When and where will the ESU take place?
Wednesday 17 to Sunday 21 August
We are guests at the Niederrhein University of Applied Sciences, campus Mönchengladbach.
Address: Webschulstraße 41-43, 41065 Mönchengladbach


Where can I register and how much does a ticket cost?
You can find the registration for the ESU here
The normal ticket for the ESU gives you access to all events on all days, including cultural events. It costs 60 €. For students, the unemployed and pensioners we offer a reduced ticket price of 30 €. In order to be able to finance the reduced prices, we rely on people who can afford it to pay a little more. Soli tickets are available at a price of 90 €.
Please note: Food is not included in the ticket price.


How do I get to the ESU?
... with public transport
Mönchengladbach is very easy to reach by train, even from further away.
A few examples:
London - Mönchengladbach 5 - 6 hours, change in Brussels and Aachen or Cologne.
Paris - Mönchengladbach 4 - 5 hours, change in Aachen or Cologne
Prague - Mönchengladbach 10 hours, change in Berlin and Düsseldorf
Vienna - Mönchengladbach 9 hours, change in Nuremberg and Düsseldorf
Information on all train connections in Germany can be found on Deutsche Bahn:

Various bus lines run from Mönchengladbach main station to the university in ten to twelve minutes. Depending on the bus line, you get off at the bus stop Hochschule or at the bus stop Webschulstraße. From there it's only a few hundred metres on foot to your destination.

Bus 001:
Mönchengladbach Künkelstraße - Mönchengladbach Hauptbahnhof/Europaplatz - Hochschule - Rheydt Hbf - Clemens-August-Straße
Bus 002:
Mönchengladbach Künkelstraße - Bismarckstraße - Hochschule - Rheydt Hauptbahnhof - Marie-Bernays-Ring
Bus 019:
Viersen Süchteln Vorst - Mönchengladbach Hauptbahnhof/Europaplatz - Webschulstraße - Rheydt Hauptbahnhof
Bus 097:
Mönchengladbach Hauptbahnhof/Europaplatz - Webschulstraße - Rheydt Hauptbahnhof - Jüchen Markt

... by car
On the A 52 motorway, take exit no. 8 Mönchengladbach Nord and drive towards Mönchengladbach.
In the city centre, before the railway subway, turn right into Rathenaustraße, which becomes Theodor-Heuss-Straße.
At the university, turn right into Webschulstraße.

On the A 61 motorway, take exit no. 12 Mönchengladbach-Rheydt and drive towards Rheydt (Dahlener Straße).
After the 2nd railway subway, turn left into Wilhelm-Schiffer-Straße. After the uphill stretch, follow the road into Friedrich-Ebert-Straße, which becomes Rheydter Straße.
The university is on the right-hand side.
Attention: There are very few parking spaces near the university. We strongly advise against driving to the university. Please travel by public transport.

... by plane
If there is no other way, the best way to travel to the ESU is by plane:
Fly to Düsseldorf International Airport, from there take the S-Bahn to Düsseldorf Hauptbahnhof (main station). From there, take the S-Bahn S8 to Mönchengladbach main station.

What is where?

Here you find a site map.

Where can I sleep?
You can camp free of charge on a meadow ten minutes' walk from the university. Please bring your own tent or use the communal tent. A sleeping bag and sleeping mat are sufficient for the latter. The tent site is at the Monforts Quartier. Address: Schwalmstraße 301, 41238 Mönchengladbach, Germany. Showers and toilets are available. There will be at least one person keeping a watchful eye on the campsite all day. So you can leave your luggage in the tent during the day. Nevertheless, we would like to point out that we do not accept any liability for luggage and valuables. Please note: The tent meadow is right next to the meadow where concerts take place on Thursday and Saturday evenings.  For organisational reasons, this is unfortunately not possible otherwise. Bands play here until 11:30 pm on both days. If you are sensitive to noise and like to go to bed early, it's best to bring earplugs.
Next to the tent site there is also space for a few campers and motorhomes. Please register briefly at
There is also free private accommodation in and around Mönchengladbach. Here you can get in touch with potential hosts yourself and secure a place.
The bed exchange is now be available on 

Collection of accommodation options in Mönchengladbach (hotels, guesthouses, etc.): 


The European Summer University (ESU) of Social Movements, is a an opportunity to enthusiastically discuss perspectives of social transformation. Even so, participants in this ESU live and have been socialised in a world characterised by a multitude of oppressions: racist, sexist, validist, LGBTIphobic, etc. Their reproduction within activist circles is inevitable though not a fatality. It is possible to put in place mechanisms in order to actively struggle against these oppressions and to work on alternatives so as to collectively embody the transformations we strive for.

This is why an anti-oppression team has been formed. Anyone wishing to find out more about the topic or experiencing abuse can contact this team at the venue [room number] or by telephone 0157-35573571. Resources dealing with oppression will be made available to participants on arrival and throughout the event.

What is there to eat?
A wide variety.
We will be catered for by the canteen of the university and two food trucks on the university grounds. In addition, our Attac cafeteria will be at the start and will provide us with all kinds of drinks as well as sweet and savoury snacks.
From Friday evening onwards, a city festival will take place in front of the university gates. There will be numerous food trucks and food stalls where we can feast all weekend.
Vegan, vegetarian, meat: there is something for every taste and budget at any time.


Do I understand anything?
At least the language should not be a problem. The programme booklet and the homepage are trilingual. All forums and plenary sessions will be interpreted in three languages: French, English and German. In the workshops we will try to provide interpretation as far as possible. Unfortunately, we cannot guarantee that every single workshop will be accessible in all three languages. Please refer to the information in the programme overview:


What about Covid 19?Corona: We show solidarity
We ask all ESU 2022 participants to show solidarity with vulnerable groups and to wear mask indoors (FFP2 or medical mask). Please test yourselves daily before coming to the university.


Is there childcare available?
The university's family office kindly supports us with childcare.
Children between the ages of 2 and 10 can be looked after free of charge.
Please ask at the ESU information point for the exact location of the childcare.
Childcare is available at the following times:
Wednesday 4.00 – 6.00 pm
Thursday, Friday and Saturday 10.00 - 12.00 am and 2.00 – 6.30 pm and on Sunday during the closing ceremony.


Can I bring my dog to the ESU?
With the exception of assistance dogs, animals are not allowed in any of the university's buildings and rooms. Animals must be kept on a leash when outside the university.


Where to put luggage and valuables?
Do you want to leave your luggage or valuables in a safe place?
On the first floor of building W there is a valuables room where you can lock things up.
There is (almost) always a friendly person here who will unlock the room if necessary.
Please pay attention to the opening hours.


Is there somewhere I can rest?
Of course. Sure. No problem.
On the second floor of Building Z there are small rooms where you can retreat for a nap or just to chill.


Are photos and videos taken?

During the event, film and photo recordings will be made by the organiser. These may subsequently be published and used for public relations purposes.


Any questions?
Send an email to