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== Good Planning From Your Home Country Is Essential ==
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== Good Planning From Your Home Country Is Fundamental ==
  
The basis for a successful stay abroad, be it in the form of a Teilstudium or a complete course, requires an early and precise planning from the home country, starting one semester ahead of the intended stay abroad.  
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The basis for a successful stay abroad, no matter if it is for a study stay or a complete course, requires an early and precise planning, starting at home one semester prior to the intended stay abroad.  
  
Living and studying at the university or a college in Dresden will no doubt prove to be an exciting time. But you can surely do without the turmoil, the problems and the annoyance resulting from careless planning. Therefore, the major part of your preparation should already be taken care of while you are still at home. Central concerns will be the search for accommodation, financing your studies and the formalities concerning entering and staying in Germany. To facilitate your journey through the jungle of applications and bureaucratic institutions, we have assembled for your benefit useful facts and details concerning the most important aspects.
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Living and studying at a university or a college in Dresden will - no doubt - prove to be an exciting time for you. However, you can surely do without the turmoil, the problems and the annoyance, resulting from careless planning. Therefore, the major part of your preparation should already be taken care of while you are still at home. Central concerns will be the search for accommodation, financing your studies and complying will all formalities concerning entering Germany and your stay in Germany. To guide you on you way through the jungle of applications and bureaucratic institutions, we have compiled useful facts and details concerning the most important aspects.  
 
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Before you start looking for an apartment or a place in a university hall of residence, it is advisable to ascertain what kind of requirements have to be met in order to get an entry permit for Germany. Again, you should reserve and plan sufficient time in order to meet the required deadline for the application.  
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Before you start looking for an apartment or a room in a student hall of residence, you should first of all sort out which requirements have to be met in order to get an entry permit for Germany. Again, you should arrange enough time to meet the required application deadline.
  
 
== Conditions of Entry ==
 
== Conditions of Entry ==
  
If you are a citizen of the European Union, a visa is not necessary in general, because starting from 1 January 2005 the new immigration law (Einwanderungsgesetz) is valid in Germany. This law also deals with the new regulations for foreign students who are enrolled at a German university or college for a Teilstudium or complete course. Although in case of an EU-citizenship a visa is not required, there is the obligation to register for the duration of your stay, a duty that one has to fulfil within 14 days after arriving in Saxony. This formality is dealt with at the appropriate Einwohnermeldestellen (registration offices) or Bürgerbüros (citizens' bureaus) of your new place of residence.
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'''EU citizens'''
  
Should you wish to study in Germany and your home country is not part of the European U Union, a visa is required for the duration of your stay. In your case that entails going to the deutsche Auslandsvertretung (German foreign representation) in your home-country and get the information you need concerning the obligatory requirements.
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If you are a citizen of the European Union, you no longer need a visa as the result of the [http://www.auswaertiges-amt.de/DE/EinreiseUndAufenthalt/Zuwanderungsrecht_node.html new immigration law (Einwanderungsgesetz)] which has been in force in Germany since 01 January 2005. Nevertheless, you are obliged to register for the duration of your stay within 14 days after your arrival in Saxony. Therefore, please turn to the appropriate [https://www.meldebox.de/Einwohnermeldeamt/Dresden/ Einwohnermeldestellen] (registration offices) or the [http://www.dresden.de/ger/02/or/anliegen/c_233.html Bürgerbüros] (citizens' bureaus) at your new place of residence.  
  
Immediately following the notification of admission to the German university or college in question, you can apply for a visa for study purposes. Next to the notification of admission two more documents are required, a certification about the health insurance and a certification concerning the financing for the entire duration of your studies. The complete batch of documents will then be processed and after approval by the German foreign representation you will receive the visa for study purposes.
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'''Non-EU citizens'''
  
