Accomodation information from the Münster Wohnungsamt
The Amt für Wohnungswesen (Office for Housing and Urban Development), also called the Wohnungsamt, can answer many of your questions regarding accommodation in Münster.
Other accommodation providers in Münster
Münster's Wohnungsamt provides a list of institutional and private providers of accommodation with whom you can register to find a suitable apartment. Some of these are organised as cooperatives.
Other accomodation in Münster [de]
Accommodation Entitlement Certificate (WBS)
A number of flats in Münster are publicly subsidised which makes them less expensive than average privately-rented apartments. These flats are reserved for those with low incomes and vary depending on the household size and one's monthly earnings.
To be eligible for "subsidised housing", you first have to apply for a so-called Wohnungsberechtigungsschein (WBS). This certificate is valid for one year and contains information about:
- how many individuals are allowed to move into the apartment
- the maximum size of the apartment one can receive
- maximum amount of income one is permitted to earn
The WBS certificate comes with a processing fee which varies according to one's income, but does not exceed 20 euros. Further information on the WBS certificate and application forms are on the Wohnungsamt website [de].
WBS information and application form [de]
A housing allowances is a public subsidy which offsets the cost of accommodation. Housing allowances can be paid out as rental allowances for tenants of a flat, single room or hall of residence, or as a subsidy for homeowners or apartment-owners.
Housing allowance information [de]
Students are usually not entitled to receive housing allowances. There are, however, exceptions to the rule which the Housing Office can tell you more about. If you are indeed eligible, you can apply for the allowance with the Wohnungsamt. The Wohnungsamt also offers a list of helpful tips for students.
Tips for students [de]
AMT FÜR WOHNUNGSWESEN [de]
Albersloher Weg 33
Tel: +49 251 492-6402
Fax: +49 251 492-7733