Housing | FAQ
Questions and Answers
You would like to apply for a room in one of our residence halls? You already live in one and have questions on the tenancy? Here we answer questions that are frequently asked by applicants and tenants.
Yes, you can apply before the enrollment. Only when you sign the rental agreement we will ask you to submit your admission or enrollment certificate.
It will be easier to get a room or apartment if you are flexible about the move-in date and the room type. At the semester beginnings the demand for rooms is the highest. Therefore, we recommend you to apply early. Especially before the winter term it is advisable to already rent a room or apartment as of August/September. If you apply for the whole room offer the waiting period will be approximately six months. If you apply for certain room types (e.g. only apartment), the waiting period can be a year or more.
We provide a number of rooms especially for program students. The application form can be collected from the International Office/Academy of your university.
All students who are enrolled at the following universities may live in a Studierendenwerk residence hall:
- RWTH Aachen
- Fachhochschule Aachen
- Fachhochschule Aachen, department Jülich
- Hochschule für Musik und Tanz Köln, department Aachen
The following persons cannot live in a Studierendenwerk residence hall:
- Students who are also PhD students, assistants, trainees, trainee teachers, and the like,
- Persons who work and only study on the side,
- Persons who have already taken an exam that qualifies for a profession at another university (except for Master studies),
- Cross-registered students and auditing students.
For renting a room on Mattschö-Moll-Weg you need a certificate of eligibility for a council flat (Wohnberechtigungsschein).
As the rooms/apartments are generally occupied until the last day before a new resident moves in, showing you the apartment in advance is difficult. However, the hall placement committee might help you get in touch with the previous tenant. Maybe he or she will let you have a look at the room/apartment.
In general, our rents are all-inclusive, i.e. all utilities (for example costs for heating, water, electricity, TV) are included and additional payments will not have to be made.
In the following residence halls electricity is charged separately by a provider: Rooms in shared apartments, among others on Kastanienweg 21-35, Bärenstraße 5, Bärenstraße 19-21, Halifaxstraße 81-85/Ahornstraße 71-75, all shared apartments and family apartments, among others on Rütscher Straße 123-125.
Tenants on Mattschö-Moll-Weg receive the utilities bill separately.
Additional costs might arise from the installation of a telephone line and from internet use – the student committees take care of cheap internet access.
There is a fee for radio, TV etc.
Yes, a deposit of two months’ rents is payable before signing the rental agreement. The deposit will be repaid without interest (according to § 551, Abs. 3 BGB).
There are many different types:
- Single rooms (mostly with sink) with shared kitchen and shared bathroom
- Single rooms with private shower and WC and shared kitchen
- Single rooms in a shared apartment with kitchen and bathroom
- Apartments with private kitchen (or kitchenette) and bathroom
- Double apartments (two rooms) with kitchen (or kitchenette) and bathroom (for two persons/couples)
- Two room apartments with private kitchen (or kitchenette) and bathroom (for one person)
- Family apartments
Most rooms/apartments are partly furnished, in general with wardrobe, desk, chair and shelf. You need to provide your own crockery, bed sheets etc. The rooms and apartments on Eckertweg 20, Heinrich-Mußmann-Str. 2-46 and all family apartments are not furnished.
Yes, in the residence halls on Mattschö-Moll-Weg, Kastanienweg 21-35, Hainbuchenstraße 4, 8, 10 and Heinrich-Mußmann-Straße 48-54 (Jülich). In general, we help students who submit their disability certificate – not all of them need especially accessible Apartments.
We provide family apartments for students with children on Rütscher Straße 123-125 and on Mattschö-Moll-Weg.
The keys will be handed to you by the hall caretaker during office hours on the first workday of the month at the earliest (not on Saturdays). In the letter that comes with the details regarding your rental agreement you will see the name of your hall janitor, his office hours and all further details.
Lost or forgot your key? During the normal service hours of your janitor you should contact him. In case you do not reach the janitor, please call the key service company openSECURE. As it is a contract partner of StW you get a special prize, Tel.: +49 241 5157880.
Monday to Friday
9 am − 6 pm
Monday to Friday
6 pm – 10 pm
Monday to Friday
10 pm − 9 am
Saturday, Sunday and holidays
This does not apply to the new residence halls Hainbuchenstraße 4,8,10, Kastanienweg 8-14 and Solar-Campus II in Jülich. The residents have to call the following number if their janitor is not available: +49 241 80-93170. They pay the normal openSecure rates.
At most residence halls there are enough parking spaces that belong to the halls. Further details are indicated in the hall details.
Low-priced accommodation for students in Aachen is not always easy to find. The project WohnDuo run by Studierendenwerk could help you find an apartment.
In cooperation of the City of Aachen, the universities, the student councils and Studierendenwerk Aachen, the housing platform Extraraum was initiated. The student councils and the university also offer general help regarding apartment hunting.
The period of notice is two months to the end of the month. Tenants who rent their room/apartment via a program cannot terminate the rental agreement.
If you want to sublet your room/apartment you need an authorization from the Housing Office. The main tenant must have lived in the room/apartment for at least three months and can, on request, sublet it to a student for a period of three months at the most. Details can be found in the subtenancy regulations (attached to the application for subtenancy).
All residence halls are equipped with washing machines and tumble dryers that can be used for a fee.
Yes, each residence hall has a hall administration consisting of residents. They actively administer the social life in the hall. The nominated hall representative represents the residents to Studierendenwerk. Studierendenwerk provides common rooms in the residence halls where the residents can socialize and get together. The students have formed many committees that organize the community life. For example:
- The Placement Committee taking care of the placement of new residents together with Studierendenwerk
- The Network Committee providing internet access for the residents, and other services such as WI-FI or hall printers
- The Drinks Committee selling beverages to the residents
- The Living room Committee taking care of the common “living room”
- The Table tennis Committee
- The Parcel Committee taking care of residents’ parcel deliveries
- Different committees that lend tools, board games and more
On the websites of the individual residence halls you can read more about the hall life and amenities.
The hall council is made up of the representatives of the Studierendenwerk residence halls. It coordinates requests and matters of all residence halls and acts as intermediary between the tenants and the landlord.