Mannheim is situated on the Rhine River an hour south of Frankfurt. It is Germany’s warmest summer region but winters can be quite cold although snowfall is rare. Mannheim is among the top institutions in Europe for Economics and the Social Sciences. Each September the university holds the Schlossfest (Palace festival) where several arts, science, and music events take place. The number of places in student halls is very limited do be prepared to look off campus for accommodation and begin the application process as soon as possible.