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 communicate 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 the 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 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. To make a reservation, please contact the office responsible for the guest house at firstname.lastname@example.org. The minimum rental period for guest houses is one month and the maximum rental period is one year.
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. All apartments are also equipped with an internet connection. You can easily reach all our guest houses by public transport.
The complex is located at the foot of the Erlangen Burgberg and is 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 famous beer festivals, takes place.
Bergstraße 13, 91054 Erlangen
Phone: +49 9131 4001700
Fax: +49 9131 9080140
Wednesdays and Thursdays from 8 am to 12.30 pm
- 4 x one room apartments, each 49 m2
- 4 x 1-1.5 room apartments, each 53 m2
- 2 x three room apartments, each 95 m2
Bergstraße guest house (image: Erich Malter)
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 units of the Faculty of Sciences and the University’s sports facilities are in 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.
Erwin-Rommel-Straße 61 (IBZ I) and
Erwin-Rommel-Straße 63 (IBZ II),
Phone: +49 9131 6872880
Tuesdays, 8 am to 12.30 pm
Internationales Begegnungszentrum (IBZ) I: (International Meeting Centre I)
- 7 x one room apartments, each 16 m2
- 2 x three room apartments, each 40 m2
- (one of which has disabled access)
- 2 x four room apartments, each 62 m2
Internationales Begegnungszentrum (IBZ) II (International Meeting Centre II)
- 7 x maisonette apartments, each 39 m2
- 1 x one room apartment, 49 m2 (with disabled access)
Erwin-Rommel-Straße guest house (image: Sabine del Alcázar)
The UniKate at Röthelheim Campus, a listed building on the grounds of former artillery barracks, is undoubtedly the showpiece among FAU’s guest houses. 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 guest house. The name UniKate chosen by the trustees is to evoke associations such as university, cosy home – i.e. the German word Kate – and uniqueness, which all come to mind with regard to the guest house. Several supermarkets, medical centres, university institutes and restaurants are within easy walking distance of UniKate.
Carl-Thiersch-Straße 5, 91052 Erlangen
Phone: +49 9131 8526617
Mondays, 8 am to 12.30 pm
- 7 x one room apartments sized 23 m2 to 28 m2
- 1 x two room apartment, 43 m2
Unfortunately, the University’s guest houses cannot accommodate all guests at the University. They are sometimes fully booked months in advance. In this case, you will need to search on the private housing market. Please contact Ms Mielenhausen for more information.