Berne University – in the center of the Swiss capital
The University of Bern is based in the heart of the Swiss capital of Bern and is a stroll away from the House of Parliament and the downtown area featuring the old medieval town. Bern was founded in the 12th century, and the comprehensive university has roots dating back to the 16th century. The eight university faculties and some 160 institutes offer a broad choice of courses and programs.With the Center of Continuing Education ZUW, the university has a one-of-a kind first-class service for further training at the graduate level. It is within this service that the evaluation training department hosts the IPDET program.
The course rooms are located within short walking distance of the main building, overlooking the Jungfrau Mountain region — the Top of Europe — and the old town, a UNESCO world heritage site. Using the public transportation system’s frequent bus, tram, or train connections offers plenty of choice. Swiss summers are pleasantly warm, but jackets may be needed for cool evenings or trips to the mountain areas and sweaters for indoor air conditioning.
There are various accommodation options depending on the type of tuition you choose. Please check below to see what is applicable and suitable for you and check the following PDF for prices:
A) Accommodation for residential participants and scholarship holders
For participants who booked "Tuition, room & board" (the "Residential option"), and for scholarship holders, accommodation will be provided in the student`s lodge houses "Bolligen", "Fellergut" or "Tscharnergut" in a single room with shared bathroom for 2 persons. This student accommodation provides a kitchen on the floor, washing machines and internet. Regrettably, bringing spouses and/or children is discouraged, as there are no suitable facilities for families. The accommodation is not on campus. The short train trip to the University of Bern takes about 15 min. or less. For more information, please see Bernese Student Lodging Association VBSL.
B) Accommodation options for tuition only-participants
Participants who choose "tuition only" are responsible for booking their own accommodation. Options range from student`s lodge houses to hostels to hotels. Since the university does not have a typical campus, they are all located in the city and easily accessible by public transport or bike. Please find a range of options below:
Student's Lodge Houses
The student's lodge houses are comfortable, but not luxurious. Regrettably, bringing spouses and/or children is discouraged, as there are no suitable facilities for families.
- Tscharnergut was renovated in 2012. There are 109 rooms with their own bathroom. The house provides a kitchen on the floor, common rooms, washing machines, and internet. The trip to University of Bern takes about 5 minutes by train.
- At the Fellergut, there are 70 rooms with a shared bathroom for 2 persons, and 7 rooms with their own bathroom. The house provides a kitchen on the floor, common rooms, washing machines, and internet. The trip to University of Bern takes about 5 minutes by train. Please note that this student lodge is quite old and will be renovated in the future.
- The house in Bern Bolligen is newly built. There are 106 rooms with shared bathroom for 2 persons, 3 rooms with their own bathroom, and 30 rooms with their own bathroom and kitchen. The house provides a kitchen on the floor, common rooms, washing machines, and internet. The trip to University of Bern takes about 15 minutes by train.
Please see prices here:
For more details check the website of the Bernese Student Lodging Association VBSL. Please make the online reservation yourself! In order to get the special prices listed above you need to indicate «IPDET» as code of reference!
The exact route from Zurich airport to the accommodation locations via Berne central station is explained under the VBSL FAQs section.
The newly opened HOSTEL 77 provides nine double rooms (63.- per night/person) and two single rooms (90.-). For group reservations, a 10 percent discount is offered. Breakfast is included.
The Youth Hostel Bern provides 12 rooms with shower and toilet that can be used as single (105.-) or double rooms (65.- p.p.). The hostel is newly renovated. For IPDET participants, a discount will be offered (5 percent for one week, 10 percent for two weeks, and 15 percent for three or four weeks). Breakfast is included.
Please contact the hostels directly for reservations. In order to get the special prices you need to indicate «Berne University/IPDET» as code of reference!
The University of Bern has special arrangements with nine different hotels in the city of Bern, seven of them provide rooms for 145.- CHF or at a lower price (cheapest: 93.-); six of these hotels are in close walking distance to the University.
Please contact the respective hotel directly for reservations. In order to get the special prices you need to indicate «Berne University/IPDET» as code of reference! See hotel list here:
University of Bern internet and facilities
Guests at University of Bern can use the wireless network on campus. Participants will be provided with login details. The university’s IPDET team will be available to facilitate the connection. More information on access to WLAN is here.
The university’s facilities include cafeterias, libraries with international newspapers, and a big park with a picture book view over the city and the alps. Banks and ATMs, convenience stores, bookstores, a public outdoor swimming pool, hair salons, pharmacies, and many other services are in the center of the city a few minutes away walking. Bear in mind that on Sunday's most shops are closed, except at big train stations where the main supermarket chains MIGROS or COOP usually have a store. You should expect to spend approximately 20 CHF a day on extras.
Transportation in and around Bern
The Swiss capital Bern is served by the Swiss rail SBB, which provides timetables and direct fast connections from Zurich or Geneva International Airport and good connections to other places in Switzerland. The Bern Tourism services provides more information on how to get around the city, things to do, practical tourist information or a selection of highlights on tourist attractions.
To get around Bern by public transportation, participants will receive a «LIBERO ticket». It is included in the «residential option» (fees and full board). For those who booked fees only and will stay in a hotel, the ticket will be provided by the hotel.
IPDET classroom attire is business casual. Participants are encouraged to bring their national dress or other dress clothes for special evening events.