Länggasse 85, Zollikofen

Near the city of Bern, yet out in the countryside: our campus in Zollikofen is ideally situated. Set among fields and forests, it offers the facilities you need for your studies and countless leisure activities, as well as student accommodation.

Address + contact

Länggasse 85
3052 Zollikofen

Reception and office opening hours

Mon–Fri
8.00 am–12.00 pm
1.30 pm–5.00 pm

Location + How to find us

Arriving by public transport

You can easily reach us by train. From Bern railway station, take RBS regional transport line S8 towards Jegenstorf. Trains leave every 15 minutes. Leave the train at Oberzollikofen, cross the tracks via the underpass, and follow signs to ‘BFH HAFL’ (around 10 minutes on foot).

During commuter hours, you can travel right to our main entrance by public transport. Take RBS bus number 41 (Breitenrain–Zollikofen) and alight at the ‘Rütti Hochschule’ stop.

Arriving by car

If you are travelling from western Switzerland, exit the motorway at Bern-Neufeld. Anyone travelling from the Bernese Oberland should leave the motorway at Bern-Wankdorf. From Bern, you can reach us in 10 minutes by following Worblaufen–Zollikofen or Wankdorf–Ittigen–Zollikofen. Take the Zurich–Basel A1, exit the motorway at Schönbühl, and drive via Moosseedorf to Zollikofen.

Deliveries

Deliveries – other than post and courier services – can be unloaded directly at the delivery entrance. On Länggasse, coming from Zollikofen, take the first entrance to our campus and turn right after the first building. The entrance is approximately 70 metres on the left. Use the intercom to call the office (open on weekdays, 8 am–12 pm and 2 pm–5 pm).

Facilities

We cultivate a three-hectare area adjacent to the campus: the ‘Liechtifeld’. This means we can perform trials for our applied research directly on site. It also acts as an additional ‘lecture theatre’ for agriculture students – for practical demonstrations and student projects.

Botanical nature trail

Students of Agricultural and Forest Sciences at BFH-HAFL need a sound knowledge of plants. The area around the campus in Zollikofen offers plenty of opportunities to acquire this knowledge: most of our native trees and shrubs can be found there. 
Since summer 2017, students, and anyone else interested, have been able to test their knowledge of local flora by following a botanical nature trail. The plants on the BFH-HAFL site are labelled with signs – but the botanical names have been replaced with a QR code. First, you need to identify the plants, and then you can check the answer by scanning the QR code. The infoflora.ch website also provides further information on the plants.

To use the QR code, you will need:

  • A smartphone
  • A QR reader app
  • Mobile data/Wi-Fi The BFH-HAFL Wi-Fi can be used, depending on your location.

If you don’t have a smartphone, you can use the lists. You will find all of the answers there – sorted by the numbers printed on the signs.

Our sensory lab can be used to perform sensory evaluations of products under controlled conditions. It is equipped with 11 testing booths with FIZZ sensory software (ISO 8589:2007). The booths have red and green lighting, which can be used to mask visual differences, if required for the question or test design.

Our 550 sq. m technology centre is a food technology test centre with a broad range of facilities. It offers students the ideal facilities for practical lessons or tests for their end-of-term assignment or final thesis. The technology centre also enables our researchers to perform important basic food technology operations on a small scale. Food companies may also use the services of the test facilities.

One of the resources used in practical lessons for agriculture students specialising in international agriculture is our greenhouse, which has three different climate zones: tropical highlands, tropical lowlands and savannah. A diverse range of tropical plants are grown there – from coffee and papaya to cotton.

Cultural events are also held in the greenhouse.

Campus

Leisure facilities

Our campus offers a wide range of leisure facilities. Facilities include:

  • Swimming pool
  • Beach volleyball
  • Pool table
  • Barbecue area
  • Table tennis
  • Gym with climbing wall
  • Sauna

Sustainability

Sustainability is an important issue, not only on our courses of study, but also on our campus, where we work to protect nature and the environment.

  • The extension completed in 2012 complies with the Minergie-PEco standard.
  • We also use green energy for a significant portion of our power consumption.
  • The green areas are designed to encourage native plants to grow and contribute to biodiversity.

Student accommodation

Students don’t need to make a long journey to get to the campus – there is student accommodation available on site. Approximately 140 furnished rooms are available at rents of between CHF 220 and CHF 370 per month, depending on the size and room type. All rooms have a refrigerator, wash basin and Wi-Fi. 
 
Demand is significantly greater than the number of rooms available. When allocating rooms, we give priority to those students whose home is furthest away based on travel time using public transport.

Cooking, eating and washing

In addition to the canteen, students can also use the modern kitchen and dining room. You will need to bring your own plates, cutlery and pans.

Student accommodation also includes a large laundry room for residents. There is a charge for using washing machines and dryers.

Canteen

We offer our guests a range of options for lunch and refreshments. We place great importance on using seasonal and regional produce in our cooking. All of the meat that we use is produced in Switzerland.

Opening hours

  • Meals:
    Monday to Thursday: 8.30 am to 4.30 pm
    Friday: 8.30 am to 4.00 pm
    Closed on Saturday, Sunday and public holidays
  • Dining room:
    Monday to Thursday: 7.00 am to 8.00 pm
    Friday: 7.00 am to 4.00 pm
    Closed on Saturday, Sunday and public holidays

Payment system

You can pay by cash or using your BFH card. We can also issue a bill for groups or meetings. You will receive a discount if you pay using your BFH card.

Library

As an academic library in the NEBIS network, we acquire, catalogue and offer printed and electronic specialist literature in the teaching and research fields of agricultural, forest and food sciences.