That is why if you decide to apply for a room in a Studentenwohnheim (let`s learn some new words today :)) you’ll probably be on the waiting list for 3-6 months before even getting a chance to get a room.
(Spoiler: I was lucky to get the room in the dormitory almost immediately, so I moved into a dorm immediately after coming to Germany).
Before coming to Germany, I had no idea about the existence of such websites as or , where you can find a room or an apartment for rent. Therefore, first, I was considering the dormitories offered by my university – it seemed to be the most obvious solution.
Spoiler: I was lucky to get the room in the dormitory almost immediately, so I moved into a dorm immediately after coming to Germany.
I contacted my Uni and they gave me the contact details of students who were looking for new neighbors in dormitories.
Therefore, I had to get in contact with those students on my own and discuss with them the possibility to move in. To be honest, I did not expect that I still had to go through so-called «interviews» with other students and that I had to be «approved» by them.
I had couple of Skype-interviews with several students, but unfortunately, they did not choose me. But finally, I got an approval! I was very happy that I managed to find something
Obviously, there are different types of dorms in Germany, meaning different kinds of accommodation. I used to live in a so-called WG («Wohngemeinschaft» or shared flat) where 2–4 people live together, share a kitchen and bathroom, but each have their own private room.
I had my own room, so I could have privacy anytime I wanted it. My 3 roommates (2 Germans and 1 Turkish guy) never had any issue with my friends coming over and sitting in the common area. I never really hung out with my roommates as we all really kept to ourselves but I never had any problems with them. There were also those roommates in some WGs who hung out all the time – it depends.
Some important notes about student dorms in Germany:
Summing up, living in a student dorm in Germany is a great experience, so if you have a chance to stay in such a dormitory, you can be sure that you will enjoy your time there!