Aachen has about 250,000 inhabitants, 45,000 of them are students, and only 5,000 of them live in student residences. Most of the students live in private sector accommodation. In Germany it is not common that students are allocated a dormitory room along with the admission. An admission does not guarantee reservation in a student residence. Accommodation must be organized separately.
As soon as you know you will be coming to Aachen: start looking for accommodation.
Aachen has a beautiful old town center and it is very safe and easy to get around, e.g. with the well-organized bus system that students can use free of charge with their semester tickets. Since RWTH Aachen University is not a campus university in the typical sense, students have to travel between different buildings located throughout the city, e.g. by bus or by bike. Thanks to the excellent public transportation system, students may not only look for apartments, located centrally in the city, but also in surrounding districts (e.g. Burtscheid, Kohlscheid, Haaren, Brand, Eilendorf). We will do our best in assisting you to find a suitable accommodation.
If you study full-time and intend to stay in Aachen for several semesters, we recommend you the following options to find a suitable accommodation.