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Living in Dortmund

Searching for the Right Place to Live

The notice of admission has arrived, you have completed registration – now all that’s lacking is a suitable place to live. Whether dormitory, shared flat or your own apartment: here you will find information about the Dortmund housing market and an overview of contact points for a successful apartment search.

Around 600,000 inhabitants make Dortmund a vibrant metropolis in the middle of the Ruhr area, where more than 52,000 young people study – more than in the student city of Heidelberg, for example. While rents in many university cities such as Cologne and Münster have risen dramatically in recent years, living space in Dortmund is still affordable, and the study location is therefore attractive for many students.

Six students sitting outside at a table with benches in the summer time © Felix Schmale

Student Dormitories

Places in student dormitories are particularly popular: The Studierendenwerk Dortmund allocates over 2,800 places in 11 residential complexes in Dortmund  –  from single rooms to four-person shared flats. Since the demand is very high, an early application is recommended. In addition, the Studierendenwerk Dortmund offers barrier-free accommodation for people with disabilities and guest apartments for university lecturers who are in Dortmund for a short-term stay.

The Studierendenwerk offers further information on the subject of housing and the individual residential complexes.

Living in Dortmund

If you are unable to find a place in a dormitory, you can look for rooms in shared flats or apartments on real estate platforms and housing exchanges on the Internet, as well as in daily newspapers. For example, the Klinikviertel and Kreuzviertel neighborhoods in the south as well as the Kaiserviertel district in the eastern part of the city are popular with students. In the less expensive north, many apartments have been renovated to make them suitable for shared flats, and the neighborhood is characterized by a lively cultural scene, urban pubs and interculturality. The centrally located Unionviertel district around Westpark is also popular. Barop and Hombruch are rather close to the university, with good connections to the city center and their own infrastructure. Most student dormitories are also located near the university.

The City of Dortmund has compiled tips for finding student accommodation (in German only).

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Location & approach

The campus of TU Dortmund University is located close to interstate junction Dortmund West, where the Sauerlandlinie A 45 (Frankfurt-Dortmund) crosses the Ruhrschnellweg B 1 / A 40. The best interstate exit to take from A 45 is "Dortmund-Eichlinghofen" (closer to Campus Süd), and from B 1 / A 40 "Dortmund-Dorstfeld" (closer to Campus Nord). Signs for the university are located at both exits. Also, there is a new exit before you pass over the B 1-bridge leading into Dortmund.

To get from Campus Nord to Campus Süd by car, there is the connection via Vogelpothsweg/Baroper Straße. We recommend you leave your car on one of the parking lots at Campus Nord and use the H-Bahn (suspended monorail system), which conveniently connects the two campuses.

TU Dortmund University has its own train station ("Dortmund Universität"). From there, suburban trains (S-Bahn) leave for Dortmund main station ("Dortmund Hauptbahnhof") and Düsseldorf main station via the "Düsseldorf Airport Train Station" (take S-Bahn number 1, which leaves every 20 or 30 minutes). The university is easily reached from Bochum, Essen, Mülheim an der Ruhr and Duisburg.

You can also take the bus or subway train from Dortmund city to the university: From Dortmund main station, you can take any train bound for the Station "Stadtgarten", usually lines U41, U45, U 47 and U49. At "Stadtgarten" you switch trains and get on line U42 towards "Hombruch". Look out for the Station "An der Palmweide". From the bus stop just across the road, busses bound for TU Dortmund University leave every ten minutes (445, 447 and 462). Another option is to take the subway routes U41, U45, U47 and U49 from Dortmund main station to the stop "Dortmund Kampstraße". From there, take U43 or U44 to the stop "Dortmund Wittener Straße". Switch to bus line 447 and get off at "Dortmund Universität S".

Dortmund Airport offers flights to several destinations in Central Europe. There are regular connections to Katowice, Kraków, London and Munich. For the approximately 20km-trip from Dortmund Airport to TU Dortmund University, you can use a shuttle bus to the railway Station "Bahnhof Holzwickede", from which trains depart to Dortmund main station (please visit Verkehrsverbund Rhein-Ruhr for more information). Normally, the fastest way is to catch a taxi at Dortmund Airport.

The H-Bahn is one of the hallmarks of TU Dortmund University. There are two stations on Campus Nord. One ("Dortmund Universität S") is directly located at the suburban train stop, which connects the university directly with the city of Dortmund and the rest of the Ruhr Area. Also from this station, there are connections to the "Technologiepark" and (via Campus Süd) Eichlinghofen. The other station is located at the dining hall at Campus Nord and offers a direct connection to Campus Süd every five minutes.

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