Accommodation in a student residence hall

The Studierendenwerk (Student Association) runs most of the student residence halls which are available to the students of the University of Duisburg-Essen. If you want  to rent a room in one of the residence halls, you should apply as early as possible. As the demand for rooms in a student residence hall is usually higher than the number of rooms on offer, you usually need to be placed on a waiting list at first. There is unfortunately no guarantee that you are provided a room upon at the time of your arrival. In that case you need to look for accommodation on the private housing market.

Rooms at the student residence halls:


Rent per month

approximately 280 €

Safety deposit

600 €
The deposit has to be paid at the same time you accept the room offer from the Studentenwerk.

Accomodation type

Single rooms (usually in a shared apartment with 2 - 4 other people)
Single flat
Double flat


Furnished and unfurnished
You need to bring own bedding & crockery

Application deadlines

15th July (for the following winter term)
15th January (for the following summer term)
Better earlier!

Rental terms

Rooms are rented semester-wise (period of 6 months
from 1st October to 31st March or
from 1st April to 30th September

All rooms have internet connection.


To all new students:

Please use the online application!


Application process

In your application for a room you can detail whether you want to live in a residence hall in Duisburg or Essen. However, you cannot chose the residence hall. Following your application, the Studierendenwerk informs you whether they can offer you a room from the start date you requested or whether you are on the waiting list. Please note that, in case the Studentenwerk is able to offer a room for you, you are expected to accept the offer unless you want to look for an accommodation on the private housing market. You do not receive an alternative room offer from the Studierendenwerk if you reject the first room offer.

Contact Studierendenwerk

Studierendenwerk in Essen
Reckhammerweg 1
45141 Essen
Tel.: +49 201/ 8 2010 - 111
Fax: +49 201/ 8 2010 - 109

Office hours:
Monday 10 am - 1 pm
Tuesday 1 pm - 3:30 pm

Private housing market

There are various websites in the internet which publish advertisements on room offers. Below you find a list of websites which particularly address students advertising apartments as well as flat sharing. You can also easily post your own advertisement.


Accommodation pin board of the Student Council (AStA):
Link to: Service > Wohnungsbörse


Webforum of the University of Duisburg-Essen:

Advertisements on free rooms can be found under different categories, e.g.:

  • Category “Sonstiges” > “Pinnwände” > “Wohnungsbörse”
  • Category „Erstsemester“ > „Soziales und Kontakte"
  • Category „International Office (AAA)“ > „Living and Housing“

Further links &

Housing companies

LEG Wohnen NRW GmbH
Im Schlenk 137
47055 Duisburg
Tel.: +49 (0)203/ 997 – 73-25                                                                
Fax: +49 (0)203/ 9977350
Contact: Mrs.Melanie Anhalt   
Link to: Wohnen > Mieten > Wohnungssuche
Business hours:
Monday- Wednesday: 9.00 a.m. - 3.30 p.m.
Thursday: 9.00 a.m. - 6.00 p.m.
Friday: 9.00 a.m. – 1.00p.m.
Small apartments: 22-30 sqm, monthly rent between 187 € and  268 € 

Duisburg Zentral
Haus Lattarulo
Danziger Str. 26
Tel.: +49 (0) 203 / 370429
Fax: +49 (0) 203 / 370333
Monthly rent: 250 € - 370 € (furnished (single) apartments and shared apartments)

Kommunale Wohnvermittlungsstelle
Schwanenstr. 5-7, Room 120, 47049 Duisburg
Tel.: 0203/ 283-2900/ - 2911
Opening hours: Monday – Friday, 8.30 – 12.00; 14.00 – 15.30 hrs
The Kommunale Wohnvermittlungsstelle provides assistance to find an apartment. A one-time fee of 11 € is charged in order to receive a weekly list of apartments on offer.

Immeo Wohnen Service GmbH
Essener Str. 66, 46047 Oberhausen
Tel.: 0208/ 970640, Fax: 0208/ 97064 255
Apartments in Duisburg and Essen. On request the apartments can be furnished.


Evonik Immobilien GmbH
Rellinghauser Str. 7
45128 Essen
Tel.: +49 201 177-06
Fax: +49 201 177-4128
Contact form here

GEBAG, Duisburger Gemeinnützige Baugesellschaft AG
Tiergartenstr. 24/26, 47053 Duisburg
Tel.: 0203/ 6004-133/ -136/ -142

GE-WO-GE Duisburg-Ruhrort
Jahnstr. 32, 47119 Duisburg
Tel.: 0203/ 809180
Business hours:
Monday, Tuesday, Thursday: 7.30 a.m. – 4.30 p.m.
Wednesday:  7.30 a.m. – 2.00 p.m.
Friday: 7.30 – 12.30 a.m.

Varia-Bau AG  Co. KG
Duisburger Str. 429
45478 Mülheim an der Ruhr
Tel.: +49 (0)208/ 5805105
Fax: +49 (0)203/ 5805108
Link to: Vermietung > Wohnimmobilien (or  > Mietangebote)
Business hours:
Monday - Thursday 8.00 a.m. - 6.00 p.m.
Friday: 8.00 a.m. – 3.00 p.m. 

