We closely work together with three different housing providers (landlords) who offer several types of accommodation:
Detailed information on each accommodation option can be found on our website.
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.
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.
The German word “Wohngemeinschaft” (WG for short) refers to a living arrangement in which several tenants share an apartment. Every tenant has their 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).
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.
No. All accommodation options are self-catering. Kitchens are equipped with cabinets, fridges and cooking facilities so that you can prepare your own meals.
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:
TWENTY FIRST Student Living Apartments:
No, utility costs (gas, electricity, water) are included in the rent.
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.
Depending on your accommodation option, your landlord is either the Studierendenwerk Berlin, the TWENTY FIRST Student Living Apartments or the Studentendorf Schlachtensee eG.
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.
For historical reasons there is no conventional city center in the geographical center of Berlin as in other major cities. Rather, there are several smaller centers in the various districts as well as the bigger shopping areas around Bahnhof Zoo and Kurfürstendamm in the West and around Alexanderplatz and Hackescher Markt in the East. From your accommodation to both those larger centers you will need between 40-50 minutes by public transportation.
The center clostest to the campus and your accommodations is in Steglitz around Schloßstraße. This shopping area can be reached by public transportation within 25-30 minutes (bus/U-Bahn/S-Bahn stop „Rathaus Steglitz“).
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 and the TWENTY FIRST Student Living Apartments are fully equipped, including all necessary cooking utensils. The kitchens in Studierendenwerk 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 Studierendenwerk Berlin does 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 and at the TWENTY FIRST Student Living Apartments 100 cm x 200 cm.
The dormitories of Studierendenwerk offer the possibility to purchase a so called "Sleep well" package at the dormitories’ administration offices for an additional fee. This contains duvet, pillow, sheet and duvet and pillow covers. For Studentendorf and Studierendenwerk please do not forget to bring your own towels.
The Studierendenwerk Berlin doesn’t offer internet access in the accommodations because this does not belong to the standard housing facilities in Germany. However, all students will have access to the computer labs and the Wi-Fi network available on campus. In addition, there are many affordable internet cafés in Berlin, as well as cafés that offer free wireless for their customers.
You can arrange an individual contract with a telecommunication company to get access to internet. There are different telephone companies in Germany and quite a wide range of different offers, but most contracts run for several months (usually 24 months). Therefore, please pay close attention to the details of the contract so that you are not bound for too long, as it might be difficult to terminate the contract prematurely.
Another solution is to purchase a “surfstick” - a USB-stick-like modem that allows you to connect to the internet via cell phone networks. Many cell phone providers have surfstick options, but only some have prepaid options without a minimum contract duration. Also, there are data volume restrictions and the stick itself can be quite expensive (50-70€), so make sure to go over terms and conditions carefully.
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.
For the TWENTY FIRST Student Living Apartments and Studentendorf Schlachtensee housing options you will already know the address and location before the reservation:
TWENTY FIRST Student Living Apartments
Breite Str. 42
Studentendorf Schlachtensee eG
For the Studierendenwerk 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 Studierendenwerk.
Student residences in Berlin are not administrated by the universities themselves but by an independent organization - the Studierendenwerk 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 Studierendenwerk rooms will go through an in-house placement process at Studierendenwerk 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 Studierendenwerk 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 Studierendenwerk. The monthly rent depends on facilities, room size and type of dorm.
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 an accommodation with should do the same on their application(s). Our cooperation partners try their best to fulfill these kinds of requests when possible.
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.
Yes, upon request we will provide you with the contact details of the cooperation partner so that you can arrange a visit with them directly.
Usually you will have to share the bathroom with other students. Only the TWENTY FIRST Student Living Apartments guarantee a private bathroom.
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.
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.
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.
In this regard please refer to our cancellation policy in our General Terms and Conditions.
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. The only exception is the TWENTY FIRST Student Living Apartments. Besides a single bed, a day bed is provided. Therefore it is possible, that 2 people can stay there when paying an additional fee.
No, all accommodation options we offer are single-occupancy rooms and it is not permitted to share these rooms with other people.
The administrative fee is used to cover the administrative work.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.