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Accommodation in Bonn

  • Accommodation for the First Days

Upon yourarrival in Bonn, if you do not have a permanent place to stay, it is easiest to stay in hotel or a youth hostel. Cheaper alternatives, however, can be found below:

Sofa Frei (vacant couch): ):  an initiative by students for students. Students provide newcomers in Bonn with a temporary place to stay during house-hunting - with a couch, a place for an inflatable mattress, or a guest room for one or more. Internet:

Couchsurfing - Stay with Locals and Meet Travelers:

Youth Hostel: Jugendgästehaus Venusberg, Haager Weg 42, 53127 Bonn, Phone: +49-(0)228- 289970, e-mail: [Email protection active, please enable JavaScript.], Internet:

Base Camp: In der Raste 1, 53129 Bonn, Phone: +49 (0)228 93494955, e-mail:  [Email protection active, please enable JavaScript.], Internet:

Max Hostel: Maxstraße 7, 53111 Bonn, Phone: +49 (0)228 - 823 45 78 0, e-mail:  [Email protection active, please enable JavaScript.], Internet: 


  • Accomodation during the Semester

It can be difficult to find an affordable accommodation in Bonn. This can be especially difficult for international students arriving at the beginning of a new semester, when many other newcomers are also looking for a place to stay, finding a place to live can be a challenge. Luckily, the Studierendenwerk has more than 1,000 rooms available for international students.  In total, Studentenwerk has 35 student dorms, which can house 3700 students from the University of Bonn, as well as students from the Hochschule (Fachhochschule) Rhein-Sieg. You can apply directly to the Studentenwerk if you are interested in a room. 
An additional 500 inexpensive rooms or apartments are also offered by other various student dorms. Some of these are private, and others are run by religious institutions. The private housing market offers other options too. Offers for apartments or rooms in an apartment can be found on the university's bulletin boards, in the local newspapers, or on the notice-boards at the University.

General information from the German Academic Exchange Service (DAAD) about living in dormitories, flat/apartment-sharing, and in one’s own apartment can be found here.

For rental agreements on the private housing market – you can find general advice and important instructions regarding contracts "All you need to know before signing a rental agreement on private market" - see external link Just Landed. There, you will also find a glossary with common abbreviations used in housing advertisements.


  • 1. Student Dormitories Managed by the Studierendenwerk Bonn 
All students with an admission to the University of Bonn (as well as those planning to enroll in the forthcoming semester) may apply for accommodation in one of the Studierendenwerk`s dormitories. This gives newcomers the chance to easily find an affordable place to stay, with little effort. You must simply fill out an application form provided by the Studierendenwerk. It is also possible to file a general application for all of the dorms, but you also have the option to give up to 3. preferences among the dorms when applying. 
At present, students are generally allowed to stay in the dorms for a maximum of six to eight semesters. For further information on the individual dorms and on the application procedure, contact the Student Services Agency:
Studierendenwerk Bonn 
Department for Student Accommodation (Studentisches Wohnen)
53113 Bonn
Phone: +49-(0)228-737163
Office Hours: Mon., Tue., Thu. 9 a.m.-12 p.m., Thu. additionally 2 - 4 p.m.
Dormitories/Contact persons: (see also FAQ in English)
An online application is mandatory, see (select English version!)
  • 2. Accomodation Service from the AStA Bonn - Allgemeiner Studierenden Ausschuss (General Student Committee) - with further links and tips:

Sozialreferat "Studentisches Wohnen"
Nassestr. 11
Tel.: +49 (0)228 73-5874 
Office Hours: Monday 10 a.m. - 11:30.

In case of urgency, you can contact the foreigners department of the AStA, Phone : (+49) 0228 73-7040 / e-mail: [Email protection active, please enable JavaScript.], Homepage: orür_internationale_Studierende.
  • 3. Online portal 

"Zimmer frei!" - Housing for Students and Academics - this webpage is a joint campaign by the Universities of Bonn and Rhein-Sieg, the city of Bonn, the Rhine-Sieg district, and a number of partner institutions for the creation of student accommodation.

Bonn city district comparison - for shared Flats / apartments (sorted by rent, district, size, availability...)

- Private Rooms or Flats

On the websites listed below, you find offers for miscellaneous accommodation facilities, e.g. one-room apartments, shared flats (so-called "Wohngemeinschaft" = WG, renting a multi-room flat with others to combine costs) or accommodations for a limited-/intermediate duration (normally furnished). 
After Arrival: If you would like to share an apartment, or rent a private apartment together with fellow students, check out the local newspapers, the General-Anzeiger and the Bonner Rundschau, or the city magazine Schnüss. These can also be a good source for finding a place to live, especially for rooms in shared flats.
Please Note: You must pay a security deposit of (usually) 2 months’ rent! If you can’t/ do not want to pay the sum immediately, a bank guarantee is sufficient in some cases (please contact your bank). Alternatively, you can contact a security deposit broker. Please Note: Some middleman agencies charge a fee!
Shared apartments :
Search Databases
Intermediaries / Brokerage / Temporary Living 

 Student-Start-up: - search-support & request check

♦ Home Company Bonn, Meckenheimer Allee 87, 53115 Bonn, Phone.: +49 (0)228 19445, [Email protection active, please enable JavaScript.]  /

♦ Zeitwohnagentur Bonn, Lindenstraße 77, 50674 Köln, Phone: 0228/18 47 33 03; [Email protection active, please enable JavaScript.]  / (in German)


  • 4. Private/Commercial Student Residence Halls

Religiously Oriented Student Residences

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