In case the notification of admission to the German college of higher education is not yet available or in case you have not yet decided and committed yourself, you will have to apply for a Visum für Studienbewerbung (visa for study application). Such a visa has a limited validity of three months. After you have been admitted to a university or college, you can change this temporary visa into a residence permit for study purposes.  
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Should you wish to study in Germany and your home country is not part of the European Union, a visa is required for the duration of your stay. Therefore, please turn to the [http://www.auswaertiges-amt.de/EN/Laenderinformationen/DtAuslandsvertretungenA-Z-Laenderauswahlseite_node.html deutsche Auslandsvertretung] (German foreign representation) in your home country to get all necessary information concerning the obligatory requirements.  
Do not travel to Germany on a tourist visa because that cannot be changed in Germany into a visa for study purposes.
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In order to gain some sort of overview we have prepared a list of all countries whose citizens require a visa for entry into Germany.
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If you have already received notification of admission to the German university or college in question, you can apply for a [http://www.daad.de/deutschland/deutschland/leben-in-deutschland/06166.de.html visa for study purposes]. In order to apply you need: the notification of admission to university, a health insurance certificate and a certificate giving proof of finance for the entire duration of your studies. Your complete documents will then be processed. After approval by the German foreign representation you will receive your visa for study purposes.
  
All the new member-states that have realised their entry into the European Community on 1 May 2004 are subject to transition regulations concerning the right of free movement of citizens of the European Community. You can find out about these regulations at the Foreign Office or the embassy in your home country. Although there is no general visa obligation for citizens of these new member states on entry into Germany, a visa for study purposes has to be obtained from the German embassy in question. Again, please note that it is not possible to apply for a visa for study purposes after having entered Germany. An exception applies to citizens of the United States and Switzerland who can obtain a visa for study purposes after entry into Germany.
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In case you have not yet received notification of admission to a German university or have not yet decided and committed yourself, you will have to apply for a [http://ic.daad.de/tbilissi/?l=1&i=12 Visum für Studienbewerbung] (visa for study application). This visa is valid for three months only. After you have been admitted to a university or college, you can have this temporary visa converted into a residence permit for study purposes. Do not travel to Germany on a tourist visa. It cannot be converted in Germany into a visa for study purposes.  
  
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In order to gain some sort of overview, we have prepared a [http://www.auswaertiges-amt.de/EN/EinreiseUndAufenthalt/StaatenlisteVisumpflicht_node.html list of all countries whose citizens require a visa] for entry into Germany. All new member states  that have realized their entry into the European Community on 1 May 2004 and 1 January 2007 (except for Cyprus and Malta) are subject to [http://www.auswaertiges-amt.de/www/de/aamt/buergerservice/faq/kat2/F9 transition regulations] concerning the right of free movement of citizens of the European Community. You can find out about these regulations at the [http://www.auswaertiges-amt.de/ Foreign Office] or the '''embassy''' in your home country. Please inform yourself in detail about the regulations that apply to your nationality! While some of the new EU member states do not have to meet any visa requirements on entry into Germany, citizens of other countries still have to apply for a visa for study purposes at the German embassy in question. Please note that it is not possible to apply for a visa for study purposes after having entered Germany.
  
== Finance Certificate Required ==
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== Full-time students need a Finance Certificate ==
  
In case you need a study visa for a stay at a German host university or college you will have to produce a finance certificate. Such a certificate serves its purpose not only for the authority that processes the details you supplied and that awards a visa, but also for yourself on a strictly personal level. You will have to finance a study at a German university or college for the major part through your own resources. With a balanced financial situation it is therefore easier to arrange your stay for study purposes more effectively and stress-free. You can spend your time studying, without having to spend a substantial amount of time trying to make money. You are of course free to try to get a part-time job, but there is only a limited number available. What's more, for students staying in Germany on a visa for study purposes, special conditions are valid concerning part-time employment. In many cases, one needs a work permit, obtainable at the German International Office (branch of the municipal authority).
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In case you need a study visa for a stay at a German host university or college you will have to provide evidence of finance by presenting a [http://tu-dresden.de/internationales/int_stud/planning_your_course_of_studies/financing_your_studies finance certificate]. Such a certificate does not only serve the authority that processes the details you supplied for your visa, it is also important for you on a personal level. You will have to finance your studies at a German university or college for the major part through your own resources. With a balanced financial situation it is therefore easier to arrange your stay for study purposes more effectively and without stress. You can spend your time studying, without having to earn money during your stay. You can of course try to find a part-time job, however, the number of vacant part-time jobs is limited. Moreover, special conditions concerning part-time employment apply to students staying in Germany on a visa for study purposes. In many cases a [http://www.daad.de/deutschland/studium/studienplanung/00491.de.html work permit] is needed. It can be obtained at the responsible [http://www.daad.de/deutschland/deutschland/leben-in-deutschland/04658.de.html#headline_0_10 International Office] (branch of the municipal authority).
  
