Finding student accommodation in Germany is not so easy. Especially in crowded cities like Stuttgart, Munich and Frankfurt etc. So, find accommodation as early as possible even before moving to Germany.
Students in Germany live in student residence halls, shared apartments or in private accommodations. Most popular are the student halls and shared apartments. Because they are more cheaper as compared to private accommodations.
Student Residence Halls (Studentenwerk):
Student halls are even more cheaper than shared apartments. So, first try to search a room in student halls, then go for other options. All the applications of student residence halls processed by Studentenwerk (Student Services Organisation). Try to apply for accommodation in these residence halls right after getting admission in a university. Each university city has its own Studentenwerk. So search it with city name; like studentenwerk Berlin and apply directly on their website. This accommodation finder is also very helpful to find a room in Studentenwerk.
When you will not find accommodation in student residence hall. Then find a room (WG Zimmer) in a shared apartment. Shared apartments are called WG (Wohngemeinschaft) in Germany. These are the most famous online platforms to find WG rooms in Germany. You can also find private accommodations (single room apartments) on these portals.
International students who already living in different cities of Germany. They registered their student organizations in their universities. For example; Pakistani students have PSA Germany (Pakistan student association), Indian students have ISA Germany (Indian student association) and similar name belongs to other countries. You can find groups and pages of these associations (based on cities) on Facebook. Like for Hamburg try to find PSA Hamburg / ISA Hamburg and ask for student accommodation to group members. In most cases they help or recommend vacated places to new students.
Temporary Accommodation for First Few Nights:
If it’s urgent or you unluckily not get the accommodation with above mentioned methods. Then, try to find temporary accommodation on these online portals. You can spend your first nights in a room booked on one of these portals. During this short stay, you can find another room in your city and relocate. These are the cheaper online line portals for temporary accommodation in Germany.
WG (Wohngemeinschaft) means shared apartment in Germany. WG Zimmer means a room in a shared apartment.
Studentenwerk is the Student Services Organisation in Germany, that manage student residence halls and manage allocation of rooms. Studentenwerk get subsidies from Government universities to provide cheaper accommodation to their students. Private universities usually not supporting Studentenwerk. So, their students can not get rooms in Studentenwerk.
Quadratmeter means square feet. It tells how big is the room or apartment. You will find this word during search of WG Zimmer on online portals.
In Germany rent divided into two parts; one is the Kaltmiete and other is the Warmmiete. Kaltmiete is the original rent of the room and Warmmiete is the cost of other things like; water, heating and cleaning etc. These costs also called Nebenkosten in German. Gesamtmiete means total rent.
Kaution is the security deposit for rented accommodation. Normally, deposit amount is two months rent for students.