Ben-Gurion University of the Negev is located in the city of Beer-Sheva - the capital of the Negev region. The Negev itself is part of an awe-inspiring desert that stretches from Egypt through the southern part of Israel to Jordan and Saudi Arabia. The Negev, accounting for 60% of Israel's land mass, equaling an area of 12,000 square kilometers, encompasses all the landforms that make up a desert: desert flats, sand dunes, desert pavements, cliff faces that stretch for dozens of kilometers, and deep canyons. The Negev provides a worthy challenge to those seeking adventure; the combination of clear blue skies and beautiful yellow sand offers an array of opportunities for exploration.
The city of Beer-Sheva is the fourth largest city in Israel. It lies between the southern Negev desert and the fertile agricultural areas to the north. Beer-Sheva is a city of great historical significance, where thousands of years ago it served as the junction between East and West. Even today, people can see the convergence of history and modernity in Israel's beautiful desert city, from the Old City of Beer-Sheva where you can visit Abraham's Well, to the new city, which offers a wealth of cultural opportunities.
Beer-Sheva is a city that offers a glimpse at the 'real' Israel. It boasts magnificent scenery, coupled with a plethora of cultural institutions. It is attracting large hi-tech companies to the region, and the city also hosts shopping malls, movie theaters, an internationally renowned chamber orchestra, local theaters and a light opera company, cafes, restaurants, pubs, student dance clubs and discos. The weather in the desert during the winter is generally mild and quite suitable for outdoor sports.
Within close proximity to the campus are tourist sites and natural parks such as the Dead Sea, Ein Gedi, Mitzpeh Ramon and Massada. Tel Aviv and Jerusalem are easily accessible by buses and are about an hour and a half ride. Improved train service between Beer-Sheva and Tel Aviv offers a convenient connection, taking a little more than one hour. The train station is a short walk from the campus.
The student population of Beer-Sheva has tripled in the past 10 years. Today, more than 17,000 students study at Ben-Gurion University of the Negev, which together with students of the surrounding colleges, reaches 25,000 students in institutions of higher education, accounting for 13% of the population. This means that every eighth Beer-Sheva resident is a student, a proportion higher than in any other city in Israel.