Things to know and some more hints

If you are searching for a room you have to keep your eyes open and consider many possibilities. Dortmund and its surroundings offer you many options to find a suitable accommodation - you will find here various dormitories and private apartments. How can you find a room for a reasonable price? What does WG/ Wohngemeinschaft mean? What should you keep in mind? What so all these German abbreviations mean? Where to look for besides the popular internet webpages? Here are some hints and tricks to help you.

Caution!!! Fraud!!!

Please be cautious and do not pay any rents or deposits I advance, before your arrival and before you have spoken to the landlord and have signed the contract or at least seen the particular apartment. There have been some cases of fraud recently. The indication of a foreign IBAN is quite certainly a reference to fraudsters.

Shared accommodation ↓

It is popular amongst students in Germany to live in a shared flat with other housemates – in so called WG/Wohngemeinschaften. Living together in a shared accommodation reduces the monthly costs and guarantees a wonderful time together. For international students shared apartments are a great opportunity to establish contacts.

Black boards ↓

The black boards are also helpful with your search of a room or an apartment. You can find them at the different faculties of our university (Sonnenstraße, Max-Ophüls-Platz or Emil-Figge-Straße (Campus Nord)) and at the faculties of the TU Dortmund.

AStA ↓

The AStA (Students Union) of FH Dortmund is an important point as well and can be helpful with apartment search. AStA has also arranged online accommodation services for students: studierbar

AStA der Fachhochschule Dortmund
Emil-Figge-Str. 42
44227 Dortmund

Open office hours:
Monday to Friday
10:00-14:00 o'clock

phone: 0231 / 755-6700

Hints from the City of Dortmund ↓

The city of Dortmund prepared some important information to help students to find an appropriate accommodation (German only): Stadt Dortmund

Other cities ↓

If you haven’t found any suitable accommodation in Dortmund, it is worth having a look in the neighbouring towns and cities such as Herne, Witten, Herdecke, Schwerte, Essen, Gelsenkirchen or Bochum. Due to the good transport system in the Ruhr Area and the student semester ticket, it is easy to commute.

Newspapers ↓

Room offers can be also found in the newspapers. Keep your eyes open!

  • Stadt-Anzeiger (free newspaper, released on Wednesdays)
  • Westdeutsche Allgemeine Zeitung (WAZ)
  • Ruhr Nachrichten (RN)
  • Westfälische Rundschau (WR)

Furnished and unfurnished flats ↓

It is very common in Germany to rent out unfurnished flats. Some housing portals give you the possibility to search for furnished flats. Important: If it is not explicitly stated that a flat is furnished, it is usually not furnished at all and has no kitchen furniture either.

However there are many possibilities to buy cheap second-hand furniture - you should check the blackboards, newspapers and special second-hand-shops or there are also many offers on the internet. There are a lot of options to choose from!

Additional costs ↓

In the flat advertisements the price for the rent does not usually include all costs and is called "Kaltmiete". You will have additional costs to pay (water, heating, electricity, telephone/internet access or Rundfunkbeitreg - public broadcasting license fees).

General costs of living can be found here.

Abbreviations ↓
In German accommodation advertisements there are a lot of different abbreviations you may not be familiar with. On the right side you will find a list with the most common ones!

Dormitory keys ↓

Usually the keys should be picked up directly at the janitors office. When you move out you must give the keys back to the janitor as well.

Should you get a room in a dormitory please take good care of your keys. In case you lose them you will have to pay
a 110 € fine!