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A book reading in auditorium G

Photo: Paderborn University, Adelheid Rutenburges

Demonstration during a lecture in the “Audimax”

Photo: Paderborn University, Adelheid Rutenburges

Studying in the O building

Photo: Paderborn University, Adelheid Rutenburges

The foyer with the Service Center


The Studierendenwerk (student services) will help you find accommodation in Paderborn, if required. Your contact person is Mr. Kinan Kandalaft:; 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 in the online registration form when applying for the exchange program.

Student accommodations

There are two main dormitories on campus: Vogeliusweg and Peter-Hille-Weg.

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 often share the kitchen and bathroom with other students.

The price is approximately 275 - 295 Euros/month (however, please note that prices are subject to change).

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 Mr. Schrameyer (caretakers/ janitors) has his offices in Vogeliusweg 18 and is available during his office hours, Monday to Friday from 8:30 – 9:30 and 13:00am – 14:00pm.


Peter-Hille-Weg offers small, single appartments with an ensuite bathroom and own cooking facilities.

The rent is approximately 305 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 13:00 – 14:00pm. 

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.

The city of Paderborn and shopping opportunities

Paderborn is found in Germany in the most densely populated federal state: Northrhine - Westfalia (NRW).

With almost 140,000 inhabitants, Paderborn has developed into a young and modern city in the heart of northwest Germany that at the same time has preserved its history and traditions. This has given rise to an interesting contrast.

Culturally, Paderborn has a lot to offer: there is a theater, music events, museums, art galleries, and cinemas, as well as sports events and other free time activities. The culinary offerings range from traditional cooking to cozy student pubs, bars, and bistros.

As city excursions, trips to Osnabrück, Soest, Munster and the Ruhrgebiet are recommended, as well as Dusseldorf, Bonn und Cologne.

Paderborn offers many shopping possibilities, for example:

  • The inner city
  • The Südring-Center (large shopping mall)
  • Foreign food markets (Asian, Indian, Turkish) scattered around the city

Please note: on Sundays and holidays all stores are closed!

Health Insurance

Health insurance is a requirement for all students to be able to enroll for studies in Germany!

Students from EU countries who are already insured in their home country are not required to obtain additional insurance in Germany. If you are from the EU, please bring your certificate of health insurance or the European Health Insurance Card with you to prove that you are insured sufficiently for the entire duration of your stay. We will make a copy of the card for our records.

Students from Non-EU countries who would like to study in Germany usually need to take out a German health insurance to be able to study in Paderborn. Travel insurance (insurance that in most cases is often taken out in order to be able to enter Germany on a visa) is unfortunately not sufficient. If you are from a Non-EU country you therefore need to take out an additional German public or private insurance to cover your stay in Paderborn.

Examples of public insurances are companies such as Techniker Krankenkasse or AOK. They are two of Germany's largest insurance providers and both have offices on our campus which makes it easy to deal with any questions that might arise after your arrival. For further information, please visit their website and contact them directly with any questions you might have: or

The costs for public insurances are around 80 EUR per month, depending on the service and provider you choose. In all cases we recommend securing full insurance protection that includes treatment of chronic illnesses, long-term hospital stays, etc. 

Liability insurance in addition to health insurance coverage is recommended to all students for their stay in Germany.


Finances and Costs

First, the good news: at the University of Paderborn, no tuition fees are paid!

Exchange students have the option to buy a semester ticket. Other fees do not have to be paid.

When you arrive in Paderborn it is important that you have enough cash at your disposal to be able to budget the first week. After your arrival, you will normally have to pay the deposit for you room, the semester ticket (about 180 euros), and possibly for health insurance as well. You must also buy flatware and linens if necessary. If you want to take part in a DSH course, you must also figure in the (reduced) course fees. On average you can estimate monthly costs of at least 600-700 euros; a better estimate is 800 euros with extra costs such as travel and other activities.

In the following you should get a general idea how much it will cost you to live and study in Paderborn. The average expenses in a month can be budgeted as follows:

Rent 250 Euro - 340 Euro
Food 150 Euro - 250 Euro
Free time 100 Euro - 150 Euro
Miscellaneous (books, clothing, travel) 120 Euro - 180 Euro
Total 610 Euro - 920 Euro


As a student you have the possibility to sign up for university sports.

The University of Paderborn has a large fitness studio, a running track, a golf course, and tennis courts. Unisport offers a variety of sport styles and courses. Most of these courses are free. All courses require a registration (at the beginning of the semester, that is, the beginning of April or October). For many courses one must register themselves very early, because they can be booked very quickly. Some of the offered courses are for example American football, soccer, tennis, weight lifting, aerobics, and (ski) gymnastics. The courses are a lot of fun and offer an opportunity to make contacts with other students. Other than that there are numerous offerings outside of the university: there is a large sports park called the “Ahorn Sportpark” with an indoor and outdoor track field, on which one can play squash, participate in aerobics courses, table tennis, and volleyball. A swimming pool as well as an outdoor pool can be found outside of the city center. Furthermore there are numerous fitness studios. The Sportclub Paderborn (SCP) plays in the 2nd German football league. It is a great opportunity to visit one of the games here in Paderborn (

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