At Home in Bonn

Living in Bonn

Welcome to the University of Bonn: congratulations on your admission to study or new job at the University.

As in every university town, accommodation always comes at a premium; supply and demand can mean that finding a nice place to live presents a challenge in terms of both time and money. Whether a student, teacher or researcher, we recommend that you start looking as early as possible for somewhere to live. Sometimes, it is advisable first to find temporary accommodation to give yourself more time. In Germany, enrollment on a degree program does not entitle students to accommodation; the University does not provide its students with a place to live. We have however, assembled the most important information on this website to help you find somewhere to live.

Helpful information

01.

The University of Bonn does not provide any accommodation

Many countries issue students with accommodation automatically. In Germany, enrollment on a degree program does not entitle students to accommodation and the University does not provide its students with a place to live. 

02.

Flexibility

Even if you would prefer to live alone, we recommend that you consider other options such as a shared apartment. 

03.

Keep your options open

Do not invest all your hopes into one option, but keep an open mind; make inquiries and applications for multiple offers of accommodation. 

04.

The early bird catches the worm!

The early bird catches the worm!
The demand for accommodation is greatest at the start of every semester. We recommend that you start as early as possible.

05.

Never give up!

Do not allow rejection to get you down. Keep on looking for a place to live: you will get there in the end!

06.

Preparation is everything

In Germany, you need a registered address to be able to sign a rental agreement, open a bank account and perform a whole range of other official tasks. 

Where to look for accommodation

The following section provides an overview of possible places to start looking for accommodation.

Somewhere to crash upon arriving in Bonn

Providers of student accommodation such as the Studierendenwerk Bonn and a number of Student Churches provide affordable short-term accommodation for your first few days in Bonn. These rooms are usually more affordable than taking a room in a boarding house, hotel or youth hostel.

"Zimmer Frei?!"

"Zimmer frei?!" is an accommodation rental website run by the universities in Bonn, the City administration, the Rhein-Sieg regional administration, the Chamber of Industry and Commerce (IHK) and the General Students’ Committee (AStA) of the University of Bonn. Both students and landlords can advertise on the website. Just visit www.zimmerfrei-bonn.de.

Other online listings and agencies

Students can find short-term accommodation via a range of online listing websites and rental agencies. The Mitwohnzentrale charges a fee for providing accommodation bookable on a daily, weekly or monthly basis.

Living in shared accommodation

Looking for accommodation is always best done in person. The first impression always counts and visiting potential apartments presents the ideal opportunity for you to size up what is on offer and make a good impression. We recommend reading the “searching for” category in listings to find groups of like-minded students with whom you could rent an apartment together. 

Living in a dormitory

The Studierendenwerk Bonn maintains some 3,600 lodgings in 33 dormitory buildings for students. The Studierendenwerk website provides an overview of the location, facilities and costs of a place in a dormitory. People with disabilities can apply for preferential treatment.

You can make multiple applications for a place in different dormitory buildings. Students enrolled on one of the international degree programs provided at the University of Bonn should ask their assigned contact person in their Master's degree program for a place in dormitory accommodation.

A number of Churches also provide rooms and apartments in dormitory buildings. 

The General Students’ Committee (AStA) Wohnen für Hilfe

The project "Wohnen für Hilfe" provides students with the opportunity to obtain accommodation free-of-charge or at reduced rates by volunteering to help those in need. The General Students’ Committee (AStA) of the University of Bonn brings students into contact with older members of society, families, people with a disability or single parents who provide accommodation.

Subsidized accommodation for low earners

Those whose earnings are of an insufficient level to enable them to afford suitable accommodation can apply for housing allowance or a “Wohnberechtigungsschein” which entitles them to subsidized accommodation. The application must fulfill certain requirements. 

Accommodation advertisements in print media

The print editions or the websites of the General-Anzeiger Bonn newspaper, the magazine Schnüss or the advertising journal Annonce also advertise accommodation.  We also recommend that you use search engines to find accommodation in the various online listings.

Frequently Asked Questions 

Students will be issued with Internet access via the Eduroam network upon enrollment. If you would like an Internet connection at home, you will need to arrange your own private connection. 

 

The Gebühreneinzugszentrale GEZ levies a monthly fee to fund public broadcasting such as the providers of television and radio. Every household in Germany is required to pay this fee, regardless of the number of people living there.

Students from countries outside the EU are required to register with the responsible authority. 

If you wish to remain in Bonn for longer than three months, you must register with the Citizen's Service Office. 


Contact information

"Zimmer Frei!?" Bonn

Contact

+49 (0)228/ 73-66002

zimmerfrei@uni-bonn.de

Studierendenwerk Bonn AöR

Student accommodation section

Contact

+49 (0)228/ 73-7163

wohnen@studierendenwerk-bonn.de

Address

Nassestraße 11

53113 Bonn

Amt für Soziales und Wohnen der Stadt Bonn (The Social Security and Accommodation Office of the City of Bonn)

Contact

+49 (0)228 / 77-48 10

or 

+49 (0)228/ 77-49 59

Address

Friedrich-Breuer-Straße 65

53225 Bonn

General Students’ Committee (AStA)

The Office “Wohnen für Hilfe”

Contact

Wednesday and Fridays +49 (0)151/51433701

wfh@asta.uni-bonn.de

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Culture in Bonn

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Events

The University organizes a diverse program of events. 

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