Accomodation in Frankfurt

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Halls of residence/student dorms

Type of accommodation: single room in shared accommodation (in German Wohngemeinschaft or just WG) or one-room apartments (inlcuding bathroom and cooking corner) between 10 and 20 m2, furnished and unfurnished rooms, additional communal room for leisure activities.

Apply as early as possible, as applications are handled on a first-come, first-serve basis. (It is possible to apply even if you haven’t received your letter of admission yet; it’s best to fill in the application for halls online at the same time as applying to study at Goethe University)

Cost: approx. 210 EUR - 500 EUR, depending on size, equipment, and whether it’s a single room or an apartment. In addition, you pay a one-time deposit equivalent to (as a rule) double your monthly rent; this deposit is returned upon moving out if there is no damage to the accommodation.

Rental period: maximum 4 years.

Studentenwerk (student services):

Abteilung Wohnen
Bockenheimer Landstraße 133
3rd floor of the Sozialzentrum
Rooms 319/320
Consultation hours: see website
Email: wohnen@studentenwerkfrankfurt.de
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Protestant students community ESG:

Susanna von Klettenberg Haus
Campus Westend of Goethe-University
Siolistraße 7
60323 Frankfurt/Main
Consultation hours: Mondays-Thursdays, 8:00-11:00
Tel. 069-915068-79-11
Contact: Andrea Bettermann
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Bauverein Katholische Studentenheime e.V.
(association of catholic student residences):

Friedrich-Wilhelm-von-Steuben-Str. 90
60488 Frankfurt am Main
Tel.: + 49 (0)69 / 789 882 9-0
Email: anfrage@bauverein-frankfurt.de
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>> Further providers of halls of residence

Private student residences

In Frankfurt, as well as in numerous other cities in Germany, various private student residences have opened up in recent years. Flats are furnished and usually a little more expensive than flats in halls of residence by the Studentenwerk. But they offer special services such as a concierge, study rooms, private cinemas, rooftop gardens etc. In Frankfurt there are currently six different residences:


Wohngemeinschaften (WG) – flat-shares

Type of accommodation: You share a flat with other students / people, you have your own room and share bathroom, kitchen etc.

Cost: usually quite cheap, starting at 300 EUR depending on size, facilities and neighbourhood.

Where to look:

  • Online portals for finding flat-shares
  • There are various Facebook groups where you can find offers for flat-shares and student flats – they are worth checking out! Just go to Facebook and search for "WG Frankfurt" or "Wohnung Frankfurt"
  • Notice boards: You can find these in various central spots throughout Goethe University, usually on the ground floor of the larger buildings. Students can put up notices if they are looking to rent or to let a place; the notices are usually taken down by the university after a few weeks to make room for new ads. In addition, the Studentenwerk advertises offers for privately let rooms or flats in display cases or on notice boards in their consultation centre on the Westend Campus, in the main lecture hall building (Hörsaalzentrum). You can also find such ads in the Studierendenhaus in Mertonstraße 26-28.

 


Rental apartments

Type of accommodation: an entire apartment (including bathroom and kitchen) let by the owner. As a rule, these flats are not furnished.

Costs: On average from 500 EUR, depending on size, facilities and neighbourhood

Be aware that the rent that is quoted is usually just the basic rent (in German Kaltmiete). On top of this, you will have to pay utilities and charges such as heating, water etc. (Mietnebenkosten), resulting in the so-called Warmmiete. For further tips and advice on finding accommodation see below!

Cheaper neighbourhoods in Frankfurt: e.g. Fechenheim, Griesheim, Nied, Riederwald and Höchst. Do also look for places to live outside Frankfurt – flats tend to be cheaper here. But make sure they are easy to reach by S-Bahn or local trains (which you can use free of charge in all of Hessen with your Goethe Card).

Where to look:

  • Initiative of the Studentenwerk Frankfurt: www.wohnraum-gesucht.de
  • Online real estate portals
  • Notice boards: You can find these in various central spots throughout Goethe University, usually on the ground floor of the larger buildings. Students can put up notices if they are looking to rent or to let a place; the notices are usually taken down by the university after a few weeks to make room for new ads. In addition, the Studentenwerk advertises offers for privately let rooms or flats in display cases or on notice boards in their consultation centre on the Westend Campus, in the main lecture hall building (Hörsaalzentrum). You can also find such ads in the Studierendenhaus in Mertonstraße 26-28.
  • Classified ads in newspapers: Daily and weekly newspapers in Frankfurt: Frankfurter Neue Presse, Frankfurter Rundschau, Frankfurter Allgemeine Zeitung (Fridays & Sundays), Welt Kompakt, Höchster Kreisblatt. In some of these papers you can place your own ad.
  • Facebook groups: It’s well worth looking for Facebook groups posting accommodation vacancies.