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We closely work together with four different housing providers (landlords) who offer several types of accommodation:

  • Studentenwerk Berlin is responsible for all public dormitories in Berlin. (It is also responsible for running the university cafeterias and aiding and advising students in social, health, economic and cultural needs and issues.)
  • Studentendorf Schlachtensee was built on the initiative of Freie Universität Berlin students in southwest Berlin in the 1950s.
  • TWENTY FIRST Real Estate GmbH is a commercial real estate agency which offers single occupancy apartments at its complex at Breite Str. to favourable conditions for program students of Freie Universität Berlin.
  • “Grünes Wohnen Clayallee 225 GmbH & Co. KG" offers single apartments in Waldtraudstraße 45 in the district Berlin-Zehlendorf. These “Dahlem Apartments” can be booked by international exchange students as well as visiting scientists/researchers, graduate students and German students of Freie Universität Berlin.

Detailed information on each accommodation option can be found on our website.

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Dormitories in Germany are not administrated by the university itself. Therefore Freie Universität Berlin does not have any on-campus housing. All accommodation options we work with are – for Berlin standards – as close as possible to the university campus, with a maximum travel distance of about 40 minutes by public transportation. This is also the case for dormitories administrated by other institutions.


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You will find general information about the various accommodation options on our website. For an overview of costs and the types of accommodations available, please see the corresponding files in the download section on our website.

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The German word “Wohngemeinschaft” (WG for short) refers to a living arrangement in which several tenants share an apartment. Every tenant has his own room, common rooms such as the bathroom, kitchen and living room (if existing) are shared. Sometimes there are WG options in the dormitories, too, so that there is not necessarily a difference between the two.

WGs are a great way to make friends, especially when you are in a foreign country. The tenants of a WG are responsible for the cleanliness of all common areas themselves. Please note that we cannot always fulfil requests for same-sex WGs (women only or men only).

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This depends on the landlord of your accommodation. You can move into your room at the earliest on the day your rental contract starts. Moving in before that is not possible because your room will generally still be occupied by the previous tenant. Therefore, if you arrive in Berlin earlier, you will have to stay in a hostel or hotel for the first days until your contract begins.

You will receive the complete details concerning the move-in procedure and times, as well as contact information of the on-site contact persons, in our placement e-mail before your arrival.

You can stay in your room until your rental contract ends. Please contact your landlord for details about the move-out procedure.

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No. All accommodation options are self-catering. Kitchens are equipped with cabinets, fridges and cooking facilities so that you can prepare your own meals.

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The equipment of your room depends on the accommodation option you choose. Accommodations are simply but adequately furnished. Internet access and a private bathroom are not included for all accommodation options! However, the accommodation price does include:

Basic equipment:

Studentendorf Schlachtensee / TWENTY FIRST Student Living Apartments/ Dahlem Apartments

  • Base rentUtility costs (gas, electricity, water)
  • Use of common areas
  • Bed, mattress, desk, chair, wardrobe and cupboard
  • Kitchen equipped with appliances such as stove, refrigerator, pots/pans, plates, cups and other cooking utensils
  • On-site laundry facilities (extra costs for laundry load)
  • Residence supervisors or other on-site contact person

Studentenwerk

  • Base rent
  • Utility costs (gas, electricity, water)
  • Use of common areas
  • Bed, mattress, desk, chair, wardrobe and cupboard
  • Kitchen equipped with a stove and a refrigerator.Crockery and cutlery is not provided in the kitchen.
    However, many students leave theirs at the dorm when they move out, so it might be more reasonable and cheaper to first have a look what is missing and buy individual missing parts afterwards.
  • On-site laundry facilities (extra costs for laundry load)
  • Residence supervisors or other on-site contact person

Internet:

Studentendorf Schlachtensee: included in rent, WiFi via eduroam

Studentenwerk Berlin: not available

TWENTY FIRST Student Living Apartments: included in rent, WiFi

Dahlem Apartments: Cable internet connection can be booked directly from landlord for 10 € per month (additionally to the rental costs).

Bedding and Towels:

Studentendorf Schlachtensee: bedding included in rent, no towels

Studentenwerk: bedding and towels not included. So called "Well sleeping" packaging can be purchased after arrival directly from the caretaker. Package contains: Pillow, blanket, sheets and covers. No towels

TWENTY FIRST Student Living Apartments: included in rent, bedding and towels

Dahlem Apartments: pillow and blanket included in rent, please bring your own covers and sheets and towels.

