“Doing master of neuroscience in Bonn university was the turning point of my life, not only by achieving my dream of doing what i like, but also by developing a good career out of it.”
Ahmed Eltokhi, Class of 2012
More information for students at the University of Bonn may be obtained from the listed webpages.
Although Bonn is not the most expensive city, finding affordable accommodation might be difficult, especially at the beginning of a semester. Single rooms are available in student dormitories administered by the Studentenwerk Bonn (monthly rent starting at approximately 200-300 Euros) but there are always more applicants than places. The application deadline for rooms is the 20th August for the following winter semester. The coordination office will, upon request, assist in reserving a dormitory room.
Private rooms are usually more expensive and must be organized by yourself, e.g. via local real estate agencies or specialized homepages (see links below). Foreign students (non EU students) may be required to obtain a VISA and/or a residence permit. Students are responsible for their necessary documents for studying and travelling in Germany. Please read up on all necessary documents and arrange with your and the German authorities.
For further information on accommodation for students, please consult this page.
Links to rooms
Here you can apply for a room in halls of residence of the Studentenwerk Bonn:
Department of Student Accommodation
There´s a range of possibilities to inform yourself about the current offers on private accommodation.
There are several search engines or other tenders by which you can look for shared flats, apartments and larger flats:
Studenten-WG , Host a Fan, Bonn e-Rent, WG-gesucht
Besides you can look for accommodation in the advertising section of the Bonner General Anzeiger
For rental agreements on private housing market - general advices and important instructions regarding contracts: "All you need to know before signing a rental agreement on private market" - see external link Just Landed.
Prospective international students have to apply for a student visa at their respective German embassy before entering Germany. A list of embassies is available at the Federal Foreign Office.
All international students who wish to stay in Germany for more than three months must have a valid residence permit. This also applies to students from EU countries.
If you already have the required documentation or entry certificatons for the period of your stay in your passport you do not need to contact the municipal immigration office. In that case it is sufficient to get in touch with the Residents' Registration Office (Bürgeramt).
The municipal immigration office is where you can obtain a residence permit.
These are the documents you need:
- a valid passport
- a notification of admission or alternatively the matriculation certificate
- the registration confirmation of the Bürgeramt
- evidence of financial cover of your studies
- evidence of sufficient health insurance cover
For students coming from non-EU countries, additionally:
- a visa for studying purposes
The International Office of the University of Bonn provides support and advice to international students and researchers.
Please take a look at the brochure "Insights for International Master's Students" on formalities, important contact persons and central service units of the university.
The Student Union (AStA)
The office can help students and applicants with problems and concerns regarding administration, finances, coursework and immigration matters. Moreover, it provides further information about admission, scholarships, grants and language schools, the German job market and job opportunities, residence permits as well as internships for international students.
The Student Union (AStA)
Telephone: +49 - (0)228 - 73 - 70 30
Telefax: +49 - (0)228 - 26 - 22 10
Student Union's Social Counseling Service
The social counseling service will answer your questions on topics regarding studies and everyday life in general. It provides competent assistance, especially concerning questions about insurances, scholarship grants and welfare.
Student Union's Social Counselling Service
Telephone:+49 - (0)228 - 73 - 40 43
Telefax:+49 - (0)228 - 26 - 22 10
A so-called current account or giro account ("Girokonto") with a German bank is necessary for your financial transactions since many payments can only be made as transfers, i.e. you cannot pay cash.
Rent, health insurance, telephone bill, electricity bill and other regular payments can be handled by setting up a standing order (Dauerauftrag) or a direct debit mandate (Einzugsermächtigung), either at a branch bank or by filling in a printed form. Both are set up only once and remain valid until you change or cancel them. This saves you a lot of work. In case you disagree with a withdrawal you need to contact your bank immediately. The money can then be retransferred to your account.
You can open a giro account with a bank or a savings bank (Sparkasse) after having registered with the Residents' Registration Office (Bürgeramt). If you present your Student ID the account is free of charge.
Online Job Fairs
Here's a list of Online-Job Fairs which include offers for students in the Bonn-Cologne area:
Those of you planing to pursue a scientific career after having finished your master's degree: The European Commission offers an online job fair for research positions throughout the EU: http://ec.europa.eu/euraxess/i?ndex.cfm/jobs/index