Self-care help and resources
Finding your way at the LMU and in Munich
Use these resources to make the most of your time in Munich.
- Alcohol awareness
Use good judgment in consuming beer or alcoholic beverages. Remember the beer is stronger than most American beer and served in larger quantities and cheap. Schnapps, too, is plentiful. It is, therefore, very important to eat a good hearty meal before visiting the beer tents at festivals, the beer gardens, parties, etc. If you drink alcohol, you might consider alternating alcoholic with non-alcoholic beverages to reduce your alcohol consumption. Please do not over-indulge as this can put your personal health and safety at great risk and could lead to being expelled from the JYM program. Never expect or pressure another person to consume alcoholic beverages.
While alcohol is socially acceptable, public drunkenness is frowned upon in Germany. You should not assume that all Germans consume alcohol. This is not the case. For many Germans, however, alcohol is a part of everyday life, and you will find they like to spend summer afternoons at a Biergarten or winter evenings at a GlÃ¼hwein stand at a holiday market. In general, overconsumption is not part of this kind of gathering. While it is not illegal to consume alcoholic beverages in public in Germany, it is illegal to be drunk in public. It is both dangerous and illegal to ride a bicycle while intoxicated. The penalties for driving a motor vehicle while under the influence of alcohol are very severe in Germany!
As you think about whether and how you want to consume alcohol abroad, we encourage you to watch this University of Minnesota video.
- Clubs and initiatives
See a list of student associations and initiatives at LMU.
In Munich, you can find ethnic cuisines from around the world. The number of vegan and vegetarian cafÃ©s and restaurants in Munich is growing steadily, with good options also in most grocery stores and in BiolÃ¤den such as Altnatura and VollCorner. The latter will be more expensive, however, so you might want to start by seeing what is available at Aldi.
Gluten free shops
echt jetzt (100% glutenfrei bakery)
Barer Str. 48, in Maxvorstadt Near the Alte Pinakothek
Isabella Glutenfreie PÃ¢tisserie
HackenstraÃŸe 4, near Sendlinger Tor
- Disability services
Visit Munich Student Union resources for more information.
- Diversity training and support
- Bellevue di Monaco, cultural center providing housing and support for refugees, MÃ¼llerstraÃŸe 2-6, near the Viktualienmarkt
- Netzwerk Rassismus und Diskriminierungsfreies Bayern e.V., Zeppelinstr. 63, Au-Haidhausen
- Studentische Initiative fÃ¼r interkulturelle Kompetenz
Fire and medical: 112
- Alcoholics anonymous: 19-295
- Drug abuse and addiction hotline (Sucht-Hotline): 089-282822 (anonym und kostenlos)
- Psychiatrischer Krisendienst: 0180-6553000 (fast help, nearby, 24/7 and 365 days)
- Student helpline (Nightline-MÃ¼nchen): 089-23165656
- Suicide hotline (TelefonSeelsorge): 0800-1110111
- Emotional support: Lifeline chat
- Women's crisis/rape hotline: 089-763737 (you may remain anonymous. They also have an online chat helpline and you can request English-speaking assistance)
Klinikum Schwabing, KÃ¶lner Platz 1: 089-33040302
The Schwabinger Krankenhaus is the hospital nearest the Studentenstadt (five to ten min. taxi ride) and to OlyDorf (two trams stops) located at KÃ¶lner Platz 1 (near U 3 Scheidplatz). From StuStad, it's best to take a taxi from the taxi stand by the U-Bahn/Bushaltestelle "Studentenstadt." Save your receipt from the taxi ride. It can be turned into the TK insurance company for 100 % reimbursement.
KVB-Bereitschaftspraxis Elisenhof, PrielmayerstraÃŸe 3: 089-116 or 089-117
(4. Stock) near Hauptbahnhof. Open later afternoons, evenings and weekends for non-emergencies. After-hours urgent care available. For office hours, visit KVB Bereitschaftspraxis.
Ã„rztlicher Notdienst is an emergency medical service available to make house calls in the middle of the night: 089-555566 or 01805-191212 if you're unable to get to the hospital. When you call, tell the person on the phone your name, address, phone number, age and describe your symptoms.
