Before you arrive

Have you been admitted to one of our degree programmes in the coming semester? Congratulations! We’re looking forward to welcoming you at Mannheim University of Applied Sciences!

Please remember:

  • Should you decide not to accept the place offered to you, please let us know as soon as possible. Other applicants on the waiting list will be glad!
  • All the steps described below have to occur on a timely basis. Begin today before it's too late!
  • Check your admission letter for the registration period. You will need to arrive in Mannheim on time!
  • As an international student, it’s important to contact our International Office as well as your future department. They will make things easier for you, such as finding accommodation or arriving in Mannheim. Additionally, they will provide you with information about language courses and introductory events taking place before the start of the semester.

Apply for your student visa

Most international students need a visa. In addition to your passport, you will usually need the following:

  • certificate from the Center for International Students in Konstanz,
  • your admission letter (or written confirmation of being an official applicant if you choose to apply for a student applicant visa in advance),
  • proof of sufficient financial resources to fund your studies. You might also need to open a blocked account at a German bank.
  • health insurance: Our International Office will assist you with this.
  • please note: depending on your nationality, your application might involve a greater or lesser number of steps and required documents.

The application process can take a long time, so please apply as soon as possible to ensure you make it to Mannheim on time!

The DAAD offers a good overview of the visa application process

Book your ticket

Visit Your way to us and find out how to travel to Mannheim.

  • Make sure that you arrive at the correct date — not too early and not too late.
  • Choose a convenient day and hour — a cheap flight can become expensive once you arrive!
  • Ask the IO and/or your Department if they can arrange a pick-up at Mannheim Central Station.

Proof of financial resources

In order to be issued a student visa, non-EU citizens must submit proof of financial resources to the German authorities. Applicants need to demonstrate that they can cover their minimum amount required for living expenses in Germany during their period of study: EUR 8,700 for the first year, or EUR 720 per month. You can submit either proof of personal or parental funding, and/or proof of scholarship funding.

Plan your finances

Familiarise yourself with the costs that await you in Mannheim.

Getting prepared for your studies

Apart from organising all the practical aspects, you can also use the time before your departure in many ways.

  • If you are about to start a bachelor's course, you can test your prior knowledge and/or register for a preparation course.
  • Even if you have been admitted to a master's degree course, consult the corresponding module descriptions. Reading up on or refreshing your background knowledge could give you a boost at the start of your studies.
  • Regardless of your level, it’s always possible to improve on your command of foreign languages. Brush up on your German, use the media for training purposes, inform yourself about our German courses and stay in touch with our coordinator!
  • Learn more about the culture you are about to dive into. Check out our Survival Guide.
  • Study the information on our webpages until you know everything there is to know about your prospective university!

Secure your accommodation

As is often the case in university towns, low-budget but conveniently located accommodation is in high demand.

Whatever kind of accommodation you prefer, those who start searching early will have the greatest selection to choose from.


Student halls of residence

As an international student in Mannheim, you are, of course, free to search for accommodation on your own upon arrival. Nevertheless, to ensure that you have a place to stay when you arrive, we recommend that you reserve a room in a student hall of residence for at least the first semester. Our International Office will help you with the reservation. Please follow their instructions and take the deadlines seriously!

Website of the International Office (german)

Mannheim Student Services (Studierendenwerk) manage approx. 20 student halls of residence and provide accommodation for students of both Mannheim University and Mannheim University of Applied Sciences (admission to a degree programme is required). Rooms, all with internet access, are mostly furnished single rooms in shared apartments (with shared kitchens and bathrooms). Washing machines and dryers are available for residents.

You can easily reach the university and the city centre from the halls of residence since they are well connected to the public transportation network and many of them are in cycling or even walking distance of the campus. The monthly rent including all costs ranges between EUR 200 and EUR 290 (including heating and hot water). Other forms of accommodation such as one-person or family apartments may be available on request.

Here you can gain an impression of the halls of residence. Please note that not all of them offer vacancies for our students, and that the rooms are granted depending on availability – first come, first serve!

Mannheim Student Services (Housing)


Private accommodation

Private rooms are available in individual apartments i.e. as flat-sharing, or even in families, but these housing arrangements cannot be organised by Mannheim University of Applied Sciences.

The Mannheim Student Services offer a private accommodation service. Even if you choose to search on your own, please refer to their list of tips – it is extremely useful!


Also go to All about Housing


  • Our International Office can help you select and enrol in compulsory student health insurance for the duration of your stay. Pre-registration can take place before you travel.
  • Do not forget to purchase sufficient travel insurance for your journey to Germany.
  • As an exchange student, you need to observe any additional insurance requirements that might appear in the respective agreement between your home institution and Mannheim University of Applied Sciences.
  • Degree-seeking students are highly encouraged to purchase third-party liability insurance as well as accident insurance (including repatriation in case of severe illness or death).