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Living in Hamburg

Finding accommodation in Hamburg is difficult. We therefore recommend that you start looking for a place to live in good time. If you have friends or relatives in Hamburg ask them to help.

Halls of residences

Most of the halls of residence in Hamburg are run by the Studierendenwerk Hamburg and offer affordable accommodation for students. Generally, students have their own room in an apartment which they share with other students - bathroom and kitchen are shared. The monthly rent for a room in hall starts at roughly 220 Euro [including heating, water and electricity].

New students can apply at the earliest three months before the start of their degree programme. Further information about the halls of residence as well as the application form can be found on the Studierendenwerk Hamburg Website.

Studierendenwerk Hamburg Service Package
Students can apply for the Service Package, which guarantees a place in a hall of residence and support from student tutors in the halls of residences. Applications can be made online on the Studierendenwerk Hamburg website.

Private halls of residences
Hamburg also has a small number of private halls of residences that also offer value-for-money accommodation for students. You can find a list on the Studierendenwerk Hamburg website.

Flat-sharing (WGs)

Sharing a flat is a popular alternative to a hall of residence in Hamburg. In German it is called WG; short for Wohngemeinschaft. The following websites can help you find students who are looking to share or who are looking for a sublet because they are going abroad for a semester.

HousingAnywhere is a student-to-student internet platform, where students who are going abroad for a semester can sublet their rooms to incoming guest students. The HAW Hamburg has a cooperation with HousingAnywhere and only students with a valid university e-mail address can post their rooms on this platform. This should ensure fair prices, good quality of rooms and no scams, though the HAW Hamburg does not take responsibility for rooms offered and rental contracts are between students.

Other student-to-student accommodation websites: (in German) (in German) (in German)

Youth Hostels

If you need a place to stay for a few days while you look for a room, Hamburg has several cheap options. The hostels offer dorms as well as single rooms:

Youth Hostel "Auf dem Stintfang"
Alfred Wegener Weg 5 (U3 Landungsbrücken - great view of the harbour)
T +49.40.31 34 88

Youth Hostel Horner Rennbahn
Rennbahnstr. 100
T +49.40.65 11 671

Generator Hostel
Steintorplatz 3 (beside main station and 1 stop on the U3 or U2 to Berliner Tor)


Letzte Änderung: 11.07.18

An die Redaktion

If you need support:

The International Office at the HAW Hamburg offers new international students support in finding accommodation. Send us an eMail to io_support(@)

»The student apartment location (Berliner Tor) was very nice. It was on the main campus, near the grocery store and also very close to one of the major transportation terminals.« - William Addison, USA