Living & Housing
You have already decided on a studies programme or on one of the many programmes for further education offered in the beautiful cathedral city of Aachen? Then you will most certainly be looking for a suitable place to live! Whether you are here for a short stay, for a seminar or a certificate course, or even for a longer stay during a study programme, we are happy to support you in your search for fitting accommodations.
We are pleased to provide you with an overview of overnight and living possibilities to make your stay in Aachen as pleasant and as comfortable as possible.
There is a wide variety of hotels in Aachen that can provide suitable accommodations for all requirements. For our seminar and certificate courses we generally offer you an on-call block of rooms at favourable RWTH rates. These are then retrievable with a keyword provided beforehand. Should these block bookings have already expired, as is common approximately four weeks prior to the start of a further education programme, we will of course be glad to assist you in finding an alternative.
For our in-house seminars and certificate courses we go ahead and book the entire group into one of our trusted hotels. In this case as well, you can benefit from our RWTH rates.
The boarding house is especially popular among students, who, on the one hand, are living on a budget, but, on the other hand, also want to take the opportunity to meet people. One special feature of the boarding house is certainly the shared kitchen, where not only international recipes are exchanged, but where a lively exchange also takes place among the housemates.
Apartments & Flats
If you are planning a longer stay we recommend finding an apartment, so as to feel at home as soon as possible. We are happy to assist our students in finding shared flats to ease the way for them to get settled down in their new environment with the help of their flatmates. Very often, international friendships are formed that last even beyond graduation.
Also, the location of Aachen’s neighbourhoods is of high importance when searching for a suitable apartment. The very central location of many of the neighbourhoods makes it possible to find an affordable place to live outside of the inner city.
Aachen’s housing market has become increasingly tense in the last years, especially in the cheaper segment. As we have attained good contact with landlords and property management firms, we are glad to help with procuring suitable apartments and also with putting possible flat mates for shared apartments in touch with each other.
The Studierendenwerk is in charge of the student dormitories. To obtain a student apartment, please apply directly through the application portal of the Studierendenwerk Aachen https://bewerberportal.stw.rwth-aachen.de/app.php/de/.
A timely application is recommended, as demand is high, especially at the beginning of the semester. We also recommend that you remain flexible regarding your preferred form of accommodations in order to avoid long waiting periods. Should you, however, not be able to find accommodations in time for the beginning of the semester, we will be glad to assist you in finding an alternate solution.
Thanks to our close cooperation with the Studierendenwerk, we are also able to offer limited temporary accommodations. These limited vacancies are assigned to our students of the International Student Programmes through a lottery system.
You are not from Germany?
The RWTH Aachen University and the FH Aachen University of Applied Sciences host over 8,000 foreign students, accounting for almost 20% of all students here. They come from approximately 130 different countries from India to Belarus, with many students coming from China, South America, and Turkey, and further nationalities spanning the whole globe.
If you are not from Germany, the decision to participate in the adventure of studying abroad in a foreign country and culture may have been a tough one. Not least, leaving one's social circle and family hinders the decision to immerse oneself in a completely new environment. Here we are happy to assist you with accommodation offers for apartments and shared flats, where you will quickly find new contacts. We are in close contact with landlords and property management firms that look forward to taking in guests with different cultural backgrounds, and who have already hosted many of our students.
Life & Leisure
Apart from your studies you will encounter many possibilities for outings and recreational activities in Aachen. Also, the beautiful tri border area with Belgium and the Netherlands offers much to be discovered. Not only the inhabitants of Aachen, the “Öcher”, as they refer to themselves, but also the European neighbours of the adjoining Euregio are welcoming and cosmopolitan.
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