I’m doing my
Erasmus in Münster, a well-known university city in Germany with more than
65.000 students every year looking for a place to stay.
Ten months before
the Erasmus I applied for a room in the Studierendenwerk
(an external residence organisation from the university, https://stw-muenster.de/en/home/). I thought I had applied early and that I would not have
any problem with the accommodation, but this is not what happened.
Two months before
my flight I was starting to feel a bit anxious because I didn’t receive any
information from them. And after contacting them twice, they told me I was in the
waiting list. Here is when the uncertain situation began, just one month before
First, I decided to
look for information on the
internet. I started looking in exchange students’ forums, for example in
Erasmusu, Eduopinions and Facebook. And I found out that this situation of
uncertainty in Germany is more common than in other European countries because here
students tend to change their residence for their studies more often.
I also sent an
email to the University support asking
for some help, but they just told me that this was a normal situation in
Münster and recommended me some websites to look for accommodation. Moreover, I
also looked for social support in my home university, but it ended up not being
After that I
decided to sign up for multiple dorm search websites, the most important is https://www.wg-gesucht.de/ (one of the most used and known websites for students to
find accommodation in Germany). And I also tried applying for a Christian
residence (https://bsw-muenster.de/en/) and looking in a local magazine called Na Dann (https://www.nadann.de/).
I had some problems
finding the right accommodation because some rooms were unfurnished, others
asked for vegan/vegetarian rules or some were looking for a longer stay. But
the most important problem I found is that I had to go to Münster to sign the
contract. And only one week before the start of the Erasmus, I finally found a
nice place to stay.
I don’t think this
was a “positive” situation for me because I felt lost most of the time and I
had a really difficult time. In addition, I was very close to cancelling my
Erasmus because of it. However, I am happy that I was able to find
accommodation before arriving in Münster because I have met other students that
arrived here without accommodation and not knowing what to do.
I hope my
experience can help you finding accommodation.