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In and around Dortmund

Finding an Apartment

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:

Further Links:

  • Housing Anywhere: English language platform for furnished rooms/apartments
  • Dortmundflats: Furnished apartments in Dortmund 
  • Immer Zuhause (only in German): Furnished apartments 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

Facebook Groups:

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:

DAAD: Topic housing – The small lexicon for rent 
Research in Germany: Housing 

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.


Further Information: Among many other topics, you will find information on how to register your residence and on broadcasting fees on our website.

On this page we can only provide information on this topic, but we cannot provide comprehensive advice or make recommendations.

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Location & approach

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".

Site Map of TU Dort­mund University (Second Page in English)

Interactive map

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".

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