International Students

Looking for accommodation

ACCOMMODATION

FINDING A ROOM OR APARTMENT AT YOUR NEW PLACE OF STUDY – BUT HOW?

Your apartment or room is often central to your new phase of life as a student in a foreign country. It is therefore essential to prepare for your studies by finding an apartment beforehand.

It isn’t always easy to find accommodation in German cities. More and more people are drawn to urban areas and the population of attractive cities such as Cologne, Hamburg, Berlin, and Munich is growing year by year. This makes the housing market very competitive. We therefore recommend that you start looking for accommodation as early as possible!

Unless you are attending Studienkolleg NRW, Hochschule Fresenius cannot provide or arrange accommodation for you. However, we will support you as best we can in your search for accommodation and are always available to answer your questions. Below we have listed a few location-specific tips and tricks, useful contacts, and basic vocabulary to help you understand the accommodation on offer.

We have also provided an overview of useful Facebook groups and accommodation providers. Please note that we do not work with any of these companies and that these non-binding lists are simply an overview, not a recommendation.

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RoomIE

Rooms for International Exchange at Hochschule Fresenius

Each semester, we welcome new international students to Hochschule Fresenius. It’s difficult to find accommodation while still in your home country, and it won’t necessarily get easier once you’re in Germany. The RoomIE initiative encourages students and their families to sublet/rent rooms or apartments to international students, promoting intercultural exchange in the process.

The commitment demonstrated by our students is one of our greatest resources. The core of the concept is to provide a platform that brings together international students looking for accommodation and university members with vacant rooms/apartments. This creates a win-win situation for international students and people keen to learn about other cultures.

If you would like to find a room in via RoomIE – or want to offer your spare room to an international student – please contact us: international@hs-fresenius.de.

Tips

GENERAL WEBSITES TO FIND ACCOMMODATION

First and foremost, most accommodation is advertised online. Various portals allow apartment seekers and landlords to get in touch with one another. Some portals also have an English-language version of their website, but the ads are mostly in German.

With 12 million visitors each month, this is Germany’s most popular portal for finding rooms in shared apartments. If you don’t speak German, the portal has an option to translate adverts. Online viewings may also be available.

Visit WG-gesucht.de 

Another popular portal – unfortunately, this is only available in German. Take a look at https://www.immobilienscout24.de/wohnen/wg-zimmer.html to search directly for rooms in shared apartments.

eBay Kleinanzeigen is Germany’s largest portal for classified ads. You can also find apartments or vacant rooms here. However, the platform is only available in German. You may need to check our housing dictionary (or use another form of translation software).

Visit eBay Kleinanzeigen 

Wunderflats is a German start-up offering a platform for temporary furnished housing. When looking at an apartment, check whether the proof of residence certificate (Wohnungsgeberbestätigung) is listed under “Services”.

Visit Wunderflats

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Tips

FACEBOOK GROUPS

There are many Facebook groups for people searching for tenants and/or apartments. Student-specific groups and groups for newcomers to a city can both be helpful. Start networking before you arrive in Germany and let others know about your housing needs. If necessary, use an online translation service of your choice, as most services will be in German. If you already speak German, don’t be afraid to contact people who publish room/apartment ads. If you don’t feel confident writing in German, most people will understand messages sent in English.

There are various Facebook groups for specific campus locations:

STUDENT ACCOMMODATION AND INTERIM SOLUTIONS

In addition to private landlords, there are also companies that offer student accommodation in Germany’s larger cities.

Finding accommodation from abroad is always difficult. If you need a place to stay for the first few days/weeks, the following places may provide a temporary solution:

Tips

5 TIPS WHEN LOOKING FOR ACCOMMODATION

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Dictionary

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Here are some important terms to help you find an apartment or room.

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QUESTIONS CONCERNING ACCOMMODATION?

Please let us know if there is anything we can help you with concerning your accommodation search. Also, if you found a place and are unsure about the trustworthiness of the offer, get in touch with us and we will try to assess the situation.

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