I had the pleasure to talk with Ratimir (23 years), originally from Duschanbe (Tajikistan), about student life in Dresden. Since 4 years he is studying electrical engineering at TU Dresden. Here's my little interview for you:
How would you describe Dresden to someone who has never been?
It's a cultural city with a stunning Altstadt and a perfect campus; the atmosphere is familiar. Even being more than 35.000 students you often see familiar faces.
The best neighbourhood to live in?
Dresden Neustadt or on the campus (there are a lot of parties)
How do you get around the city?
Students get a free semester ticket for public transport (valid all over Saxony!) -or by bike
Where do you meet girls?
During the week: at the small bars at Dresden Neustadt
On weekends: At Pier 15, a chic and stylish club with beautiful outdoors. There's a beach, a volley ball court and a swimming pool. Perfect place to chill!
The coolest clubs?
Pier 15 (Leipziger Str.15, 01097 Dresden)
Downtown (Katharinenstr.11-13, 01099 Dresden)
Kraftwerk (Wettiner Platz 7, 01067 Dresden)
What is a tourist place you love to visit?
Frauenkirche and Zwinger
The best place to have coffee and watch people?
The cafés at Weiße Gasse and the Borowski (Prager Str. 8a, 01069 Dresden)
What is your favourite restaurant for a dinner with friends?
Va Piano (St. Petersburger Str.26, 01069 Dresden) and Al Capone (Alaunstr.62, 01099 Dresden)
Where do you go when you want to eat something healthy?
(I never eat healthy, haha!) Ok, maybe to Sushi and Wine...
What should you bring back home from Dresden?
Dresdner Christstollen and Radeberger
A place to stay when springtime comes?
the meadow behind SLUB (University library)
What do you do to stay fit?
I go to Fitness First twice a week and I love running in the Großer Garten.
University Dresden offers courses in football, dancing, riding, tennis, actually any activity you can imagine.
Your idea of a perfect Saturday in Dresden?
An early morning run along the Elbe, brunch at Rauschenbach (Weiße Gasse 2, 01067 Dresden),
shopping at Prager Straße, chill on a rag at Elbwiesen or Großer Garten, have drinks at BBC (Alaunstr.16, 01099 Dresden) or in one of the close by shisha bars Habibi, Canape and Magnolia, dance at the Downtown until the morning comes.