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No, utility costs (gas, electricity, water) are included in the rent.

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This depends on the landlord of your accommodation. Please check the rental contract, which you will sign upon arrival, for details. Usually, the rent has to be paid at the beginning of the month.

It is advisable to open a bank account in Berlin, as there are often fees for international transactions and it takes several days until the payment is processed.

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Depending on your accommodation optoins, this is the Studentenwerk Berlin, Studentendorf Schlachtensee e.G, Grünes Wohnen Clayallee 225 GmbH & Co. KG (Dahlem Apartments) or TWENTY FIRST Real Estate GmbH.

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You can use the website of Berlin’s public transportation service (www.bvg.de) to find the connection you need.


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All accommodation options are chosen so that you can reach the university within about 40 minutes (maximum) by public transportation.

Please keep in mind that Berlin is a large city where commutes of one hour between home and work are not unusual.

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For historical reasons there is no conventional city center in the geographical center of Berlin as known from other major cities. Rather, there are several smaller centers in the various districts. There are bigger shopping areas around Bahnhof Zoo and Kurfürstendamm and also around Alexanderplatz and Hackescher Markt. From your accommodation those larger centers you will need between 40-50 minutes by public transportation.

The nearest district center to the university and your accommodations is in the district Steglitz around Schloßstraße. This shopping area can be reached by public transportation within 25-30 minutes (bus/U-Bahn/S-Bahn stop „Rathaus Steglitz“).

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Accommodations are simply but adequately furnished. Each room has one bed with mattress, cabinet, desk and chair. The kitchens in the accommodation options Studentendorf Schlachtensee, Dahlem Apartments and the TWENTY FIRST Student Living Apartments are fully equipped, including all necessary cooking utensils. The kitchens in Studentenwerk are equipped with a stove and a refrigerator. However, crockery and cutlery is not provided in the kitchen. You also have access to washing machines and laundry dryers which can be used against a small fee. The Studentendorf and the TWENTY FIRST Student Living Apartments provide bed linen, but the Dahlem Apartments and Studentenwerk Berlin do not. Please bring the appropriate bed linen with you or buy some in Berlin (for example at Ikea) before you move in. The beds at the Studentenwerk dormitories are 90 cm x 200 cm, at the TWENTY FIRST Student Living Apartments are 100 cm x  200 cm and the Dahlem Apartments is the size of the mattress 140 cm x 200 cm; pillow 80 cm x 80 cm; blanket 140 cm x 200 cm.

The dormitories of Studentenwerk offer the possibility to purchase a so called "Sleep well" pack at the dormitories’ administration offices for an additional fee. This contains duvet, pillow, sheet and duvet and pillow covers. For all accommodations (except the TWENTY FIRST Student Living Apartments) please do not forget to bring your own towels.


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Internet:

Studentendorf Schlachtensee: included in rent, WiFi via eduroam

Studentenwerk Berlin: not available

TWENTY FIRST Student Living Apartments: included in rent, WiFi

Dahlem Apartments: Cable internet connection can be booked directly from landlord for 10 € per month (additionally to the rental costs).

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Approximately two weeks before your rental contract starts, we will send you specific details, including the name, address, telephone, and e-mail address of the on-site contact persons as well as a short description of the accommodation by email.

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For the TWENTY FIRST Student Living Apartments, Dahlem Apartments and Studentendorf Schlachtenseee housing options you will already know the address and location before the reservation:


TWENTY FIRST Student Living Apartments
Breite Str. 42
D-14199 Berlin

 
Dahlem Apartments:
Grünes Wohnen Clayallee 225 GmbH & Co. KG
Waltraudstr. 45
D-14169 Berlin


Studentendorf Schlachtensee eG
Wasgenstraße 75
D-14129 Berlin

 
For the Studentenwerk housing option, we will send you the address of your accommodation via e-mail about two weeks before your rental contract starts at the latest. We often receive this information very late ourselves and will forward it to you as soon as we are informed by the Studentenwerk.

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Student residences in Berlin are not administrated by the universities themselves but by an independent organization - the Studentenwerk Berlin, which is responsible for 36 student dormitories in the various districts of Berlin. This means that we, the ERG Universitätsservice GmbH, are not in the position to personally allocate or guarantee international students a room.

