lannert/Uni Bonn

Innovation Campus Bonn

At present, the Innovation Campus Bonn is still only a virtual location for thinking and exchange on the issue of sustainability.  Work is nearing completion for its realization as a real-world campus close to the Bonn UN quarter.

Teaching and Research Stations

The Faculty of Agriculture maintains the Klein-Altendorf Campus (CKA), the grassland estate in Hennef and the Frankenforst estate in Königswinter-Vinxel for research and teaching purposes.

Campus Klein-Altendorf
Campus Klein-Altendorf © Volker Lannert/Uni Bonn

Traveling to the University of Bonn

Getting here

Arrival by public transport

  • After arriving in Bonn Central Train Station, follow the signs to the bus station ("Busbahnhof").
  • Walk through the bus station
  • The main entrance of the University main building and the Arkadenhof are accessed from "Am Hof".
  • Further entrances are located in Regina-Pacis-Weg in the Hofgarten (accessible via Kaiserplatz)
  • Bus stops: "Bonn Hauptbahnhof" and "Markt"

 

Arrival by car

From Frankfurt/ Hanover/the Ruhr area

  • A3 to interchange Bonn/Siegburg
  • A560 to interchange St. Augustin
  • A59 leave on the exit Bad Godesberg
  • A562 leave on the exit Bonn-Bad Godesberg

Coming from the South

  • A61 to interchange Meckenheim
  • A565 towards Bonn, leave on the exit Poppelsdorf in the direction of the B9

From the North

  • A555 in the direction of Bonn to the interchange Bonn-Nord
  • A565 in the direction of Bonn to the exit Poppelsdorf
  • Continue in the direction of the B9

Destination for the "satnav": Am Hof 1, 53113 Bonn

Arrival by public transport from Bonn Central Train Station

  • In Bonn Central Train Station, follow the signs to the subway ("U-Bahn").
  • Ride the line 16, 63, 66, 67 or 68 bound for "Bad Godesberg", "Ramersdorf", "Königswinter" or "Bad Honnef"
  • Alight at "Juridicum"

 

Arrival by car

  • On the A 565 leave on the exit Poppelsdorf
  • On Reuterstraße in the direction of B9/Bad Godesberg
  • At Bundeskanzlerplatz, turn left into Adenauerallee in the direction of the city center 
  • The buildings of the Juridicum are located on Adenauerallee 24-42
  • Parking is provided in the University or market underground car parks.

 

  • On the A 562 leave on the exit Bonn-Zentrum
  • B9 in the direction of Bonn City Center
  • At Bundeskanzlerplatz turn right (in the direction of Bonn City Center) into Adenauerallee 
  • The buildings of the Juridicum are located on Adenauerallee 24-42
  • Parking is provided in the University or market underground car parks.

 

Destination for the "satnav": Adenauerallee 24-42, 53113 Bonn

Arrival by public transport from Bonn Central Train Station

    • In Bonn Central Train Station, follow the signs for the Bus Station ("Busbahnhof").
    • From bus station platform A1: take a number 602 or 603 bus bound for "Uniklinik Süd", "Waldau" or "Röttgen Schleife"
    • Alight at "Beringstraße" or "Am Botanischen Garten"

     

    • From bus station platform E: take a number 604, 605, 606 or 607 bus bound for "Ückesdorf", "Duisdorf Bahnhof" or "Malteser-Krankenhaus"
    • Alight at "Kaufmannstraße"

 

Arrival by car

    • On the A 565 leave on the exit Poppelsdorf
    • On Reuterstraße in the direction of B9/Bad Godesberg
    •  Turn right at the first traffic light into Jagdweg
    • Turn right into Sternenburgstraße
    • After 300 m turn right into Clemens-August-Straße
    • The University premises starts level with Poppelsdorfer Palace

     

