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The International Office offers to request accommodation in a student dormitory (on or off campus) for exchange students.

Since there is only a limited number of dorm rooms the International Office can request at Student Housing Services (Studierendenwerk Dortmund/ Wohnen), you can only request a room by filling in the online application form and upload the accommodation request there. Please keep in mind that the request is binding! You will have to pay a deposit (500 EUR) before your arrival to the Studierendenwerk Dortmund so that the room can be reserved for you. You will receive more information concerning the transfer with the Welcome E-Mail.

Not every dorm is located on campus. There are some dorms that are located about 20 - 30 minutes off campus.

Please do not send any applications to Student Housing Services! You can request a dorm room only through the International Office!

You can cancel this application up to two months before your arrival without any financial losses. After this deadline, the full rent is charged if the room cannot be sublet and the Studierendenwerk Dortmund will charge the deposit against the loss of rent.

Important: You can probably only get a room for one semester with this service. Meaning that when you start studying in the winter semester and you are planning to stay for the summer semester as well, you will likely have to organize accommodation for the summer semester on your own. Of course, you will have support by the Wohnraumberatung of the International Office.

You will find all information on the"Wohnraumberatung" here.


Application deadline

May 15 (for winter semester)

November 15 (for summer semester)

Up to this date we will assist finding housing accommodations for your. After the deadline has passed it is possible to contact the ERASMUS-Incomings Coordinator at the International Office to gain admittance into the university. However, she cannot guarantee you assistance with housing accommodations.



For every dorm room, the rent will be up to 450,- EUR per month.


General information

Unfortunately, we are only able to inform you shortly before your arrival in which dorm you have been placed. Changes can be made until then.

In case that there are more exchange students in one semester than rooms on campus, the International Office will find private student dorms in Dortmund for you. This only applies for students who applied before the deadline AND transferred the deposit.


Information on dorms of the Studierendenwerk Dortmund

The rooms:

In every dorm there are only single-bed rooms. These can be in flat shares (co-ops) with at least two people or single apartments.

Flat share:

You have to share the bathroom and the kitchen with your fellow lodger. All co-ops are same sex co-ops.

Single Apartment:

There are two different options. Either you have your own kitchen or the kitchen is in the hall and you have to share with the other students in the dorm (mostly there is one kitchen for each hall). But every single apartment has a bath room and you do not have to share with others.


All rooms in the dorms have the facilities to use your computer and to get online; you just have to bring your own computer.


More information can be found on the webpage of the Studierendenwerk Dortmund.

A helpful dictionary

The Deutsches Studierendenwerk published an illustrated dictionary in GER-ENG-CHIN dealing with the topic “living at a student dorm” which might prove to be useful during your stay.

Looking for accommodation privately

If you want to look for accommodation privately, you should visit HousingAnywhere.com (other options can be found here but please note that you cannot apply for a room directly at the Studierendenwerk).

TU Dortmund University is partner university of HousingAnywhere.com, an international housing platform. Through HousingAnywhere you can safely book your new room, offered by our outgoing students or by verified private landlords. Using the platform itself is completely free for you as a student. Only if you successfully find a room, an administrative fee will be charged as a part of Housing Anywhere’s secure booking system. Sign-up here to receive a TU Dortmund VIP profile on HousingAnywhere.com and priority access to all rooms available.

Do you need more information or have a specific question? Send an email to and be treated with priority!