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Accommodation in Cologne

Student housing

You can apply for student accommodation through the Kölner Studierendenwerk (Cologne student services organisation). Due to the big demand there are waiting lists for student housing. Apply online as soon as you can. You don't need an admission letter to do so. 

Looking for a room on the private rental market

The International Office can provide you with information about accommodation options in Cologne.

In addition, you can find small advertisements on the notice boards which are distributed all around the campus, or else in various newspapers:

There is also a chance of finding rooms in shared apartments on the following websites:

 Note the following when searching for an apartment and signing a rental agreement:

  • Parents bond for rent: some landlords insist on this. The rental bond is a legally binding declaration from your parents saying that they will be liable to the landlord for payment of the rent for the whole term of the agreement.
  • Additional rental expenses/utility costs: on the free rental market such costs as those for electricity, gas, water and heating have to be paid in addition to the rent. In the student halls of residence electricity and utilities are included in the rent.