Living In Tel Aviv
Tel Aviv has been dubbed Israel's "cultural capital" thanks to its large and vibrant community of artists, poets, filmmakers, dancers and architects.
A capital of industry, innovation and youth culture where sunny beaches and the national high-tech hub are within walking distance of each other
In addition to the rich array of cultural and artistic events regularly on offer at Tel Aviv University, the city of Tel Aviv-Jaffa has much to offer visitors.
Tel Aviv is home to Israel's oldest School for Performing Arts as well as the National Theater of Israel. However the city is also full of smaller theater companies that have earned local and international acclaim, such as Gesher, The Cameri, and even smaller, experimental groups such as the Tel Aviv Improv Company. Jaffa is the location of the award-winning Nalaga'at Theater, home to the Deaf-blind Acting Ensemble.
Tel Aviv University is also the only university in Israel with a School of Music, training musicians as well as vocal performers. The school holds over 200 concerts a year on the TAU campus and is invited to tour around the world, performing in Zurich, Madrid and Berlin, among other places. Perhaps not surprisingly, given the city's musical prominence, the Israeli National Opera is also located in Tel Aviv, so does Tel Aviv Cultural Center, one of The biggest halls in Israel with 2500 seats, and the house of the Israel philharmonic orchestra. In 2016, the Israel Philharmonic Orchestra held 104 concerts for 333,000 listeners. The New Israeli Opera and the Israel Chamber Orchestra held 380 concerts for 276,130 listeners.
Art & Film
Tel Aviv is home to hundreds of art galleries and private boutiques, showcasing a unique array of paintings, sculptures, crafts and other works by Israeli artists. The city's art scene encompasses everything from tiny, one-room galleries hidden in narrow, backstreet alleys to large outdoor festivals such as Nachlat Binyamin's Friday Market, to the Tel Aviv Museum of Art, one of the largest museums in Israel.
Tel Aviv University is the only university in Israel with a Department of Film and Television, and as such has shaped the development of the film and television industry in Israel. The majority of Israel's successful directors, screenwriters and film critics all began their careers at TAU. In fact, to celebrate young creators and give them a platform to showcase their art, TAU film students organize the International Student Film Festival – the largest student film festival in the world – every two years. With its large cadre of young and motivated filmmakers and as the set location for major Israeli film productions, Tel Aviv has found itself at the center of Israel's film culture and industry and hosts multiple international film festivals a year.
Tel Aviv is a city that never sleeps and neither do the people who inhabit it. It is vibrant, full of life, and provides an endless amount of activities and places to explore. Whether you enjoy sipping coffee at boutique cafes, eating your way through delicious street food stands or dancing the night away at bars and nightclubs, Tel Aviv has it all. From Jaffa (the old South port) to the Namal (the new North port), and everywhere in between, you will find it difficult to get bored. Year round sunny weather, ensures that the city’s beaches are packed almost on a daily basis.
The New York Times has described Tel Aviv as the 'capital of Mediterranean cool.' Lonely Planet ranked it as a top ten city for nightlife, and National Geographic named it one of the top ten beach cities.
Some interesting facts about Tel Aviv:
Tel Aviv was founded on April 20, 1909. Jaffa is over 3,000 years old. In 1950, the two cities were united under one municipal entity, Tel Aviv-Jaffa. The greater Tel Aviv metropolis has a radius of 60 km, which includes 3.2 million people amounting to 43.2% of the Israeli population.
Climate: On average there are 318 clear sunny days with 587 mm rainfall a year.
Household and Population: 402,600 residents.
Tourism: 70 hotels with close to 8,000 hotel rooms, nearly a million guests per year and 2.6 million overnight stays in a year.
Markets: 3 open markets (shooks) and many organic farmers markets.
Student Life: Study Tel Aviv is an initiative of Tel Aviv Global, raising awareness of Tel Aviv as a top international study and travel destination. It supports international students during their stay in Tel Aviv and promotesTel Aviv's academic institutions worldwide. Above all else, Study Tel Aviv ensures that international students who enroll in any of Tel Aviv's undergraduate or graduate, long or short term, summer or semester programs, have as rewarding and fruitful an experience as possible.
The Lonely Planet magazine ranked Tel Aviv third on its list of Top Ten Cities to Visit, calling it "a truly diverse 21stcentury Mediterranean hub" and "by far the most international city in Israel." In 2012 MasterCard reported Tel Aviv was the fifth most visited destination in all of Africa and the Middle East. Thanks to its 14-kilometer-long beach strip, National Geographic magazine included Tel Aviv on its list of "World's 10 Best Beach Cities," along with Barcelona and Rio de Janiero.
(In the photo are our international students at the main bar of the university)
City of Youth Culture
Tel Aviv has the largest concentration of night clubs and restaurants in Israel, despite being the country's second most populous city. Nightlife thrives in Tel Aviv due to the city's high percentage of residents between the ages of 18 and 34. Some are students at Tel Aviv University, some are young entrepreneurs, many are artists come to experience Israel's most vibrant city.
One way or another, Tel Aviv has the highest percentage of young people of any city in Israel, and the city's infrastructure (with green, eco-friendly bikes available for rent across the city), culture and atmosphere reflect this.
Tel Aviv University is proud to be part of a city that houses Israel's only stock exchange as well as its most beautiful beaches, all within walking distance of some of the best art galleries, restaurants and nightclubs in the Middle East.