Ministry of Labour, Social, Family Affairs and Integration

Study Student Residences

It is not easy to find affordable, suitable accommodation in Hamburg in time for the start of semester. That is why we advise you to begin searching before being accepted at your university.

Hamburg Welcome Portal – Career & Profession – Study – Student Residences

With their 23 residence halls, which can cater to more than 3,950 people, the “Studierendenwerk Hamburg” is the biggest provider of student accommodation in Hamburg. Up to 50% of the places at the halls of residence managed by the Studierendenwerk Hamburg are available for international students. The percentage of international students studying at Hamburg universities is 10%.

Only students enroled at one of the public Hamburg universities, as well as students at the Studienkolleg, the Zentralkolleg, the Conservatorium in Blankenese and at Bucerius Law School are entitled to a place at a student hall of residence. You can submit an application online. There is a waiting list to which any application can be added at the earliest three months prior to your move-in date. You will have to expect waiting times for a place due to the huge demand for student accommodation.

You also have the opportunity to reserve a guaranteed furnished room in one of the student residences by booking a so-called “Service Package”.


You can also find a wealth of useful tips for apartment-hunting in Hamburg in the “housing“ section of this Hamburg Welcome Portal.