Accommodation in Darmstadt for Exchange Students

We support exchange students in TU Darmstadt to find adequate accommodation.

Accommodation is always an important issue for our exchange students and due to the critical housing situation in Darmstadt it can be a challenge to find suitable accommodation. In this section you will find some useful information about house-hunting

Darmstadt is located in the Rhein-Main Metropolitan Area, which is famous for it‘s good infrastructure and economics. About 5.5 million people live, work or study in the Rhein-Main Area. Therefore, the housing situation in Darmstadt is quite difficult and the search for an appropriate accommodation can require a lot of time and effort. Furthermore, TU Darmstadt does not own student dormitories. For these reasons, our main goal is to assist exchange students in finding adequate housing for their stay. We also help and advise international exchange students on all aspects of housing.

We are looking forward to welcoming you soon to TU Darmstadt!

Your ESHA-Team

ESHA (Exchange Student Housing Assistance) is a service facility at the TU Darmstadt that offers a broad variety of services to exchange students in finding adequate accommodation in and around Darmstadt.

Our services include the distribution of an “Accommodation Guide”, with links to private and public student dormitories, hotels and youth hostels.

Furthermore we provide a “Housing Guide”, with tips for the search for accommodation in Darmstadt. In addition we offer guidance on, how to find an accommodation on the private housing market, examine rental contracts, as well as assistance in moving into the student dormitory and help with questions related to housing in and around Darmstadt.

Moreover we work with a lot of (public as well as private) dormitory providers and lessors in Darmstadt and surrounding areas.

• Get to know about the housing situation and the housing market in Darmstadt and the surrounding areas

• Start to find your accommodation as early as possible

• Do not wait for a long time to respond when you receive an offer, which meet your demands and wishes

• Register for the housing service for exchange students

Note: Often accommodation is rented by a circle of friends and acquaintances or fellow students. Thus it can make sense to accept the higher costs of living for a short time in a boarding house or a short-term accommodation in order to find proper accommodation in Darmstadt.

Once you receive your admission letter from the office of International Relations and Mobility, you will be given a registration code (Housing Code). This code is necessary when filling out the registration form.

Once the form is completed you will receive an automatic confirmation that the form was sent to our database. Once the data is processed we will contact you with more information.

Important: This registration does not guarantee a placement in an accommodation.

Registration Form

More Information

Please note: All shared-flats offered by our services will be mixed-gender apartments. It is important to note that in Germany there are no separation between genders in shared-apartments.

Please make sure to let us know in your registration form if you have any personal requests. It is typically not possible to place you in only one gender apartments (all female flats), and we cannot guarantee, but we can try our best to place at least one person of the same gender together with you in your shared-flat.

TU Darmstadt does not own nor operate its own student dormitories.

Our services are only limited to exchange students:

  • Who are formally accepted through the Exchange Programmes at TU Darmstadt to study or participate in a research program for one or two semesters (or possibly a shorter period of time)

The cost of housing depends on the type of apartment:

A shared-flat in a student residence can cost approx. 380-450€ per month, depending on the room and location.

A private flat or a private studio-apartment will cost on average 550€ or more per month.

In private apartments

The rent in Germany is usually indicated as rent not including water, electricity, gas (heating) and garbage collection costs. These costs can average to about an extra 100-150€ per month. Everyone living in Germany also has to cover their own radio and TVcosts, even if they do not use these facilities. Please see TV License Fee for more information.

In dormitories (outside the university campus)

Rentals in student dormitories are usually flat-rate rents. Depending on the type of accommodation, however, there may be additional costs for electricity (approx. 25-75€ per month). There are also costs for the radio and TV contribution (approx. 20€ per month). Please see above for more information.

International exchange students who arrive in Darmstadt earlier than planned can stay in a hotel or youth hostel until their scheduled move-in date.

Please see above, “Download and Links” for our Accommodation Guide.

International exchange students who arrive in Darmstadt and do not yet have fixed accommodation can stay in a hotel or youth hostel. There are many possibilities like, immobilienscout and other student accommodations where you can register yourself.

Please see above, “Download and Links” for our Accommodation Guide.