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

The International Office and its Social Counseling offers help and support in finding accommodation for international students. On this page you can find helpful links to housing offers in Dortmund and the surrounding area.


If you want to live in a student dormitory offered by the "Studierendenwerk Dortmund":

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

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.

Long-term accommodation (these are examples, not an exhaustive list or recommendation):


                                                          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 ex. z.B. 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 fee (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 Rhein-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.


TU Dort­mund Uni­ver­sity
International Office
- Social Counseling for international students-
Emil-Figge-Str. 61
44227 Dort­mund

You are welcome to contact us for information on the following topics:

  • visa
  • study financing and scholarships
  • social commitment and volunteering
  • accomodation
  • further counseling and support services at TU Dortmund University
  • DAAD Prize

E-mail Inquiries
Contact us via e-mail: social.counselingtu-dortmundde

In-Person Counseling
Every Wednesday from 10:30 - 11:30 am by prior appointment. Please book an appointment on Terminland.

Consultation in presence/on site are held in room 212 (2nd floor) of the International Office that is located in Emil-Figge-Str. 61.

Office hours "Degree Seeking Students" via Zoom

Do you have general questions about studying at TU Dort­mund Uni­ver­sity and are you looking for the right contact person? Then feel to take advantage of our new open office hours for in­ter­na­tio­nal students.

The open office hour takes place every Thursday from 1:00 p.m. - 2:00 p.m. via Zoom (Meeting-ID: 929 9479 1490, Kenncode: 998010).