A solid financing in advance will prove of great benefit to your studies.  
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Solid financing in advance will prove of great benefit to your studies. Anyhow, the monthly living costs for a student in Dresden are slightly below the federal average. In order to prove that you are able to finance studying and living in Germany, you will have to prove a sum of 7020 euros per semester at your disposal. If you can only partly fulfill this requirement, you may find a person who gives you security. In that case someone living in Germany declares his or her [http://tu-dresden.de/internationales/int_stud/planning_your_course_of_studies/financing_your_studies willingness to vouch] for you on an unrestricted basis and to provide you with a bank security. Under certain conditions foreign students are also entitled to the student loan „BaföG“. The responsible BaföG office in the Studentenwerk at your place of study will provide you with all necessary information. Without a financial certificate you will not get a visa for study purposes; thus, it is necessary to settle this formality before applying for a visa for study purposes.
On the up-side, the monthly living costs for a student in Dresden of 550 EUR are below the federal average. It is advisable to calculate with that sum in mind and to allow for a respective total sum for the duration of your stay in Germany. In order to prove that you are able to finance studying and staying in Germany, you will have to produce a sum at your disposal to the amount of 3,300 EUR per semester. If you are only partly able to fulfil that requirement, there is the possibility of providing a security. In that case someone living in Germany declares his or her willingness to vouch for you on an unrestricted basis and to provide you with a bank security. Without a financial certification you will not get a visa for study purposes; thus, it is necessary to settle this formality before applying for a visa for study purposes.
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However, also for students who travel to Germany to study without a visa, it is highly advisable to use that monthly sum as a benchmark figure.
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However, also for students who travel to Germany to study without a visa, it is highly advisable to use the above mentioned monthly sum as a benchmark figure. Financial aid through [http://www.daad.de/deutschland/foerderung/stipendiendatenbank/00462.de.html grants] or [http://www.stiftungsindex.de/ foundations] is always limited. It is therefore advisable to  inform yourself in your home country about the possibilities of financial aid for your study stay in Germany.
  
Financial aid through stipends/grants or foundations is based on a limited availability, which would make it advisable to obtain information in your home country on the possibilities of financial aid.
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== Health Insurance is Obligatory ==
  
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During a stay in Germany for study purposes it is also necessary to have a [http://tu-dresden.de/internationales/int_stud/planning_your_course_of_studies/health_insurance health insurance].
  
== Health Insurance is Obligatory ==
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'''Foreign students who are EU citizens'''
  
During a stay in Germany for study purposes it is also necessary to have a health insurance. Again, there is a difference whether you are from a member state of the European Community or not. If the first applies, ask for a European Community insurance certification from your health insurer in your home country. This certification is often referred to as E 128 or E 111. After your arrival in Germany you should go to a locally represented health insurance company, present your European Union insurance certification and then register. After registration you will receive an insurance certification from the German health insurance company in question. You will take this certificate to the Academic International Office of your university or college, in order to go through further registration procedures. Without this health insurance certificate you cannot be enrolled at a German university or college.
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If your home country is part of the European Union please ask the health insurance company in your home country for the European Health Insurance Card (EHIC). After your arrival in Germany you should go to a locally represented health insurance company in order to register by presenting your European Health Insurance Card. After registration you will receive an insurance certificate from the German health insurance company in question. Please present  this certificate to the Academic International Office staff of your university or college in order to go through further registration procedures. Without this health insurance certificate you cannot be enrolled at a German university or college!
  
