Konstanz is a city with an extraordinary high level of living quality and is therefore not only popular among students, but also among families, outdoor-freaks and the elderly. Due to the border to Switzerland and the natural boundaries given by Lake Constance, available housing space is limited, highly demanded and prices are not always moderate. For this reason, it is recommendable to provide enough time for checking all options.
- Living in Seezeit student residences
- Other student residences
- Temporary accommodation
- Private Accommodation
- Accommodation for help
- Living in Switzerland
- Emergency accommodation
- Tricks and advice
The Studentenwerk Seezeit (Student Services) is the biggest provider of student housing in Konstanz and offers more than 1.800 places in their Halls of Residence. These rooms are generally located in single or double flats as well as in smaller and larger shared flats (called Wohngemeinschaften - WGs). Though flats might be shared, it is guaranteed that students get their own room. Due to the great demand, the rooms are allocated randomly. This is why it is important that international degree-seeking students should make sure that they apply for a place in a hall or a dormitory as soon as possible. International exchange students benefit here because they can usually be sure of a guaranteed room as long as they keep application deadlines.
Some of the halls are located close to the city centre and close to the river Rhine, while other accommodation facilities lie directly adjacent to the university. This means that all the halls are well connected to the university and are easy to reach on foot, by bike or by bus. The rents for single and double occupancy flats as well as rooms in shared flats lie between 260 and 350 Euros per month, depending on the room size. In the halls of residence, the flats are furnished.
1. Application for Exchange Students and DAAD-scholarship holders
Students who come to Konstanz within an established exchange programme (ERASMUS etc.) have to apply through the International Office, using the form "Application for Housing”. The form can be downloaded here.
- Essentially, you can only rent accommodation for the specified amount of time given on the Application Form. Those who would already like to move out at the end of February must cancel their rental contract at Seezeit in writing at the latest by 15 December.
- You can only rent a space in the Student Residence for a maximum of 2 semesters; should you stay longer, please start looking for private accommodation early and/or apply directly online to Seezeit Studentenwerk Bodensee. The Seezeit Online Application can be done at any time on the Internet under the following web address: www.seezeit.com/en/index.html (Accommodation)
The application can only be accepted if the fully completed Application Form has been received in the International Office on time, i.e. on the following dates:
Winter Semester: 15 May
Summer Semester: 15 November
Similarly, the deposit amounting to 550 Euros must have been received by this deadline as well. Please transfer the payment (bank transfer) to:
|Recipient Account:||Seezeit Studentenwerk Bodensee|
|IBAN:||DE79 69050001 0000 040709|
|BIC:||SOLA DE S1 KNZ|
|Bank code:||690 500 01|
When the deposit has been repaid, a flat-rate administrative sum of 50 Euros will be retained so that only 500 Euros are returned after leaving the flat or cancelling / terminating the contract and if the flat is in good condition.
2. Application for Degree-Seeking Students and Free-Movers
International degree-seeking students as well as Free-movers apply directly online to Seezeit Studentenwerk Bodensee. The Seezeit Online Application can be done at any time on the Internet under the following web address: www.seezeit.com/Wohnen (Accommodation)
If you have any questions relating to the application process, please send these to Seezeit Studentenwerk Bodensee. e-mail-Address: studentisches.wohnen[at]seezeit.com (Accommodation)
Accommodation with seezeit will be randomly allocated due to the high demand, i.e. not every international student can be offered a place. Please consider alternative options from the beginning.
If a place is available, you will receive a confirmation of reservation by seezeit. This will be sent to you on the following dates:
|Winter Semester:||Moving In on 1 September:||as from 1 August|
|Moving In on 1 October:||as from 1 September|
|Sommersemester:||Moving In on 1 March:||as from 1 February|
|Moving In on 1 April:||as from 1 March.|
We regret that we cannot answer any questions or queries before these dates.
Please Note: You can only move in on a working day (i.e. from Monday to Friday) and only during the opening hours specified on the Reservation Confirmation. If you travel / arrive on any other times, please be sure to make arrangements for alternatives (temporary accommodation).
Those who so wish can borrow bedding, bed linen, pillow cases, duvets and/or quilt covers for 15 Euros from Seezeit Studentenwerk Bodensee. If not, please be sure to bring your own bed linen sheets and covers or purchase it here. Towels are not provided so please bring your own or buy some in Konstanz.
