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 you are younger than 30 years. If you are studying for a bachelor's or a master’s degree, your bachelor's/master’s degree at the University of Potsdam should be your first bachelor's/master’s degree (worldwide).
Students over 30 years old as well as students in the second bachelor's or master’s course are not eligible to live at Studentenwerk Potsdam!
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.
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.
Everyone living in Germany is required to register their address within two weeks after moving in if you will stay in Germany for more than three months. This does not apply if you are only staying temporarily with friends or “living” in a hostel. For your registration you will need:
You will receive a confirmation of registration from the Citizen Service which you need for your Residence Permit or to open a German bank account.
If you move back to your home country you have to deregister. You will need: