BIMM Institute Hamburg Facilities

As a student at BIMM Institute Hamburg, you have direct access to state-of-the-art professional facilities – with equipment and software delivered by the world’s leading music instrument manufacturers who actively support and endorse us.

We’re proud to welcome you to our brand-new teaching space near the Karostar Musikhaus in St. Pauli, Hamburg. Our new college is a real paradise for music aficionados, and right in the epicentre of Hamburg’s music industry.

We are lucky to have over 40 music companies as our neighbours including Beggars Group, Nettwerk Music Group, Inferno Events (co-production with Reeperbahn Festival), White Horse Music, Hamburg Music Business Association (IHM), Devil Duck Records and many more.

The Knust, one of Hamburg’s most iconic clubs, has hosted gigs from world-renowned artists such as Arcade Fire, Robyn, Bon Iver. You can enjoy the ‘Knust Acoustics’ (open-air concerts) that take place outside in the sunny square during the summer months, just next door to our college.

Additionally, you’ll find loads of good spots for food and drink just around the corner: ‘Dschungel’ for cheap beers, ‘Feldstern’ just opposite the college for food and drink, ‘HappenPappen’ as great vegan opportunity, and ‘Rindermarkthalle’, which has supermarkets and a food court for everyone. Cafés such as ‘Manufact’ or ‘Elbgold’ are also great for small batch locally roasted coffee.



You will be rubbing shoulders with the most prestigious event promoters, venue managers, music producers and artists from around the globe, browsing for new music in Hanseplatte, Groove City, and Zardoz record stores. And don’t forget to rummage around the ‘Schanzenflohmarkt’ flea market every Saturday to pick up some unique bits and bobs for your apartment, record collection or wardrobe!

You’ll begin your music career in our bright and comfortable classrooms, soundproofed performance and rehearsal studios with full backline and bespoke acoustic treatment, high-tech production facilities, top-of-the-range Mac suites. Plus, Music Production students have access to recording facilities at Chefrock Studios. Not bad, right?


Join our student Insa on a virtual tour around the college and learn more about life as a student at BIMM Institute Hamburg.

We look forward to welcoming you and showing you around in person. Our regular college tours are a great opportunity to see our facilities before you start studying with us! You can book them here.

As a student, you have access to a range of incredible facilities at BIMM Institute Hamburg. These include spacious live rooms, high-tech rehearsal spaces and tutorial rooms.

Take a closer look at our fully-loaded Mac Labs, live rooms with industry-standard equipment, and light-filled studying and networking atrium, complete with snuggly sofas and so much more.

As a student, you have access to all facilities when they are not in use for teaching, including outside normal opening hours. Slots in the rehearsal and production rooms are bookable through reception and Mac labs are available without booking when not in use for teaching. All students have equal access to the on-campus facilities and rental equipment – we have a broad range of guitars, basses, synths, microphones and recording equipment that is available to rent at no extra cost. You can use this time for independent self-study, working on your own projects or rehearsing.

All student areas have barrier-free access.

  • Mac labs: You’ll have access to two Ableton Certified Mac labs. The labs offer Apple hardware with all the industry-standard software installed, such as Pro Tools, Logic Pro, Ableton Live Suite, Native Instruments Komplete and a wide range of fantastic third-party plugins and software instruments. On top of the iMacs, you’ll benefit from Focusrite audio interfaces, controller keyboards and Ableton Push controllers to translate your ideas into recordings.


  • Live rooms:Our inspiring performance rooms are equipped with high-spec full backline, akin to a professional venue, with custom-designed acoustic treatment and soundproofing. These spaces are available for students to use for rehearsals, and lectures will also take place here.
    • Each room is equipped with a multichannel recording interface and breakout cabling, enabling students to record quick demos and rehearsals with either their own laptops or by renting one of the MacBook pros from our loan stock.


  • Lecture rooms: Lessons and industry masterclasses happen here. We bring some of the most amazing people in music direct to your classroom as part of our regular masterclass sessions. The rooms are flooded with natural sunlight and available for our students to use as quiet study space when not being used for teaching.

Chefrock Studios Photo: Annegret Hultsch

Chefrock Studios Photo: Mike Gamio

  • Production room: Need to put down a killer vocal, demo your latest track, develop your DJ set, experiment with new sounds and instruments or work out that tricky arrangement with your bandmates? This room is specifically designed to encourage you to experiment. Book into the production room and bring your own equipment or rent some of the synths, guitars, mics and effects from BIMM’s locker to create that unique sound. The production room is also linked to the multi-purpose rooms for bigger recording setups.


  • Tutorial rooms: A cosier space for you to meet your lecturers, receive careers advice, or have pastoral guidance from our friendly Student Support Team. Besides spending time in class, you’ll be given an allocated number of hours per term for one-on-one, bespoke tutorials with our expert industry lecturers. You’ll have the incredible opportunity to book tutorials with any lecturer in the college, giving you the exact support you need, precisely when you need it.


  • Atrium:The reception area has a beautiful, spacious atrium. This large open area is where you will be able to study, network and socialise before and after your classes.

The legendary venue ‘Knust’ is located right next door to BIMM Institute Hamburg in the Karo-Viertel

“BIMM Institute Hamburg has become a central location in the Hamburg music community. It’s been amazing watching our students explore their creativity using our state-of-the-art equipment. And I’ve loved seeing them become part of the Hamburg music scene – simply by collaborating, networking and performing with their fellow students.”
Anna Marks, College Principal, BIMM Institute Hamburg

Studying at BIMM Institute means that you instantly become part of the Hamburg music scene. That’s because we collaborate with the city’s music organisations and local initiatives so you can use real-world facilities and broaden your experience.

We have very close partnerships with leading European companies and reputable Hamburg organisations, such as . Because of these connections, you have access to industry internships, work placements and networking opportunities that you won’t find anywhere else.

  • Performance spaces: Our close ties with the music industry mean that as a Performance or Songwriting student, you have your group performance classes in the live music venue, Jolly Jumper. This lets you practice performing in a real-life setting, right in the heart of Sternschanze.
  • Music Production:As a Music Production student, your production classes are taught at, professional recording studio, Chefrock Studios. Designed by Studio Magazine’s owner and editor-in-chief Fritz Fey, Chefrock Studios has an endless list of impressive features. These include the main control room – equipped with an analogue Neumann console – and a vast range of analogue outboard equipment. Chefrock also boasts a large recording room, a vocal booth and a client lounge.

Our college is also an Ableton Certified Training Centre. This means that as a Music Production student, you’ll develop the latest industry knowledge, skills and techniques under the tuition of leading experts while using the very best audio editing software and equipment.

The partnership also means that as a BIMM Institute Hamburg student, you’ll have access to substantial education discounts on Ableton products, which could pocket you savings of up to a massive 40% off










Come and see for yourself

Want to see these great facilities for yourself?  We recommend that you attend one of our Open House events which take place once a month providing a great opportunity to see the campus and college facilities. Please visit our Open Days and Events page for an overview of all dates.

To start on your journey to a life in music today, enquire below or alternatively, contact our admissions team directly via or via phone at +49 (0) 40 874 09 632.



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