Student residences of private providers More
The Humboldt-Institut is a private language school close to the campus with a student residence hall. Rooms in this hall are also offered to non-language school participants if available. There are single and double rooms which you can rent per week/month. Including cafeteria, no cooking facilities.
If you obtain a place in a student residence, but are unable to arrive during opening hours, you need to make arrangements for temporary accommodation. You have the following affordable options:
Konstanz Youth Hostel
Deutsche Jugendherberge (DJH)
Zur Allmannshöhe 16
Tel.: +49 (0) 75 31/3 22 60 | Fax: +49 (0) 75 31/3 11 63
e-mail: info[at]jugendherberge-konstanz.de | www.jugendherberge-konstanz.de
- A valid international youth hostel card is required. Youth hostel cards can be bought at the youth hostel.
- Getting there: bus number 4, bus stop “Jugendherberge”. Walk up the hill.
8280 Kreuzlingen (TG)
Tel: +41 71 688 26 63 | Fax: +41 71 688 47 61
e-mail: kreuzlingen(at)youthhostel.ch | youthhostel.ch/kreuzlingen
Getting there: Train station Kreuzlingen Hafen, then 700 m on foot
- Without breakfast, kitchen available.
- Getting there: bus number 2, 3 or 12, bus stop “Fürstenberg”
+ 49 7531 64006
Anfahrt: Bahnhof Wollmatingen | Bushaltestelle Riedstrasse, Linie 6 (Stadt); 11 (Universität)
Aqua Hotel & Hostel
+ 49 7531 12737-0
Hotels within walking distance of the train station
For further hotel information :
Tourist Information Konstanz
Bahnhofplatz 13 | D-78462 Konstanz
Tel.: +49 (0)75 31/900-13 30 30 | Fax: +49 (0)75 31/900-13 30 60
E-mail: info(at)ti.konstanz.de | www.konstanz.de/tourismus
Looking for private accommodation in Konstanz takes time and patience – and luck! It is best to arrive early and look when here. Chances to find a place are significantly higher if you speak in person to the landlord or “WG”.
You may be able to find private offerings
- In the daily local newspaper Südkurier (on Wednesday‘s und Saturday‘s); you can also place your own add for 15 -20 Euro
- Black boards of the university (next to the campus cafe, in front oft he cafeteria stairs and in the entire entrance area)
- Seezeit platform for private housing offers
- Facebook-Wohnen in Konstanz
- Homecompany Konstanz
- Temporary accommodation
- Unterkunftsportal Konstanz Here you may also find holiday flats which will be rented out at regular rates during the winter
- Living in the surroundings of Konstanz. Make use of flat-rate connections with the Studi-Ticket of Stadtwerke Konstanz (free rides on Konstanz busses + ferry) and the VHB upgrade-Studi-Ticket (free train rides to Allensbach, Radolfzell, Singen, Engen, Stockach and even to Tuttlingen and Sigmaringen). More
Particularly in Meersburg, there are lots of holiday flats that are rented out to students during the winter (start-up for one semester).
Please be aware of scam–ads written in the Internet. Possible indications that someone maybe trying to cheat you are:
Therefore, never rent a room without having seen it before.
Gardening, baby-sitting, tidying up, socializing - following the principle of "accommodation for help" students support their landlords and landladies in the household and, in exchange, pay less rent. By this way, one hour help corresponds roughly to a reduction of rent for one square meter. If you are looking for cheaper accommodation and if you are interested in committing yourself socially while appreciating living with locals and lending a hand, this is the right thing for you.
For students of both Konstanz universities and senior citizens, families and people with disabilities. Registrations are coordinated by seezeit - Wohnen für Hilfe.
Living in Switzerland would usually be possible for students with EU-nationality. In any case, you have to apply for a Swiss residence permit.
For international students of the University of Konstanz who are Non-EU citizens, getting a residence permit for living in Switzerland is not possible. Renting a room in Switzerland is therefore no feasible option.
The Studentenwerk seezeit usually provides emergency housing at the beginning of the winter term. Those of you who have arrived in Konstanz already and haven’t found any housing yet will be able to get a low-budget place to sleep – less expensive than a hotel. Please contact Seezeit-Service-Center in the entrance hall of the university.
Campaign: "Do you have a sofa for me?"
The ASTA which is the university student union usually organizes a platform for emergency housing before the winter term starts. Please write an e-mail to firstname.lastname@example.org.
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