ZU and its Locations

ZU was established in 2003 and has grown continually since then. Accordingly, more teachers, students and employees need more room to research, to teach, to learn, and to work.

ZU has also grown and developed at its numerous locations.


Tthe LakeCampus can be found at Seemooser Horn in Friedrichshafen, while our temporary ContainerUni campus is located in the Fallenbrunnen CreativeQuarter. That is also where the new ZF Campus is being built. The final piece of the jigsaw is the CapitalCampus at Hackescher Markt in Berlin.

Lake Campus - located right on the shores of Lake Constance

Planned in 2007, moved into in 2008: the building on the LakeCampus at Seemooser Horn, located right on the shores of Lake Constance, or as German TV station ZDF have put it, on the "Lake of Good Hope" – not many can claim to have Germany's most beautiful campus. This 3,400 square meter cube houses ten seminar rooms, twelve project rooms for student initiatives, offices, research laboratories, the foyer for large events and the library with 100 work stations, as well as the lounge and the See|e – our cafeteria. The new building is seen as a platform for communication between science and society – a place in which research and teaching sit side-by-side with enjoyment and recreation.

ZF Campus - our new main campus

Only a stone's throw from the former temporary ContainerUni is the new ZF Campus at No. 3 Fallenbrunnen. With the completion of the future university building – a combination of historical form (old building) and modern architecture (new building) – everything is fully operational in 2015, just in time for the fall semester. This marked the completion of the existing LakeCampus. The construction project at the former barracks at Fallenbrunnen is being made possible courtesy of a generous donation of 20 million euro from ZF Friedrichshafen AG to the ZU Foundation. Through these means the ZU Foundation is largely able to finance the construction and renovation project.

CapitalCampus in Berlin

ZU has been back in the capital city of Berlin since November 2011. It is in good company in its new home in Stiftung Mercator's Berlin Project Center (PZB) at Hackescher Markt. There, on five floors, around 100 employees from 13 different organizations and project companies work together – from the University of Heldelberg's Center for Social Investments and Innovations (CSI) to the Council of Experts of the German Foundation for Integration and Migration (SVR) through the European Climate Foundation (ECF), and the Network for International Assignments (Nefia). For this reason PZB is a creative meeting place, a place to work together, a place of exchange, a place to develop ideas and to debate – in other words: tailor-made for ZU. The CapitalCampus is above all a place of work and a location for events in the scientific field. It provides multiple work stations for ZU scientists who are in Berlin for the purposes of research projects or political advisory mandates and gives the steadily-growing "ZU community" in Berlin a home. There, ZU established a new type of event called "RedeGegenRede" ("Speech against speech") Here, ZU scientists and a guest from the area of economics, culture, or politics debate about controversial themes.