    • On the A 562 leave on the exit Bonn-Zentrum
    • B9 in the direction of Bonn City Center
    • At Bundeskanzlerplatz keep left into "Am Botanischen Garten"
    • Turn right into Meckenheimer Allee (the start of the University premises)

     

    Pay-and-display parking is provided on the campus. Destination for the "satnav": Campusallee, 53115 Bonn

Arrival by public transport from Bonn Central Train Station

  • In Bonn Central Train Station, follow the signs to the Bus Station ("Busbahnhof")
  • From bus station platform D2: take a number 610 or 611 bus bound for "Duisdorf Bahnhof" or "Lessenich Sportplatz"
  • Alight at "Verdistraße", "Auf dem Hügel" or "Immenburgpark"

 

Arrival by car

  • Coming from the South: A 565 leave on the exit Bonn-Tannenbusch
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  • Turn right into Brühler Straße
  •  Turn right at the first set of traffic lights into Bornheimer Straße
  • Turn right into Am Probsthof
  • The University premises start at Gerhard-Domagk-Straße

 

  • Coming from the North: On the A 565 leave on the exit Bonn-Endenich
  • Turn right into Hermann-Wandersleb-Ring
  • Turn right into "Auf dem Hügel"
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    Pay-and-display parking is provided on the campus. 

Arrival by public transport from Bonn Central Train Station

  • In Bonn Central Train Station, follow the signs to the "Bus Station ("Busbahnhof")
  • From bus station platform A1: take a number 600 or 601 bus bound for "Ippendorf Altenheim" or "Uniklinikum Süd"
  • Alight at "Uniklinikum Nord" (number 600) 
  • Alight at "Uniklinikum Nord", "Uniklinikum Hauptpforte" or "Uniklinikum Süd" (number 601)

 

Arrival by car

Arrival by public transport from Bonn Central Train Station

  • Follow the signs to the "Bus Station" ("Busbahnhof"
  • From bus station platform B1: take a number 600 or 601 bus bound for "Kranenweg", "Agnetendorfer Straße" or "Troisdorf Bahnhof"
  • Alight at "Pädagogische Fakultät"

Building works never stop

The extensive nature of the estate maintained by the University of Bonn - some 350 buildings (of which 250 in the City of Bonn alone) including two baroque palaces and a number of listed buildings from two centuries - means that there is always some building work going on somewhere. 
The continual growth to which the University is subject also means that we are continually in need of new space, to which end we rent, purchase and build new facilities.
Working together with the local authorities, the University of Bonn has drawn up a medium to long-term development plan.

There is a fence in front of the main building.
© Volker Lannert/Uni Bonn

Large-Scale Construction and Restoration Projects

Once the site of the Faculty of Agriculture, which has since moved to an out-of-town site, the 15 hectare Poppelsdorf Campus has been re-developed as a location for University research and teaching facilities. The first building phase, comprising a number of new buildings, including a suite of modern lecture halls and two large institute buildings, was finished in 2017. Further buildings are planned for the future. A multi-use building and a research center for the Zoological Research Museum is currently being realized. 

The baroque main building is the oldest and largest University of Bonn building.  Originally a royal palace, it was gifted to the new University of Bonn upon its foundation in 1818. The building was extended in the 1920s, but destroyed almost entirely during an air raid in 1944. The building of today emerged in its current form from the reconstruction work completed in the 1950s. As such, it no longer complies with many of the modern requirements placed on building safety. Working in conjunction with the local authorities, the Rectorate has drawn up an extensive restoration and modernization plan.

Those affected by the building works at the University main building will be relocated to temporary accommodation on the Castell Campus in the Römerstraße. To this end, the predominantly empty buildings of the former Faculty of Pedagogy on the campus will be demolished and replaced by temporary accommodation.

Construction work on the premises of the former University Pediatrics Clinic on Adenauerallee will realize plans for the "Innovation Campus" focusing on sustainability. A range of university and non-university units will cluster at this location and take advantage of proximity to the adjacent UN institutions. This will facilitate close networking with the international players located here.

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