Living in Ilmenau

Finding a place to live in Ilmenau is usually not a problem.

It is possible to find a place to live on campus at the Studierendenwerk Thüringen to rent a place on campus. The application phase for the winter semester already begins on 01.04. of the year in which the studies are to be taken up and takes place online. The Studierendenwerk gives priority to all applicants for an appartment for the winter semester whose application has been received by 31 July.

The Studierendenwerk Thüringen has 10 good reasons for studying in Thuringia put together a list.

Of course, you can also look for a room in one of Ilmenau's many student shared flats privately, advertisements and estate agents provide information here. You can also find a clear list on the homepage of the student council/ErstiWoche. list about this. On the last-minute info day in summer, the ErstiWoche-Orga-Team will also help you to find accommodation at short notice.

Residence registration

If you move to Ilmenau for the first time, no matter if you have your main or secondary residence, you have to register this within two weeks at the residents' registration office of the city of Ilmenau.

If you have also registered your main residence in Ilmenau by 31.12. of a year, you can apply for the student grant 100 Euro per year from the city.

Financing your studies

On average, students in Germany need around €800 a month for their living expenses. This was the result of the most recent social survey by the German Student Union. This includes an average of € 320 for rent including utilities. Even though the cost of living in Ilmenau is one of the lowest in Germany, financing your studies is often an important topic for advice.

Financing options


In addition to the 13 large organisations for the promotion of gifted students, more than 2500 smaller foundations and organisations help to finance studies, stays abroad or doctorates. The TU Ilmenau itself also awards scholarships for which students can apply.

More information about scholarships at the TU Ilmenau.



In addition to the notices on the bulletin boards in the refectory, in the StuRa office (House A) or on the department boards, you can find job offers on the TU Ilmenau job portal.

Important information about rights and duties in a student job can be found here.


Financing for international students

Unfortunately, it is not possible for international students to apply for BAföG. The Deutsches Studentenwerk explains in a video the requirements and possibilities of student financing for international students. Legal restrictions in the area of jobbing are also explained.

Click here to go to the video