In Germany, you can either live in a student residence near the campus or you can choose accommodation on the general housing market (e.g. apartment, apartment). To save money, so-called Wohngemeinschaften (WGs) are often set up. These are very popular with students because they can live cheaply and at the same time enjoy the advantages of a large apartment as well as making direct social contacts.
The Studierendenwerk Paderborn offers a variety of different housing options. In order to apply for a room at the student residence, you must first fill out the online form. Since the waiting time could be even more than nine months, you should apply as soon as possible. This is also possible if you have not yet received confirmation of your place in the language course or your letter of admission.
Online application form
The best time to find an apartment is in March and September. At this time most rooms and apartments become available because many students finish their studies and move out. You can find private providers both online and "offline".
You can also find the most important portals of housing exchanges on the site of immobilienportale.de. The site wg-gesucht.de is also popular.
"Offline": On Wednesdays and Saturdays the local newspaper Westfalen-Blatt publishes many real estate ads for Paderborn.
Cost of Living and quality of life in Paderborn according to Numbeo
Important to Know:
If you rent a room or apartment, the landlord will usually require a deposit. The deposit is usually a maximum of 3 months rent (cold). The deposit will be returned to you after you move out, if you leave the room/apartment in a good condition and have paid all monthly rents. Any defect in the room/apartment/flat should be noted on the rental contract.
Registration at the Residents' Registration Office
When you have signed the contract, you will receive a proof of residence certificate from your landlord. This is important so that you can register your new address in the city. For the registration at the residents' registration office you need:
Completed and signed registration form
Copy of passport (page with personal data and page with visa)
Completed proof of residence certificate