If the second applies, i.e., if your home country is not a member of the European Union, you will have to get your own health insurance with a health insurance company. That will involve a monthly health insurance payment of approximately 55 EUR. If you are above 30 years of age, you are obliged to enter a private health insurance deal with an acknowledged insurance company for students. A travel health insurance contract from your home country is only valid for three months. Also, one has to consider that in case of sickness every treatment has to be paid for in advance (to be reimbursed later).
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'''Foreign students who are Non-EU citizens'''
  
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If your home country is not a member of the European Union, you are required to take out health insurance with a compulsory health insurance company yourself. That will involve a monthly health insurance payment of approximately 60 euros.
  
== Reserve a Room in a University Hall of Residence from Home ==
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'''All students'''
  
Dear student, after having met all the prerequisites for entry into Germany successfully, there remains the task of organising suitable accommodation. Your first point of reference would naturally be the Studentenwerk Dresden (Office of Residential Life), because providing of places for students in university halls of residence for German and foreign students is one of the key tasks of the Office of Residential Life.
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If you are over 30 years of age, you are obliged to enter a private health insurance deal with an acknowledged insurance company for students. Please inform yourself at the Foreigners’ Registration Office about the health insurances accepted in Germany. A travel health insurance contract from your home country is only valid for three months. Please do also consider that in case of sickness you will have to pay for your treatment in advance (will be reimbursed later).
  
Applying for a place in a hall of residence is easiest if you use the application forms prepared on the website of the Studentenwerk. Several colleges of higher education and the TU Dresden will send application forms for a place in a hall of residence together with your notification of admission. Please fill out the application form for the hall of residence and send it to the Studentenwerk. Should you get a confirmation, you can look forward to living in one of the 35 halls of residence in Dresden. More than half of them have recently been refurbished and offer the modern comfort of living in small-scale units, with nice people, many recreational opportunities, student clubs and fraternities meeting in the hall itself, and with easy access to the internet. As one can see from the application form, there are several options as far as the type of accommodation is concerned. There are single or double rooms in large flat-sharing units or separate apartments.
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== Reserve a room in a university hall of residence from home ==
  
In Dresden, there are 5,692 students (at this point in time some 14% of the student population) who are currently living in the halls of residence run by the Studentenwerk Dresden, a fact that illustrates the quality of living in the halls of residence.  
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After you have successfully met all prerequisites for entry into Germany, the only task  remaining is organizing suitable accommodation. Your first point of reference should be the [http://www.studentenwerk-dresden.de/english/wohnen Studentenwerk Dresden] (Office of Residential Life), that regards the provision of student hall rooms to German and international students as one of its key tasks.
  
Those who prefer to live on their own, will not have a problem finding an appropriate apartment or room, as there are plenty of both available.
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The easiest way of applying for a room in a hall of residence is by using the application forms for foreign students provided on the [http://www.studentenwerk-dresden.de/english/wohnen/antrag.html website of the Studentenwerk]. Please fill out the application form and send it to the Studentenwerk Dresden together with your notification of admission and all other required documents. If you receive a confirmation, you can look forward to living in one of our halls of residence in Dresden. Almost all halls of residence have recently been refurbished, offering modern comfort of living with nice people, many recreational facilities, student clubs and high speed internet access. As you can see on the application form, you can choose between several options concerning the type of accommodation. The available rooms are either single or double rooms in large flat-sharing units or separate apartments.
  
To share a flat with one or more room mates is a very popular and cheap alternative. Information on offers and demands can be found on campus or in regional and local magazines such as SAX and Dresdner or in the independent newspaper for students in Saxony, called ad rem.
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Approximately 15% of the student population in Dresden is currently living in the halls of residence run by the Studentenwerk Dresden, a fact that illustrates the quality of living in the halls of residence. Those who prefer to live on their own will not have a problem of finding an appropriate apartment or room due to sufficient availability.
  
