Ministry of Labour, Social, Family Affairs and Integration

Housing Temporary Housing

Welcome, future citizen of the Free and Hanseatic City of Hamburg. We are delighted that you have chosen Hamburg as the place to work and live at.

Temporary Housing - Hamburg Welcome Portal

Are you looking for a short-time accommodation in Hamburg or just for a room to rent – possibly in a shared apartment –, a place in a student hall of residence or a furnished apartment for a limited period? We want to give you some advice about the ways finding suitable accommodation. Please note that the Hamburg Welcome Center does not procure rooms or apartments.

The Free and Hanseatic City of Hamburg has 7 districts: Hamburg-Mitte, Altona, Eimsbüttel, Hamburg-Nord, Wandsbek, Bergedorf und Harburg. Moreover the districts are divided in 104 quarters. For more information about the different quarters please visit the information site Hamburg Neighbourhoods.

The most common way to find suitable accommodation is online:

Agencies for short-term accommodation

A hostel as a first accommodation

Online Portals

  • (free for private users)
    accommodation exchange for flats / apartments, shared flats and houses plus tips and checklists for moving flat
  • (service bundle “Basic” free of charge)
    marketplace for furnished temporary apartments

Offerings especially for apprentices and students
 (apprenticeship contract / enrolment certificate required!)

  • Apprentices of full age may rent furnished rooms on the site of Berufsförderungswerk Hamburg (August-Krogmann-Straße 52, 22159 Hamburg).
  • The Studierendenwerk Hamburg offers rooms for short-term rental in their student residences.
    → accommodation → rooms for short-term rent
  • The SAGA GWG (Hamburg’s biggest municipal housing company) rents some of their flats in the city districts of Mümmelmannsberg, Veddel and Wilhelmsburg exclusively to apprentices and students. The Free and Hanseatic City of Hamburg subsidises this housing programme.
    → Für unsere Mieter → Servicecenter → Azubi- und Studentenwohnungen