The student services (StwB) currently provide 35 residence halls with about 4000 spots for students and student couples. Additionally there are diverse denominational or independent residence halls. More information on those can be found in the great blue course catalog.
The StwB is publishing a coloured prospectus in which the individual residence halls are introduced. Be warned though, that not everything is bound to be just as beautiful as presented in the brochure. Better criteria are provided by the attached register of room size, mode of residence, rent, etc. There are appartments furnished with kitchenettes and bathrooms, and rooms with common kitchens and bathrooms. Some residence halls provide parking slots. Residence duration is limited to six semesters (average) and can normally not be extended. Extention of residence duration can sometimes be achieved by undertaking certain "admin. functions" in the residence hall.
Some residence halls are divided into small independent communities, in others the groups are bigger. Furniture does vary between residence halls. Therefore you should (if possible) check out your preferred residence in beforehand.
Those still looking for a room in Bonn have got three possibillities of which the first one is propably the most promising.
- Checking out the private housing market, where the StwB (Ms. Lödorf; 73-71 65) or the AStA room agency will help. There are also offers at numerous notice boards in canteens, cafeterias and institutes.
- Applying for a denominational or independent residence hall (if possible in time)
- Trying to get a spot in a StwB residence hall by extraordinary distribution .
Extraordinary distibution of free residence hall spots usuallz take place round about the 20. of each month. The chances of getting the preferred spot increase towards the end of semester significantly. It starts at 9am. First the application forms are filled out and submitted. We advise you to indicate as many residence halls as possible; they are enumerated on the application. The residence hall spots are then randomly assigned behind closed doors. About 11am the applicants are called up. The lucky ones can choose between multiple rooms, others have to accept their second or third choices or decline. When the security deposits are paid (Bring along cash or check!) and the rental contracts are signed, it might be afternoon already. Standing in line for a long time should be anticipated (Also bring along a book to read). It's important to have the receipt of the secuity deposit and of the first rent as well as a passport photo at hand when moving into the room!
The regular tombola of residence hall spots of the StwB takes place in September (for the winter semester) and March(for the summer semester). Application deadlines are at the 20. of August/February, Application forms are available at the StwB. Here you should also indicate as many residence halls as possible. In the following month the applicants receive their drawn numbers. The rooms are distributed in order of the drawn numbers, freshmen are favoured.
There are special regulations for foreigners regarding the distribution of residence hall spots by the StwB.
Questions are to be asked at
Studentenwerk Bonn AöR
Abteilung Studentisches Wohnen
Nassestraße 11, 2. Stock,
0228 / 73 - 71 64, -65, -66, -67
Mo - Fr, 9am - 12pm and after arrangement.