In general, international exchange students can use the same methods to find accommodation in Munich as regular TUM students. These include searching for an apartment or a room on the private market, as well as applying for a room in a dormitory run by a social or private organization. In contrast to regular TUM students, however, international exchange students may not directly apply for a dormitory room run by the Munich Student Union (= Studentenwerk München).
International Center gets a very limited number of dormitory offerings with a tutor supervision program (= Service Package) from the Munich Student Union, which are reserved for the 'TUMexchange' program participants. Please understand that we are unable to provide dormitory rooms for students coming through other mobility programs as well as TUM internships, but we can assist you with search on the private market.
- Think carefully before accepting the offer: Please refrain from accepting our offer if you intend to search on the private market. However, keep in mind that accommodation in Munich is scarce and expensive. If you turn down our offer, you will receive no other accommodation from the International Center. Your acceptance of the Service Package is binding.
- Rental agreements are legally binding documents: Contracts with the Munich Student Union cannot be extended or terminated earlier.
- Rooms are allocated to exchange students: The Service Package offers must be accepted unconditionally, because we cannot consider any special wishes. Change of a room is not possible.
- Type of accommodation: Usually it is a single room (only for one person) in a larger apartment, where you have to share a bathroom and/or a kitchen with a number of other students (mixed-gender). We have no double rooms or family apartments at our disposal. A lot of lodgings have carpeted floors and not all buildings have elevators.
- Location: Travel time from different dormitories, which are spread all over the city, to the main campus or the campus in Garching can take up to 45 minutes, which is normal for Munich.
- Monthly rent and refundable deposit: Rent ranges from 300 to 400 euro per month. This is one of the cheapest options for living in Munich. You will have to pay a refundable deposit of up to 500 euro, which will be returned to you 4 months after the expiration of your rental agreement.
Attention: Since dormitories of the Munich Student Union are government-funded, it is prohibited to rent this kind of accommodation for personal enrichment. Violation will lead to termination of the rental agreement without previous notice.
Before subletting your dormitory accommodation to anyone please always first contact the administration office of your dormitory.
winter semester (dates may vary for PREP participants):
- room offer from TUM: via email at latest the middle of July
- term of lease: one or maximal two semesters
- date of moving-in: between October 1st and October 9th
- date of moving-out: March 31st (for one semester); September 30th (for two semesters)
summer semester (dates may vary for PREP participants):
- room offer from TUM: via email in the middle of December or eventually in the middle of January
- term of lease: one semester
- date of moving-in: between April 1st and April 8th
- date of moving-out: September 30th
After the International Center has obtained your acceptance of the Service Package offer, you will receive an Acceptance of Accommodation letter from the Munich Student Union approximately 6 weeks before the official moving-in date, which you have to sign and return to the Student Union in a digital form before the deadline. By sending back the signed Acceptance of Accommodation letter, you commit yourself to renting and paying for the offered room.
Other important information in the Acceptance of Accommodation letter:
- dormitory complex, in which the room is situated
- items, which are or are not available in the room
- rental price, refundable deposit
- address of the administration office of your dormitory, where you will sign your rental agreement and receive the keys
The addresses and opening hours of all administration offices are listed on the webpage of the Munich Student Union. Please arrange your arrival accordinglly, because the International Center does not have the capacity to pick up the keys for you.
Please note that you will receive the exact address of your future accommodation only when you sign the rental agreement. There is no possibility to send any package before your arrival to Munich.
If you are planning to come to Munich earlier than April 1st (summer semester) or October 1st (winter semester), we would kindly ask you to find a temporary place until your official moving-in date.
Applications for mobility programs such as Erasmus, partner university, bilateral agreement etc. do not include the provision of a room with a tutor supervision program (= Service Package) in a dormitory belonging to the Munich Student Union. Accordingly, there is no application procedure.
If there are free places left, they are allocated according to internal procedures and concerned students are contacted via email by the International Center. It is not possible to reserve a dormitory room in the Student Union by sending us an email, because there is no waiting list. However, it is possible to apply for a place in a private dormitory.
Moreover, please search for an accommodation on the private market. For detailed information about accommodation search in Munich please visit the following webpage: www.tum.de/accommodation and in this Pdf document.
Three important aspects of a successful accommodation search in Munich:
- Normally, one month is not enough for the accommodation search in Munich. We recommend you to start two months before the beginning of each semester. In this case there is less competition for finding an accommodation. Moreover, sometimes you can apply for a room in a private dormitory even earlier.
- Come to Munich to visit rooms. It is almost impossible to find a room from abroad. This way you can also protect yourself from frauds.
- Attention! Do not transfer any money for the deposit or the rents before you have visited the apartment, signed the rental agreement and/or got the keys. Here is an example of a typical fraud scheme.
Please understand that we are unable to provide any accommodation for trainees at the TUM, but we can assist you with search on the private market.
Exchange students going to Freising, please send your requests regarding accommodation directly to the International Office at the Weihenstephan Science Center (WZW) in Freising.
In Germany, anybody who injures a person or damages someone’s property is held liable, for example if you accidently break a piece of furniture in a rented room or cause a car accident as a pedestrian. It might be not so dramatic if you only have to pay several hundred euro; however, several thousand euro might not be affordable. It is highly recommended that you buy a liability insurance during your exchange semester in Germany that protects you from unjustified claims and covers costs for justified ones.
Where can you get private liability insurance?
In your home country:
If you already have liability insurance in your home country, ask your insurance provider whether it is also valid in Germany.
If you do not have one, you can inquire about the possibility of buying one in your home country that is valid in Germany, too.
You can find an insurance provider on your own in the Internet quite easily. There are even liability insurances designed especially for short stays (e.g. “Dr. Walter” or “Mawista”; please note that the International Center does not endorse these two insurance companies).
You are free to choose whether or not you want this kind of insurance and which insurance provider you contact. Please note that we take no responsibility for information or agreements found on external links. Use these links at your own discretion.