Private housing

The Accommodation Service also receives for offers from the private housing market; for example, single rooms in shared flats or private housing. These offers are typically subleases. We generally check the descriptions to ensure that the rooms are furnished to a basic standard.

We will try our best to help you to find suitable accommodation and we will forward potential offers to you that meet your criteria as they are available. However, please be aware that you are ultimately responsible for finding accommodation.

If you would like to use the help of the Accommodation Service for finding an accommodation, please fill out our application form on the right hand side.

If you have any questions concerning accommodation, please contact the Accommodation Service.

  • Please start searching for an accommodation as early as possible and do not underestimate the time and effort it takes to find a room! Accommodation offers usually get posted 2-3 months at the earliest before they become available.
  • Please be cautious when you are asked to transfer money in advance. It might be a scam. Do not transfer money in advance unless you are 100% certain that the offer is legitimate and the rental agreement is signed.
  • In Germany, most accommodation offered on the private housing market is rented out unfurnished. For this reason, please always double check if furniture is included or take into account that you need to buy some furniture. This may include lighting fixtures, window treatments and even kitchen appliances, counters and sink! In some cases, you may be able to purchase them directly from the previous tenant.

When looking for private accommodation in Göttingen and the surrounding areas you can find lots of offers online.

Most common websites for finding accommodation are:

There are several Facebook groups you can use to search for accommodation. Some were specifically created for the accommodation search in Göttingen. The members of the groups can give helpful tips.

Rooms are also advertised on the notice board located close to the Central Cafeteria (Zentral Mensa) in the main lecture hall building (ZHG).

In flat-shares you have your own room and share the kitchen and the bathroom. The number of people living together in a flat-share can vary. There are flat-shares of only two people but there are also houses in which there are eight to ten people living together.

The rent usually depends on the location of the flat, the number of flatmates and the size of the room/apartment. You will be expected to participate in cleaning duties, as well as maintaining your own space in an orderly fashion.

It might be helpful to know how the allocation of rooms in WGs work and what is important if you apply for a room: Some advice on how to apply for a flatshare

And a list of the terms used in housing offers can be found here.

With a single room in a private house you have your own furnished room in a flat or house, often let by a family. Kitchen and bathroom are most often used communally; rarely with en suite bathrooms or separate kitchens or kitchenettes are available. Some form of socializing with the family/landlord may be expected, as well as chores (light cleaning tasks, for instance) in addition to maintaining your own space in an orderly fashion.

You will have your own room with bathroom and a kitchenette. The monthly rent for a studio apartment is between 400 and 600 €. It is more challenging to find an apartment than a room in a shared flat, especially if your budget is limited. If you are already in Göttingen, you could reach out to a Hausverwaltung (property management). The most firm by students is: Göttinger Hausverwaltung

Flats with multiple rooms, whether furnished or unfurnished, are challenging to find.