Black Forest Hostel is the right size and probably the best option for independent travelers in Freiburg. Its not perfect, but theres nothing youll lose sleep over.
The hostel is located in a residential neighborhood just outside of the town center. For those biking and driving, it's a breeze to get here, as the maps provided are great. There are also signs once you get close but be sure not to confuse it with the more institutional Jugendherberge. For those who are arriving in town without a bike or car, the walk to the hostel is doable and will take you from the train/bus station right through the old town. Alternatively, you can take a tram most of the way. The only things right near the hostel is a small coffee roastery and a restaurant or two, though you can walk to other shops easily.
Rooms and Bathrooms
The dorms vary in size. The rooms we saw were all bunk bed free (you can rent linens for a small price). There are no locks on the doors, and the front door is open until 1 a.m., though nobody seems too worried. The city in general is very safe, but this still seems a bit too trusting to us. Normally though, there is someone at or near the reception desk at the entrance to keep an eye on things. If you are worried about security, there are enough big lockers in every room and you can borrow a lock for free.
There are a couple of showers and bathrooms that are outside the rooms; in our opinion the setup is very good, so as not to disturb the other guests, considering there is a lot of sleeping going on in this hostel (at least during our stay). The showers, while on timers, are very refreshing and warm and there plenty of room to change when you get out. Is also possible to do laundry for a small fee.
The common spaces are huge and very well set up. Theres more that everything you need to cook and relax in three big rooms. The kitchen is particularly well stocked for preparing even the most gourmet meals. The atmosphere is orderly but friendly. It's possible, though, to have a drinking party if you find the right people. And theres plenty of space so as not to bother others. The crowd is a real mix -- when we were there, it was less backpackers and more homeless students desperately trying to find flats and conference-goers who couldnt afford a hotel. They were all nice enough, though mostly just there to sleep. Internet is a scarce commodity in the hostel, with just two pay computers and no Wi-Fi. The hostel is a bit understaffed, too, though the foreign staff tries especially hard.
If youre looking to hostel in Freiburg, this is your place. It offers a good balance of being social and being good for sleeping and offers all the services you need. The location is pleasant and not far out of the way. Prices are still reasonable, though by no means cheap.