Student's Hall of residences run by the AKAFÖ

The first point of contact for students looking for a room is the AKAFÖ. The AKAFÖ runs 19 halls of residence with 4.200 places on offer,(There st 1 Student residence in Gelsenkirchen city ) which are particularly popular with foreign students: they are close to the university, usually furnished and relatively affordable. In seven of the AKAFÖ residences places for disabled students are on offer. There is special accommodation available for families and couples.

Monthly rent varies between about 198,- € (for a room in a shared flat) and 817,- € (flat with a number of rooms), bills of course included. All rooms have a high-speed internet-connection, the costs for which are already included in the rent.

In most residences there are saunas, bars, party-, TV- or sport rooms that offer you plenty of opportunity for spare-time activity and for meeting new people.

Depending on the kind of accommodation you are looking for there is a waiting period ranging form three months to two semesters. Especially at the beginning of the winter semester there is a shortage. If you apply early on, chances of getting a room rise considerably! You can apply for accommodation before being accepted onto a course!


You can apply online or in person at the AKAFÖ:

Akademisches Förderungswerk (AKAFÖ)
Studentisches Wohnen
Studierendenhaus Room SH 062
Universitätsstraße 150
44801 Bochum
Opening hours:
Monday and Tuesday:  9 - 13 h
Thursday:  9 - 13 h and 14 - 17 h

Private student dormitories

In Bochum, there are also some private student dormitories in which foreign students can rent a room. These dormitories are mostly financed by the Protestant or Catholic Church but there are privately owned hostels as well.
If you want to apply for a private dormitory, please do so directly at the particular dormitory administration.

For further information and consultation please contact:

Arbeitsgemeinschaft der Bochumer Studierendenwohnheime in privater Trägerschaft
Haus Michael
Mr. Gerhard Kuriewicz
Laerholzstraße 3
44801 Bochum
Phone 0234/ 7093-0

Spokesmen: Pastor and Dipl.-Ing. Lars Relitz, Evangelisch-Freikirchliches Förderungwerk e.V.
Schlüterweg 2
44799 Bochum
Phone 0234/ 383700

Dormitories of the Technical University of Applied Sciences

The Technical University of Applied Sciences has its own dormitory close to the university (Westhoffstrasse 15). This dormitory offers accommodation to 196 students. It is always two students who share a kitchen and a bathroom. The monthly rent (including heating) amounts to 190,- €off-site link and the deposit is two monthly rents.

For further information please contact:

Wohnungsverwaltung der DMT-LB (dormitory administration)
Ms. Jenny Krziwo
Gebäude 1, room K 020
Herner Straße 45
44787 Bochum
Phone 0234/ 968-32412
Office hours: Tuesday 9:30 - 11:30 a.m. and 3 - 4 p.m.

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