Exterior View IBZ | Foto: Maike Jenny Wiechert
Exterior View IBZ | Foto: Maike Jenny Wiechert

Welcome to the homepage of the Internationales Begegnungszentrum (IBZ - International Guest House) at Bauhaus-Universität Weimar!

History of the House

The IBZ „Harry Graf Kessler“ was built in 1997. Ever since it has been a guesthouse of Bauhaus-Universität Weimar and the Hochschule für Musik Franz Liszt. It was named after the diplomat, writer and book artist Harry Graf Kessler (1868 – 1937), who - being a patron of the arts, collector and director of the museum “Großherzogliches Museum für Kunst und Kunstgewerbe” - helped to bring forward the establishment of the famous “State Bauhaus”.


The IBZ aims at assisting guests and researchers of Bauhaus-Universität Weimar through providing them with short-term option and/or facilitating the start for international guests and (guest) researchers in Germany. Therefore, the lease agreements are usually issued for 6 months. Extensions as well as shorter rental contracts are possible but must be decided upon by the Studierendenwerk Thüringen  and the International Office  at Bauhaus-Universität Weimar.

Especially for international guests, families, (guest) researchers, artists, designers and musicians who reside in Weimar for a short period of time, it can be difficult to find accommodation within the regular housing market. As IBZ seeks to facilitate their stay, these groups are treated preferentially in the allocation of apartments.

Bauhaus-Universität Weimar and the Hochschule für Musik Franz Liszt regard themselves as international institutions of higher education, which want to make their international and cultural diversity perceptible in everyday life. To pursue this goal, IBZ offers informal events on a regular basis allowing its residents to better get to know the community.

Further Information

Renting Requirements

The apartment offers at IBZ may be used by persons associated with the Hochschule für Musik Franz Liszt, Bauhaus-Universität Weimar or an affiliated research facility (e.g. IKKM). This applies to:

  • International or German guests and (guest) researchers, artists, designers, musicians (with or without family)
  • International doctoral candidates (with or without family)

Students (bachelor or master) are asked to approach Studierendenwerk Thüringen to get further information on housing options.

Renting & Renting Conditions

You are interested in renting an apartment in IBZ?

Please send a non-binding request comprising the following information to international-office[at]uni-weimar.de:

  • Purpose of your stay (e.g. research)

  • your status at Bauhaus-Universität Weimar (e.g. guest researcher, doctoral candidate)

  • family status (with whom would you like to move in?)

  • favoured apartment (1-, 2- or 3-room apartment)

  • favoured renting period*

After receiving your request, we will check the availability of your favoured apartment during the indicated renting period. We will then contact you with the results in a timely manner.

The allocation of apartments lies within the responsibility of the International Office  of Bauhaus-Universität Weimar. The issuing of rental contracts and the on-site services at IBZ are coordinated by Studierendenwerk Thüringen. The contact details of the respective contact persons can be found on the right side of this page.

Information on the rental charges and conditions may be found here.

* Please be aware that rental contracts are issued for full months only. If you would like to make a contract under 6 months, please be aware that an additional fee of 7% is added to the renting costs.

Apartments & Equipment


The IBZ offers

  • 3 One-room apartments (approx. 35m²)

  • 4 Two-room apartments (approx. 40m²)

  • 4 Three-room apartments (approx. 64m²)

One of the one room apartments is suitable for physically impaired persons (40m²).
Pictures and floor plans of the apartments can be found here.


All apartments are fully furnished and comprise a built-in kitchen including inventory (without an oven).
All apartments are equipped with a landline. WiFi is included in the rent. 
Washing machines and laundry dryer are avaliable for IBZ residents in the basement of the building (2 Euro per use).
Bedlinen and towels are available. Bed linen and towels are changed on a bi-weekly basis (included in the rent).
For sanitary reasons, pets are not allowed.
On the ground floor, you can find the property management and a conference room which may be used by the residents.

Family Friendliness

Families are very welcome in IBZ. The house has an on-site playground.

Outdoor Facilities

The house includes a garden with a barbecue area which can be used by all residents. A parking space may be provided upon request (20 Euro per month).


The IBZ is situated opposite of the beautiful "Park an der Ilm". The avenue leads directly to "Belvederer Castle"; Bauhaus-Universität Weimar, the Hochschule für Musik Franz Liszt and the city center are all situated within a short walking distance (approx. 15 min).


Internationales Begegnungszentrum (IBZ)
Belvederer Allee 21
99425 Weimar



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