City Districts

Niederburg / Old town
Oldest part of Konstanz with medieval flair in the shadow of the Münster. Great access to the city centre, as advantageous a place to live as the Paradies district. Disadvantage: The difficult parking situation.

Paradies
Who wouldn’t want to live in paradise? Not the afterlife, mind you. Rather: The Paradies, which includes parts of the city centre and extends as far down as the banks of the Seerhein. Lots of local pubs within walking distance. Also the HTWG. File under: Neighbourhood jackpot!

Music quarter (in Petershausen-Ost)
Derives its nickname from the many classical composers that lend their names to the local streets. Casino and harbour in close proximity, which makes for aristocratic rental prices. Hardly any student flats and as ardently fought over as 11:00 o’clock admission to the “Rock am See” festival.

Petershausen
On the northern shore of the Rhine featuring a large number of student flats. Easy to get to the other parts of town and to both universities. Summer treat: Access to the embankment and the public swimming pool.

Königsbau
Not as popular as the other districts because of its distance to the city centre and to Lake Constance. On the plus side: it’s very close to university. Which means: A large number of student flats. Huge advantage: Not far from Petershausen and the rents are cheap. It’s a ten-minute bus ride to the city centre and the bus service is great.

Fürstenberg
The Chérisy district – the Chérisy grounds used to be an army barracks. Just outside the city centre and close to the Mainau forest. Local attractions: The “Kulturladen” (Kula), a local live club.

Wollmatingen
Rather quiet, a 15-minute bus ride from the city centre. Avoid if it’s the party crowd you’re looking to join. Home to the “Berchengebiet”, by some considered a socially disadvantaged area. Don’t assume the worst, though: it’s not Berlin-Marzahn (which is where you really don’t want to live). Shops and local doctors abound, getting the bus to town is quick and easy.

Egg / Staad / Allmannsdorf
Urban life is not for you? Living close to the lake and forest is your thing? Then you might want to consider one of these city districts. You’ll be delighted to learn that the entrance to Mainau Island (Konstanz’s flower island) is located on the border of Egg and Staad. Staad is also where you’ll catch the ferry to Meersburg on the northern shore of Lake Constance. A bus ride to town usually takes about 20 minutes, the university is closer.

Litzelstetten/ Dingelsdorf / Dettingen/ Wallhausen
Four suburbs, a 30-minute bus ride away. You couldn’t find a more idyllic spot if you went looking for it. Nor would you find anywhere with fewer clubbing opportunities. The upside: Litzelstetten is a short 10-minute bus ride away from university.

Reichenau
UNESCO World Heritage Site and Konstanz’s vegetable island. Unfortunately, the bus service to Konstanz isn’t great.

Kreuzlingen
Second largest town of the Swiss Canton of Thurgovia (Thurgau). Which means: It’s tranquil. A real alternative to Konstanz thanks to its four border crossings – but bear in mind: you’ll have to pay in Swiss Francs!

Apartment search

Your own four walls
The housing situation is rather tense all year around. Students are the first to notice, especially before the start of the semester. Therefore: Get yourself online early and apply for student accommodation with Seezeit Student Services! Seezeit belongs to the top student accommodation providers in Konstanz, offering around 1,800 rooms (single and double apartments as well as flatshares). Due to the extremely high demand, the rooms are assigned by lottery.

Link
Seezeit Student Services: https://www.seezeit.com/en/accommodation/

 

The Sonnenbühl residence halls are ideal for university students
Even though most student residence halls are a reasonable bike or bus ride away from uni, the Sonnenbühl halls in the Königsbau district just below the Gießberg are a great choice if you’re a university student. You may choose between five different halls: Sonnenbühl West I, Sonnenbühl West II, Sonnenbühl East (high rise), Sonnenbühl East (group accommodation) and Sonnenbühlstrasse 38/40.

Depending on the size of the apartments and whether you’re looking to rent a single or double, you’ll pay anything from € 330 to € 504 (per apartment). Also available are shared flats for two to seven individuals, renting at € 260 to € 345 per room.

Shared flats for up to seven people are available at Jungerhalde in the Allmannsdorf neighbourhood. They’re reasonably close to uni and won the Deutscher Architekturpreis 1995 (German architecture award). They’re located near the Hockgraben, the university park, and come comparatively cheap at € 230 per room.

Links
Sonnenbühl West I: https://www.seezeit.com/en/accommodation/halls-of-residence/sonnenbuehl-west-i/
Sonnenbühl West II: https://www.seezeit.com/en/accommodation/halls-of-residence/sonnenbuehl-west-ii/
Sonnenbühl East (high rise): https://www.seezeit.com/en/accommodation/halls-of-residence/sonnenbuehl-ost-hochhaus/
Sonnenbühl East (group accommodation): https://www.seezeit.com/en/accommodation/halls-of-residence/sonnenbuehl-ost-gruppenhaeuser/
Sonnenbühlstrasse 38/40: https://www.seezeit.com/en/accommodation/halls-of-residence/sonnenbuehlstrasse-3840/
Jungerhalde shared flats: https://www.seezeit.com/en/accommodation/halls-of-residence/jungerhalde/

 

HTWG students are drawn to Paradies
For HTWG students, the adjoining Paradies student residence hall, which has single and double apartments, is a fantastic choice (€ 330 per apartment/room). The Jan Hus-Haus is located within walking distance (500 m) of HTWG and offers similarly affordable single apartments (starting at € 273) and shared flats for two or four people (starting at € 257). As does the Europa-Haus, which offers shared accommodation for two or four people; room prices start at € 260.

