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Living in Stuttgart

Accommodation for international students

Individual housing options and helpful advice for degree students, exchange students and scholarship holders.

Select your study program to receive key information on your housing options:

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The International Office at the IZ can arrange housing for exchange students from overseas in one of the student dormitories operated by the Studierendenwerk Stuttgart (Student Services) on request.
Please note that it is extremely difficult to find apartments on the private housing market in Stuttgart. Therefore we strongly recommend that you sign up for one of the student dormitories. If you do not intend to apply for student housing, please be sure to notify the International Office by e-mail.

Applying for a dorm room

In order to register for a dorm room you must complete the online application on the website of the Studierendenwerk Stuttgart before the deadline indicated below.
Make sure you select “Overseas” as program in the section “Data about the study course”.
In case you have any difficulties with the online application, please consult the manual or contact the Studierendenwerk.

Terms and conditions for a room guarantee

• Minimum rental period: six months (except for moving in dates April 1/October 1)
• Maximum rental period: one year
• Rental period for the summer semester : March 1/April 1 to August 31*
• Rental period for the winter semester:  September 1/October 1 to February 28*
• Deadline for application has to be met
Your date of arrival depends on whether you intend to participate in the intensive German course 4 to 6 weeks prior to start of the regular semester.

Deadline:

January 15 for the moving-in dates of March and April.
June 15 for the moving-in dates of September and October.
Please consider the deadline. Late applications will not be accepted.

We encourage you to review important information concerning the dormitories and your room offer.

Please be aware that the International Office does not influence dormitory housing assignments. The Studierendenwerk has sole responsibility for assigning dormitory rooms and does so without regard to individual preferences. 

*No other rental periods available

The International Office at the IZ is unfortunately not in the position to arrange housing for Erasmus+ students. In that case, you will need to find housing by yourself.

Be sure to start your search for an apartment or a room at least six months before your planned arrival in Stuttgart.

After having received and accepted admission to one of the following Master’s programs you will be informed by the course director of your program how and when to apply for a room in the dormitories of the Studierendenwerk Stuttgart (Student Services).

Please note that only single rooms are available. The regulations of the Studierendenwerk Stuttgart permit rental periods of 6, 12, 18 or 24 months only.

We encourage you to review important information concerning the dormitories and your room offer.

Please be aware that the International Office does not influence dormitory housing assignments. The Studierendenwerk has sole responsibility for assigning dormitory rooms and does so without regard to individual preferences. We strongly recommend that you book a room in the dormitories of the Studierendenwerk Stuttgart. It is almost impossible to find housing on the private market in Stuttgart.

The International Office at the IZ can provide accommodation in one of the student dormitories of the Studierendenwerk Stuttgart (Student Services) for students in Double Master’s programs from the following partner universities:

  • Royal Melbourne Institute of Technology (RMIT), Australia
  • Universidade Federal do Paraná, Brazil
  • Queen’s University, Canada
  • Tongji University, China
  • Université de Rennes, France
  • Université de Strasbourg, France
  • Toyohashi University of Technology, Japan
  • Universiti Teknologi MARA, Malaysia
  • Technische Universiteit Eindhoven, Netherlands
  • Universidad Politécnica de Cartagena, Spain
  • Chalmers University of Technology, Sweden
  • Georgia Institute of Technology, USA
Applying for a dorm room

Once you have been accepted into the program of studies by the University of Stuttgart, you may apply for a dormitory room by completing the online application on the website of the Studierendenwerk Stuttgart before the requisite deadline. Be sure to select your correct Double Master’s program in the section “Data about the course of study.”

Deadline:

June 15 for the moving-in dates of September and October. Please consider the deadline. Late applications will not be accepted.

We encourage you to review important information concerning the dormitories and your room offer.

Please be aware that the International Office does not influence dormitory housing assignments. The Studierendenwerk has sole responsibility for assigning dormitory rooms and does so without regard to individual preferences. If no accommodation can be provided for you through the quota of the International Office , it will be up to you to search for an apartment or a room on your own.

