One of the services that the Master Office provides to new students is assistance in finding accommodation. Students may either live in a student dormitory or in private accommodation, a shared flat - a cheap and fun alternative to the dormitories. Please consider the useful tips listed in our presentation about accommodation in Aachen carefully.
RWTH International Academy offers new flat-shares with fully furnished rooms at Oppenhoffallee. Please find more about our accommodation project here: https://housing-aachen.de/.
Inhabitants of Aachen
Usefule tips & Information
A room or apartment in a residence hall is often the cheapest option, and offers students a great basis to get to know other students from other courses, universities, and perhaps countries. Roughly 10 % of all students registered in Aachen receive placement in a student residence. For this reason, we advise students to consider numerous housing options before settling in Aachen.
You do not need to be enrolled at the university to apply for accommodation. Single rooms, apartments and shared apartments are available to students in the 24 residence halls located around Aachen. Please note, that you are one student out of many enrolled at a total of four educational institutions. For this reason, placement sometimes may take longer than a year.
How to apply for a room
The Protestant Student Organization
The two residence halls of the Evangelisches Studentenwohnheim organization offer single as well as shared rooms, both of which are fully furnished. Rent for a single room, ranges between €80 (heating and water are charged in addition to this) and €370 (all inclusive). Students can apply for accommodation by filling out an application form and sending it to the appropriate person.
The Catholic University Community
The Katholische Hochschule Gemeinschaft has five residence halls with a total of 175 spots for accommodation. There are rooms as well as apartments available, and may cost between €230 and €330. Students can apply for accommodation by filling out forms made available online and sending them to the applicable person.
Student Dormitories in Kerkrade, Netherlands
Living in the Netherlands and studying in Aachen is now possible in the Dutch city Kerkrade, also for non-EU students. Kerkrade is located directly on the German/Dutch border and specifically offers students of the RWTH Aachen University accommodation in various converted buildings (e.g. you can live in an old hospital). You can reach the city centre of Aachen or the RWTH University easily and free of charge by bus or train. For more information about the project "Wohnraum im Umland" please refer to the pdf-file "Take the chance" in the download section.
Most students in Aachen live in private flats. An apartment for a single person costs around 350 EUR - 500 EUR. Another popular option is a shared flat with other students, called a "WG" (Wohn-Gemeinschaft), which may cost between 300 EUR and 400 EUR. Usually, each student has their own room in a WG, while kitchen and bathroom are shared.
Students may opt for a shared flat (WG short for Wohngemeinschaft) or may prefer a more solitary living environment in their own apartment. In either case, writing to the person responsible for renting out the room/apartment to you, needs to know who will be moving in. For this reason we strongly advise students to include a photo of themselves, together with an introduction of themselves, to improve their chances of being awarded tenancy.
Living in neighbouring cities
In order to increase your chances of finding a room or an apartment, it is important to be flexible regarding the location, and take the outer regions of Aachen into consideration (Richterich, Haaren, Laurensberg, Brand, Eilendorf, Kornelimünster, Walheim). We recommend that you extend your search for accommodation to the neighboring cities Würselen, Herzogenrath, Kohlscheid, Alsdorf, Eschweiler, Stolberg, Kerkrade, Vaals, or Kelmis. For example, the city of Stolberg can be reached by train or by several bus lines within 20 minutes.
Living on the Other Side of the German Border
Please note that, if you are not a citizen of the EU, the conditions of your visa may not permit you to live outside of Germany.
Sometimes it is hard to find accommodation in Germany while you are still in your home country. Luckily, there are several hostels and budget hotels in Aachen that may provide another option during your initial weeks following arrival.
Please make a reservation for your first nights in Aachen as soon as possible, as these venues are extremly busy in the summer months.
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