Deutsches Studentenwerk

Living in student accommodation

International residence in Lübeck was opened in 2005.

International residence in Lübeck was opened in 2005.

Student accommodation

    Student accommodation is the cheapest form of housing for students. The Studentenwerke offer around 195,000 places in student accommodation all over Germany.

    The possibilities are varied and range from simple rooms to flats for couples, for students with children and also for students with disabilities.

    The facilities of such housing differ, but in general they are of a good standard.

    There are often communal rooms such as cafés, cellars for bicycles are almost always available and mostly washing machines are provided, too. Cheap internet access is usually also offered.

    In some Studentenwerke tutors are available in student accommodation to help international students. They are there to advise and support international students at the beginning of their stay in Germany.

    Different types of housing

    The Studentenwerke offer different types of housing within student accommodation. Besides furnished rooms they also have unfurnished housing. Furnished rooms are mostly equipped with a writing desk, a bed, a wardrobe and shelving. Pillows, blankets, bedding and towels are not provided. In some Studentenwerke, however, these can be bought or even rented.

    The rents in student accommodation depend on the furnishing, location and size of the room. Rents also vary according to the location of the university, but on the whole student accommodation is the cheapest form of housing for students!

    Types of accommodation in residential housing:

    • Single room on one floor
      Several rooms on one floor sharing the kitchen, bath/shower and WC.
    • Single room in a flat share / community
      Self-contained housing with between two and seven single rooms, mostly with shared kitchen, bath/shower and WC
    • Apartments
      Single or double apartments are available. A single apartment is a self-contained unit comprising one room with kitchenette, bathroom and WC. Double apartments with two rooms are usually rented to student couples. Most Studentenwerke also offer special accommodation for students with children and for students with disabilities or chronic illness.
    • Guest houses / student hotels
      Some Studentenwerke have guest houses or student hotels. They are open to students who need accommodation only for one or several days. First-year students who only need a room temporarily can lodge in the guest houses.

    Further information

    • Offers of accommodation, information on prices and furnishing can be found on the websites of the local Studentenwerke.
    • Find a student residence hall
      Information, addresses and application details on a large selection of student residence halls in Germany
    • Living at a student dorm - An Illustrated Dictionary
      German-English-Chinese (PDF 8,39 MB)
    • More on the subject of housing offers for students with disabilities and chronic illness (in German only)


    If you would like to register for a room or an apartment in student accommodation you should contact your local Studentenwerk directly! Your contact at the Studentenwerk is the housing administration.

    On the website of the Studentenwerke you will find actual offers of accommodation, registration deadlines and procedures. They also offer other services on the subject of housing, among other things online forms for registration, information on student accommodation, photos and site plans.

    Make sure nothing goes wrong

    • Start your search for accommodation early!
    • Ask whether the room is furnished or unfurnished!
    • Ask about bedding and towels!
    • If possible, do not arrive at the weekend or late at night. If you have no other choice, inform your Studentenwerk/place of accommodation in advance so that they can arrange for you to receive the keys.
    • If, on arrival, you still do not have any accommodation, go to your Studentenwerk as quickly as possible. They often have emergency accommodation available at the beginning of term.