You’ve arrived in Weimar – and now your new life as a university student is about to begin. There are plenty of things to take care of and organise. You’re probably busy getting used to your new environment, finding your way around town and making acquaintances. In the following, we provide some helpful advice to help you get settled in Weimar as fast as possible.

Commencement of Studies

If the admissions office assesses your application favourably, you will receive written notification of admission several weeks later with instructions on how to register (enrol). The first step is to transfer payment of the semester contribution to the university. When receipt of payment is verified and the other documents have been completed and returned, the university will send you a student ID card, called the “thoska” card. Upon receipt of the card, you are officially enrolled as a student of the Bauhaus-Universität Weimar.

All first-semester students are invited to a commencement ceremony at which the president of the Bauhaus-Universität Weimar welcomes the newly enrolled students to the university. Visit “Events of the Bauhaus-Universität Weimar” to get an impression of the enrolment ceremonies of previous years.

Further information you will find here »

Living in Weimar

Depending on what you prefer, you can choose to live in a student hall of residence or a room in a flat share (WG), which you’ll find advertised on the university’s electronic message board “Piazza”, or you could contact a real estate agent or the Weimarer Wohnstätte.

You don’t necessarily have to pay exorbitant brokerage fees. Simply arrange to visit Weimar for a few days and try to find the right flat on your own. The price for a room in a flat share ranges between 150 to 450 Euros per month. You’ll also find inexpensive one-room apartments starting at 350 euros per month.

Flat sharing in Weimar

There are plenty of flat shares in Weimar. Students are always moving in and out, so the best time to find a room is at the beginning or end of the semester.

If you’re looking for a room in a flat share, the first place you should go is the university’s electronic message board "Piazza". You’ll also find ads for rooms posted in the foyer of the Mensa am Park (main dining hall).

Student halls of residence

The Studentenwerk Thüringen operates several student halls of residence in and around Weimar. Most of the rooms are singles and are arranged in “living units” that are designed for three or more tenants. It’s quite difficult, though, to get a room in a student hall of residence. Students have to apply before the beginning of the upcoming semester. So it definitely pays off to apply far in advance. The application fee is 20 euros for two room offers. One-room apartments are also available to tenants who have been living in a student residence hall for an extended period of time. (last updated 2011)

Your own flat

The Weimarer Wohnstätte offers one-room flats (ca. 30 m2) starting at 300 Euros per month.

There are several real-estate agents in Weimar who can show you a portfolio of small apartments located in the centre of town. However, the monthly rental costs are generally higher – and if you rent an apartment through a real-estate agent, you will have to pay a broker’s commission totalling 2-3 months of rental payments.


The most inexpensive way to get furniture is to peruse the ads on the “
Piazza” message board at the Bauhaus-Universität Weimar. Students are always moving around or away – which means you’ll find plenty of great bargains on used furniture.

Buying furniture (used)

Used furniture doesn’t always fit everyone’s taste. But then again, it’s often an inexpensive alternative to buying brand-new furniture.

“Mobilé” is a low-price department store operated by the social welfare organisation Diakonie. There you’ll find furniture and decorative items from yesteryear, as well as electronics and large kitchen appliances at very reasonable prices. They have the best bargains! And all the money earned by Diakonie goes to financing its social welfare projects.

Georg-Haar-Straße 18
99423 Weimar
phone: 03643 850170

Buying furniture (new)

If you need to buy new furniture, the well-known 
schwedish furniture makeris  located in Erfurt.

isenacher Straße 50
99094 Erfurt Bindersleben

The Danes have also set up shop in Weimar. At their bed warehouse, you can find a wide selection of furniture and household items.

Rießnerstraße 27
99427 Weimar


Inexpensive transporters are available to let at the
Hababusch Hostel. You’ll also find private transporters, advertised on the Piazza message board. Of course, you can also rent a transporter from one of the established rental car companies located in Weimar or lease a transporter (Ford Connect) from the student council (StuKO, Marienstr. 18, top floor).

Register in Weimar

The first place you should go after moving to Weimar is the Resident Registration Office (Bürgerbüro) located at Schwanseestraße 17. For more information and opening hours
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If you have already registered in Weimar, but are moving to a new apartment within the city limits, you must notify the Resident Registration Office within one week after moving to your new address. If you miss the deadline, the Resident Registration Office may slap you with a fine when you show up to register.

When you go to register, be sure to take your personal ID (or passport) and the completed registration form with you. The forms you will find here. It is no longer necessary to show your tenancy contract or statement from your landlord, confirming that you have moved in.


Students can also receive financial assistance in the form of scholarships. Scholarships are awarded to students in recognition of outstanding academic achievement or extraordinary social commitment. Students at the Bauhaus-Universität Weimar can apply for the following scholarships:

Scholarships for Students

For Study abroad:

  • PROMOS scholarship by the DAAD for foreign study and internship
  • ERASMUS scholarship for foreign European internship
  • ERASMUS scholarship for study abroad
  • Fulbright scholarship for study abroad in the USA
  • EILC language course scholarship for ERASMUS students (less common languages)
  • LEONARDO scholarship for foreign European internship

Scholarships for Graduates, Ph.D. and postdoc candidates

We look forward to receiving your application!

Working part-time during your Studies

A part-time job can be a good way to finance your studies. Many students seek employment as student assistants in their departments and in the central university facilities. Be sure to check the job openings which are regularly posted by the university.

You can also find other job openings on the job portal operated by the Careers Service and at the Studierendenwerk Thüringen. As a student, you are allowed to earn as much as you wish. However, there are some income restrictions which apply to eligibility requirements for social benefits and financial aid, e.g. BAföG or children’s allowance. Please bear in mind, however, that excessive hours or long commutes to work may significantly prolong your studies or negatively influence your academic performance.

Please visit the website of the Studierendenwerks Thüringen for further information.

Educational Loans and Grants

You can also secure financing through educational loans and grants. There is now a relatively large selection of grants and loans which offer students exceptionally favourable conditions. The requirements and conditions of eligibility vary to such an extent that we recommend personal consultation in advance.

For contact data and more information, please visit the website of the Studentenwerks Thüringen.