Housing and Transportation
Finding a Room or Dorm
Finding an affordable room can be a challenge for new students in Bonn and especially difficult for international students without sufficient German language skills. The Studierendenwerk Bonn offers subsidized rooms in student residences. Due to an increasing number of students and high demand (e.g. at start of the winter semester), these rooms are booked quite quickly and therefore it is important to search for an accommodation as soon as possible. You can find detailed information on the offered locations of the residence, the amenities, the application procedure, and the rental fee on the website of the Studierendenwerk Bonn/accommodation.
Studierendenwerk Bonn AöR
Abt. Studentisches Wohnen
phone: 0228/ 73 7163
Opening Hours: Mon, Tue, Thu 9:00 – 12:00, Thu. also 2:00 – 4:00 pm.
More information on housing is available here:
If you are not successful in obtaining a room from the Studierendenwerk Bonn, you will have to look for a room on the private market.
- After your arrival in Bonn, the daily papers (General-Anzeiger or Bonner Rundschau or Schnüss or Annonc) offer private apartment ads.
- Information from the University of Bonn about addresses and websites of additional residence halls of private or church-related organizations, housing search engines, and the official websites of a few real estate agents. Please note: Some real estate agencies charge a commission fee.
General tips can be found in this illustrated dictionary.
For rental agreements for the private housing market see: – general advices and important instructions regarding contracts: „All you need to know before signing a rental agreement on private market“ (Just Landed).
Please note that BIGS Neuroscience and the International Office can only provide general information for finding an accommodation, in the end finding housing is the student’s responsibility!
Looking for a vehicle to help with your move? You can rent a van in Bonn via studibus.de to make a move or just to transport bulky items.
Detailed information about the usage of the semester ticket, also called Studiticket (student ID card) is provided by AstA Universität Bonn.
Non-student employees can obtain a JobTicket (public transportation pass) for the Bonn/Cologne area to use until they receive their student cards. The price ranges from 47 € to 72 €, depending on the extent of the area, and is well below the usual cost of public transport. It is entitled to the use of all public transport within the area including buses, trams and trains. More information about the JobTicket (i.e. the exact price, conditions, forms) can be obtained from the institute you are employed at.
The German railway company Deutsche Bahn offers train tickets and timetables for busses and trains. You can look up best connections as well as schedules for long-distance trains and regional public transportation on their website or use the DB App (available in AppStore).
SWB Bus und Bahn is the regional provider for public transportation in Bonn. Timetable information and route maps are available on their website and are included in the DB App. SWB Bus und Bahn is part of the transport district Verkehrsverbund Rhein-Sieg (VRS). Prices, terms and conditions, schedules, and route maps are available on the VRS website.