FAQs for international students
Finding accommodation: What you should know as a student from abroad
Prior to arriving – FAQs
You can begin looking for accommodation in Erlangen, Nuremberg and surrounding areas prior to arriving in Germany. The Central Office for International Affairs (RIA) at FAU has summarised the most important facts relating to finding accommodation from abroad, your stay here and to aspects of your departure.
I’ve arrived – what next?
Please confirm the details of the contract, such as the move-in date, the notice period and any other agreements, one last time before signing it. Such contracts will often require you to take out liability insurance. While it is not mandatory, it is certainly recommended as it can cover any damage you cause to the accommodation.
Read the contract carefully before signing. Make sure you take good care of all documents (rental contract, handover certificate, invoices, receipts, correspondence with the owner).
You also need to register your address with the residents’ registration office (Einwohnermeldeamt) at the local town hall within 14 days. Set up a standing order with your bank or a direct debit with your landlord to pay the rent.
Service charges consist of fixed costs (maintenance, cleaning,etc.) and utility costs that depend on consumption, such as heating, hot water, electricity and gas. Service charges are paid as a fixed monthly sum that is calculated using an average monthly level of consumption. Please make sure to discuss with your accommodation owner which utility costs are already included in the rent. We recommend you use heating, electricity, gas and water sparingly. Electricity is not usually included in the rent in student or private accommodation. Gas is also frequently not included in the contract. Usually you will have to pay a fixed sum every month or every other month (advance payment called Abschlag) via direct debit. The exact account is calculated once a year based on actual consumption. A new monthly charge for the following year is calculated based on this amount.
The deposit is between two and three months’ rent. The accommodation owner will give you their bank details so that you can transfer the money within the deadline. If the money is not transferred to them within the agreed deadline, the flat/room may be rented out to another prospective tenant instead.
If you notice any damage to your accommodation, you must notify the accommodation owner in writing without delay in order to give them the opportunity to arrange for repairs. If you caused the damage or did not report it immediately, you will be liable for the costs.
Before departing – FAQs
It is advisable to arrange two dates with your landlord: one appointment for the final accommodation inspection, and another about a month prior to moving out so that the landlord can have a look at the accommodation and check for any possible damage.
Special tips and information for various target groups
- You will be given general information about finding accommodation and help getting in contact with accommodation owners, planning and organising accommodation.
- You will be placed on a waiting list. Each applicant will usually receive one offer of accommodation, depending on availability. If you receive an offer, you must decided whether or not you wish to accept it before the deadline stated. The final decision will then be made by the accommodation owner.
If you decline the offer, someone else will take your place and you will be removed from the waiting list. If you wish to accept the offer, please inform the Accommodation Service (firstname.lastname@example.org) and take note of the information and deadlines which you receive via e-mail.
Student Services Erlangen-Nürnberg runs its own student accommodation in Erlangen and Nuremberg. A set number of rooms are available for students participating in exchange programmes (e.g. Erasmus).
There are not enough rooms for all applicants. It is usually only possible for around one third of exchange students to be offered a place in student accommodation. Please also apply for rooms in private accommodation.
You will be informed of how to apply for a room in Student Services accommodation during the process of applying for a place to study at FAU.