Are you new at Ulm University of Applied Sciences and looking for a centrally located, reasonably-priced place to live? Whether in Ulm or Neu-Ulm, there are many options for finding halls of residence, rooms or flats.
Due to the high employment density, the three universities and our central location between Munich and Stuttgart, the demand for accommodation in Ulm and Neu-Ulm has been increasing continuously. This means that accommodation is in short supply and is highly sought-after. This applies particularly before the start of the semester. We therefore recommend that you start looking for a room or a flat as early on as possible.
Because there is a lot to think about when you are looking for a place to live and moving to a new area, we have put together the most important information and addresses for you on the subject of accommodation, moving house and local transport in Ulm. You can get more information and support in your search for accommodation from the Studierendenwerk Ulm (Students' Union).
Student halls of residence
The Students' Union student halls of residence offer particularly suitable and reasonably-priced accommodation. They have different layouts, locations and facilities. Suitable accommodation is also offered for students with children and for students with disabilities.
There is no application deadline or close of applications for student halls of residence. Therefore, we advise you to apply as early as possible in order to get a room in one of the halls of residence. You can find detailed information on the halls of residence in Ulm, as well as an online application form, at the Studierendenwerk (Students' Union).
If you would prefer to live in a private flat or have a room in a shared house, you can always seize the initiative and look for a room or flat on the private rental market.
The Studierendenwerk Ulm (Students' Union) can also offer you support with this. The housing referral service there is free for both private landlords and those seeking accommodation. The latest flats and rooms on offer are published in the Studierendenwerk's Private Accommodation File, which is updated daily.
If you do not (or no longer) receive a BAföG grant, you have the option of applying for financial assistance or housing benefit. You can find out more detailed information from the appropriate housing benefit authority or from the Studierendenwerk Ulm (Students' Union).
Even students are obliged to pay a ARD/ZDF/Deutschlandradio contribution. Registering/changing address can be done easily online. If you do receive a BAföG grant, you can get yourself exempted from paying the TV and radio licensing fee.
Registering with the relevant authorities
You need to register at the registration office (Einwohnermeldeamt) within a week of your arrival in town. The documents you need for this are your ID card/passport, certificate of registration at the university, proof of health insurance, two biometric passport photos, evidence of sufficient funds (e.g. grant certificate, payslips from your part-time job or a declaration from your parents about how much money they are going to give you each month) and the rental contract for your accommodation. If you have a car and change your main address, you must also register your vehicle at your local vehicle registration office (KFZ-Zulassungsbehörde).
In Germany, as a student, you are required to have health insurance. You will need a certificate of insurance from your health insurance company in order to register at Ulm University of Applied Sciences. Before starting your studies, please find out whether you are still on your parents' family health insurance, or what your insurance situation is.
Sample rental contract
Once you have found a room or a flat and have the agreement of the landlord, you will both sign a rental contract which is legally binding for you and your landlord. The German Tenants' Association (Deutsche Mieterbund) provides a sample rental contract for this. This provides a safety net for you and your landlord.
You should also consider setting up a forwarding request with the Deutsche Post AG (if your previous address was in Germany). This means your post will be automatically sent on from your previously registered address to your new address.
Ulm University of Applied Sciences has good connections to local and national transport infrastructure. The Donau-Iller-Nahverkehrsbund-GmbH (DING) organizes local public transport in and around Ulm. With your student ID card, you can travel for free on public transport throughout the entire DING region, on weekdays from 6 pm and all day at the weekend or on public holidays.
Students can travel on trams and buses between the stops "Ulm Universität Süd" and "Ulm Technische Hochschule" all day long, without having to pay extra. Here, too, your student ID card is valid as a ticket.
When you start the first semester of your studies at Ulm University of Applied Sciences and register your main residence as being in Ulm, you will receive a semester ticket for the DING region, free of charge. For all subsequent semesters, you will have to pay for your DING semester ticket – which is valid for one semester. You can purchase a semester ticket at the till in the Prittwitzstrasse Cafeteria, or from the Service Center Neue Mitte (SWU traffiti) in Ulm city center. You can find all other information about transport and the DING local and regional transport network at DING Ulm.
If you need to commute beyond the boundaries of the DING network, the neighboring public transport companies offer inexpensive connecting semester tickets:
Find out more from the Studierendenwerk Ulm (Ulm Students' Union) website.