The Studentenwerk (student services) will help you find accommodation in Paderborn if required. Your contact person is Mrs Jennifer Spiering: spiering(at)studentenwerk-pb(dot)de; phone: + 49 (0) 5251 89207-680; Fax: + 49 (0) 5251 89207-605.
You will have the choice between a room in the student dormitories, your own apartment, a room in a shared student apartment, or with a family or private person. Please indicate your preference on the registration form when applying for the exchange program.
There are two dormitories on the campus: Vogeliusweg and Peter-Hille-Weg.
Rented rooms include a clothing wardrobe, bed, desk, and chair. They do not include bed linens, pillow, blankets, etc.
Internet: With the IP Address that you receive when you sign your lease agreement you can go online with your laptop computer for free. Please note that there is no Wi-Fi, therefore a connection cable must be brought with you or bought.
Vogeliusweg typically offers shared apartments to students. You will share the kitchen and bathroom with other students.
The price is approximately 275 euros/month (please note that prices might change each semester).
Several hundred students live in Vogeliusweg in a number of buildings that are separated by lawns. In the summer months, students are welcome to have bbqs out there. These dorms are very popular with students; therefore, rooms fill up quickly and availability is limited!
The Hausmeister (caretakers/ janitors) Mr. Leiwen and Mr. Schrameyer have their office in Vogeliusweg 18 and are available during their office hours, Monday to Friday from 8:30 – 9:30 and 13:00am – 14:00pm.
Peter-Hille-Weg offers slightly smaller rooms with an ensuite bathroom.
The kitchen is used by all people living in a hallway and is typically shared with 3-8 other students.
This building is somewhat older, but was recently renovated.
The rent for this accommodation is approximately 240-270 euros/month.
The Hausmeister (caretakers/ janitors) Mr. Trapp and Mr. Denecke have their office in Peter-Hille-Weg 13 and are available during their office hours, Monday to Friday from 9:00 – 9:30 am and 13:30 – 14:30pm.
Further housing possibilities
Wohngemeinschaft (shared student apartment)
Many German students live in a Wohngemeinschaft (shared student apartment) – that is, everyone has a room, most likely equipped with its own furniture, while the bathroom and kitchen are for community use. The rented room that the Studentenwerk offers is most likely from a student that is studying abroad for one or two semesters. There is a good possibility that you will live with German students.
In an apartment you are very independent because you have your own bathroom and your own cooking facilities. The costs are somewhat higher than in a shared student apartment.
Rooms with a family or private person
Living here offers the possibility to live in close contact with Germans who are not students.
In addition to your rent you normally pay a deposit in the amount of an additional month’s rent that you will receive back upon moving out, if in the time of you renting no damage is done to the room.
All rooms in which you are placed are furnished, but are without linens, kitchen appliances, and dishes. Your German Buddy can help you and give you tips about where you can buy all the necessary things for a low price.