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The Karlsruhe Institute of Technology is distributed over several locations. While the campus north is situated in the administrative district of Karlsruhe near Eggenstein-Leopoldshafen, the campus south is about 10 km away in the heart of the city of Karlsruhe. Moreover, there are further locations in the city of Karlsruhe, as well as in the city of Dresden, Garmisch-Partenkirchen and Ulm.
It is not easy to find the appropriate accommodation in Karlsruhe, which means that you should think about it at an early stage during your planning. There is a great shortage of housing especially at the beginning of the winter semester. Most of the students in Karlsruhe live either in one of the many student residences or share a flat with somebody. Here you can find an unofficial rent guide as there isn't an official one for Karlsruhe. In addition, we have assembled a list of the most popular abbreviations in rent advertisements for you.
Student Union Residences
First of all, foreign students should contact the Student Union when apartment and room hunting. It offers inexpensive rooms in its residences. However, there are only a limited number of places available and the waiting lists are long, especially at the beginning of the semester. Applications can be submitted up to six months before your potential moving date.
Sharing an apartment (Wohngemeinschaften – WG)
A huge number of students prefer sharing a flat. Lots of offers can be found on the notice boards at KIT or the Student Union. The prices depend on room size and whether it is furnished. The monthly rent excluding heating varies between 170 and 300€ (as of February 2013).
It can be difficult to find low-priced offers downtown. However, in the outer districts of the city and suburbs you should be able to find cheaper accommodation.
If you are in Karlsruhe for the first time and you haven't found a suitable accommodation yet, the youth hostel is the ideal base camp for a couple of days. It is located on Moltkestr., near the University of Applied Sciences, around 15 minutes on foot from KIT Campus South.