Cologne, Germany’s fourth-largest city is an exciting place with lots to offer. Yet its attractiveness can make finding an apartment difficult. The International Office thus strongly recommends that you start looking for a place as soon as possible. You should be devoting your first days in Cologne to other things than hunting for an apartment.
Like the other universities in the city, Cologne University of Applied Sciences has no student residences of its own. Rooms in student residences are assigned by the Studentenwerk, the central institution governing student services in Cologne. The Studentwerk has 86 buildings with some 4,600 rooms. There are apartments, suites for students with children, and handicapped-accessible housing. Considering there are 80,000 or so students at Cologne’s 11 state and private universities, the rooms go quickly, so make sure to apply early. A guide for the application is available for download on the right.
The links on the left will lead you to private market listings. A pointer is the established forum of universities "Housing Anywhere", where private housing supply are placed.
Gummersbach, some 50km east of Cologne, has a more relaxed market. The Cologne Studentenwerk has two residences with 121 rooms. As in Cologne, application is online.
In the USA they call it apartment sharing; in France they call it cohabitation; in Germany they call it Wohngemeinschaft, or WG for short. WGs are good options for saving money. Each person has his or her own room, and shares the rest—bathroom, kitchen, and living room, etc.—with the other flatmates.
Student service in the district town hall Kalk
The city of Cologne, in cooperation with the Cologne Studentenwerk and the universities of Cologne student develops a unique and new service offerings for all students with (new) home in Cologne, which was installed in the district town hall Kalk. International students and scholars can seek advice there regarding residency and registration law issues. More information in the download section right here.