When looking for an apartment in the Dortmund area, it is recommended to start early. On this page, you will find an overview of various online portals and contact information on the topic of housing.
It is helpful to include the Dortmund city districts and the respective suburbs into the search for accommodation. An overview is provided by the Dortmund city district portal (only in German).
The districts near TU Dortmund University include Eichlinghofen, Barop, Hombruch and Dorstfeld. The districts around the city center are the Kreuzviertel, the Klinikviertel, the Saarlandstraßenviertel and the Kaiserstraßenviertel.
When looking for accommodation, it is sometimes advisable to include neighboring cities and districts to Dortmund, such as Bochum, Herne or Witten.
Important note: In order to make it easier to contact potential landlords or flatmates, we have created respective templates in German and English, which only need to be filled with the personal information. Send the German cover letter to potential landlords and use the English as an aid for understanding. You are welcome to contact us about the templates.
TU Dortmund Apartments:
- Guest house of the Society of Friends of the TU Dortmund University
- Apartments in the Erich-Brost-Institute (only in German)
- Guest apartments of the Studierendenwerk (only in German)
- Housing Anywhere: English language platform for furnished rooms/apartments
- Dortmundflats: Furnished apartments in Dortmund
- Immer Zuhause (only in German): Furnished apartments in Dortmund
- Dortmund Zentral (only in German): Furnished accomodation in Dortmund
- Citywo: Furnished apartments in Dortmund (short term)
- Interlodge (only in German): Furnished apartments
- Second Home (only in German): Furnished apartments in Dortmund
- Basecamp: Furnished student apartments
- DOGEWO21 (only in German)
- WG Gesucht (only in German)
- Immobilienscout 24 (only in German)
- Ebay Kleinanzeigen (only in German)
- Immowelt (only in German)
- Zwischenmiete (only in German): Apartments and rooms for temporary rent
- AStA TU Dortmund
Provided housing is usually managed by private landlords or housing companies or cooperatives.
As a rule, a rent deposit is required from the landlord when renting housing. This is deposited by the tenant with the landlord at the beginning of the tenancy and is intended to protect the tenant against damage caused by the rent. It may amount to a maximum of three net cold rents. After the end of the rental agreement or termination of your rental agreement, the deposit will be refunded if the landlord no longer has any claims (e.g.: rent debts, outstanding repairs).
The so-called "Nettokaltmiete" or simply "Kaltmiete" (cold rent) refers only to the costs for the use of the premises. Additional costs such as for waste disposal, water or heating are to be expected. Together, these expenses result in the so-called "Warmmiete" (warm rent). The additional costs can mean a considerable difference in the final rent. Therefore, be sure to ask if it is not clearly stated which expenses are included!
Electricity and internet are usually paid to external providers and are not included in the warm rent.
Important note: Write your name on the doorbell and letterbox immediately after moving in.
You can find further information on the topic of housing for tenants here:
Rent Index: Current and average rents in Dortmund (only in German)
The international reach of TU Dortmund University is large. International scientists and scholars regularly come to Dortmund to work in research and teaching at our university for a certain period of time. We try to support our guests in the best possible way in preparing and organizing their stay. This also includes finding accommodation.
If you would like to rent out a room or an apartment to international scholars, please contact us. We are happy to receive all offers, especially for affordable and furnished accommodation.
Contact: welcome.services @tu-dortmund.de
On this page we can only provide information on this topic, but we cannot provide comprehensive advice or make recommendations.
*Our services are directed to international guest researchers, doctoral students, postdocs and professors.
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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