How to find accomodation in Halle

The accommodation situation for students is generally difficult in Germany, as cheap accommodation is hard to find. The monthly rent is the biggest item in the monthly expenses. The situation is most difficult in the major cities in western Germany and in the traditional university cities. Fortunately, the situation is more relaxed in eastern Germany, where the average rental prices are lower.

Anyone starting a course in the summer semester will find it easier, as around 80 percent of students start their first semester in winter. So it is important to start the search early on. For the winter semester, your best bet is to start your search in the summer, or at least as soon as you have officially obtained a university place.

Student residences

Student residences are the cheapest accommodation option for students. Different arrangements are available – for example, rooms in shared accommodation or apartments. Rent depends on the furnishings, location and size of the room.

Here is an overview with all informations about student residences in Halle and the rents for 2014.

We recommend all exchange students to apply for a room in one of the student residences. In order to do this, you neet to complete and submit this application.

Shared accommodation

If you don't want to move into a residence, you will need to have a look at the free housing market. Shared accommodation (in German: Wohngemeinschaft, short: WG) is the most popular form of accommodation in this respect. The principle is simple: several individuals share an apartment. Everyone has their own room, while the kitchen and bathroom are shared. Costs, such as the rent, power and the Internet, are shared.

Note that most rooms are leased without furniture. However, some students lease their furnished rooms to other students while they are out of town, for example to study abroad themselves.

The Internet has numerous platforms that can help you find rooms:

www.wg-gesucht.de  (this is the most popular website)

www.studenten-wg.de

www.wgfinden.de

You can also find offers for rooms in shared apartments in Halle on Facebook.

Apartment

If you prefer to live alone, you can also choose to rent your own apartment. This is the most comfortable, but also the most expensive form of accommodation. Those looking for an apartment can use the same options covered in the shared accommodation section. But specialized websites are also available, such as www.immobilienscount24.de, www.immowelt.de, and www.immonet.de. It is also worth buying local newspapers on Wednesdays and Saturdays and reading the advertisements for accommodation. Particularly older landlords use newspapers to rent out their apartments. It may also be helpful to place your own request in a newspaper instead of just responding to advertisements.

Note that most apartements are leased without furniture!

Temporary solution

If you don't get a room in one of the student residences and can't find a room in a shared apartment you might want to consider staying in a hostel for a certain time. There are two hostels in Halle, Hostel No.5 and Jugendherberge Halle

Maybe someone also has a couch free for a couple of days. You can find more information at www.couchsurfing.org or www.bewelcome.org.