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The private housing market

Here you will find information for your independent accommodation search in Bochum.

Aerial view Bochum Bergbaumuseum
Aerial view Bochum Bergbaumuseum

Short- and medium-term accommodation

If you are in Bochum for a shorter stay or are looking for a place to stay for only the first few nights, hotels, hostels and private rentals are a good option. As per usual, in this case you will pay per night. Often breakfast, towels and bed linens are included in the price.

Conditionally some landlords also offer long-term accommodation. We recommend you communicate your needs to your landlord to see which options are available to you.

Long-term accommodation

If you are staying in Bochum for a longer period, you should start looking for accommodation well in advance.

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You can find flat listings in various newspapers, incl. the "Westdeutsche Allgemeine Zeitung" WAZ, and the local "Stadtspiegel Bochum" (The "Stadtspiegel" is distributed to all residents of Bochum on Wednesdays and Saturdays and displayed in various public places).

It can also be worthwhile taking a look at the various bulletin boards in the cafeteria and departmental buildings on campus.


The large national accommodation marketplaces have a wide range of offers and many filter options. Some of the largest platforms are listed on "Immobilienportale".

Specialised housing websites such as portals for shared living in WGs (Wohngemeinschaft) or for temporary rentals (Zwischenmiete) can be especially helpful.

One could also find a suitable solution on social media platforms by searching for relevant key terms.

The city of Bochum as well as local housing associations and cooperatives also list housing opportunities on their websites.

Having trouble finding a suitable apartment in Bochum?

Tip: Look in neighboring cities Herne, Witten, Hattingen, Essen and Dortmund. Because the Ruhr area is so well connected, commuting to Bochum from these neighboring cities is easy.

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