Looking for a room?

Hurray. The admission of the university is there.

Now all you need is the right place to stay, so that you can get off to a successful start in your studies. In Essen, Duisburg and Mülheim we offer more than 2.500 rooms in 19 student residences. All residential areas are located close to the university campus or are well connected to public transport.

Housing with all-inclusive package

Our tenants can look forward to an "all-inclusive package".

In contrast to the free housing market, the costs for electricity, water, heating and internet are usually already included in the rental price - subsequent payments are excluded. Our warm rents are between 240 € and 450 €.

There are three different types of housing on offer: Rooms in a shared apartment, rooms on the corridor with shared kitchen and bathroom or single apartment with kitchenette and bathroom.

We also have special offers for single parents or couples with children and handicapped-accessible living spaces.

Moving in with us made easy

With us you do not have to carry heavy furniture and only have to care about the interior of your rooms. This means that you bring bed linen, kitchen equipment, cooking and eating utensils as well as technical items (telephone, wireless router). We provide the furnishings: desk, chair, shelf and a bed with mattress are usually part of the inventory.

A kitchen with stove and refrigerator as well as a washing centre in the basement area with washing machine and dryer also belong to the equipment of the dormitories.

Internet and TV access are also available. Many dormitories also offer a bicycle cellar and car parking spaces, which can be rented at an affordable price. The specials of some houses include e.g. fitness or common rooms.

Application procedure

For the application procedure you need a valid certificate of enrollment or a letter of admission from the university or college. For degree programes with open admissions we just need a confirmation from the university.

Program students must enclose their program confirmation.

Fill out the online application and indicate the preferred place of residence and the desired moving in date (only the first day of each month is possible). Once your application has been successfully sent, you will receive an automatic e-mail confirmation and further information.

Note: You can also apply for several locations. To do this, log in with your user data and create another application with your existing profile.

As soon as a matching room is available, we will e-mail you a room offer and your personal authentication code.

Proceed with the authentification by uploading your passport/ID in the online portal and accept the room offer by transfering a reservation fee. The fee will be booked as a deposit at the beginning of the rental period.

Please note the given deadline. After expiry of this period, the offer is no longer available.

After accepting our offer you will receive further information by e-mail. Please always check all e-mail folders (spam, unknown, etc.) for incoming e-mails.

Please send all necessary documents and the signed rental agreement by post to the responsible administrator within the stated period.


  • Where can I find my tenant ID?


    You find this for e.g. in our letters on the letterhead "Identnummer" or in the reservation confirmation.


  • Who can apply?


    Students of the University of Duisburg-Essen, Folkwang University of the Arts and Ruhr West University of Applied Sciences can apply for a room.

    External students can also apply for a place in student accommodation. However, these applications are not given priority.




  • I'm only staying for a few months. Can I apply anyway?


    Of course! Guests* have the possibility to sign a short-term rental contract with us. Important to know: Applications from guests will be given lower priority.

    We will conclude a short-term rental contract if you stay in our dorm for less than six months. In that case, a monthly surcharge will apply. You will have to pay a monthly fee in addition to the guest fee. You must rent your room for at least one month.

    The amount of this fee depends on the rental period:

    Contract period Fee per month
    1 month

    60,00 €

    2 months

    50,00 €

    3 months

    40,00 €

    4 months

    30,00 €

    5 months

    20,00 €

    from 6 months /

    Reasons for such an additional fee are, among others, the high administrative costs and a certain vacancy rate that arises with short term contracts.

    Example: You live as a guest in one of our dormitories for five months. In this case, as a guest you pay the regular rent plus a fee totaling 40,00 € per month (20,00 € guest fee + 20,00 € short-term fee).

    *As guests, we refer to students from universities other than Universität Duisburg-Essen, Folkwang Universität der Künste and Hochschule Ruhr West.


  • How can I apply?


    If you have received your admission document, you can apply for a room on our online portal. We show you how to do this here. For degree programs with open admissions, we need a confirmation from the university.

    Unfortunately, it is not possible to apply without a valid enrolment document or admission letter.






  • Can I also apply for several locations?


    Yes, you can also apply for several locations. All you have to do is register with your user data in the online portal and create a new application with your existing profile.


  • Is there a deadline for applications?


    No. You can generally apply any time after enrolling successfully or receiving an admission letter. However, the sooner we receive your application, the better chance you will have.

    Rooms are rented out all year round. The tenancy agreements generally begin at the start of the semester, e.g. 01.03/01.04 or 01.09./01.10 of a year.




  • What criteria are used for allocating places?


    We process applications in the order they arrive. Please note that we do not have a waiting list for specific residences. The sooner you apply online, the better your chances of being allocated the accommodation of your choice




  • How long are the waiting times?


    We cannot make any general statements about how long you will have to wait for accommodation, as it depends on many different factors.




  • What happens after I’ve made my application?


    As soon as a room is free, we send you an offer by email. More detailed information on the application procedure is available here.

    Note: We save your application for twelve months from the date of application. If you do not update your application within this period, it is subsequently deleted and you will have to make a new application.





  • Why do I have to pay a reservation fee?


    The 850,00 € reservation fee is required as a security for STUDIERENDENWERK. After you move in, this fee will be counted as a deposit. In accordance with the terms of the tenancy agreement, the deposit will be returned to you around eight weeks after tenancy ends, provided that you leave your room in clean and tidy condition.

    Note: Separate conditions apply to our dormitory in Bülowstraße 51-55, Mülheim. The reservation fee is 1041,00 € and will be refunded at the earliest 10 weeks after the end of the rental period.


  • Can I view the room before I enter into the tenancy agreement?


    We appreciate that you would like to have a look at your potential new home in advance. However, we are unable to conduct viewings because, as the landlord, we are not allowed to enter rented residential property.

    You can nevertheless visit our student houses of your own accord and arrange with current tenants to view a room.




  • What happens if I turn down an offer of a room?


    If this is the case, your application will no longer be considered. You can simply apply again at a later time.




  • How long can I live in the student accommodation?


    The maximum amount of time you can live in a student residence has been set to ten semesters. The tenancy agreement can be terminated at the end of the first year of residence at any time with three months' notice. There are special regulations for exmatriculation (only within the first year of residence) as well as for program students and guests.

    Exception: In our dormitory Bülowstraße 51-55 in Mülheim, the tenancy agreement is always issued for one year. After each year, it can be extended up to a maximum of ten semesters.




  • What is the guest fee?


    Guests we charge a monthly fee, which is due in addition to the rent. It amounts to 20,00 €/month.

    Who is considered a guest in the dormitory of STUDIERENDENWERK?
    We consider all students who are not enrolled at one of these three universities to be guests: University of Duisburg-Essen, Folkwang University of the Arts, Ruhr West University of Applied Sciences.

    In this respect, the total rent of program/exchange students also includes this monthly guest flat rate of 20,00 €.


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