Looking for a suitable and reasonably priced accommodation is not easy, especially from another country, and tends to be more successful when you are not pressed for time. It is advisable to start looking as soon as possible, and before you come to Germany.
If you prefer to look for a permanent accommodation after your arrival in Bielefeld, there are various ways of looking once you get here.
You can also look for accommodation on the internet under:
Bielefeld University offers its international visitors several attractive accommodation options. If you are interested in a university apartment, you should get in touch with the contact person as soon as possible, as the capacities of the guesthouses are limited. Usually, there is no possibility in getting flat/room at the student residence for doctoral candidates (only very short time and with great luck).You will find a list of contacts and links below.
Until you find suitable accommodations, you could temporarily stay in a hotel or a less expensive guesthouse for younger people. Bielefeld University has negotiated special conditions with these hotels. (Please ask the university to make reservations for you).
For a further list hotels, go here to the official City of Bielefeld website.
The Jugendgästehaus (guesthouse for young people) is run by the German Youth Hostel Association (Deutsche Jugendherbergswerk). Single rooms can also be booked for several nights. To find out about availability and prices, please contact (and ask for the special price as a university guest):
Holiday flats and private rooms make for a third temporary solution. The City of Bielefeld offers a list of rooms and apartments on their website.
You can find detailed information on how to look for accommodation and what you need to pay attention to when signing a lease (Mietvertrag) on the Internet pages of the
If you are having difficulties with your landlord, you can obtain advice and support - for a fee - and information pamphlets on renting, rental contracts, and so forth from the following addresses:
Mieterbund Ostwestfalen-Lippe e.V.
|Abbreviation||What it Means|
|2-Zi-Whg||2 Zimmerwohnung = 2-room apartment|
|3 ZKB||3 Zimmer mit Küche und Bad = 3 rooms plus kitchen and bathroom|
|450 Euro + NK||450 Euro Kaltmiete + Nebenkosten = 450 Euro basic rent plus utility charges|
|DG, EG, OG||Dachgeschoss, Erdgeschoss, Obergeschoss = top floor (attic), ground floor, upper floor|
|Du||Dusche = shower|
|kalt, KM||Kaltmiete = basic rent (without utility charges)|
|KB||Küche, Bad = kitchen, bathroom|
|MM||Monatsmiete = monthly rent|
|RH||Reihenhaus = terraced house|
|TG||Tiefgarage = underground garage|
|warm, WM||Warmmiete = complete rent including all utility charges|