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International students at TU Dortmund University have various possibilities for finding accommodations.

The Housing and Social Counseling Department at the International Office offers help and support for international students looking for accommodations. On this page, you will find helpful links for housing in and around Dortmund.

  • Book a room online through the Studierendenwerk Dortmund (Student Union) here.
  • Find out about the room furnishings and addresses here.

Important! Please note that the waiting period can take up to a year after your application. That is why we suggest applying at other student residences.

Caution: The offers by the Studierendenwerk are not available for doctoral students.

Further Options:

AStA                                               Wohnungsbörse AStA TU Dort­mund

Housing Anywhere                    Internationale Wohnungsplattform

Please use the special link for students of TU Dortmund University when registering here. Further information about the platform can also be found in this presentation by Housing Anywhere.

Long-term accommodation   WG gesucht


                                                          Ebay Kleinanzeigen


Short-term accommodation  Airbnb

                                                          DJH - Jugendherberge Dort­mund

                                                          DJH - Jugendherberge Hagen

                                                          A&O Hostel

                                                         Gästezimmer - Dortmundzentral

                                                         immowelt - Woh­nen auf Zeit 

                                                    Housing Anywhere

Housing associations              LEG - Woh­nen


                                                         HAUS und GRUND

                                                         Vivawest Woh­nen GmbH

You can also look for accommodations in newspapers, e.g., Westdeutsche Allgemeine Zeitung (WAZ), Neue Ruhr Zeitung (NRZ) or Stadtanzeiger. You can also find listings for apartments or shared apartments on bulletin boards in departmental buildings and the cafeteria at TU Dortmund University.

Please pay attention to extra costs such as deposits or the broadcasting fees (Rundfunkbeitrag). Aside from that, you have to receive a confirmation letter by your landlord (Wohngeberbescheinigung) and use it to register your address at the Resident’s Registration Office. It is absolutely necessary to write your name on your doorbell and your mailbox.

Landlord’s Confirmation Letter: Information about the “Wohnungsgeberbestätigung”. According to § 19 of the Federal Registration Act, the “Wohnungsgeberbestätigung” in North Rhine-Westphalia must include the following information: address of the property owner (landlord), the move-in or move-out date, address of the new apartment and the name of the main tenant. You can send a completed confirmation letter electronically or via mail to the local Resident’s Registration Office.

 “Ratgeber Lärm”. Information from The City of Dortmund’s Environmental Agency

Since 1 November 2015, a standardized Federal Registration Act has become effective for all federal states. According to § 17 of the Federal Registration Act (BMG), the following applies to registration and deregistration:
(2) Whoever moves out of their apartment and does not move to another apartment within the country has to deregister with the Residents’ Registration Office within two weeks of their move.

Deregister yourself at the Foreigners Registration Office in Dortmund before you leave.

Contact information: studententeamstadtdode


IMPORTANT information for you: According to § 20 Abs. 3 Nr. 1 AufenthG, after successfully graduating, you may apply to extend your residence permit in Germany with the goal of finding employment.

The residence permit will be issued for up to 18 months in order to find qualified employment in Germany.

Tips for foreign students

Fraud on the housing market

Welcome to Dortmund! As an international student, you are faced with the challenge of finding accommodation in a new city. Unfortunately, there are always people on the housing market who try to take advantage of this situation. Here are some important tips on how to recognize scams and protect yourself:

  1. Be skeptical of overly cheap offers: Be suspicious of unusually low rental prices being offered to lure potential victims.
  2. View the apartment: Insist on viewing the apartment in person before making any financial commitments, as photos on the internet can be deceptive.
  3. No deposit before moving in: Be careful if the landlord asks you for a deposit or advance payment of the rent before you have seen the apartment or signed the rental agreement. Also, private apartment keys are never sent abroad.
  4. Check the rental agreement: Take the time to read the tenancy agreement thoroughly, paying particular attention to clauses relating to the amount of rent and any service charges.
  5. Check theidentity of the landlord: Make sure you can verify the identity of the landlord and search the internet for information about the landlord or rental company.

These tips will help you avoid fraud. Remember that there are many honest landlords who will be happy to help you find suitable accommodation. Good luck with your studies and your stay in Dortmund!

Contact us

If you have any questions, please contact the Social Counseling for International Students.

E-mail: social.counselingtu-dortmundde

Consultationhours via Zoom: by prior appointment. Consultation hours in presence: Wednesdays from 10:30-11:30 a.m. by prior appointment via Terminland. On-site consultations take place in the International Office, room 212 (2nd floor, Emil-Figge-Str. 61, 44227 Dortmund).

We will be happy to advise you!