Humboldt University Berlin vs Freie University of Berlin

Posted on 04/06/2018

If you are wanting to study in Berlin then you will have the benefit of living and learning in a capital city, with all the sights, sounds and experiences that come with living in such a place. But where should you choose to study? Here we take a look at the comments from those who studied at the Humboldt University of Berlin or at the Freie University of Berlin.

Humboldt University of Berlin

People’s evaluation of the Humboldt University of Berlin is very good. There is a lot of love for the campus environments and buildings, especially library. And they also feel that in the HUB they can get more opportunities to contact the international community. Some of them think that professors are experts in the field of study and think that this university is a good place for doing research and study. On the other hand, there are also two comments that show some of the shortcomings of the university. They think that the university’s computer equipment is slow and the system is confusing. Let’s take a look at the comments of the students:

EDUopinions review of Humboldt University Berlin

Ian is very happy to study at the HUB. He is satisfied with the location of the university and the bright and secluded campus. He particularly likes the rich and large library. Regarding teaching lectures, he believes that there is no doubt about the quality of the university. The only thing he feels bad is that the university computer is too slow. Despite this, he lauded the free software that was given to students as part of their study programme.



Ian also speaks highly of the extra-curricular activities that are available to students, relating his own positive experience with one such organisation that was run by students.

EDUopinions review Humboldt University Berlin 2

Valeria is also very satisfied with the convenience library and the building of the university. She believes that the university’s platform is international and helpful for doing scientific research which would be appealing to those looking to study at a post-graduate and higher level. The only real criticism Valeria has is that the learning system is confusing, with students taking a lot of responsibility for their timetables which could lead to conflicts in scheduling.

EDUopinions Humboldt University Berlin Review 3

In this anonymous student’s commentary, there are many excellent experts in the HUB including prominent scholars who have been associated with the university. They agree that the university has “a long history and academic traditions”, and also has a superior location and the largest library in Europe, and there are many good international relationships.


Freie University of Berlin

People have different opinions about the FUB in the comments. Most of them think that the university is a good place to study. But they also think that the university is too sprawling which may make it easy to get lost – especially for students new to the area like international students. Others think that this university is more suitable for the students who are studying independently. Half of the reviews believe that the FUB has good professors, good teaching, and good academic background, and the university also has many practical scholarship opportunities for students. Half of the comments said that the campus is beautiful, but on the other, one person has a completely different idea.

EDUopinions Freie University Review 1

Emmanuel comments five stars good mark to the FUB, he feels that “it is an excellent university” with good teaching and the nice buildings.

EDUopinions Freie university Berlin review 2

Tobias has the different opinion about the FUN, he feels the building is old and ugly and comments on the frequent contructuon works which can be a distraction and result in students getting lost if they don’t know their way around. Tobias is pleased with the actual teaching quality of the university, but has issues with the bureaucracy of the administration which could be better.

EDUopinions Freie University Berlin Review 3

Aleksandar also feels that the university is too big and that he wasn’t able to work in smaller groups. If you’re the kind of student who likes working independently though and managing your entire workload without close tutorship, then this may be the ideal university for you.

EDUopinions Freie University Berline Review 4

For Petia, she felt that the FUB campus was very large and beautiful, and her classes and professors were great. The FUB offers some studying programs, activities, sports, and some good opportunities for future research work. Petia believes the real weakness of the university is its location which is a little outside the city centre which may put potential students off with the extra travel needed, especially if you are living in the centre.



Which University Is Right for You?


In general, according to the students reviews on the EDUopinions website, we know that most people think that both the HUB and the FUB have beautiful buildings, campuses, and excellent professors. The HUB has a large library, while the FUB has a large campus. The advantage of the HUB is that it is located near the center of the city. The HUB students have more opportunities for international relations. This advantage is the disadvantage of the FUB. It is too far from the city center and the campus is too large to enjoy the focused learning. However, the HUB also has some disadvantages, such as the inconvenience of using computer equipment and its slow speed. Differently, the FUB has a good reputation for student support. There are many different scholarships available for the FUB students.


The conclusion is that since everyone has different preferences, and each person’s most concerned part is different. So I suggest that you first find out which part of the university you care about most, consult the university’s information and student reviews, pick the university that suits you best, then start enjoying the journey of study!



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Chunning Chang
Chunning born in Taiwan and graduated from the University for Creative Arts in the U.K. Master of Arts, Design, Innovation & Brand Management. Currently, she is an freelance for writing, illustration, and design. She is natural and style life lover. Skilled in interpreting complicated stories and transforming them into simple visual images and words. She is taking discoveries from daily life and spiritual growth as motifs for creations.