Everything you need to know about housing

December 13, 2018

All set, ready, go! You’ve successfully applied for your student exchange at Pforzheim University and can’t await to come here? All that’s left to do is find somewhere to stay? Don’t worry, we have collected all information you need in order to find an accommodation.


You have different possibilities for housing:

  • Dorm rooms by the Studierendenwerk Karlsruhe

  • Dorm rooms by private organizations

  • A room in a shared flat (WG)

  • Other options


Dorm rooms by the Studierendenwerk Karlsruhe

The Studierendenwerk Karlsruhe operates 5 different Student Dorms in Pforzheim. You can apply for a room in those Dorms in the Studierendenwerk Website. 

You can get detailed information about each Dorm on this website, as well as information about the application process for a room. There are only a few rooms available at the beginning of the semester, therefore you should apply early for the dorm rooms, best chances are in July/August and February.

  • Student Dorm Hagenschießstr. 1-3

  • Student Dorm Hagenschießstraße 5

  • Student Dorm Lion-Feuchtwanger-Allee 24

  • Student Dorm St.-Georgen-Straße 15-17

  • Student Dorm Wurmbergerstraße 4c

You can find really detailed information about those dorms on the website of the Studierendenwerk.


Dorm rooms by private organizations

There are also some private organizations that manage student dorms. In Pforzheim you can find the following:

  • Student Dorm Keplerstraße 75
    198 fully furnished rooms; approximately 15m²; with Bathroom. Common kitchens fully furnished.
    More information on the website

  • Student Dorm Holzgartenstraße 31
    47 rooms in shared flats for 5 – 6 people; fully furnished, partly furnished or non-furnished rooms
    Each shared flat has 2-3 Bathrooms, a kitchen, a furnished common space.
    More information on the website

  • Student Dorm Max-Weber-Straße 2/4/6
    58 rooms in shared flats for 2 people with common kitchen & Bathroom
    Contact: max-weber-str@gmx.de


A room in a shared flat

German students love to live in shared flats – or WG (Wohngemeinschaft) how we call it here. You can find numerous room offers on portals like www.wg-gesucht.de  and www.studenten-wg.de.

In general, you also “apply” for a room in a shared flat, although it is much less official. The residents often request a nice little mail and will contact you if they are interested. During the selection process they normally invite the applicants to see the room and to get to know them. But don’t worry! Often you can also visit via Skype-call. Don’t be afraid to ask for that.


Other options

  • The international Programs Office of Pforzheim University sends an updated list of rooms, apartments, etc. to all international exchange students

  • The Bernhardusheim  & the Kolpinghaus offer single, double and triple rooms for pupils, trainees, interns and students 

  • The students’ council AStA publishes regularly a housing list with room offers – you can find it on their website.


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