Dental emergencies: Weekdays
Zahnklinik der UniversitÃ¤t: 089-51600
For all dental emergencies. No appointment necessary (hours: Ã–ffnungszeiten).
Dental emergencies: After hours
There are always a few dentists throughout the city available on rotation for emergency services during the night and weekends. To find a location call: Not- und Bereitschaftsdienst der MÃ¼nchner KassenzahnÃ¤rzte, 089-7233093.
Or visit notdienst-zahn.de for current emergency dental care near you. Enter your Postleitzahl of current location (StuStadt is 80805, Olydorf is 80809 ).
- Personal care
In Germany, personal care products are sold at the Drogerie, not at the Apotheke, which is a pharmacy. If you want vitamins, your best choice is a Reformhaus.
Products for Black hair and skin are available but are generally more expensive in the United States. So, you might want to travel to Munich with a good supply of your favorites. Afroshops in Munich include:
- Afrokings & Ebony Beauty, Hermann-Lingg-StraÃŸe 2 near the main train station. Hair salon and products
- Ethnic Hair and Beauty Salon, UngererstraÃŸe 80 near Schwabinger Tor, hair salon
- Afroshop Testec Beauty World, Landwehrstr. 34, between the main transtation and Theresienwiese
- Religious groups at LMU
- Katholische Hochschulgemeinde, Leopoldstr. 11 80802 MÃ¼nchen, Maxvorstadt
- Evangelische Studentinnen- und Studentengemeinde, FriedrichstraÃŸe 25, Maxvorstadt
- Islamische Hochschulvereinigung , ArcisstraÃŸe 21, Maxvorstadt
- Verband JÃ¼discher Studenten in Bayern, St.-Jakobs-Platz 18, near Viktualienmarkt
- Safety in Germany
Munich is rated one of the safest big cities in Europe. As with any large city, however, there are things to beware of and keep in mind:
- Beware of pickpocketing, especially in large crowds, crowded U-Bahns and during Oktoberfest or other festivals.
- Women should be aware of their surroundings in isolated spaces but also in crowds any unwanted approaches or touch should immediately be rejected by shouting loudly "LASS MICH IN RUHE!" Don't hesitate to ask for assistance of bystanders and call the police 110 immediately.
- Avoid walking alone at night in the English Garden any parks or other relatively isolated areas.
- Call the Heimweg Telefon if you are feeling unsafe on your way home at night. This hotline, run by volunteers, is a way to feel safer when making your way back from a night out. You will provide them with your location and your destination and the volunteers will stay on the call with you until you have safely arrived. Please refer to heimwegtelefon.net for further information.
- My German University
- International student safety in Germany
- Staying safe in Germany
- Women's crisis hotline
- MÃ¼nchener Frauennotruf (sexual assault and rape crisis hotline): 089/76-37-37
- You may remain anonymous. They also have an online chat helpline and you can request English-speaking assistance.
Sexual assault and bystander intervention
- Bystander intervention: Who Are You
- Prevention and intervention: I WILL/ Step UP!
- Not a bystander: Bystander Intervention
- Sexual health
When living in Germany, you may find attitudes towards sex and relationships that differ from those you are familiar with at home. You may encounter this among the German and international students you meet as well as among others in the program. Whether you are sexually active or not, it is important to think about and reflect on sexual health and behavior, to be aware of individual and cultural differences and to take proactive safety steps while studying abroad.
Before you travel to Germany, we encourage you to protect your health and that of others by visiting a doctor, scheduling a sexual health check-up, and filling necessary contraceptive prescriptions.
- In general, Germans have a more liberal and open attitude towards sex than many cultures, including in the U.S. Sex is discussed openly; sex education is a part of the school curriculum starting in elementary school, and children's theater productions regularly deal with topics related to sex and sexuality. Many Germans view sexual exploration as part of growing up and finding one's way to adulthood. Often, German teenagers have the approval of their parents to spend the night with their partners.
- Together, German attitudes towards sex and mandatory health insurance for all make it fairly easy for romantic couples to live together and have children without being married.
