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Accommodation and studies

The biggest share of students’ monthly budgets is spent on rent, which is why low-priced accommodation such as halls of residence run by Studentenwerke is very popular.

Suchaufruf nach privaten Zimmerangeboten auf BrötchentütenStudents spend around 298 euros per month on rent. The average monthly rent in halls of residence is 218 euros including all additional costs.

German halls of residence are used by 10 per cent of the student population. By way of comparison, 29 per cent of all German students share flats, 17 per cent live alone in a flat and 20 per cent live with a partner.

Difficult accommodation situation

The student accommodation situation varies from region to region. The most difficult place to find living space is in big cities in western Germany and in traditional university towns. First-year students, students with low incomes and international students face the biggest difficulties finding appropriate accommodation. These groups depend on places in halls of residence.

Deutsches Studentenwerk is calling on the German government and federal states to fund the creation of 45,000 additional places in new halls of residence. It is also necessary to renovate existing halls to avoid losing rooms and living quality through degeneration.

Social mandate

In contrast to investors, Germany’s Studentenwerke, with their more than 1,000 halls of residence, are not interested in profit but instead aim to fulfil their social mandate by being able to offer affordable rents and allocate places according to social need rather than creditworthiness.