Students in Germany either live in a student hall of residence or private accommodation. We recommend finding accommodation before you arrive in Germany. You’ll most likely have to find a place to live on your own because, in contrast to other countries, German universities do not automatically assign rooms to students when they enroll.
Availability and Cost
Depending on where you study and what your financial situation is like, it may not be easy to find accommodation. Therefore, start looking as early as possible – ideally before you arrive in Germany.
The International Office at the university or your Axiom Education Advisors can provide advice and useful information for finding a place to live.
Types of accommodation
There are several student halls of residence in every university town. A room in a residence hall is frequently the most affordable accommodation you will find. However, at some universities, rooms in student residence halls are in high demand. But if you apply early enough, you have good chances of getting a room. You should apply as soon as you receive your notification of admission from your German university. The applications are processed by the Studentenwerk (Student Services Organisation), which is responsible for operating the residence halls and allocating rooms.
At some universities, the International Office is responsible for allocating rooms in student halls of residence. If this is true in your case, inquire your Axiom Education Advisors about how best to obtain a room in a residence hall.
Like elsewhere in the world, private accommodations can vary enormously. In Germany, you will find everything from empty rooms to fully furnished flats on the market. You can rent a room or an entire flat. There are also rooms available in flat shares.
In a flat share (WG, or Wohngemeinschaft), several people live together in one flat. Each person has his or her own bedroom, but shares the kitchen, bathroom, possibly a living room and sometimes the cost of telephone and Internet. Flatshares are very popular among students.
Usually, you can only sign a rental contract for a room or apartment in person. In other words, you probably won’t be able to rent a private room until you arrive in Germany and meet the landlord. Nevertheless, you can start looking via the Internet and possibly set up appointments to view the flats when you arrive.
240 up to 713 EUR / month
186 up to 285 EUR / month
144 up to 547 EUR / month
195 up to 225 EUR / month
295 up to 345 EUR / month
APARTMENT HAS PARKRING 21
335 up to 360 EUR / month
APARTMENTHAUS SCHWETZINGER STRASSE 9
Schwetzinger Straße 99
335 up to 340 EUR / month
APARTMENTHAUS STEUBENSTRASSE 76-7
365 up to 425 EUR / month
175 up to 240 EUR / month
243 up to 545 EUR / month
Gartlager Weg 37
206 up to 333 EUR / month
235 EUR / month
As soon as you have found accommodation, you must register with the local Resident Registration Office. This is where you receive your “confirmation of registration” (Meldebestätigung). With this in hand, you can then apply for your residence permit.
OBTAINING A RESIDENCE PERMIT
In addition to the confirmation of registration, you also need to apply for permission to reside in Germany. The International Office can give you the address and tell you exactly which documents you should take along.
FEES AND DOCUMENTS
You have to apply for a residence permit in person at the Alien Registration Office. They will ask to see the following documents:
Confirmation of registration from the Resident Registration Office
Confirmation of health insurance coverage
Certificate of enrolment from your German university
Proof of financial resources (if applicable)
Passport (and visa, if you have one)
Health certificate (if necessary)
Money for the fee
Tenancy agreement (if applicable)
Biometric passport photos
The fee for first-time applicants can cost up to 110 euros. The fee for an extension can cost up to 80 euros.
Your residence permit is issued in the form of a chip card which contains your personal data, such as your passport photo and fingerprints. Four to six weeks after applying, you will be notified by the Alien Registration Office that your residence permit has arrived. You must pick it up in person. Your residence permit is valid for at least one year and up to two years in some cases and can be extended if necessary.