The most important issues prior to your arrival in Germany are probably the visa application procedure, accommodation and health insurance.
To enter the country, you will most likely need a student visa, which you can apply for before your trip at a German diplomatic mission in your home country. If the German embassy or consulate in your home country requires any confirmation beyond the admission letter, please let us know as soon as possible. Submit your application early enough! Visa processing can take several months and you won’t be able to enter the country without a valid visa. Make sure to apply for the correct type of visa! Tourist and language course visas cannot be converted into a student visa. With the wrong visa, you will be forced to leave Germany at some point and reapply for the correct visa at home.
Find out more about the visa process here
Find information about the proof of financial resources here
Do you require a visa to enter Germany? Watch the visa explaination video to learn about the different visa types, application requirements and procedures.
Unlike in many other countries, German universities do not provide their students with accommodation. Students must make their own housing arrangements. There is a variety of options in Bonn or near the campuses in Sankt Augustin and Rheinbach, ranging from dormitories to privately arranged flat shares. Finding accommodation in Germany can be difficult, especially while trying to rent a room from abroad, because it is impossible to meet a landlord in person. One option in this case is to apply for a room in a student residence - but do this well in advance as space is limited!
We highly recommend that you to apply for accommodation as soon as possible. If you wish to stay in one of the student dorms please contact the Students Union (Studierendenwerk) in Bonn for details. A room in a student residence costs between 300 and 600€ (plus deposit), depending on the size and living arrangement. One advantage is that the rooms are already furnished. Unfortunately, not all pages of the Students Union Bonn are available in English, but E-mail communication in English is of course possible. Please note that the start of rental agreements is usually the first of each month and most places have minimum rental duration of three months. Click here to submit your Online Application to the Students Union Bonn
Most students live in flat shares (WG = Wohngemeinschaft). In this arrangement, each person gets their own room in an apartment and everyone shares the kitchen and bathroom. Advantages of flat shares include reduced living costs and easy access to a social network. The rent will likely be between 300 - 500€. However, the rooms in flat shares are generally not furnished. Because flat shares are a popular among students, it is a good idea to start looking for one early. There are Internet portals for this purpose, as well as blackboards at the university.
Renting your own apartment is generally the most expensive alternative. The advantage is having your own kitchen and bathroom. Students can find rental options in the newspaper, through the blackboards at the university, or on various internet portals. Inexpensive furniture can be purchased at many charitable second hand stores.
For the first days, we would advise you to find a short-term place to stay (for the first days or the first month). Once you are on site, you can find an accommodation much better.
Please note: The following are addresses of privately run websites. There have been cases of students being asked by individuals for money before arrival (sometimes to be paid to a non-German account), only to find out later that the flat did not exist or was not for rent. Please be careful, especially if the offer seems too good to be true!
For orientation on the market for student housing in our region, we recommend that you check the DAAD-Database on "student housing".
Private student residence in Bonn
Beyond the Students Union Bonn, there are further private or church-owned student residences across Bonn where you can also apply for an affordable accommodation:
Stella Matutina e.V
Student residence at Clemens-August Street
ROM.HOF Studentisches Wohnen in Bonn
House Annaberg Bad Godesberg
Dunant-Haus in Rheinbach (right next to our H-BRS Campus Rheinbach)
StuHaus Sankt Augustin (right next to our H-BRS Campus Sankt Augustin)
Temporary and short-term, furnished accommodations
Please check also short-term options via
SofaFrei Bonn (offered by the General Students' Committee of Bonn)
Blues & Chutney Bed & Breakfast
Youth Hostels / Vacation rentals / Hotels
Please also consider staying for few days at a hotel or a youth hostel for few days until you find the right room or flat for you. Here are some links to youth hostels in our area:
Facebook-groups for accommodation search
Do not underestimate the chance of finding an accommodation on social media, especially Facebook. Here are some of the most relevant Facebook-groups for (temporary) flat shares or other housing in the Bonn region:
Uni Bonn WG Börse
WG Zimmer frei in Bonn
WG-Suche, WGs gesucht, Zimmer vermieten in Bonn
Wohnung Bonn mieten - Wohnungsmarkt
WG Bonn - Flatshare, Zimmer mieten, Wohngemeinschaft, Raum
Wohnung frei in Bonn
Nachmieter Bonn - Mietwohnung & Wohnungssuche, Wohnungsbörse
You will have to take out health insurance before you arrive in Germany. By law you are not allowed to enter Germany without valid health insurance. To our international students we usually recommend MAWISTA, in case their own insurance does not cover everything. This private health insurance is especially designed for foreign students, visiting scholars, or language students in Germany. You will find further information here: http://www.mawista.com/kiuk/
For contract issues you can contact the insurance company directly (please refer to our university).
After your arrival in Rheinbach you will have to organize the following:
- Register as an MBA-student at the university (Semester fee is about 290€. It includes a public transport ticket for the entire state of North Rhine-Westphalia. Registration has to be renewed every semester.)
- Open a bank account
- Apply for a residence permit for the city of Bonn