Apartment Hunting for International Students

Keys on a rental agreement document RWTH Aachen

What should you pay attention to when looking for housing?

Unlike in other countries, you do not automatically get a place to live when you come to Germany to study. You must independently look for housing and independently apply for a room in a dorm.

RWTH Aachen does not have its own dorms and thus cannot guarantee you housing. The staff at the International Office can only provide you with information about providers and give recommendations.

Begin your search for housing before you come. Use the numerous addresses and information on our webpages. When searching for an apartment, you can apply to both the private apartment market or to the Student Services dorms.

In order to increase your chances of finding a room or an apartment, it is important that you are flexible about the location, and take the outer city regions of Aachen and surrounding cities into consideration. Please note that since you are not a citizen of the EU, that the conditions of your visa may not allow you to live outside of Germany.

Reserve a room early on for your first few days in Aachen – for example in a hostel or guesthouse. That way you can be sure that you have short-term housing and can continue to look for permanent housing once you are here.

It is particular challenge for international students to find an apartment or room in Aachen. Are you not familiar with the Aachen housing market and don't know exact where to start your search? What you should take into consideration? We have put together a few tips on searching for housing and advising for international students to answer the most important questions and offer tips specifically for international students:

Availability and the high demand on the housing market often determine whether you find a private apartment, a shared flat, or a room in a student dorm. Your search can take longer than you expect. You aren't alone though; almost all new students at RWTH are in the same situation. Start your search early and don't be shy about asking for help. We are happy to provide further information and advice.

Are you already in Aachen and still have not found any accommodation? You can contact us, the International Office Housing Service, by downloading and filling the contact form further below and sending it per email at . This will help us provide information adapted to your personal situation, either per email or if needed during an individual appointment.

A student sits on a bench Martin Braun

The IO recommended that I apply for a room at the dorms of the Studierendenwerk and if that didn't work, that I should find a place to stay at a WG. The International Office sent me an info sheet about housing, almost three months before I was supposed to move to Aachen. It included all the instructions and tips needed to find an apartment and it was even in my language, Portuguese. It was a great help for me.

Bruno de Castro