Cologne is a perfect size city for students: big enough to have everything you need, but small enough to be able to get everywhere easily.
In Cologne, several universities welcome international students (such as the Universität zu Köln, the Deutsche Sporthochschule Köln, the Technische Hochschule Köln, etc) so the young atmosphere is very lively in the city. All this makes hunting for a spare room in a shared apartment a bit difficult, although with the Erasmus Play housing search platform you will surely find your ideal accommodation and live with flatmates who come from different nationalities and have different cultures.
These are some pros and cons of living in Cologne:
Try to interact and live with German flatmates, so you take the opportunity to learn more about the language. If not, unless they are of your same nationality, you can also practise English. Take advantage of the experience to meet other young people from different parts of the world.
Sharing a flat is more affordable so you can choose better neighbourhoods that are convenient for you. As a student, the location of your accommodation will usually depend on the university you are going to go to. For example, you can consider the Latin Quarter, Belgisches Viertel or Sülz if you are going to the University of Cologne.
In some flats, they prefer non-exchange roommates since they are only going to live there for a few months and tend to have more parties. Take a good look at the atmosphere of the house before entering. Also, many Germans prefer to live with other locals.
You have to look for a room well in advance because the demand is usually higher than the offer.
Although the winter in Cologne is warmer than in other cities in Germany, you will also have to reach an agreement on the use of heating with your flatmates to get through that time of year.
There are several apps for Erasmus+ that offer different facilities to students, such as that of the European Commission. In these apps, you can request a new exchange, carry out various procedures, fill out the Learning Agreement, access discounts and services, among other features.
These are some ways through which you will be able to meet people in the German city, in addition to befriending your flatmates:
Associations for students in Cologne, such as ESN Köln, organize different events, activities, affordable trips, theme parties and other meetings in which young people share their different experiences. Another important advantage is that they usually offer discounts for those who are part of the associations.
On Facebook, you will find groups of both student associations and some that are organized according to the academic year. However, generally in these groups you will be able to see the different activities planned in the city, as well as ask questions about life in Cologne and connect with other young people.
In student associations, Facebook groups and other forums, you will find links to WhatsApp groups made up of students who are going to go to Cologne for a while.
Keep these tips in mind when sharing a flat in the German city:
If you are going to have a party in the flat, keep in mind that some neighbours are not fans of late-night parties.
Try to choose areas to live where you can use the bicycle to move around the city. It is the preferred means of transport for students because it is more fun and cheaper than using public transport.
If you are going to be in the city in February, know that you are going to experience the Cologne Carnival, one of the fun and important cultural celebrations in Germany, where there are parties, parades and other events you will definitely enjoy.
|How much does a shared flat cost in Cologne?|
|The cost of rooms in shared apartments in Cologne usually ranges from €450 and up, with an average of €650-700 per month generally.|
|Where to look for shared flats in Cologne?|
|We recommend that you search on the housing site of Erasmus Play, where you will be able to see the different verified rooms and complete flats, coming from a multitude of online platforms and websites. You will also be able to book the place safely and online.|
|Share a flat or live alone in Cologne?|
|The price of rent in Cologne is high, so students tend to prefer to live in shared flats, an option that is more within their budgets. Of course, remember to search well in advance because the demand is very high.|
|What should I know when entering a shared flat in Cologne?|
|You have to know that the building regulations in Germany and Cologne are quite strict. For example, they don't usually allow noise or start washing machines after 10 at night, and you should let them know if you're going to have a party in the flat.|
|How to choose ideal roommates in Cologne?|
|Try to ensure that your colleagues have lifestyles that are compatible with yours, to avoid problems of coexistence. We also recommend that you choose flatmates of different nationalities, so you can learn from them and their culture, as well as practice German if they know how to speak it or are local students.|