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"Anyone who proposes to do good must not expect people to roll stones out of his way,
but must accept his lot calmly, even if they roll a few stones upon it."

Living expenses

Monthly expenses vary from city to city. Large cities like Frankfurt, Düsseldorf, Berlin, Hamburg, Munich etc are more expensive than smaller cities. Although Duisburg is not the most expensive city in Germany, the costs of living are relatively high. Of course, this depends on individual rent costs and life style. The major expense is of accommodation. In big cities, the cost for a room starts generally above ~250 €. The other major expense is health insurance which costs about ~75 € a month. Transport is expensive in bigger cities (about 40 € – 50 €) whereas in smaller cities, it might be included in the fees and does not cost anything extra. Food and other items cost less than a ~100 €. To sum it up, monthly expenses may range from 350 € – 400 € for smaller cities and 400 € – 500 € for larger cities. We would like to mention that this is an estimate and the actual expenses might be less or higher according to your living style but some expenses are fixed and you cannot cut down on those.

In the first few days of your arrival, you must pay the first month rent which ranges from ~ 200 € to 300 €.

Studentenwerk (Student Association) Facebook
Opening Timings for Studentenwerk in both campus.
Monday 9.00 AM – 1.00 PM, Tuesday and Thursday 1.00 PM – 3.30 PM

Studentenwerk in Duisburg
Mülheimer Straße 202
47057 Duisburg.
Advisors for tenants in Duisburg

Ute Bütau
Ingrid Waechter
For the hostels: Schemkesweg 41–45, Ruhrorter Str. 66–70, Sternbuschweg 156, Tulpenstr. 10–14, Heinrich-Lersch-Str. 36–38

Campus Essen and Mülheim
Reckhammerweg 1
45141 Essen.
Advisors for tenants in Essen and Mülheim
Jörg Albrecht

Application for a room in Studentenwerk
If you are planing to live in Student hostel then you have to submit an application, in your application you can mention the detail where you want to live in Duisburg or Essen. Following your application, the Studentenwerk informs you whether they can offer you a room from the start date your request or whether you are on the waiting list. Please note that, in case the Studentenwerk is able to offer a room for you, you are expected to accept the offer unless you want to look for an accommodation on the private hostel/housing. You do not receive an alternative room offer from the Studentenwerk if you reject the first room offer.
All postal correspondence is to be directed to the Essen address of the Studentenwerk.
More information (incl. application form):
On left side link to: Wohnen > Formulare/ Flyer.

Private Hostel/Appartments
For the hostels: Kammerstr. 206–208, Schemkesweg 3–5
Tel.: +49 (0)203 346995-30

Tel.: +49 (0)203 346995-31
For the hostels: Freistattstr. 18–20, Veledastr. 5, Niehusmannskamp
15, Auf der Union 4a–8b, Eckenbergstr. 13
Tel.: +49 (0)201 8201025

Christian Ramrath
For the hostels:  Sommerburgstr. 157, Meistersingerstr. 48a–e, Eckenbergstr. 11, Duisburger Str. 445–447, Duisburger Str. 426–428
Tel.: +49 (0)201 8201026

Student Residence “Adolph Kolping”
Dellplatz 7, 47051 Duisburg.
Tel.: (0)203 - 20179
125 furnished rooms, monthly rent: ~+/- 185 € including internet, Cable TV, Telephone Connection
Hausverwaltung Langemann
Holteistr. 12 – 14, 47057 Duisburg.
Tel.: +49 (0)203 - 356602
Panorama View
Panorama View

Mülheim a.d. Ruhr:
Appartments at Duisburger Straße 451 and 480
Contact: Hausmeister
Monthly rent: ~ 220 €, 150 € one-time administration fee.
Berufsförderungszentrum Essen e.V.
Altessener Str. 80/84
45326 Essen.
Tel.: +49 (0)201 - 3204243
Other online web links:
Studenten WG, WG Gesucht, Immobilen Scout24, Zwischenmieter, Wohnung Jetzt, Mietwohnungen, Studenten Wohnung, Immobilo, PrivatImmobilien, Nestoria Duisburg, Nestoria Essen

Notice Board/Blackboards
All over the university there are notice boards where you can put or read different kind of ads. This is an excellent way to directly reach other students or private person who are looking for tenants.

For More Detail Flyer
Student Hostels

Accommodation Glossary


One room apartment


Old building


Bath tub






Date when you move in your apartment or room

EG Erdgeschoss

Ground floor




Gas heating


See "Warmmiete"


Deposit Before you move in a new apartment or room you have to pay a deposit. The deposit usually amounts to twice or thrice "Kaltmiete". You get the deposit back after you move out unless you are responsible for damages done to the apartment or room.



KM OR Kaltmiete

Refers to the rent you pay for the use of the rooms. It does not refer to further costs such as water, heating, etc.


Furnished: Usually an advertisement for a furnished apartment or room (you would receive a list of furniture that is included).

NK Nebenkosten

Costs which you have to pay to your landlord in addition to the rent for room use ("Kaltmiete"). These costs usually include charges for water, waste, heating, etc. You pay the "Nebenkosten" on fixed monthly rate. However, at the end of each year your actual consumption of water, heating etc. will be accounted for. Depending on your consumption you may get money back or you need to make a supplementary payment.

OG Obergeschoss

Upper floor

Sonstige Kosten

Miscellaneous costs


Unfurnished Most apartments or rooms are unfurnished. Please note that this is in most cases not explicitly mentioned in an advertisement. Unfurnished apartments neither include furniture nor kitchen facilities (oven, sink, etc.).

WM Warmmiete

Refers to all the costs that you have to pay to your landlord ("Kaltmiete" + "Nebenkosten"). Before you sign a rental agreement you should check which costs are included in the "Nebenkosten". Usually you need to anticipate further costs for electricity, telephone and internet.


Washing machine

WBS Wohnberechtigungsschein

A voucher which authorises you to apply for a flat subsidised by the city

WG Wohngemeinschaft

Flat sharing Living in a WG is usually cheaper than getting an own apartment and many students like to live in a WG for the company of their flat mates. However, you should note that there are different kinds of WGs. A WG can be a group of friends who decide to share a flat, but it is not unusual that students share a flat just for the sake of saving on the rent. Therefore it is not unusual that you can get a room in a WG even though you hardly know your flat mates. If you prefer a WG with friends, you might consider searching for an apartment with some of your study colleagues:


Central heating


Size of room

ZKB Zwei Zimmer, Küche, Bad

Abbreviation for a two room flat.


Interim tenancy which is limited to a certain period. Many students advertise their room for an interim tenancy when they spend a semester abroad.

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