Finding a room and accommodation types in Germany
Once admission is confirmed to study in Germany it is important to start looking for a room as early as possible. Generally, at the beginning of the semester, the demand for student accommodation is more.
The rent covers the highest share of students on monthly budgets, so low – priced accommodation, such as halls of residence is very popular in Germany.
Types of Accommodation
A room in a hostel is the cheapest option. This type can be chosen as single occupancy rooms, rooms for couples or family rooms. Most student hostels have shared kitchen and bathroom. The rooms will be furnished simple and basic.
Shared flats are popular alternatives and involve two or more people sharing a private apartment. It’s a good way to meet people, and the costs are reasonable. You can find vacant rooms online.
Living in a shared flat is the ideal choice, as it allows to enjoy breakfast together at the weekend or to cook together after a day at university. So you quickly make new friends.
A room in a shared flat is often cheaper than renting your own apartment – and is much easier to find. Especially in the semester vacations many shared flat inmates are looking for new flatmates.
A private apartment is almost always unfurnished and tends to be more expensive than other types of accommodation. Incidentally, you will have to pay a deposit when you first rent any flat – assuming you hand it back in good condition, you will have your deposit returned to you. There are also furnished apartments but the owner might charge you extra.
How accommodation for IAS students works?
IAS College organizes accommodations for ICPF students, provided that IAS receives their accommodation request forms at the latest 2 weeks before arrival in Germany. The rent deposit for flats has to be paid immediately when signing the contract. The rent deposit will be a 2 months’ rent. Rent per month usually is 250 Euros. IAS does not offer single rooms. Two women or two men will share one room. The flat can be for 4, 6 or 8 people. Either all male or all female.