If you have not applied for a place in a university hall of residence and if you have not yet found suitable accommodation, the youth hostels in Dresden offer a temporal and cheap accommodation alternative. In any case, the Office of Residential Life in Dresden is there to help you, actively engaged in providing you with a place in a university hall of residence.
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To share a flat with one or more room mates is a very popular and cheap alternative solution. Information on offers and demands can be found on campus or in regional and local magazines such as [http://www.cybersax.de/ SAX] and [http://www.dresdner.nu/ Dresdner], in the independent newspaper for students in Saxony called [http://www.sz-online.de/ad-rem/ ad rem] or in the university newspaper [http://www.caz-lesen.de CAZ]. If you have not yet applied for a room in a university hall of residence and have not yet found suitable accommodation, the [http://www.studentenwerk-dresden.de/english/wohnen/gaestehaus.html International Guest House] or the [http://www.jugendherberge-sachsen.de/ youth hostels in Dresden] offer reasonably priced transitory accommodation. In any case, the Studentenwerk Dresden is there to help you and makes every effort to provide you with a room in a university hall of residence.

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[Bearbeiten] Good Planning From Your Home Country Is Fundamental

The basis for a successful stay abroad, no matter if it is for a study stay or a complete course, requires an early and precise planning, starting at home one semester prior to the intended stay abroad.

Living and studying at a university or a college in Dresden will - no doubt - prove to be an exciting time for you. However, you can surely do without the turmoil, the problems and the annoyance, resulting from careless planning. Therefore, the major part of your preparation should already be taken care of while you are still at home. Central concerns will be the search for accommodation, financing your studies and complying will all formalities concerning entering Germany and your stay in Germany. To guide you on you way through the jungle of applications and bureaucratic institutions, we have compiled useful facts and details concerning the most important aspects.

Before you start looking for an apartment or a room in a student hall of residence, you should first of all sort out which requirements have to be met in order to get an entry permit for Germany. Again, you should arrange enough time to meet the required application deadline.

[Bearbeiten] Conditions of Entry

EU citizens

If you are a citizen of the European Union, you no longer need a visa as the result of the new immigration law (Einwanderungsgesetz) which has been in force in Germany since 01 January 2005. Nevertheless, you are obliged to register for the duration of your stay within 14 days after your arrival in Saxony. Therefore, please turn to the appropriate Einwohnermeldestellen (registration offices) or the Bürgerbüros (citizens' bureaus) at your new place of residence.

Non-EU citizens

Should you wish to study in Germany and your home country is not part of the European Union, a visa is required for the duration of your stay. Therefore, please turn to the deutsche Auslandsvertretung (German foreign representation) in your home country to get all necessary information concerning the obligatory requirements.

If you have already received notification of admission to the German university or college in question, you can apply for a visa for study purposes. In order to apply you need: the notification of admission to university, a health insurance certificate and a certificate giving proof of finance for the entire duration of your studies. Your complete documents will then be processed. After approval by the German foreign representation you will receive your visa for study purposes.

In case you have not yet received notification of admission to a German university or have not yet decided and committed yourself, you will have to apply for a Visum für Studienbewerbung (visa for study application). This visa is valid for three months only. After you have been admitted to a university or college, you can have this temporary visa converted into a residence permit for study purposes. Do not travel to Germany on a tourist visa. It cannot be converted in Germany into a visa for study purposes.

In order to gain some sort of overview, we have prepared a list of all countries whose citizens require a visa for entry into Germany. All new member states that have realized their entry into the European Community on 1 May 2004 and 1 January 2007 (except for Cyprus and Malta) are subject to transition regulations concerning the right of free movement of citizens of the European Community. You can find out about these regulations at the Foreign Office or the embassy in your home country. Please inform yourself in detail about the regulations that apply to your nationality! While some of the new EU member states do not have to meet any visa requirements on entry into Germany, citizens of other countries still have to apply for a visa for study purposes at the German embassy in question. Please note that it is not possible to apply for a visa for study purposes after having entered Germany.

[Bearbeiten] Full-time students need a Finance Certificate

In case you need a study visa for a stay at a German host university or college you will have to provide evidence of finance by presenting a finance certificate. Such a certificate does not only serve the authority that processes the details you supplied for your visa, it is also important for you on a personal level. You will have to finance your studies at a German university or college for the major part through your own resources. With a balanced financial situation it is therefore easier to arrange your stay for study purposes more effectively and without stress. You can spend your time studying, without having to earn money during your stay. You can of course try to find a part-time job, however, the number of vacant part-time jobs is limited. Moreover, special conditions concerning part-time employment apply to students staying in Germany on a visa for study purposes. In many cases a work permit is needed. It can be obtained at the responsible International Office (branch of the municipal authority).

