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 (squares), 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, such as Neckarstadt, Jungbusch, Schwetzingerstadt, or Lindenhof.
You can get a first idea of the city using the interactive map of Mannheim.
The residence halls of the Studierendenwerk Mannheim are located all throughout the city. The university can be reached directly by public transport from all residence halls.
Types of Rooms
Most students in student housing live in shared apartments. All students living in a shared apartment have their own bedroom, but share the kitchen and bathroom. Between two and eight students live in a shared apartment. Only students of the same gender will share a two-bedroom apartment, all other shared apartments are mixed-gender. There is also a very small number of single apartments available. Single apartments are equipped with a personal kitchen and bathroom.
Appliances and Equipment
The student housing kitchens are equipped with a hot plate and refrigerator. There are no ovens. Not all shared apartments have dishes. You can bring your own set of dishes (a cup, a plate, cutlery, etc.) or buy some in Mannheim. Toilet paper, dish soap, detergent, etc. will not be provided. You will have to buy these household articles yourself. Every residence hall has a laundry room with washers and dryers. You may pay for washing and drying using your ecUM (student ID).
Rent, including utilities*: about EUR 295 to EUR 420
*Utilities: Water, heating, electricity, Internet
Allocation of accommodation
The Studierendenwerk is responsible for allocating the rooms of the residence halls. You can apply for a room as early as six months prior to your requested move-in date. Please apply via the online form. You can name several preferences.
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.
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 the portal myUniMA.
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 300-450. 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:
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.
View to the Alte Feuerwache located in Neckarstadt West. The former fire station today functions as a cultural center and venue for concerts, parties, and poetry slams. / Photo credit: Wolfgang Roloff / Alte Feuerwache Mannheim gGmbH
Mannheim is a real bicycle city: It was in Mannheim that Karl Freiherr von Drais invented the 'Laufmaschine' (1817), a human-powered vehicle that is regarded as the forerunner of the bicycle. Each summer numerous cycling events take place throughout the city in commemoration of the inventor of the earliest two-wheeler. / Photo credit: Stadt Mannheim
View to the Friedrichsplatz surrounding the Wasserturm. In summer, the park with its nice fountains is a popular gathering place. In the background you see the Congress Center Rosengarten. / Photo credit: Stadtmarketing Mannheim GmbH
Industrial romanticism at Mannheim Harbor. / Photo credit: Ben von Skyhawk / Wirtschaftsförderung (Economic Development)
Carl Benz Memorial at the Augustaanlage. Carl Benz had his first mechanical workshop in Mannheim, and it was here that the famous engineer invented the automobile. / Photo credit: Stadtmarketing Mannheim GmbH / Hyp Yerlikaya
View from the Schillerplatz to the Mannheim Jesuit Church. In addition to regular services, the magnificent baroque church also hosts concerts such as the Absolventum's Advent concert. / Photo credit: Dominik Rossbach / Stadtmarketing Mannheim GmbH
The new building of the Kunsthalle Mannheim at the Friedrichsplatz (opening in June 2018) is the largest museum building in Germany for years. / Photo credit: Fernand Fath / Stadtmarketing Mannheim GmbH
Yellow Gondolettas in the Luisenpark. The park has around one billion visitors a year and claims to be “one of the most beautiful parks in Europe”. / Photo credit: Stadtmarketing Mannheim GmbH
Every year in spring and autumn a fair (Mannheimer Mess) takes place on the Neuer Meßplatz in the northern Neckarstadt. / Photo credit: GrossMarkt Mannheim GmbH
Many events take place every year on the Maimarkt site in the east of Mannheim. Including the Maifeld Derby, the Time Warp Festival and the Maimarkt Messe. / Photo credit: Manfred Rinderspacher
View from the Neckar to the telecommunication tower in Mannheim's Oststadt. The Riverbank is a popular meeting spot in summer. / Photo credit: Stadtmarketing Mannheim GmbH / Hyp Yerlikaya
The planetarium is located in the east of Mannheim, near the Luisenpark. / Photo credit: Stadtmarketing Mannheim GmbH / Hyp Yerlikaya
At the Planken (the street leading from Wasserturm up to Paradeplatz) and the Wasserturm various events take place throughout the year. On the picture you can see the Stadtfest (City Festival) that takes place every year in May. / Photo credit: Gundolf Frost
In Mannheim's district Jungbusch you can find the Popakademie, a University of Popular Music and Music Business. Here you can often see free concerts by young talents. In the background is the student dorm Hafenstraße. / Photo credit: Achim Mende / Stadtmarketing Mannheim
There are two rivers floating through Mannheim. You can linger at the riverbanks of the Rhine and the Neckar. / Photo credit: Ben von Skyhawk / Wirtschaftsförderung Mannheim
Not only congresses and conferences take place in the Rosengarten next to the Wasserturm. Many well-known artists have already performed here as well. / Photo credit: Stadtmarketing Mannheim GmbH
Even more culture can be experienced in the Stadthaus on the Paradeplatz: In addition to the library, the Oststadt theater is located here. The building has the typical Mannheim symmetry whose characteristic is a tower framed by smaller buildings on each side. In this case the tower is an elevator. Interesting Fact: Werner von Siemens invented the first electric elevator in Mannheim. / Photo credit: Stadtmarketing Mannheim GmbH
A very famous building in Mannheim: The Wasserturm on the Friedrichsplatz. On the left the district Schwetzingerstadt begins. With its cultural offer and many cafés the Schwetzingerstadt is a popular district. / Photo credit: Achim Mende / Stadtmarketing Mannheim
The annual Christmas Market also takes place around the Wasserturm. And there even more Christmas markets in the city center. / Photo credit: Dominik Rossbach / Stadtmarketing Mannheim GmbH
The Forest park (Waldpark) by the Rhine river stretches across the districts Lindenhof, Niederfeld and Neckarau. This protected landscape is popular for jogging, biking and taking walks. / Photo credit: Timo Volz / Stadtmarketing Mannheim GmbH
Schiller monument on the Schillerplatz. Schiller's "The Robbers" were premiered in Mannheim in 1782. / Photo credit: Stadtmarketing Mannheim GmbH
The National Theater in Mannheim's Oststadt district. / Photo credit: Christian Kleiner / Nationaltheater Mannheim