Wohn- und Geschäftsbau Ruhr GmbH
Grundstücks-KGBau- und Betreuungs-KG
Böningerstr. 35
47051 Duisburg
Tel.: +49 (0)203/ 28107 3
Fax: +49 (0)203/ 281075

Appartments at Duisburger Straße 451 and 480
Tel.: 0175/ 1262027, Fax: 0208/ 740 4272
Contact: Mr. Kamper
Monthly rent: ca. 200 €, 150 € one-time administration fee

Private residence halls

Studentenwohnheim “Adolph Kolping”
Dellplatz 7, 47051 Duisburg
Tel.: 0203/ 20179
Residence hall with 125 furnished rooms, monthly rent: 145 € including internet

Privates Wohnheim
Holteistr. 12 – 14, 47057 Duisburg
Tel.: 0203/ 356602
Contact: Mr. Michael Langemann
Residence hall with 76 furnished rooms, monthly rent: 290 € including internet

 in Essen:

Facebook groups

In order to get in touch with local and other visiting students on facebook: (Erasmus Exchange Duisburg-Essen)

There are also several accommodation groups on facebook: (apartment search in Duisburg) 


All over the university there are blackboards where you can put your ads. This is an excellent way to directly reach other students who are looking for tenants.


The Mitwohnzentrale (flat-sharing agency) assists in finding shared accommodation. Note that a the agency is eligible for a fee on your monthly rent.

MWZ Mitwohnzentrale Immobilien GmbH
Ruhrorter Straße 67-69
47059 Duisburg
Tel.: +49 (0)203 19430
Fax: +49 (0)203 315818
Link to: Für Mieter > Vermittlungsauftrag


Local newspapers also include advertisements for appartments and rooms. In “Westdeutsche Allgemeine Zeitung” (WAZ), „Neue Ruhr-Zeitung“ (NRZ) and „Rheinische Post“ (RP) you find accommodation ads especially in the Wednesday and Saturday edition. You can buy these local newspapers at any bookstall. In addition, you should consult the local advertising journals “Stadtpanorama” and “Wochenanzeiger” on Saturday. These journals are distributed for free to all households in Duisburg.


As a student, you have a right to a Wohnberechtigungsschein (WBS), a voucher which authorises you to apply for a flat subsidised by the city. After you have received your residence permit, you can apply to the housing department at the district office („Bezirksamt“, department „Wohnungswesen“) for a WBS. You should enclose an income tax return with your application which shows that your annual income does not exceed  12.000 €. 

You can apply for a WBS in the following offices:

Amt für Soziales und Wohnen
Schwanenstraße 5-7
47051 Duisburg
Telefon: 0203-94000
Fax: 0203-283 4108
Opening hours: Monday - Thursday 8 a.m. – 4 p.m., Friday 8 a.m. - 1 p.m.

Einwohneramt Essen – Abt. Wohnungsangelegenheiten
Hollestr. 3 (Gildehof), 45121 Essen
Opening hours: Monday – Friday: 8 a.m. – 1 p.m., Thursday also: 2 – 6 p.m.

Sharing an apartment (Wohngemeinschaften – WG) (platform for flat sharing & small apartments) (platform for flat sharing & small apartments) (platform for flat sharing & small apartments) (platform for flat-sharing & apartments)

Hostels or cheaper hotels

in Duisburg: (Airbnb Duisburg) (youth hostel) (youth hostel) (affordable hotel)

Maybe someone also has a couch free for a couple of days. You can find more information at

in Düsseldorf (12 min. by train to Duisburg): (hostel) (youth hostel)

in Essen (also 12 min. by train to Duisburg): (affordable hotel)

We kindly recommend you to look for rooms and shared flats in cities around Duisburg e.g. Mülheim a.d. Ruhr, which is only 10 mins. by tram. Also, Essen is only 12 mins. by train to Duisburg and there is also a shuttle from Campus Essen to Duisburg (and back) running every hour:!


Accommodation glossary

The accommodation glossary lists the most common vocabulary that you will come across in advertisements for apartments and flat sharing.


One room apartment


Old building


Bath tub






Date when you move in your apartment or room




Gas heating


See "Warmmiete"



Before you move in a new apartment or room you have to pay a deposit. The deposit usually amounts to twice or thrice "Kaltmiete". You get the deposit back after you move out unless you are responsible for damages done to the apartment or room.





refers to the rent you pay for the use of the rooms. It does not refer to further costs such as water, heating, etc.


Furnished: Usually an advertisement for a furnished apartment or room (you would receive a list of furniture that is included).



costs which you have to pay to your landlord in addition to the rent for room use ("Kaltmiete"). These costs usually include charges for water, waste, heating, etc. You pay the "Nebenkosten" on fixed monthly rate. However, at the end of each year your actual consumption of water, heating etc. will be accounted for. Depending on your consumption you may get money back or you need to make a supplementary payment.

Sonstige Kosten

Miscellaneous costs



Most apartments or rooms are unfurnished. Please note that this is in most cases not explicitly mentioned in an advertisement. Unfurnished apartments neither include furniture nor kitchen facilities (oven, sink, etc.).



refers to all the costs that you have to pay to your landlord ("Kaltmiete" + "Nebenkosten"). Before you sign a rental agreement you should check which costs are included in the "Nebenkosten". Usually you need to anticipate further costs for electricity, telephone and internet.


Washing machine



Flat sharing

Living in a WG is usually cheaper than getting an own apartment and many students like to live in a WG for the company of their flat mates. However, you should note that there are different kinds of WGs. A WG can be a group of friends who decide to share a flat, but it is not unusual that students share a flat just for the sake of saving on the rent. Therefore it is not unusual that you can get a room in a WG even though you hardly know your flat mates. If you prefer a WG with friends, you might consider searching for an apartment with some of your study colleagues.


Central heating


Size of room


Zwei Zimmer, Küche, Bad

Abbreviation for a two room flat.


Interim tenancy which is limited to a certain period. Many students advertise their room for an interim tenancy when they spend a semester abroad.



Upper floor



Ground floor



A voucher which authorises you to apply for a flat subsidised by the city