Frankfurt am Main is not just a vibrant city of banking and high finance but also very attractive among students. A highly cosmopolitan city that is home to around 180 nationalities, Frankfurt is particularly popular among students not only because of the impressive skyline that gave the city the nickname "Mainhattan", but also due to its young and dynamic flair. And though it is surrounded by the forests and hills of the Taunus, Odenwald and Spessart, the Hessian metropolis is anything but a concrete jungle.
Whether you prefer to shop downtown, relax on the banks of the river Main or experience cultural life at the Old Opera (Alte Oper), Frankfurt offers leisure activities to suit all needs. What is special about the city is that each neighborhood is like a little town of its own, housing traditional apple wine ("Ebbelwoi") bars, discos, restaurants and stores.
Once a year, over 2,000 participants from 40 different countries take part in the IRONMAN Germany competition. Frankfurt is also noteworthy for its regular trade fairs and exhibitions. Major events include the Frankfurt Book Fair, the Frankfurt Auto Show (IAA) and "Ambiente Frankfurt", the world's number 1 consumer goods fair. If you are looking for a brief change of scenery, Frankfurt offers an extensive subway and bus network and of course Frankfurt Airport - Germany's biggest airport and one of the world's most important transport hubs.
Student residence halls are less common in Frankfurt. Living close to downtown is also more expensive in Frankfurt than it is in Dortmund. That is why students prefer to reside in the suburbs, where many communal apartments or rooms can be rented for reasonable prices.I
ISM students have founded a number of student clubs, ranging from consulting (AK ConsultISM) and tourism (AK TourISM) to politics (AK PolitISM) and finance (AK Banking). AK Support, for example, is involved with social projects. ISM students also enjoy participating in sports. The ISM Sports Club, for example, organizes tournaments in soccer, tennis or other activities, not only within the ISM, but also in competition with other universities.
Another popular activity among ISM students is the Running Dinner. Here, students, lecturers, alumni and staff members come together to cook a three course menu, each course being prepared at a different house or flat. Like students all over the world, ISM students love to party, and they often flock to the numerous parties organized by the party committee. These parties are a great chance to meet local students and have lots of fun!