International Office

Housing for international researchers

Eighty-one furnished and fully-equipped non-smoking guest apartments are available for Ruhr-Universität Bochum's international researchers. Among them are eight apartments for families and two single-family houses. Please note: Our apartments can only be booked through your host chair!

To make it easier for you to find the locations of our guest houses in Bochum, we have set up an overview for you on Google Maps.

Reserving accommodation

Our reserved housing for international researchers is limited and can only be booked through your host chair. Therefore it is important that you contact your host department about reserving accommodation for you and your family several months prior to the start of your planned stay in Germany.
The chair needs to submit the request via e-mail:


  • Take a look at the various guest houses and apartments available for international researchers several months prior to your arrival.
  • Fill out the accommodation request form, indicate your accommodation preference(s).
  • Have your host department send the accommodation request to Ms. Beate Seidemann, your accommodation contact in the International Office.
  • Ms. Seidemann will then contact you with an offer, stating the final rental costs.
  • After your acceptance of the offer, you will receive a binding reservation confirmation and additional information regarding your stay in our guest house.

Your housing contact

Ms. Beate Seidemann is your contact for all accommodation matters. She is happy to answer all of your questions and assist with any concerns regarding accommodation during your research stay.

  • Email: (At this email address you will also be able to contact the responsible caretaker of the respective guest house)
  • Phone: +49 (0) 234 32-22279

Consultation hours:

  • Monday - Friday morning by appointment only

Guest house internet access

A guest account is required to access the internet in our guesthouses. This guest account will be provided to you by your host department. For the start of your research stay, the Welcome Centre will provide you with a temporary Login ID to your guest account to insure that you stay connected.

You can alternatively login via eduroam. If you don't have already have an eduroam account, you may be eligible to receive one from your home university.

In the guesthouse "Uni-Forum", internet access is only possible via cable (no wifi or landline). The purchase and/or usage of a private WLAN router is not allowed in any guesthouse.

Notes on the payment modalities

  • All prices are subject to change. As soon as we receive the accommodation request from your host department, we will make you a binding offer. These prices do not include the Media licence fee (Rundfunkbeitrag). In addition, a deposit of one or two months' rent (for a stay of six months or longer) must be paid separately before arrival. A final cleaning and any replacement/repair services needed after your departure will be taking out of your deposit.
  • Unfortunately, we do not accept credit or debit cards. We ask for the deposit payment to be made via bank transfer or as a cash deposit to our bank account.
  • The deposit payment must be made prior to your arrival and the first rental payment be made within the first ten days of arrival.
  • Please note that a booking is binding and can only be cancelled free of charge up to max. one month before the start of the rental period.
  • For organisational reasons, your move into one of our guest houses can only take place on the third business day of the first rental month starting at noon.
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