18. In which dormitory (option studierendenWERK Berlin) will I be placed?
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.