Your application for Studentenwerk rooms will go through an in-house placement process at Studentenwerk which the ERG Universitätsservice GmbH is not involved in. Therefore, we cannot guarantee you a placement in the specific dorm of your choice. We only act as an intermediary between you and the Studentenwerk Berlin and have no influence on the placement process.

Exchange students of Freie Universität Berlin are placed only in the dormitory Goerzallee and the dormitory Halbauer Weg, as these dorms are not too far away from the campus. The commute from Goerzalle to the campus of Freie Universität Berlin averages 30 minutes by public transportation and from Halbauer Weg about 40 minutes. Usually, rooms are situated in shared apartments („Wohngemeinschaften“/ WG), which means that you have your own room, but share all common areas including kitchen and bathroom with other students of the apartment. Please note that there are no same-sex WGs at the Studentenwerk. The monthly rent depends on facilities, room size and type of dorm.

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If you wish to live with or near friends, please clearly specify this by including their names in the comment field on the online application form. The friend(s) you wish to share with should do the same on their application(s). Our cooperation partners try their best to fulfill these kinds of requests when possible.

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A limited amount of single sex accommodation is available. Please state this request in the comment field on the online application form. Our cooperation partners try their best to fulfill these kinds of requests when possible.

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Yes, upon request we will provide you with the contact details of the according cooperation partner so that you can arrange a visit with them directly.

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Usually you will have to share the bathroom with other students. Only the following options guarantee you a private bathroom: TWENTY FIRST Student Living Apartments and Dahlem Apartments.

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If there is a problem concerning the accommodation itself (e.g. broken equipment), please contact your on-site contact persons or the caretaker directly. Details about your on-site contact person, including their e-mail address, telephone number and office hours, will be provided to you before you arrive.

If the issue is not solved, you can always contact us, and we will try to find an amicable solution for all parties.

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If there is a major problem with your room, you should contact your landlord in order to solve the problem. You will have to work out a solution with the housing administration, as you (will) have signed your rental contract with them. In particularly difficult situations, you can also contact us and we will try to find an amicable solution for all parties.

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Yes, once you have moved in you are responsible for keeping your bedroom clean and tidy. You are also responsible for washing your own dishes and doing your own laundry. Please make sure that the common areas are kept clean as well.

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In this regard please refer to our cancellation policy in our General Terms and Conditions.

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All accommodation options we offer are meant for one person and are therefore furnished with only a single bed. Day-visits and visits for the weekend are usually no problem, but longer visits are not permitted. If you are unsure, you should check with your landlord to avoid problems.


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No, all accommodation options we offer are single-occupancy rooms and it is not permitted to share these rooms with other people.

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Pets of any kind are not allowed.

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The administrative fee is used to cover the administrative work.

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The security deposit will be kept by your landlord (Studentendorf, Studentenwerk, Dahlem Apartments,TWENTY FIRST Student Living Apartments) until you move out. It will be refunded to you directly by your landlord between 6 weeks and 6 months after you moved out, as long as it is not needed to balance other outstanding costs caused by you. You can find further information in our General Terms and Conditions.


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We cannot provide information about the receipt of your rental payment, as it is received by your landlord and only his finance department is authorized to check the account. If your landlord did not receive the payment and outstanding debts have occurred, you will be notified.

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If there is a problem concerning the accommodation itself, please contact your on-site contact persons or the caretaker directly. Details about your on-site contact person, including their e-mail address, telephone number and office hours, will be provided to you before you arrive.

If the issue is not solved, you can always contact us, and we will try to find an amicable solution for all parties.

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You will receive an e-mail with detailed information about the move-in procedure about two weeks before your rental date. For the Dahlem Apartment, Studentendorf Schlachtensee, Studentenwerk and TWENTY FIRST Student Living Apartments options you have to inform the residential administration directly of your arrival time. Please bear in mind, that moving in is only possible from Monday - Friday during the day. Moving in on weekends/holidays/late at night is not possible. The office hours of your accommodation option will be written to you in our information email about 2 weeks prior to your official rental contract begin.


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Students living at Dahlem Apartments, TWENTY FIRST Student Living Apartments, Studentendorf Schlachtensee or Studentenwerk have to contact the residential administration directly in order to arrange a move-out appointment.

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