Housing Assistance

We help international degree-seeking students look for accommodation

Darmstadt is a future-oriented city located in the middle of the Rhine-Main region, which is known for its good infrastructure and economic situation. Around 5.5 million people live, work or study in the Rhine-Main region. Therefore the housing situation in Darmstadt is quite tight and searching for accommodations can be thus quite time-consuming. Additionally TU Darmstadt neither owns nor operates student dormitories. For this reason we offer support to international degree-seeking students in their search for affordable accommodation at the start of your studies.

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Accommodation search

We offer assistance to newly enrolled international students of the TU Darmstadt.

  • We advise and help you when you are looking for suitable accommodation.
  • We explain Darmstadt's housing market to you, including general information about renting in Germany.
  • We assist you in applying for a room in a shared flat.
  • We receive offers from landlords and property owners with whom we have cultivated good contacts, from reliable real estate agents, and through Internet searches.
  • Our service is free of charge.

In order to best assist you in finding housing we need details about what you are looking for in an accommodation as well as your budget. In order to gather this information, we request that you complete our on-line registration form.

We strive to provide you with offers for accommodation in accordance with your specifications and wishes. However, we cannot guarantee a successful match.

Abbreviation German terminology Meaning
N-Zi-Whg N-Zimmer-Wohnung N room apartment (not N bedrooms!)
N-ZKB N-Zimmer + Küche + Bad N rooms, kitchen and bathroom
N-ZKBB N-Zimmer +Küche + Bad +Balkon N rooms, kitchen, bathroom, balcony
Abstellk Abstellkammer storage space
Blk / Balk. Balkon balcony
DG Dachgeschoss under the roof / attic rooms
DU Dusche shower (can be separate or in the bath tub)
EBK Einbauküche fitted kitchen
EFH Ein-Familie-Haus single-family house
EG Erdgeschoss ground floor
EB Erstbezug first occupancy
G-WC Gäste-WC separate toilet for guests
HK Heizungskosten heating costs
HH Hochhaus high-rise building
Kaution Kaution deposit
Keine zusätzl. Prov. Keine zusätzliche Provision (Maklergebühren) no additional commission
KDB Küche, Diele, Bad kitchen, hall, bathroom
MM Monatsmiete basic monthly rent
NB (Nbk.) Nebenkosten extra monthly costs such as heating, water, cable TV, cleaning of shared areas, garbage removal, etc.
NF Nutzfläche useable area (incl. storage and other, non-living spaces) in m²
NR nicht Raucher non-smoker
OG Obergeschoss top floor
RH Reihenhaus row / terrace house
Stellpl. Stellplatz parking space
TG Tiefgarage underground garage
TL Tageslicht bathroom with daylight
WM/warm Warmmiete rental fee incl. all extra monthly costs such as heating, water, cable TV, cleaning of shared areas, garbage removal, etc.
Wfl./WF Wohnfläche floor space (excluding some defined areas) in m²
WG Wohngemeinschaft flat-sharing is accepted
WK Wohnküche large kitchen (can be used as communal space)
ZH zentrale Heizung central heating
Even though we ask you to tell us about the kind of accommodation you are looking for, we may not be able find accommodations that exactly match your expectations. Compared to the national average, renting in Darmstadt is relatively expensive.

Prices vary according to location and fixtures/furnishings. An unfurnished room in a 3-person shared flat costs on average 380 EUR in Darmstadt, excluding utilities. A furnished room in a shared flat offered by Studierendenwerk Darmstadt averages about 350 EUR, incl. heating and most utilities. As you move away from Darmstadt prices may be lower and start at around 300 EUR. In order to obtain a lower-priced room, you will have to invest time and have patience.

  • Deposit* (one-time before moving in)
  • Rent (monthly)
  • Utility costs (either a share of estimated annual expenses or a flat fee, monthly)
  • Settlement of utility costs (additional payment or a reimbursement after settlement of actual utility costs, annually when a share of estimated annual expenses has been paid)
  • when applicable, electricity, water heating, if not included in the utility costs charged (monthly)
  • License free that finances German public broadcasters, mandatory for all residents (monthly)
  • when applicable, final cleaning charges (one-time when moving out)
  • when applicable, renovation expenses (one-time when moving out, in the case that the lease requires the room/apartment be returned in renovated condition)

* Deposit is a term for the rental security on which the landlord can fall back if the tenant does not comply with their obligations to pay rent or compensation for damages. The tenant can make claims for repayment of the rent deposit at the earliest after handing over the apartment to the landlord, as a general rule after the expiry of the settlement period of six months to be granted to the landlord.

TU Darmstadt does not own or operate any student dormitories..

The non-commercial dormitories in Darmstadt are operated by Studierendenwerk Darmstadt. Their shared flat rooms are very popular. It is therefore recommended that you register for one as soon as you have decided to study at the TU Darmstadt. The Studierendenwerk Darmstadt has an accommodation service that can answer all your questions about dormitories. You can apply for a room at Studierendenwerk on their website.

Many commercially run student dormitories can be found in Darmstadt. An internet search will help you find out more about them.

If you have signed a rental contract, please note:

  • The rent is paid directly to the landlord.
  • The rent is due at the beginning of each month.
  • Quite often, you have to pay a deposit (usually 2-3 monthly rental payments) before you move in. This deposit, plus accrued interest, will be returned to you if the apartment is in good condition when you move out.
  • Usually the rent has to be paid for a whole month. This means that even if you move in on the 15th, you have to pay the entire month’s rent.

If you have questions regarding your lease, make an appointment with us. We will be happy to read through it and explain it to you..