If you'd like to be a bit more independent during your time in Fulda or would like to experience sharing accommodation with German students, you might like to investigate private housing options. Students often live together in a shared flat called Wohngemeinschaft (WG). Each person has his or her own room, but everyone shares the kitchen and the bathroom. Here is some advice on how to find private accommodation in Fulda.
You can also look for accommodation ads in local newspapers, which are published once or twice a week. Please note that these ads are usually in German only.
- Fuldaer Zeitung (Wednesdays and Sundays)
- Fuldaer MK (a free paper that comes out on Wednesdays)
- Fulda aktuell (a free paper that comes out on Sundays)
- Marktkorb am Wochenende (print only, comes out on Sundays)
Real estate agencies can also help you find a private flat in Fulda but may charge you a month's rent or more for their service - which might not be worthwhile if you're only coming to Fulda for a semester or year.
AStA (General Student committee)
Fulda University´s general student committee (AStA) collects and displays housing adverts online. They can be found in the AStA´s housing listings (in German only).
General Student Committee / Allgemeiner Studierendenausschuss (AStA)
Leipziger Straße 123
Tel.: +49 661 9629-140
Notice board on campus
There are numerous large noticeboards on campus - another good place to look for accommodation ads. There are noticeboards in the different departments, in the Student Service Centre and in the cafeteria (Mensa).
Other useful websites
http://fulda.studenten-wohnung.de - student apartments and shared flats in Fulda (in German only)
http://www.studenten-wg.de/ - national website for flat sharing ads (in German only)
http://www.wg-gesucht.de - national website for flat sharing ads
Important flat-hunting terms in German/English
During your search for housing, you will probably come across a lot of abbreviations and special terms. The main ones are explained below.
|Abstand||You have to buy part of the furniture, e.g. the kitchen.|
|kalt||The cost of heating and other utilities is not included; they must be paid for separately.|
|Kaution||Deposit. It is usual to have to pay a deposit of up to three months' rent, which is refunded at the end of the contract. If any damage has been done, the landlord is allowed to withhold the amount of the money needed for the repairs from the deposit.|
|MVZ||Rent to be paid in advance|
|NMM||Net monthly rent (extra charges for heat, electricity, water, etc are not included)|
|warm||The cost of heating and other utilities is included.|
|WG||Shared housing. This indicates a communal living arrangement in which serveral tenants share a flat, each having his or her own bedroom but sharing kitchen and bath, utility costs, etc. In Germany, WGs are normally mixed. If you'd prefer not to share with members of the opposite sex, make sure you ask about this aspect.|
|Zzgl. NK||Plus utilities|