Housing in Mannheim

Mannheim has about 300,000 inhabitants from 167 nations. Openness and cultural diversity – this is what defines living in Mannheim. 
The city center, also called the Quadrate (blocks), is framed by the rivers Rhine and Neckar. Housing in the Quadrate is in high demand. In total, Mannheim has 17 districts. All districts are well-connected to the University of Mannheim by public transport. We encourage you to also look for housing in the other districts of Mannheim. 
You can get a first idea of the city using the interactive map of Mannheim. 
You have several different options when looking for a room or apartment in Mannheim. Here, we have compiled some useful tips for you.

  • Applying at the Studierendenwerk for accommodation in student housing

    The Studierendenwerk Mannheim has about 2,500 rooms available in 17 different student residence halls. Student housing is the perfect place to get to know fellow students from both Germany and all around the world! Click here to find a list of all student residence halls. You can apply for student housing online. The application is non-binding and can be submitted even before you’ve received the official admission from the University of Mannheim. Please be aware that you are not guaranteed a room in student housing! The waiting lists are long and we recommend applying as soon as possible and looking for a room on the private rental market at the same time.
    The Studierendenwerk also offers private accommodation (further information). 

    Studierendenwerk address and office hours: 
    Bismarckstraße 10, 68161 Mannheim
    Mensa/Entrance A
    Contact person: Janine Kohler
    Tel.: +49 621 49072–713; Fax: +49 621 49072–899
    E-mail: international stw-ma.de
    Mon – Tue   10 a.m. – 3:30 p.m.
    Fri                10 a.m. – 2:30 p.m.

    Patrick Sullivan

    Patrick Sullivan

    Coordination Services International Students
    Studierendenwerk Mannheim Kommunikation und Studierendenservice Mensaria am Schloss Bismarckstr. 10 | Eingang A – Room Infothek
    68161 Mannheim
    Consultation hour(s):
    Beratung am Fenster oder via Telefon
    Mo-Do: 9:00 – 15:00 Uhr
    Fri: nach Vereinbarung
  • Private housing

    Mannheim is a university city. This means that, at the beginning of each semester, private housing is in high demand. So, finding suitable accommodation may take up a lot of time. We therefore recommend looking for a room on the private rental market as early as possible.
    As housing in the Quadrate (squares) is particularly sought after, we encourage you to also look for accommodation in one of the other 17 districts of Mannheim. All districts are well-connected to the University of Mannheim by public transport. The same applies to the cities in the vicinity of Mannheim, such as Ludwigshafen or Heidelberg.

    Short-term accommodation

    If you come to Mannheim to look for an apartment or have to bridge a few days before moving in, you can rent a room in the Youth Hostel Mannheim International.

    For more affordable hotels in Mannheim please see Portal².

    Advice for finding accommodation

    Shared apartments are very popular among students, even on the private rental market. All students living in a shared apartment have their own bedroom, but share the kitchen and bathroom. If you decide to live in a shared apartment, you do not only pay less rent, but also will get accustomed to living in Mannheim and and the university much more quickly.  

    The price for a room in a shared apartment amounts to EUR 350–600. It is common that landlords require a deposit payment of about two monthly rents excluding utilities.

    Looking for accommodation on the private rental market

    You will find plenty offers for private rooms or apartments on the Internet. Unfortunately, not all offers are reliable. Therefore, from experience, we recommend not to transfer rental payments to bank accounts outside Germany.

    Here you can find an overview of some websites of accommodation services:

    Residence halls

    Besides student housing provided by the Studierendenwerk, there are also some residence halls in Mannheim that are run by other organizations. Some of them are church-sponsored. Please apply directly at the respective residence hall. For further information please see the respective residence hall’s website.

    • The Alfred-Delp-Haus (ADH) is a catholic residence hall located in the city center of Mannheim. Here, a harmonious residential community and good companionship of the residents is of great importance. Both the residents and the management of the residence hall add to a familial and homely atmosphere. For this reason, before allocating a room, the management wants to meet new applicants in person. International students can apply for a room in the ADH without having to travel to Mannheim for a personal interview; yet, they must be able to satisfactorily show their social commitment. All students can apply irrespective of their religious affiliation.
    • Then, there is the Emilie-Hucht-Haus, a catholic youth residence. For more information please see the homepage.
    • The Kolpinghaus offers rooms for students, trainees, pupils, and young workers.  

    Please check the portal for more information on finding a room on the private rental market.

    Degree-Seeking Students use Portal²

    Exchange Students use Portal²


Ricarda Diehl

Ricarda Diehl (she/her)

German Language Courses Coordinator and Accommodation Officer for International Exchange Students
University of Mannheim
Division II – Student Affairs
International Office
L 1, 1 – Room 109
68161 Mannheim
Phone: +49 621 181–1158
Fax: +49 621 181–1161
E-mail: ricarda.diehl uni-mannheim.de
Office hours:
Working from home every Wednesday and Friday as well as Thursday in uneven calendar weeks; on these days you can reach me via email only.