The University of St.Gallen – an overview
- 12th June 2018
- Posted by: SIM HSG
- Category: Life at HSG
The University of St.Gallen (HSG) was founded as a business academy in 1898 and now has a School of Management, Economics, Law, Social Sciences and International Affairs. More than 8,000 students are enrolled at the University St.Gallen, out of which more than a third are women. The 174 alumni clubs include a network of nearly 25,000 members.
The city of St.Gallen is located in the Canton of St.Gallen in East-Switzerland. The university is located on a hill about 10 minutes’ walk from the city center (Marktplatz). The university also has several buildings scattered around the city of St.Gallen. For more information about the university plan, please refer to the university map.
- How to get to the University
The main campus at Dufourstrasse is well connected to the city centre. If you come on foot, you can take the stairs on Dohlengässlein starting downtown on Blumenbergplatz. If you prefer to take the bus from the main train station or Blumenbergplatz, you have two options: line 5 runs every 10 minutes and leaves you on Dufourstrasse, while line 9 runs every 15 minutes (except Sundays!) and drops you off on Gatterstrasse, next to the Main Building and the Library Building. Parking your vehicle on the streets around the campus is also possible, but make sure you buy your ticket at the parking meter.
- IT services
You will have an introduction to the IT Tools on campus during the official HSG Kick Off Days happening right before the semester starts (week 37). IT-based systems and platforms, as well as important software for degree courses and possibilities of copying and printing, will be explained during a specific IT session. The Kick-Off Days will send you your temporary access to Compass and StudentWeb at the beginning of August (necessary for Bidding). You will receive your permanent HSG user name and password during SIM-Start Professional (in week 36).
- Sports facilities
The university sports programme offers a wide range of sports and is a perfect way of compensating for the pressures of day-to-day university life. Students can access the HSG sports facilities free of charge. The sports center provides courses such as tae bo, incoor cycling, yoga and body pump. There is also a gym with exercise equipment available. However, before being able to access the gym you need to complete the gym introductory courses arranged by the sports center. There are sessions in the official introduction week and during the semester. Find detailed information about the sport offerings here. External facilities in and around St.Gallen are frequently used for sports such as swimming, sailing, skiing and many other outdoor activities. More information on the courses and their registration process can be found on the Unisport website.
- Study facilities
The university offers a modern well stocked library with a quiet study area as well as a room specifically for Master students working on their thesis. The library has varying opening hours depending on the day and time of year, i.e, semester breaks or Sunday. Please click here for detailed information on opening hours of the library and other university buildings.
In addition to the study facilities of the library, the university also offers individual study rooms which can be booked on campus. The study rooms can be used for studying, group meetings or interviews. To book a study room please use the “Room Reservation” button at the bottom of the Compass home page.
The university restaurant offers a broad selection of dishes ranging from vegetarian food to fish specialties. The university has two student restaurants providing affordable meals. A typical Mensa lunch costs around CHF 7-15 depending on your choice, compared to CHF 12-25 in a normal restaurant.
There are two bars run by the Student Union: [ad]hoc, next to the main Mensa and open in the afternoon, and MeetingPoint, downtown at Blumenbergplatz and open on Wednesday, Thursday and Friday evening during the semester. They offer hot drinks, beer and cocktails at affordable prices in a relaxed student atmosphere. More information here (German only).
Lockers are available for students in the Main Building and the Library Building. You will only need to bring your own lockpad, and make sure you leave it empty by the end of the day/week.
- Relaxation room
There is a relaxation room in the main building for students to relax and even have a nap.
Bringing your own car to campus can become a costly luxury, as you will have to pay for the parking in the university premises. A limited number of garage slots are available for students (email firstname.lastname@example.org for more information). Otherwise, the university also offers convenient, free parking places for bicycles and motorbikes.