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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.

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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.

Rents for Student Apartments in Germany's Ten Largest Cities

1 Leipzig €260
2 Dortmund €300
2 Essen €300
4 Düsseldorf €420
5 Hamburg €450
6 Cologne €480
7 Frankfurt €500
7 Berlin €500
9 Stuttgart €540
10 Munich €770

Source: Immowelt (German only)

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 South Campus), and from B 1 / A 40 “Dort­mund-Dorstfeld” (closer to North Campus). 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 North Campus to South Campus by car, there is the connection via Vogelpothsweg/Baroper Straße. We recommend you leave your car on one of the parking lots at North Campus 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 15 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”.

The AirportExpress is a fast and convenient means of transport from Dortmund Airport (DTM) to Dortmund Central Station, taking you there in little more than 20 minutes. From Dortmund Central Station, you can continue to the university campus by interurban railway (S-Bahn). A larger range of international flight connections is offered at Düsseldorf Airport (DUS), which is about 60 kilometres away and can be directly reached by S-Bahn from the university station.

The H-Bahn is one of the hallmarks of TU Dort­mund University. There are two stations on North Campus. 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 South Campus) Eichlinghofen. The other station is located at the dining hall at North Campus and offers a direct connection to South Campus every five minutes.

The facilities of TU Dortmund University are spread over two campuses, the larger Campus North and the smaller Campus South. Additionally, some areas of the university are located in the adjacent “Technologiepark”.

Site Map of TU Dortmund University (Second Page in English).