Living space in Cologne is scarce. No fear! We have some tips on how to find a cheap flat and what else to consider!
According to the latest survey by the German Studentenwerk, a student in Cologne spends an average of 367.00 euros per month on rent including utilities. Across Germany the average is 323.00 euros.
It is easier to find a room during the semester than at the beginning. Future freshman should look for a room or an apartment directly after receiving the letter of admission to the university. Don't wait - the sooner one looks, the sooner something will come up. Submit an application for a place in a residence hall even before admission. If studies are already underway, then it is best to look for a new residence towards the end of the semester when many students move out and apartments or rooms become available.
These dorms are still the best and cheapest way to live while studying. But our residence halls are very much in demand and very limited. So apply quickly! Here students can find more information about the application process and our dormitories.
The project Mein Zuhause in Köln (My Home in Cologne) from the Studierendenwerk has been successfully arranging private rooms and apartments for students for years. Find out more about Mein Zuhause in Köln here.
Housing for help is the name of the housing partnership concept between the Cologne Housing Authority and the University of Cologne. Students can live rent-free through this program and in return help the landlords do housework and chores. The rule of thumb is: one hour of volunteering per month per square meter of living space.
Click here to find out more about → Housing for help.
In the inclusive living housing in Cologne-Rodenkirchen disabled people and students live together in a community. Up to 11 students can live here rent-free. They help out by doing tasks in their shared flat by the hour. Students should be between 18 and 24 years old and plan to live in the shared flat for at least two years. The housing project is unique in NRW and a new form of living with many advantages and opportunities for everyone.
To the website → Inclusive living
Social housing is housing whose construction has been subsidised by public funds and which is therefore available at lower rents than those available on the free housing market.
To be able to move into social housing, a certificate of eligibility for housing (Wohnberechtigungsschein) must be obtained. This entitles low-income citizens to move into social housing. Find out how to obtain a Wohnberechtigungsschein (WBS) at → this link.
→ Wohnberechtigungsschein (WBS) and advice centre for people looking for accommodation.
Housing allowances are also available. Here’s how to apply for a housing allowance at the Wohngeldstelle of the → city of Cologne.
Gebausie is a partner of the Studierendenwerk and offers apartments for students.
Click here to go to the → Gebausie
GAG is also a partner of the Studierendenwerk and offers apartments for students.
Click here to go to → GAG
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