Accommodation and services

Hamburg is Germany's second-largest city and a great place to live. We want to make sure you have an enjoyable semester or year with us and provide you with different services to help you settle in. On this page you can find information about accommodation, our weBuddy programme, public transport, learning German and other things to do on campus as well as links to the arrival guide and our online student administration system.

Accommodation

Student halls of residence

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Flat-sharing

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Youth hostels in Hamburg

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weBuddy Programme

With our weBuddy programme we welcome our new international guest students and support them at the start of their studies in Hamburg. The programme starts with the Welcome Week(s), which includes lots of fun events to help you get to know the other exchange students, the university and the city. We also have events, parties and excursions during the semester.

When you register to study at HAW Hamburg, you can also sign up for a 'buddy'. Our HAW Hamburg students volunteer as buddies. They collect you from the airport or train station and bring you to your hall of residence. They help you with registration, opening a bank account and sorting out any paperwork – everything that is difficult in a foreign language and city. They will introduce you to your department and help with questions during the semester. Your buddy is your first friend at HAW Hamburg and will make sure you get off to a good start.

Semester ticket

Exchange students pay a semester contribution when they enrol at HAW Hamburg. As part of this fee you receive a public transport ticket, which allows unlimited travel on Hamburg's underground trains (U-Bahn, S-Bahn) and buses. You will find the system very easy to use and a great way to get around the city and to the university campus locations. Get the HVV app, so you always know how to get places and home again.

German classes

HAW Hamburg offers free German classes for international students. There are classes from A1 (total beginners) to B2 (advanced) level. Students can register for a class at the beginning of the semester, in September or March. For more information and registration.