Private housing

Finding private housing in Fulda

If you'd like to be a bit more independent during your time in Fulda, or would like to experience living together with German students, you might like to investigate private housing options. Frequently students live together in a shared flat - or 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 

AStA

For information about the availability of private accommodations, you can contact AStA, the Student Executive Committee, which has a list of student rooms for rent and can provide several of landlords who let rooms. Check the AStA website (page only available in German) for a list of rooms for rent.

Local newspaper

You can also look for accommodation advertisements in local newspapers, which come out once or twice a week:

  • Fuldaer Zeitung (Wednesday and Sundays)(page only available in German)
  • Fuldaer MK (a free paper that comes out on Wednesdays)(page only available in German)
  • 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 coming to Fulda for just a semester or year.

Notice boards around campus

There are numerous large notice boards on campus where people looking for or offering accommodation can post flyers. You will also find notice boards in the different departments, in the Student Service Centre, and in the cafeteria (Mensa)

Other useful websites

Important flat-hunting terms to know

During your search for housing, you might stumble across a lot of abbreviations and special terms. The most important ones are explained bel

AbstandYou have to buy part of the furnishings
kaltHeat and other utilities are not included and must be paid separately
KautionDeposit. It is normal to pay a deposit of up to three month's 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.
MVZRent to be paid in advance
NMMNet monthly rent (extra charges for heat, electricity, water, etc. are not included)
warmHeat and other utilities costs are included
WGShared 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, ect. In Germany, the WGs are normally mixed, with both male and female roommates. If you'd rather not share with the opposite sex, make sure you ask about this aspect.
Zzgl. NKPlus utilities