Solid financing in advance will prove of great benefit to your studies. Anyhow, the monthly living costs for a student in Dresden are slightly below the federal average. In order to prove that you are able to finance studying and living in Germany, you will have to prove a sum of 7020 euros per semester at your disposal. If you can only partly fulfill this requirement, you may find a person who gives you security. In that case someone living in Germany declares his or her willingness to vouch for you on an unrestricted basis and to provide you with a bank security. Under certain conditions foreign students are also entitled to the student loan „BaföG“. The responsible BaföG office in the Studentenwerk at your place of study will provide you with all necessary information. Without a financial certificate you will not get a visa for study purposes; thus, it is necessary to settle this formality before applying for a visa for study purposes.

However, also for students who travel to Germany to study without a visa, it is highly advisable to use the above mentioned monthly sum as a benchmark figure. Financial aid through grants or foundations is always limited. It is therefore advisable to inform yourself in your home country about the possibilities of financial aid for your study stay in Germany.

[Bearbeiten] Health Insurance is Obligatory

During a stay in Germany for study purposes it is also necessary to have a health insurance.

Foreign students who are EU citizens

If your home country is part of the European Union please ask the health insurance company in your home country for the European Health Insurance Card (EHIC). After your arrival in Germany you should go to a locally represented health insurance company in order to register by presenting your European Health Insurance Card. After registration you will receive an insurance certificate from the German health insurance company in question. Please present this certificate to the Academic International Office staff of your university or college in order to go through further registration procedures. Without this health insurance certificate you cannot be enrolled at a German university or college!

Foreign students who are Non-EU citizens

If your home country is not a member of the European Union, you are required to take out health insurance with a compulsory health insurance company yourself. That will involve a monthly health insurance payment of approximately 60 euros.

All students

If you are over 30 years of age, you are obliged to enter a private health insurance deal with an acknowledged insurance company for students. Please inform yourself at the Foreigners’ Registration Office about the health insurances accepted in Germany. A travel health insurance contract from your home country is only valid for three months. Please do also consider that in case of sickness you will have to pay for your treatment in advance (will be reimbursed later).

[Bearbeiten] Reserve a room in a university hall of residence from home

After you have successfully met all prerequisites for entry into Germany, the only task remaining is organizing suitable accommodation. Your first point of reference should be the Studentenwerk Dresden (Office of Residential Life), that regards the provision of student hall rooms to German and international students as one of its key tasks.

The easiest way of applying for a room in a hall of residence is by using the application forms for foreign students provided on the website of the Studentenwerk. Please fill out the application form and send it to the Studentenwerk Dresden together with your notification of admission and all other required documents. If you receive a confirmation, you can look forward to living in one of our halls of residence in Dresden. Almost all halls of residence have recently been refurbished, offering modern comfort of living with nice people, many recreational facilities, student clubs and high speed internet access. As you can see on the application form, you can choose between several options concerning the type of accommodation. The available rooms are either single or double rooms in large flat-sharing units or separate apartments.

Approximately 15% of the student population in Dresden is currently living in the halls of residence run by the Studentenwerk Dresden, a fact that illustrates the quality of living in the halls of residence. Those who prefer to live on their own will not have a problem of finding an appropriate apartment or room due to sufficient availability.

To share a flat with one or more room mates is a very popular and cheap alternative solution. Information on offers and demands can be found on campus or in regional and local magazines such as SAX and Dresdner, in the independent newspaper for students in Saxony called ad rem or in the university newspaper CAZ. If you have not yet applied for a room in a university hall of residence and have not yet found suitable accommodation, the International Guest House or the youth hostels in Dresden offer reasonably priced transitory accommodation. In any case, the Studentenwerk Dresden is there to help you and makes every effort to provide you with a room in a university hall of residence.

 
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