Application information for international students
Your room in Hamburg

In the 26 houses of the Studierendenwerk Hamburg, up to 50% of the accommodation is available for international students. The proportion of international students at Hamburg's universities is ten percent. Due to the high demand for student housing, you must be prepared for waiting times.

Students who are enrolled at one of Hamburg's state-run universities are eligible for housing, as are visitors to the state-run Studienkolleg and Zentralkolleg, the Conservatory in Blankenese and Bucerius Law School. You can apply for a place to live online.

Important information for exchange and program students
Contingents for short stays

Many students who are only in Hamburg for a short time as part of an exchange program such as "Erasmus" or "Socrates" can obtain a place to live directly. The Studierendenwerk provides the respective university a quota for this purpose.

For further information and to apply, please contact your coordinator in the host or home country or the International Office of the university responsible for you. You can find the International Offices or contact persons of the Hamburg universities on the respective pages:

Service package
The guarenteed place to live at the beginning of your studies

– No more service packages will be awarded for the winter semester 2021/2022 –


Our service package makes it easier for you to start your studies in Hamburg, as you can already organize a place to live in one of our residences from your home country. The housing costs for your stay abroad are thus calculable and you can concentrate fully on your studies upon arrival. Studierendenwerk Hamburg has been offering housing for international students for more than 40 years and has been offering special service packages since 2006.


What does the service package include?

  • Guaranteed place to live 
  • A furnished single room in one of our residence halls
  • Support from the student welcome tutors

What are the requirements?

  • You are an international student or freemover.
  • You would like to organize your study stay in Hamburg already from your home country.
  • You pay the deposit and three months rent in advance when you sign the contract.The minimum rental period is 6 months - the contract cannot be terminated before this period.
  • A certificate of enrolment from a Hamburg university must be presented when you move in.

The number of service packages is limited and allocation is on a first-come, first-served basis. No service packages will be awarded for the winter semester 2021/2022.

Welcome Tutors Program
For a good start in Hamburg

The Welcome Tutor Program and its team of tutors aim to make it easier for international students to get started in Hamburg, to support their integration in the residential complexes and to promote dialogue between international and German students.

The tutors support international students on the first day of move-in, are already approachable before arrival and are always contact persons in the housing complex.

Tenant and application portal

You want to apply for a place in our residential complexes or are already a tenant with us? Then you are in the right place!