This webpage provides general information on searching for housing. Students should take care of their housing in a timely manner, because there is a rush on housing at the beginning of the semester. This also depends on which semester you start your studies. As most degree programs begin in the winter semester, it is easier to find housing in the summer semester.
You can apply for a room if your bachelor's/master’s degree at the University of Potsdam is your first bachelor's/master’s degree (worldwide). Students in the second bachelor's or master’s course are not eligible to live at Studentenwerk Potsdam! Please check the following wepage of the Studentenwerk if you are eligible to apply for a room.
The Studentenwerk Potsdam offers furnished dormitory rooms in several student dormitories that exist at all of the University’s campuses.
Application for a dormitory room:
If you have applied to the University of Potsdam and are sure that you want to study in Potsdam, please use the Online application, even you haven’t yet received a notice of admission, that you can hand in later. Improve your chances:
Offer for a room & lease agreement
The cooperative of the nearby student village Schlachtensee offers rooms in shared flats between 275 and 440 euros, depending on the equipment. The residents of the village have a fitness room, computer room, piano room, rehearsal rooms and a modern laundrette at their disposal. The spacious garden can be used for leisure activities. Students of all disciplines and nationalities as well as of all ages live in the Studentendorf, here you help and support each other. The Potsdam university locations can usually be reached by regional or S-Bahn within approx. 30 minutes.
In January 2020, the Studentenwerk Potsdam has launched the “Homesharing” project. The idea: Housing providers in Potsdam offer accommodation and receive support with daily chores in return. Lawn mowing, grocery shopping or childcare. The housing conditions and rules are decided by both parties beforehand. Studentenwerk Potsdam brings home providers and students together and guides them throughout their housing partnership.The service is free of charge.
WG (Wohngemeinschaften) are a popular form of housing that many students in Germany take advantage of. The idea is simple: several people share one apartment. Everyone has their own room. You share the kitchen and bathroom. You split the costs for rent, electricity, and Internet. A room in a WG can be more expensive than in a dormitory (about 300-600 Euro per month), but it remains relatively affordable.
You can normally “apply” with an email that says a bit about you and your interests. If the members of the WG are interested in you, you will be invited to what’s called “WG casting” to get to know one another.
Looking for private housing can often turn out to be difficult because several applicants who want to compete for an apartment can be invited simultaneously to one viewing appointment. It is also important to pay attention to the components of the rental price. Online portals often only show what’s called “cold rent” (Kaltmiete), which does not include utilities such as electricity or heating.