12 The TU Ilmenau is a campus university, that means the walks are short ( Map of campus, p. 50). Hence, the lecture halls and laboratories just as the University Library ( p. 50, B3: Leibnizbau), which is the largest technical library in Thuringia, the dormitories managed by the Thuringian State Student Services offering more than 1 600 places and a supermarket ( p. 51, C3) can be easily reached on foot. The University Athletic Complex ( p. 50/51, B/C1) with lawn area and one of the most modern gymnasiums in Germany offers the students a wide range of indoor and outdoor sports. In numerous associations and initiatives, people having the same interests come together: student radio and TV station, orchestra, big band and chamber choir, Christian and Muslim student communities, folklore group, photography working group, and others. According to recent studies, the TU Ilmenau figures among the least expensive places of study in Germany. There are no fees to pay, and students who change their main residence to Ilmenau will be granted a subsidy of 80 euros per year by the municipality of Ilmenau. If more than 2 000 students move to Ilmenau, this will go up to 100 euros. A survey carried out by the student online portal UNICUM, the campus of the TU Ilmenau is one of the most beautiful in Germany – not only because of the marvelous view of the Thuringian Forest. Today, the first university buildings dating back to the 19th century are complemented by new and modern teaching and research facilities of a futuristic architecture. Each building is individually named after a famous scientist such as ”Humboldtbau“, ”Newtonbau“ or ”Zusebau“, the inventor of the first computer.
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