Links
Paradies residence hall: https://www.seezeit.com/en/accommodation/halls-of-residence/paradies/
Jahn-Hus Haus: https://www.seezeit.com/en/accommodation/halls-of-residence/jan-hus-haus/
Europahaus: https://www.seezeit.com/en/accommodation/halls-of-residence/europahaus/

 

Real alternatives in Petershausen and Fürstenberg
If you’re a HTWG student, you might consider renting rooms in the Seerhein student residence halls, which offer shared flats for four people (starting at € 314 per room) as well as studio apartments (about € 490). More shared flats for two to four are available in the Petershauser Bahnhof (Petershausen rail station), starting at € 306 per room, and in Petershauser Straße with rooms in shared flats starting at € 265. Not all of these have common areas, but if you need someone to talk to, you have your friends and flatmates.

If it’s a little more social interaction you’re after, you might think about the student residence halls in the Schürmann-Horster-Weg (starting at € 295). Here, you actually have to pass through the common areas to make it to your room. These residence halls haven’t been soundproofed, but the Fürstenberg location – bang in the middle between university and city centre – as well as its close proximity to the Kula club and the various clubbing venues in Konstanz’s industrial park more than make up for this.

All of the above-mentioned flats are partly or fully furnished. More details about all of these residence halls are available from Seezeit. In addition to your rent, you will have to make a deposit of between € 500-1,000. Most residence halls come with a separate laundry room equipped with washing machines and dryers (which you may use for a small fee).

Links
Seerhein residence hall: https://www.seezeit.com/en/accommodation/halls-of-residence/seerhein/
Petershauser Bahnhof: https://www.seezeit.com/en/accommodation/halls-of-residence/petershauser-bahnhof/
Petershauser Straße: https://www.seezeit.com/en/accommodation/halls-of-residence/petershauser-strasse/
Schürrmann-Horster-Weg: https://www.seezeit.com/en/accommodation/halls-of-residence/schuermann-horster-weg/

 

Rooms are allocated in January and July
After you’ve successfully applied for student accommodation online, the Seezeit team will keep you posted about the status of your application via email. Rooms are allocated at the end of January and July respectively, i.e. around the same time you’ll be admitted to uni.

Link
Online application for student accommodation (in German): https://tl1host.eu/SWKN/#home

 

Shared flats in the Chérisy and Jäger barracks
All Seezeit residence halls are rather casual affairs, not really smart, but not too shabby either. The unfurnished flats in the Chérisy or Jäger barracks paint a very different picture. In some cases, the original early 1980s furnishings from when the French left and the barracks were first converted into residence halls are still in place, including some of the carpets. Both barracks are high rises and are located nowhere near any of the two universities, which only adds to their popularity. Be advised: If you’re looking for anonymity, this is not the place for you. Both halls tend to attract a very sociable bunch, and cosiness is writ large. An added bonus: the rooms are very spacious. Students living in the barracks tend to pick their own flatmates (rent is about € 250). So make sure to keep a watchful eye on the housing and room exchange listings.

The Chérisy area also hosts the privately financed Campus Konstanz hall, boasting single, double and triple apartments, as well as the C3 residence hall with single apartments and shared flats for up to four people (€ 430 per room). These are more expensive, but also more modern and more luxurious.

Links
Shared flats in the Chérisy barracks: http://www.cherisy.de/
Shard flats in the Jäger barracks: http://hausverwaltung-weckerle.de/index.php/fuerstudierende/
Campus Konstanz: http://www.campus-kn.de/de/unser-konzept.html

 

Church-administered residence halls on the banks of the Seerhein
The Catholic Albertus-Magnus-Haus (AMH) and the Protestant Thomas-Blarer-Haus (TBH) are very popular among HTWG students due to their location. You don’t necessarily need to be a professing Catholic or Protestant to snap up one of the 500 rooms, but you will be expected to contribute to communal life (rooms start at € 250).

Links
Albertus-Magnus-Haus:  http://www.amh-konstanz.de/
Thomas-Blarer-Haus: https://www.tbh-konstanz.de/

 

Private housing
You will find various adverts for private housing in the Südkurier newspaper (Wednesdays and Saturdays), on the Seezeit Student Services web page (updated on a daily basis!) and on both universities’ notice boards. You might also want to think about moving to Meersburg, which is a real alternative thanks to its fantastic ferry and bus connections. Rents are way cheaper, the ferry to Konstanz takes only about 15 minutes and if you have a Studi-Ticket you can use this service for free and even bring your bicycle. Another option is of course Switzerland, especially the neighbouring town of Kreuzlingen. But remember: you’ll be paying your rent in Swiss Francs, which may entail occasional fluctuations.

Links
Südkurier newspaper: http://suedkurier.immowelt.de/
Seezeit Student Services: https://www.seezeit.com/Community/pages/Wohnraumboerse/index.jsp
Meersburg: https://www.meersburg.de/de/Home
Kreuzlingen: http://www.kreuzlingen.ch/

 

Online housing portals

Links
Studenten-WG: www.studenten-wg.de
Vierwaende: www.vierwaen.de
WG-Gesucht: www.wg-gesucht.de