- Marriage and partnerships are legal for same-sex couples in Germany. Although same-sex marriage was legalized in 2017, same-sex couples continue to face hurdles if they want to adopt children.
The concept of consent may be different among the people you encounter during your time in Europe. U.S. college and university students learn that consent means a very clear 'yes.' In Germany, consent may be commonly implied when you agree to go home with someone and engage in an act of a sexual nature. While you can, of course, say no at any point in a sexual encounter, young Germans might find it odd to go home with someone they just met at a bar who doesn't intend to have sex. Being conscious of these intercultural differences, as well as explicitly communicating your own intentions, is important when navigating sexual relationships abroad.
Safety tips for sexual health
JYM recommends that students utilize the following safety measures while in our program and while traveling independently in Europe. These tips are provided for proactive purposes only, and it is JYM policy that the victim/survivor never be blamed for their choices or actions surrounding sexual violence. No matter the circumstance, perpetrators are to blame for sexual violence and it is never the victim/survivor's fault.
- Have an open and direct discussion about your intentions and limits.
- If you're not sure what the other person wants, you must ask. Don't guess and risk harming the other person or committing a crime.
- Don't go out alone. Pairs or small groups can watch out for one another.
- Monitor your consumption of alcohol and don't drink so much that your judgment is compromised.
- Before going out, know how you will get home.
- Travel home with your friends when possible, and don't leave a friend behind.
- Watch your drink and do not accept a drink from a stranger. If someone wants to buy you a drink, take it directly from the bartender.
- If you see a friend in a compromising situation, help them if you can do so safely, or ask for assistance from a bartender or the police.
See the following for tips on bystander intervention:
- Bystander intervention: Who Are You
- Prevention and intervention: I WILL/ Step UP!
- Not a bystander: Bystander intervention
- Sexual health: Contraception resources
- Condoms are sold at all convenience and grocery stores. Germans and many other international students will expect condoms to be used to prevent STDs, even if other contraception is used for birth control. It is a good idea to have condoms on hand if you will be sexually active.
- The 'morning after pill' (die Pille Danach) and pregnancy tests are available at pharmacies. These items are frequently behind the counter, but do not be embarrassed to ask for them!
- We recommend that you travel with your prescription contraception from home, especially for the first three months that you'll be in Germany, because you will need a prescription from a German doctor to have prescriptions filled in Germany.
Frauenarztpraxis Dr. Thomas Villinger
Frauenarzt: Dr. Herold bei Praxis fÃ¼r Frauengesundheit an der MÃ¼nchner Freiheit
LeopoldstraÃŸe 71, 80802 MÃ¼nchen
Sexually transmitted infections (STIs) and diseases (STDs) are viewed as treatable conditions in Germany and are generally not seen as shameful. Tests for STDs and STIs, including HIV tests, as well as sexual counseling, are available at Checkpoint MÃ¼nchen.
- Support groups
- Black Community Munich
- Initiative of Black People in Germany (Munich branch)
- First-generation students (support group for students who are the first in their family to attend a university)
- LeZ, lesbisch-queeres Zentrum MÃ¼nchen, MÃ¼llerstraÃŸe 26, near the Viktualienmarkt: Glockenbachviertel
- Sub - Schwules Kommunikations- und Kulturzentrum MÃ¼nchen e.V., MÃ¼llerstraÃŸe 14, near the Viktualienmarkt: Glockenbachviertel
- Queer Referat, LMU, student interest group, LeopldstraÃŸe 15, Maxvorstadt
- U.S. Consulate General in Munich
Emergency and special consular services
U.S. Embassy & Consulates in Germany: For American citizens deals with cases such as child emergencies, hospitalization, arrest and death of American citizens.
Phone: 089-288-8580 (for emergencies only). This phone line is only for the aforementioned and similar cases. Lost, stolen or expired passports or appointment requests do not constitute emergencies. See hours, address and more.
For all other cases, contact email@example.com.
Emergency after hours
From Germany: 089-2888-0 from within Germany.
From the U.S.: 011-49-892-8880 (ask to be connected to the consulate duty officer).
For questions or to add a recommendation, contact firstname.lastname@example.org.