FAQs regarding Accommodation
How do I apply for placement in a student residence?
You may submit an application at any time and free of charge by using our homepage (see online application). First-year students may apply without a university entrance admission or a registration certificate/semester enrolment slip.
Submitting an application – for a maximum of three residential complexes – does not incur any obligation, but does not automatically entitle the applicant to a place in a student residence either.
Your personal data will be digitally stored and processed. The data will be used for this purpose only and will not be forwarded to third parties.
Can I have a look at my room before signing a lease agreement/before moving in?
As the rooms are generally rented out up to the last day before the new tenant moves in, a viewing is unfortunately not possible. However, you are free to have a walk through the residential buildings on your own; possibly the tenant of the room you are going to rent has no objection to an informal visit.
How long can I live in a student residence run by Studierendenwerk Münster?
The total rental period is eight semesters. On request the lease agreement may be extended beyond the total rental period.
Do I have to pay a deposit?
The tenant must transfer a deposit into the account of the Studierendenwerk Münster (see Rental Agreement) no later than one week before taking up tenancy.
The amount of the deposit to be paid depends on the rent and varies depending on the residence hall between € 250.00 and € 500.00.
One exception is the residence hall “Bismarckallee 47 b – d” where the amount of the deposit is 1 ½ of the monthly basic rent (the rent without heating and running costs) without utilities. In accordance with § 551, section 3 BGB does not bear interest!
Can I terminate the lease agreement?
The lease may be terminated by the tenant when notice to quit has been given at the latest by the third business day of the month, valid for the end of the third month following such notice to quit (§ 573 c German Civil Code).
Share apartments are excluded from this arrangement:
The tenant may only withdraw from the lease prior to the period of the agreed tenancy with the express permission of the landlord. Permission will only be granted if the other tenants name a replacement student who is acceptable to the landlord and who has made a written request to be considered as a tenant.
At this point, for the sake of clarity, a new rental agreement with the Studierendenwerk Münster will be entered into.
The termination of the lease requires that written notice be given. A termination by e-mail is not possible.
You can find further information regarding the period of notice and formal requirements of the rental agreement in your lease. If you have any questions in particular please ask the contact person responsible for your residence hall.
Am I basically insured as a tenant in your residential complex?
The Studierendenwerk Münster is not liable for any damages to the property of the residents also not if they are caused by damages to the building, e.g. as the result of burst water pipes.
We therefore recommend that you take out private home contents insurance.
Home contents insurance replaces your belongings e.g. for damages due to:
- Burglary and vandalism
- fire, lightning and explosions
- tap water
- storms and hail
As the risk of bicycle theft continues to increase, bicycles are usually no longer covered by a home contents insurance policy. Most insurance policies can, however, include a clause insuring bicycles as an additional option. Otherwise another alternative would be a bicycle insurance policy.
We recommend: register your bicycle in the bicycle owner list of the police.
Private liability insurance is an absolute must for everyone because it is the only one that covers damages that you cause to third parties. The insurance policy covers the costs for damages to persons, things or property in the private sphere up to the agreed amount. Those who live with their parents are usually still insured with them. All others must make sure that in the case of a liability they do not have to pay the damages themselves.
We recommend that you check your insurance coverage and alternatively take out private liability insurance!
The private liability insurance protects you in many areas of life, e.g.:
- On the street when cycling or as a pedestrian when shopping
- At home, either as a tenant or as the owner of living space that you use yourself
- With your family, doing sports or in your free time, even on holiday and worldwide
First-degree students are covered by their parent’s insurance. If you were employed before your studies and have completed a degree, you must in any case take out your own insurance. Please inform yourself.
Calculation examples will soon be available on our homepage.
Out-of-court dispute settlement
We are neither willing nor obligated to appear in a dispute settlement proceeding before a consumer arbitration board in accordance with the Consumer Dispute Settlement Act (VSBG).