Reasonably-priced rooms and flats are difficult to find in all three locations. For this reason, it is important to start early with your search for a place to live and to organise your accommodation in good time.
Luxemburger Strasse 169, 50963 Cologne
The Student Services Provider has more than 89 residential accommodation buildings with around 4,900 rooms in shared flats, single rooms and apartments.
As demand is great, you are advised to apply as soon as possible online via: http://www.kstw.de/
Currently, they are only able to provide around a third of applicants with a flat/room!
For this reason - consider the alternatives in good time!
In Aachen, the Student Services Provider has over 5,000 residential places in a total of 24 residential accommodation buildings. Here too – submit your application in good time!
Residential accommodation office for the Aachen Student Services Provider
Pontwall 3, 2nd floor
Opening hours: Mon – Fri 8.00 am – 11.30 am
You can obtain information on the application process on
Tel.: +49 241 80-93262, -93264, -93265
In Wuppertal, the Student Services Provider has five residential accommodation buildings, with a total of around 1,085 places. In this case too, please send in your applications in good time! However, please note that applicants are not entered onto the applications list until 3 months at the earliest before their planned date of moving in.
University Social Services Wuppertal
Residential Accommodation Service
"Neue Burse" Halls of Residence
Max-Horkheimer-Str. 10, Ebene 1
Tel 0202 - 430 40 40; Fax 0202 - 430 40 490
As well as the residential accommodation buildings administered by the Student Services Provider, there are also residential buildings which are privately owned or owned by the Church, with their own administration offices. An up-to-date list of private residential buildings can be obtained from the Support Office.
You can find further flats and rooms online or in the daily newspapers (including their respective websites).
· Shared flats with rooms free in Cologne
· Music students looking for flats/rooms in shared flats, or temporary tenants
Cologne newspapers which advertise flats/rooms to rent
· 'Kölner Stadtanzeiger' (adverts on Saturday, the Saturday edition is already available on Friday evening at some kiosks!)
· 'Kölnische Rundschau'
· 'Kölner Wochenspiegel'
The Protestant Student Community and the Catholic University Community both provide residential accommodation.
You will also find adverts for rooms/flats in the following Aachen newspapers:
· 'Aachener Nachrichten'
· 'Aachener Zeitung'
· 'Super Mittwoch' and 'Super Sonntag'
· The advertising newspaper 'Annonce'
The Wuppertal Student Services Provider runs a private room exchange where you can post what details of you are looking for. http://www.hochschul-sozialwerk-wuppertal.de/wohnen/privatzimmer.html
You will also find rooms/flats in the daily paper 'Wuppertaler Rundschau'.
As soon as you have found a flat/room and have moved in, you must register at the relevant residents' registration office.
On the following website, you will find details of the residents' registration offices for the various districts of Cologne, Wuppertal and Aachen.
When you register, you will need your Personal ID card or passport, the registration form (you can fill this in online and print it out) and a landlord's certificate (you can get this from your landlord).
The three sites of the university have different canteen services.
The University of Music has a canteen on the Cologne site which provides a standard and a vegetarian lunch, as well as a salad bar, every day throughout the semester, between 11.30 am and 2.30 pm.
The canteen is operated by the Cologne Student Services Provider. Payment in the canteen can be made exclusively by means of the Student ID card. Cash is not accepted.
During semester time, the cafeteria is open from Mondays to Thursdays from 8.30 am - 5.30 pm, and on Fridays until 3.30 pm, and sells filled rolls, cakes, small snacks and specialist coffees. Here you can pay either with a Student ID card or with cash.
In the area of Cologne surrounding the University of Music, there are also numerous cafés, snack bars and supermarkets where you can buy things to eat and drink.
There is also a canteen on the Wuppertal site which is operated by the Wuppertal Student Services Provider. During the semester it is open from 11.30 am until 2.00 pm (Fridays until 1.45 pm).
Unfortunately, the Aachen site does not have its own canteen. However, with the purchase of a Student Guest Card (EUR 2.00) you may use the canteens of the RWTH in Aachen at reasonable student rates. As the University of Music is in a very central location, there are countless cafés, snack bars and restaurants where you can eat and drink in the immediate surrounding area.
You can find details of the locations of all the canteens in Aachen, as well as the conditions of use, here:http://www.studierendenwerk-aachen.de/de/Essen_und_Trinken.html
There are countless options in Cologne, Aachen and Wuppertal for taking part in sporting activities or spending your leisure time involved in art, culture, music, games and having fun.
The Cologne University Sports Department has numerous options for trying out a wide range of different sports, free of charge (with a few exceptions).
'UniSport' also offers a diverse programme of activities. Their Sport Card costs EUR 15 per semester and allows you to attend countless courses at no extra charge. You may have to pay a participation fee for some individual events, but you won't need a Sport Card to take part in these.
Further details can be found here: http://unisport.koeln/index_ger.html
In Aachen, the range of courses provided by the University Sports Department of the RWTH Aachen is open for use by all students. Many of their courses are free of charge.
In Wuppertal, there is also a range of courses provided by the University Sports Department of the Bergische University of Wuppertal. You can take part in courses there as a guest with special conditions.
You can find out more here: https://www.hochschulsport.uni-wuppertal.de/cms/
The Support Office organises a sports tournament once a semester. This is a chance for students to test out their sporting skills against one other in a range of different sports. A table tennis tournament has been planned for the winter semester 2017/2018. It will be held at the end of October.
You can find further details here: https://www.hfmt-koeln.de/de/studium/beratung/betreuungsbuero/veranstaltungen.html
Furthermore, Cologne, Aachen and Wuppertal offer a range of further options for spending your leisure time. Many institutions offer a discount to students.
Here is an overview of the possible options:
Theatre, opera, concerts:
Other options for leisure time activities:
If you don't feel like going to a museum or concert or going on a day trip on your own, the Support Office provides a programme of events every semester with at least one group event per month. You can view the complete programme from the end of September onwards on the Support Office website: