Bochum has reinvented itself. From the thriving industrial city of the 19th century, Bochum has developed into a modern, scientific metropolis and a vital service provider location. It is a place with a totally unique character, which combines an endearing chummy mentality with economic dynamics and contemporary culture.
More than 364,000 people live in Bochum, the centre of the mid Ruhr region. Approximately 6,000 of these inhabitants work in science, research and administration. With more than 43,000 students, Bochum is one of the biggest university towns in North Rhine-Westphalia.
Two universities, four technical colleges, Folkwang University and numerous scientific institutes and technology centres make up Bochum's educational landscape, which clearly explains the city's transition to a modern, knowledge-based society.
The following ensure that this is a great place to live and work: