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Important information for international students participating in an exchange programme (e.g. ERASMUS):
The Studierendenwerk München Oberbayern gives a certain number of rooms to your universtity. This is why students participating in an exchange programme (like ERASMUS) can unfortunately not apply for accomodation in a hall of residence online. Thank you for referring to your university.

Living in a hall of residence of the Studierendenwerk München Oberbayern represents indirect government funding. In comparison to the total number of students looking for accommodation, there are only a small number of rooms available. The following criteria aim to ensure the fairest possible distribution of government-funded accommodation.

1. Application criteria

Students who want to apply for a room in a hall of residence of the Studierendenwerk München Oberbayern are required to fulfil following criteria. By submitting your application for a room in a hall of residence of the Studierendenwerk München Oberbayern, you also accept the following criteria.

1.1 Who can apply?

  • Only students studying at the following universities:
    • Ludwig-Maximilians-Universität (LMU)
    • Technical University of Munich (TUM) (*1)
    • Munich University of Applied Sciences (HM)
    • University of Music and Performing Arts Munich (HMTM)
    • Munich School of Politics and Public Policy (HfP)
    • International University SDI München (SDI)
    • Blocherer School
    • Catholic University of Applied Sciences (KSH)
    • Technical University of Applied Sciences Rosenheim (TH Rosenheim)
      (only for our halls of residence in Rosenheim)
    • University of Applied Sciences Weihenstephan (HSWT)
      (only for our halls of residence in Freising)
    • University of Television and Film (HFF)
    • Academy of Fine Arts (AdBK)
    • International School of Management (ISM)
      (only if the Studierendenwerk fee has been paid)
    • Munich School of Philosophy (HfPh)
    • Hochschule der Bayerischen Wirtschaft (HDBW), Munich Campus

      (*1) excl. Straubing Campus, incl. Heilbronn Campus; application possible for halls of residence in Munich and Freising
  • Students whose monthly income does not exceed the current BAföG maximum rate by more than 30%
  • Students taking part in a double degree programme or dual studies at one of the above mentioned universities. (Students taking part in the German courses of the universities can apply at the earliest one year before their studies officially start and will only get a room when they are officially enrolled and their studies begin. Students taking part in the Studienkolleg can apply as soon as their classes at Studienkolleg have started, but they will not get a room before their studies at university have begun.)
  • Applicants taking part in a "Freiwilliges Soziales Jahr" (FSJ, voluntary social year), "Freiwilliges Ökologisches Jahr" (FÖJ, voluntary ecological year) or in the "Bundesfreiwilligendienst" (federal voluntary service) will remain on the waiting list, but only if they have already received their acceptance letter and they are able to hand in a confirmation from the FSJ, FÖJ or the "Bundesfreiwilligendienst”
  • Doctoral candidates when matriculated
  • Students who already lived in one of our halls of residence before and have the right to stay for at least one more year

1.2 Who cannot apply?

  • Erasmus, programme and exchange students
  • Interns
  • “Sportlehrer im freien Beruf" (freelance sports teachers) at the TUM
  • Students whose parents live in the MVV area This does not apply for universities in Rosenheim and Freising.
  • Students who have used up their entire 2 or 3 years of residency or have less than 1 year left
  • Students who already have a tenancy agreement with the Studierendenwerk (This applies especially to programme/service package students. Applying is only possible after your residency has ended, as long as you still have the right to stay for at least one more year.)

2. General information

You can apply online. If you fulfil the criteria listed in 1.1, please go to Online Application.

You can apply for at the most three halls of residence at your main place of study.

The halls of residence chosen in your application will not be regarded as a list of priorities.

Please note that an offer for accommodation by the Studierendenwerk is binding. If you don’t accept the offer, your application will expire. You can always apply again, but your waiting period of an earlier application will not be taken into account.

Please note that you will receive the accommodation offer as well as the tenancy agreement (incl. additional agreements / cancellation policy) digitally (as a pdf file). Should you not agree to this, please contact our administration.

2.1 Deadlines

Applying for the winter semester is possible from the 15th of May in the year that your studies begin and for the summer semester from the 15th of November the year before your studies begin. (This does not apply to students who are already studying in Munich, Freising or Rosenheim.)

2.2 Certificate of matriculation

In order for your application to remain active, you need to upload a valid certificate of matriculation for each semester into your account. The deadline for uploading your certificate is the 1st of November for the winter semester and the 1st of May for the summer semester. Should  the certificate of matriculation not be uploaded by this date, the application will be deactivated. Thus, you can at first apply without having a certificate of matriculation. It has to, however, be uploaded at the latest by the above mentioned deadlines.

If applying from 02.11. - 14.11. or from 02.05. - 14.05., the certificate of matriculation for the current semester needs to be uploaded directly while applying.

When signing the tenancy agreement, you need to at least hand in your acceptance letter or, if available already, your certificate of matriculation or student ID.

2.3 Waiting periods

The waiting period can take up to 1-5 semesters, depending on the hall of residence. It can take even longer due to extended residencies, renovation works,  etc. Therefore, the waiting period that is given when applying offers no guarantee of being able to move in.

In general, the Studierendenwerk refers to the waiting list when offering residencies. In order to prevent problems in living together (e.g. in shared flats), exceptions have to be made.

We do not provide any information regarding your current position on the waiting list. Applicants receive an email (roughly 6-8 weeks beforehand) as soon as it’s their turn.

2.4 Duration of residence

Tenancy agreements are always signed only for a limited amount of time. The duration of residence is:

  • at the most six semesters for bachelor students (as well as state examination, diploma, magister and the like)
  • at the most four semesters for master students
  • at the most two semesters for doctoral candidates (phd-students)

The duration of the tenancy agreement basically depends on how far on you are in your current course of studies. Thus, the tenancy agreement will be signed at the longest until the expected completion of your studies.

Exception: Bachelor students who are already in their sixth semester (or more) and are planning on doing their master’s degree can stay for a maximum of five semesters.

However, should you leave university before the tenancy agreement expires, you no longer fulfil the requirements of the tenancy agreement and the tenancy agreement will be terminated.

If you change your study programme, you are not entitled to a longer residency.

It is possible to interrupt your stay in a hall of residence (internship, semester abroad, etc.) if you still have two semesters of your six or four semesters left: you need to email your administrative office roughly three months before you wish to move out and also attach proof of the internship, semester abroad, etc.

You can only move back into your old hall of residence. You have no right to exactly the same room.

Residents who have chosen to move out, but still have two semesters of their six or four semesters left, may apply for continued accommodation later on. However, we reserve the right to reject such applications if the prior resident

  • has been in arrears with his/her rent
  • has received an official warning letter
  • has otherwise been in breach of contract previously

2.5 Security deposit

The security deposit is between 200 and approx. 1.700 euros.

2.6 Making changes to your application

Changing your application is possible once within one year after applying without having any effect on your waiting period.

Any further changes or changes made from the second year onwards after applying will lead to a change of your date of application. In this case, it will be adjusted to the date of your changing your application, thus your waiting period will start all over again. Applicants who have already received an accommodation offer (Festanschreiben) can no longer make any changes to the halls of residence.

Changes can not be made by the students themselves but only by our members of staff responsible for online applications. For this purpose, send an email to

3. Special cases

3.1 Cases of hardship

Students suffering from health problems or students in a difficult social situation can apply for preferential treatment when waiting for a room. Reasons for an applicant to qualify as a hardship case may be, for instance, disability, pregnancy or severe illness.

Please fill in the Online Application and, additionally, email an informal application including the necessary documents to

Necessary documents would be for example:

  • identification card for the severely disabled (“Schwerbehindertenausweis”)
  • maternity record (“Mutterpass”)
  • medical certificate which is at the most one year old and which was issued by a specialist in this field (e.g. psychiatry/neurology for mental illnesses)

All documents must be handed in in German.

Each case is decided upon individually.

Please note that financial problems cannot be taken into consideration.

The application criteria must be fulfilled.

3.2 Flats for couples and single-parent apartments

The Studierendenwerk München Oberbayern only has few of these flats available.

Please fill in the Online Application and make a note in the field “Hinweisfeld” (extra information) that you want to apply for a single-parent flat or for a flat for couples. Additionally, email an informal application including the maternity record (“Mutterpass”) / your child’s birth certificate to

The application criteria must be fulfilled.