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Step 8 - Accommodation

Admission to higher education does not automatically come with an offer of a place in a student residence as is common in other countries. This means that you are responsible for organising your own accommodation. There are different ways of finding a room or an apartment:

Student residences

The University of Duisburg-Essen does not offer places in student accommodation itself. The Studentenwerk is the student services provider responsible for the student residences. You can apply to the Studentenwerk for a place in a student residence even if you have not yet received a letter of acceptance/admission from the University of Duisburg-Essen. The earlier you apply to the Studentenwerk, the better. You make your application for a room online.

Private housing market

You can of course search on the private housing market for a furnished apartment/room or a place in shared accommodation (Wohngemeinschaft or “WG”).

Useful links for your housing search:

http://www.wg-gesucht.de/

http://www.immobilienscout24.de/de/finden/wohnen/index.jsp

http://www.studenten-wohnung.de/

http://waz.immowelt.de/

Important terms when you are looking for an apartment or room:

http://www.uni-due.de/scies/accommodation.shtml#glossary

http://www.uni-due.de/imperia/md/content/diversity/illu_wohnheimwoerterbuch.pdf