Living in Freiburg

The city of Freiburg and region of science

The university town of Freiburg is located in the tri-border region of Germany, France, and Switzerland. Freiburg not only offers a high standard of living but it is also at the forefront of international research and science. The Albert Ludwig University of Freiburg, the University of Music Freiburg, the Freiburg University of Education, the Catholic University of Applied Sciences Freiburg, and the Protestant University of Applied Sciences Freiburg are committed to teaching excellence as well as being institutions of cutting edge research. A number of networks in this tri-border metropolitan area, including, among others, the research institutes of the Freiburg universities and other universities in the surrounding area, are renowned for their contributions to science.

The demand for affordable rooms and apartments in Freiburg is very high, especially in the fall when the winter semester begins. It is important to look for a place as early as possible. There are various options such as:

Student residences of Studierendenwerk Freiburg:
You will find a list of all the student residences and how you can apply here: 

Catholic student residences:

Protestant student residences:

Working for board:

WG (Wohngemeinschaft = shared apartment)
Many students live in shared apartments in Freiburg. That is, they share the rent and live together in a large apartment. Rooms in a “WG” can be found at

With the semester ticket, students travel can travel around the entire network of the RVF Verkehrsverbund Freiburg for one semester (6 months).
But even without a semester ticket you have an advantage: All students of local universities travel for free on buses and trains of the RVF in the evenings with their valid student ID. This offer applies daily from 7:30 pm.