Information for international researchers
Finding housing in Hamburg can be a challenge, especially if you are seeking affordable housing in central neighborhoods. Therefore, you should start considering housing before you arrive.
Universität Hamburg’s Housing Service can help you on your housing search. We can put you in contact with private landlords interested in providing accommodation.
Just use our registration form when you contact us for the first time. This way, we will have all of your data and information at hand. Once you have registered, you can reach us by email.
University Guest Houses
Apartments are available for international researcher at Universität Hamburg in the following guest houses:
- University Guest House (Global Science Foundation) Use the contact form to contact the University Guest House.
- International Housing (Universität Hamburg Marketing GmbH) also runs guest houses. We are happy to contact International Housing for you to see if an apartment is available during your stay.
- The Europa-Kolleg Hamburg guest house is available for stays exceeding 6 months. Use the contact form to contact them.
Our Housing Service is in contact with a few private landlords who provide accommodation to international researchers. If you are registered with us and have duly notified us about the period you are seeking accommodation, we are happy to see if a room or apartment is available. If so, we will send you the landlord’s contact details. Please note that our Housing Service cannot rent or conclude rental contracts on your behalf.
Nor can we ensure that you will be offered a contract. We only facilitate the contact between you and any potential landlords. Of course, we are happy to answer any questions you might have. Unfortunately, we cannot provide any advice on rent or tenancy laws.
Information for enrolled doctoral researchers
International doctoral researchers who are enrolled at the University can apply online for an apartment or room in a residence hall run by the Studierendenwerk Hamburg. Contact the Counselling Centre Accommodation—BeWo. You should apply for a dormitory room in good time. Submitting an application does not guarantee you will get a dorm room.
Universität Hamburg’s Campus Center provides information on living in Hamburg for students and doctoral researchers.
Housing search tips
Because housing demand is high in Hamburg, you should start your search for accommodation as early as possible. It is advisable to respond to as many offers as appeal to you. You must act quickly when looking for accommodation in Hamburg because there are many people looking and attractive apartments go fast.
See the pages of the Hamburg Welcome Center for a lot of helpful housing search tips.
There are various housing portals online and newspapers (e.g., Hamburger Abendblatt) if you are looking to rent an apartment. Here are a few housing portals you can search:
Rooms in shared apartments (“WG” in German) are often an affordable alternative to rental apartments. In shared apartments, you have your own room; and share other rooms such as the kitchen and bathroom with the apartment’s other residents. The number of people in an apartment varies. Here are a few housing portals you can search:
When you first arrive in Hamburg or if you are in the city for only a short period, you should look for a short-term rental. When you search online, use terms such as “Wohnen auf Zeit,” “Zwischenmiete,” and “Kurzzeitmiete,” all of which indicate you are looking for short-term accommodation.
We are also happy to provide information about hostels or hotels with apartments if you are only looking for short-term accommodation.
Beware of fraud! There are various clues, however, to these kinds of offers:
- Your contact does not name a price or is not local (e.g., lives abroad).
- It is not possible to see the room or apartment in advance and you must pay to have a key sent.
- The rent is extremely cheap for the central location of the apartment.
- The apartment has already been given to someone else but, for money, you can get a list of available apartments.
In Germany, it is not standard to pay or provide personal data before you see an apartment.