The International Office of TU Dortmund University offers exchange students the service of reserving rooms in the dormitories of the Studierendenwerk Dortmund, since TU Dortmund University does not have its own residence halls, and furnished, affordable rooms are rare on the free housing market in Dortmund.
Please do not contact the Studierendenwerk Dortmund directly! The reservation of rooms for exchange students is only possible through the International Office of TU Dortmund University.
The Studierendenwerk Dortmund is a legally independent institution that is not affiliated with TU Dortmund University. Since the waiting list for a dorm room is very long, and exchange students would therefore have no chance of getting a place in the residence halls in the regular application process, TU Dortmund University has set up a cooperation agreement with the Studierendenwerk Dortmund. This service has been highly appreciated by exchange students for decades.
Students therefore sign a rental agreement with the Studierendenwerk Dortmund and not with TU Dortmund University. The rental contract will be sent by the Studierendenwerk Dortmund to the exchange students via e-mail before they arrive in Dortmund. The rental contract has to be signed and sent back to the Studierendenwerk Dortmund. You can change or cancel your reservation free of charge up until the rental contract has been signed. After that the full rent for the first 3 months is due.
You can read through sample rental contracts (guest students) and house rules in German and English before you arrive. You can find all information here.
The rent of the dormitories is max. 450 EUR per month including incidentals.
The deposit for all dormitories is 700 EUR for exchange students, which must be transferred to the Studierendenwerk Dortmund in advance in order to make a reservation. The deposit will be refunded when you move out, provided there are no defects or rent arrears.
The dormitories can only be rented for whole months. Since the rooms are reserved for a fixed period of time, there is no need to give a separate notice at the end of your stay at TU Dortmund University. If you need to terminate the rental contract before your rental end date and/or need to leave prior to the rental end date - for whatever reason -, the legal notice period of 3 months applies. You must then submit a written termination to the Studierendenwerk Dortmund. Keep in mind that you will have to pay the rest of your rent (max. 3 months) if the Studierendenwerk Dortmund does not find a new tenant until your rental contract ends.
Exchange students are accommodated in single apartments or shared flats (for two, three or four students) of the Studierendenwerk Dortmund. In all dormitories students have their own bedroom.
You have your own bathroom in your apartment. Either you also have your own kitchen in your apartment, or you share a common kitchen in the hallway.
You share the kitchen and the bathroom with your roommates. All shared flats are same-sex flats.
The Studierendenwerk Dortmund offers barrier-free accommodation for people with disabilities. Please inform your contact at the International Office (see below) about your special needs.
There is unlimited Internet access in all dormitories.
The Studierendenwerk Dortmund provides exchange students with a bed, desk and desk chair, a wardrobe closet and kitchen utensils.
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It is generally recommended that exchange students do not look for private accommodation, as this is usually associated with a great deal of effort and often confusing costs. Since the room contingent of the International Office is limited, the International Office is not able to find a room last minute if your search on the free housing market is not successful.
Of course, you can still start your search and find accommodation, for example, by using the addresses listed below.
TU Dortmund University has partnered with HousingAnywhere.com, an international housing platform for students and interns. Through HousingAnywhere.com you can safely book an apartment from our outgoing students or verified landlords. There is a fee for booking an apartment. You can register for a TU Dortmund University VIP profile here to receive priority information about relevant offers in Dortmund. For further questions please contact viphousinganywherecom.
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The campus of TU Dortmund University is located close to interstate junction Dortmund West, where the Sauerlandlinie A 45 (Frankfurt-Dortmund) crosses the Ruhrschnellweg B 1 / A 40. The best interstate exit to take from A 45 is "Dortmund-Eichlinghofen" (closer to Campus Süd), and from B 1 / A 40 "Dortmund-Dorstfeld" (closer to Campus Nord). Signs for the university are located at both exits. Also, there is a new exit before you pass over the B 1-bridge leading into Dortmund.
To get from Campus Nord to Campus Süd by car, there is the connection via Vogelpothsweg/Baroper Straße. We recommend you leave your car on one of the parking lots at Campus Nord and use the H-Bahn (suspended monorail system), which conveniently connects the two campuses.
TU Dortmund University has its own train station ("Dortmund Universität"). From there, suburban trains (S-Bahn) leave for Dortmund main station ("Dortmund Hauptbahnhof") and Düsseldorf main station via the "Düsseldorf Airport Train Station" (take S-Bahn number 1, which leaves every 20 or 30 minutes). The university is easily reached from Bochum, Essen, Mülheim an der Ruhr and Duisburg.
You can also take the bus or subway train from Dortmund city to the university: From Dortmund main station, you can take any train bound for the Station "Stadtgarten", usually lines U41, U45, U 47 and U49. At "Stadtgarten" you switch trains and get on line U42 towards "Hombruch". Look out for the Station "An der Palmweide". From the bus stop just across the road, busses bound for TU Dortmund University leave every ten minutes (445, 447 and 462). Another option is to take the subway routes U41, U45, U47 and U49 from Dortmund main station to the stop "Dortmund Kampstraße". From there, take U43 or U44 to the stop "Dortmund Wittener Straße". Switch to bus line 447 and get off at "Dortmund Universität S".
The H-Bahn is one of the hallmarks of TU Dortmund University. There are two stations on Campus Nord. One ("Dortmund Universität S") is directly located at the suburban train stop, which connects the university directly with the city of Dortmund and the rest of the Ruhr Area. Also from this station, there are connections to the "Technologiepark" and (via Campus Süd) Eichlinghofen. The other station is located at the dining hall at Campus Nord and offers a direct connection to Campus Süd every five minutes.
The AirportExpress is a fast and convenient means of transport from Dortmund Airport (DTM) to Dortmund Central Station, taking you there in little more than 20 minutes. From Dortmund Central Station, you can continue to the university campus by interurban railway (S-Bahn). A larger range of international flight connections is offered at Düsseldorf Airport (DUS), which is about 60 kilometres away and can be directly reached by S-Bahn from the university station.
The facilities of TU Dortmund University are spread over two campuses, the larger Campus North and the smaller Campus South. Additionally, some areas of the university are located in the adjacent "Technologiepark".Zum Lageplan