Housing Options for Exchange Students

The main campus of Westfälische Hochschule is located in Gelsenkirchen, with both teaching and residential facilities. Exchange students who study at our campus in Gelsenkirchen normally live in our student residence located close to the campus. Exchange students studying at our campus in Bocholt  and Recklinghausen usually look for private accommodation by themselves as we don't have a student residence in Bocholt or Recklinghausen. However, at campus Bocholt we provide assistance in finding a suitable accommodation. 

Student Residence "Wodanstraße” in Gelsenkirchen

Wodanstraße 7a-f, 45891 Gelsenkirchen

Our student residence is comprised of newly-built houses each containing in total 155 single rooms in 2, 3 or 4 shared-room apartments. It is located in Gelsenkirchen-Erle in a very central ubication with local amenities approx. 300m away. Here you can rent private rooms inside shared-flats consisting of 3 or 4 rooms each - sharing a kitchen, shower, bath and toilet, all completely furnished by the International Office

There are also washing-machines and dryers inside the houses and all rooms have access to Wifi. You will get the keys of your room from your tutor upon your arrival. 

Student residence Wodanstraße
Click on the image to discover our student residence "Wodanstraße"

Rental Period and Costs

  • The rental contract runs for the duration of one semester (6 months) or a whole academic year (12 months), including semester breaks. It is not possible to start/end the rental contract earlier/later
  • The total rent amounts between 1.620€ - 1.842€ per semester
  • For your reservation a down payment of 800€ has to be paid in advance directly to the residence administration (not to Westfälische Hochschule)
  • The outstanding amount of the rental price has to be paid by May 1st (summer semester)/ by November 1st (winter semester). The residence owner is AKAFÖ

Application for Accommodation

Please fill in the accommodation form and send it to back to us via email:

Since the number of applications normally exceeds the number of rooms available for our exchange students, our recommendations is to reserve your room as early as possible. Upon receipt of your application form, a room will be allocated to you. As soon as you have received our letter of confirmation, your room will be reserved for your stay.

In case no further room is available, we will inform you in time. Then we will send you the contact information of students who will spend a semester abroad and wish to rent their room to another student. Of course you can also look for a private room by yourself.


Tips for Accommodation Search

If you decide to look for a room/department by yourself, please inform yourself well beforehand and be careful. Especially international students became victims of rental fraud during the last years.
We have summarized some of the most important tips to avoid rental fraud

These are the most common portals for accommodation search in Germany: