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Temporary accommodation for international researchers

The cities of Erlangen, Fürth and Nuremberg offer a very good standard of living. They are popular places to live, meaning that accommodation is in high demand but often in short supply. This is particularly the case during the period before the start of a new semester. We therefore recommend that you start looking for accommodation as soon as possible. If you are a little flexible and also look in the surrounding area, you will have a better chance of finding somewhere affordable to live. The region has an excellent public transport system, so you should not have any problems getting to your place of study or work.

It is worth checking the accommodation available on the internet every day, as new accommodation becomes available on a day-to-day basis. It pays to be flexible when it comes to the price and location of your accommodation and what facilities are available. If you are unsure whether an offer is legitimate or if it is not possible to communication with the landlord in English, please contact the Welcome Centre who will be happy to help you.

You can find general information about looking for accommodation and signing a rental contract on accommodation page under information for international applicants. Much of the information available on this page is also relevant for doctoral candidates and researchers, however, public student accommodation is only available to Bachelor’s degree and Master’s degree students.

FAU guest houses

Our guest houses provide rooms for guest researchers from both Germany and abroad for the initial period of their stay to allow them to feel at ease right from the start and to concentrate on their research. For queries or reservations, please send an email to uni-gaestehaus@fau.de.

Facilities and equipment at the guest houses

All apartments are fully furnished and equipped with cooking facilities including pots and pans, crockery and all necessary household appliances. Bed linen and towels are changed and rooms are cleaned every fortnight. The guest houses are equipped with washing machines and tumble dryers. The common rooms are a great place to meet other residents and have a chat or cook, eat and drink together. TV, internet and phone connections as well as parking spaces are also provided. You can easily reach all our guest houses by public transport.

The apartments (with a supermarket on the ground floor of the complex) are located 6 km east of the city centre of Erlangen. The centre of Erlangen and most of the university institutes can thus be easily reached by public transport or by bicycle.

There are opportunities for excursions into the nearby Franconian Switzerland region with its superb walking trails, impressive stalactite caves and traditional local cuisine.

Address:

Schulstraße 13, 91080 Uttenreuth

Contact:

Phone: +49 9131 85-26617

Office hours:

Office located in the UniKate in Erlangen, Carl-Thiersch-Str. 5:

Monday and Wednesday, 8.30 am – 12.30 pm

Accommodation:

8 x one bedroom apartments sized 26 m2 to 40 m2

Guesthouse in Bergstraße (Image: Erich Malter)

Guesthouse in Bergstraße (Image: Erich Malter)

Guesthouse in Bergstraße (Image: Erich Malter)

Guesthouse in Bergstraße (Image: Erich Malter)

Guesthouse in Bergstraße (Image: Erich Malter)

Guesthouse in Bergstraße (Image: Erich Malter)

Guesthouse in Bergstraße (Image: Erich Malter)

Guesthouse in Bergstraße (Image: Erich Malter)

The complex is located at the foot of the Erlangen Burgberg and offers a playground in the garden area. It is thus well suited for families. Once a year, at Whitsun, it is right in the centre of activity when the traditional Bergkirchweih, one of Germany's most visited beer festivals, is held here.

Address:

Bergstraße 13, 91054 Erlangen

Contact:

Phone and fax: +49 9131 4001700

Office hours:

Tuesday to Friday 8.30 am – 12.30 pm

Accommodation:

  • 4 x one bedroom apartments, each 49 m2
  • 4 x two bedroom apartments, each 53 m2
  • 2 x three bedroom apartments, each 95 m2
  • 5 x single rooms on the ground floor with shared shower and kitchen

The two International Meeting Centres (IBZs) are located off Erwin-Rommel-Straße in the green suburbs of Erlangen and close to the university's southern campus in two buildings with a unique heritage. The Faculty of Engineering, some of the institutes of the Faculty of Sciences and the University's sports facilities are within easy walking distance. The bright and welcoming common room with kitchen in Building 61 is open to residents of both buildings and is highly popular venue for parties and private functions. Outside there is a playground and an outdoor seating area.

Address:

Erwin-Rommel-Straße 61 (IBZ I) and

Erwin-Rommel-Straße 63 (IBZ II),

91058 Erlangen

Contact:

Phone: +49 9131 6872880

Office hours:

Tuesday and Thursday

8.30 am – 12.30 pm

Accommodation:

Internationales Begegnungszentrum I (International Meeting Centre), IBZ I

7 x one bedroom apartments, each 16 m2

2 x two bedroom apartments, each 40 m2

(one of which has disabled access)

2 x three bedroom apartments, each 62 m2

Internationales Begegnungszentrum II (International Meeting Centre), IBZ II

7 x maisonette apartments, each 39 m2

1 x one bedroom apartment, 49 m2 (with disabled access)

Guesthouse in Erwin-Rommel-Straße

Guesthouse in Erwin-Rommel-Str. (Image: Sabine del Alcázar)

Guesthouse in Erwin-Rommel-Straße

Guesthouse in Erwin-Rommel-Str. (Image: Sabine del Alcázar)

Guesthouse in Erwin-Rommel-Straße

Guesthouse in Erwin-Rommel-Str. (Image: Sabine del Alcázar)

The UniKate at Röthelheim Campus, a listed building in the grounds of a former artillery barracks, is undoubtedly the showpiece among FAU's guesthouses. It was purchased with funds from the Hans-Wilhelm and Helga Schüßler Foundation and has undergone complete refurbishment. The foundation aims to further the exchange between researchers from all over the world, which was also the motivation for acquiring this guesthouse. The name given to this guesthouse by the donors – UniKate – is a combination of the abbreviation for ‘university’ and the German for a cottage (‘Kate’) and is also a play on the German word for ‘one-off’ (‘Unikate’).

Several supermarkets, medical centres, university institutes and restaurants are within easy walking distance of UniKate.

Address:

Carl-Thiersch-Straße 5, 91052 Erlangen

Contact:

Phone: +49 9131 8526617

Office hours:

Monday and Wednesday, 8.30 am – 12.30 pm

Accommodation:

7 x one bedroom apartments sized 23 m2 to 28 m2

1 x two bedroom apartment, 43 m2

Unfortunately, the University’s guest houses cannot accommodate all international doctoral candidates, staff and guest researchers. They are sometimes fully booked months in advance. In this case, you need to search on the regular housing market. Please contact Ms Bieber for support.