The International Office in the IZ can provide accommodation in one of the student dormitories of the Studierendenwerk Stuttgart (Student Services) should you have been awarded one of the following scholarships:

  • Research grant for doctoral candidates and young academics and scientists
  • Research grant for doctoral candidates within the „Sandwich-Model“
  • Study scholarship for graduates of all disciplines
DAAD scholarship holders in international Master's programs

Students in one of the following programs apply for a room through their respective program: COMMAS, GEOENGINE, IUSD, ITECH, INFOTECH, MIP, WASTE, WAREM, PHYSICS.

Research stays and study visits of university academics and scientists

Scientists or Post Docs: to book a room in the university’s guest house please refer your request to your host institute or check the information on finding private accommodation.

Other research stays
Applying for a dorm room

Please send an e-mail to the International Office attaching your DAAD letter of award. We will send you further instructions along with the DAAD housing application. Fill in the application and return it to the International Office before the deadline.

Special terms and conditions for a room guarantee

  • Minimum rental period: six months
  • Maximum rental period: one year
  • Moving-in dates: March 1 / April 1 / September 1 / October 1
  • Application must be made by the deadline
Deadline:

June 15 for the moving-in dates of September and October
December 15 for the moving-in dates of March and April

In case none of the above categories apply to you or you want to rent a room for more than one year you will have to arrange for accommodation on your own. We are happy to support DAAD scholarship holder with further tips. Send an e-mail to the International Office.

We encourage you to review important information concerning the dormitories and your room offer.

Please be aware that the International Office does not influence dormitory housing assignments. The Studierendenwerk has sole responsibility for assigning dormitory rooms and does so without regard to individual preferences.

Participants in other study programs are required to make their own housing arrangements. We advise you to start looking for an apartment or a room at least six months in advance of your arrival.

Information about dormitories

Student dormitories are managed by the Studierendenwerk Stuttgart (Student Services). Most of the dormitories, which are all mixed, are located on campus in Stuttgart-Vaihingen. They are easily reached by a 20 min ride on S-Bahn (commuter train) from downtown campus. The single bedrooms are equipped with a table, bed, chair, wardrobe/closet, bookshelf and a sink. There is a common kitchen for all the members of an apartment or a floor. You must bring your own dishes with you or buy them in Germany. Shared toilets and showers are also located on each floor. Bed linen and coverlets can be purchased in the caretaker's office for EUR 45. For degree students of the international Master´s programs bed linen and coverlets are already included in the room rent. All dorm rooms have internet access. For more information please contact the Studierendenwerk.

Room offer

About three to four weeks prior to your moving-in date you will be emailed a so called room offer by the Studierendenwerk Stuttgart.  If you accept it, the next step is to transfer the amount of EUR 700 to the account of the Studierendenwerk Stuttgart. This amount covers a EUR 400 deposit and EUR 300 as part of your first month’s rent. Please be sure to transfer the required amount before the deadline indicated in the room offer. Otherwise your dorm room reservation will be cancelled.

Other housing options

Stuttgart is the city with the third highest rental prices in Germany. Therefore finding an affordable apartment or a room in Stuttgart can be very difficult. You may have to settle for a temporary accommodation before you can move into your own flat. You will have a better chance outside the city in the region of Stuttgart of finding a place to rent.

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If you need a place to stay for just a few days you have the following options:

Hostels in Stuttgart
Housing websites you may find helpful

Please note that this list is merely a collection of links which do not represent recommendations by the University of Stuttgart.

Finding a place to live outside the city limits of Stuttgart may be considerably easier than within it. Those are regional newspapers that carry rental listings:

Consider a shared flat

Students usually rent rooms in shared apartments, so-called Wohngemeinschaften (WGs). These rooms are especially attractive since they are relatively cheap and offer the opportunity to meet other people. Each WG tenant has their own room. Kitchen, bathroom and toilet are shared by the flat mates.

If you apply for a room in a WG, you will usually be invited to an interview which allows the flat mates to choose the most compatible person.

The following list is a selection of websites where you can find offers but also publish your “room wanted” ads:

Ads for WGs, as well as for other rooms and apartments can be found in print and online city newspapers like the Stuttgarter Zeitung [de].

Achtung: Fraud alert!

Not all housing offers on the internet are genuine.

Rental prices

EUR 350 – 500 single rooms rent
EUR 500 – 800 studio apartments rent

Check if the extra cost (Nebenkosten) like heat, electricity, water, caretaker and garbage service are included. This list of abbreviations can help you to understand real-estade ads.

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