The broadcast fee works like a tax which everyone has to pay regardless whether you live in a student residence or in a private appartment. Every household is charged with a flat rate of about 18 Euro per month for all technical devices that are able to receive the programs provided by public-law broadcasting service (ARD, ZDF etc.). The regulation does not differentiate between the number of technical devices the household possesses or whether these devices are used to received the public-law programs.
Many students believe that it is not necessary to pay this fee and that nothing happens if they ignore it, however it is our experience that there can be harsh consequences sometimes. Students who haven't paid the fee have had problems when leaving the country (e.g. at the airport, reapplying for a visa) as the city's registration office transfers the data to the broadcasting organization. Therefore: Don't forget to register for the fee after your arrival in Regensburg and cancel your registration when you leave.
The registration can be done online. You will receive all information on registration after your arrival during the orientation sessions or in the international office.
If along with your application for admission, you have sent us an application for a student residence room, the International Office can reserve a room for you.
The Student's Union (Studentenwerk) allocates a certain quota of rooms for exchange students, however under the condition that the rent is payed for a full year, that is twelve months. Exchange students stay in Regensburg normally for only 10, 5, or even 4 months. To keep your financial costs relatively low, we offer a room booking service for which you only pay rent for the months you actually live in the room. The room booking fee which is non-refundable.
Exchange students must be able to cover the following costs to reserve a room:
The advantage of this system is that exchange students pay rent only for the months during which they actually live in the room. However, note that the rooms must be rented during the winter semester at least from October to February, during summer semester at least from April to July, and for the whole year at least from October to July.
Your reservation is only valid if you send us your letter of acceptance and pay the deposit and room booking fee by the deadline!
Based on our experience, we do not advise you to come to Regensburg without reserving a room through the IO and trying to look for a room on the private market. On the one hand, it is difficult to find a room for such a short period of time; on the other hand, landlords and real estate agents also request commissions and high deposits. In addition, private rooms are mostly unfurnished.
The International Office has reserved a room for you in Regensburg. Due to organisational reasons, we can only inform you of the exact address of your room (student residence, room number) upon arrival.
The International Office can reserve a certain quota of rooms in different student residences in Regensburg. Not all rooms are alike. Not all have their own shower nor are they all located near the university. However, we can assure you that they are provided with standard furnishings. The IO will distribute the reserved rooms randomly. Especial wishes can only be taken into account under certain well-grounded circumstances. Both men and women live in the student residences.
You will share kitchen and bathroom with men and women. Most rooms cost between €180 and €240 per month; some however up to €300.
The rooms normally are furnished with:
In some student residences you will be required to pay a deposit on the bed linens (roughly €10 to €50).
Voltage is 220V.
The rent price does not include food. The student residences do not have a cafeteria and offer no food.
There are washing machines and dryers at the student residences. There are no irons.
The rooms are normally not furnished with telephones. If you want to make a telephone call, you will need to use a public telephone. Use can find both public telephones that work with change or with telephone cards. Telephone cards can be purchased for €6 or €25 at the local post office and at many newspaper kiosks.
In the meantime, many student residences do offer the possibility to apply for a telephone connection. You can obtain more information on this after you arrive in Regensburg, for example in the orientation course.
Normally there are common kitchens at the student residences. You may share this kitchen with 6-8 other students. A shelf in the refrigerator is assigned for each student.
You must bring or purchase the following:
A basic set costs around €50. Pots, dishes, and cutlery can be bought at any big supermarket or department store.
Students can either cook themselves or eat at the university dining hall (Mensa). During the week you can eat lunch at the UR Mensa. The Mensa of the University of Applied Sciences (OTH Regensburg), which is not far from the campus, also offers evening meals. You can also get breakfast at the many cafeterias located in the different buildings. You do not need any meal vouchers if you want to eat at the Mensa. You pay with the "UR-Card", which is also your student ID.