You can search for your own apartment, studio, or a room in a shared flat on the private housing market. A shared flat or WG is a very popular and typical form of housing. You rent a room in an apartment with multiple flatmates and share the cost of rent, the kitchen, and the bathroom. Your advantages: You directly meet other students!
Rooms or apartments on the private housing market can be both furnished or unfurnished.
There are often cheaper apartments in the neighborhoods outside of the city center, which can be easily reached by bus.
Insist on getting a written rental contract and make sure to read it through in detail.
Because shared flats are very popular, there are usually lots of interested individuals. You may need to apply and be interviewed by all of the flatmates, as everyone has to agree on who will move into the room.
Aachen is more than just a city center!
You have chosen to study in Aachen and would prefer to live directly in the center for an affordable price. In most cases, this won't be possible since availability is low and rent is higher than in other neighborhoods.
For this reason, we recommend including the area surrounding Aachen in your search: the outer city districts of Aachen, which include Richterich, Haaren, Laurensberg, Brand, Eilendorf, Kornelimünster, and Walheim; Würselen, Herzogenrath, Kohlscheid, Alsdorf, Eschweiler, or Stolberg. This significantly increases your chances of finding an apartment
As a student of RWTH Aachen you will receive a semester ticket after you enroll. This allows you to comfortably use public transportation and reach the outer neighborhoods in just minutes.
Studying in Aachen, Living in the Euroregion
At first glance it may seem counterintuitive to study in Aachen and live in the Netherlands or Belgium. At second glance though, this is clearly a good alternative! Aachen is located in the three-country corner and is just a few kilometers from Vaals, Kelmis, and Kerkrade.
EU citizens specifically can easily commute between countries. The connection with public transportation is very good and you can even cover parts of the route by bike.
Please note: Individuals, who are not EU citizens, are usually not able to study in Germany and live in the Netherlands or Belgium due to residence restrictions.
There is one exception:
New Collaborative Project: Housing in Heerlen and Kerkrade for International Students
Since 2016 there has been a collaborative project between Parkstad Limburg, Netherlands, and RWTH Aachen: this pilot project allows international students to study at RWTH and live in the Netherlands. The housing project is open to all international students.
One particularity is that non-EU students must apply for a Dutch visa. The residence hurdles have been smoothed over specifically for the pilot project.
Do you have questions about this housing project? Contact the project coordinator in Kerkrade.