Looking for a place to live often requires a little patience. After all, there is a wide range of offers and there seems to be something for everyone – whether you want to live in a shared flat, in a hall of residence, as a family, as a couple or alone. We will provide you with helpful information and links on the subject.
A satisfactory living situation can have a positive effect on your well-being and, not least, on your academic success. But the conditions for this are not the same for everyone. For this reason, you should first of all think about what your expectations and options are with regard to your living situation:
- How much money do you have available each month?
- Do you want to live alone or with others?
- Would you prefer a hall of residence or a shared flat (WG)?
- How near or far away from your university do you want to live?
- Do you need a connection to public transport, a car parking space or a bicycle?
But there is no guarantee that all the desired criteria can be met. Nevertheless, answering these questions early on can help you find a flat that suits you.
How do I find housing?
The webpages of the University of Bern and the Bern University of Applied Sciences contain numerous housing options and helpful information specifically for students. Please visit the following links:
- University of Bern – University – Campus and Infrastructure – Living in Bern – Accommodation – Living
- University of Bern – Research – Advisory Services – Welcome Center – Accommodation
- University of Bern – Research – Advisory Services – Welcome Center – Living in Bern
- University of Bern – Research – Advisory Services – Welcome Center – Accommodation offers
- Bern University of Applied Sciences – Studies + Life – Accommodation
There are also several other ways to find accommodation:
- Noticeboard, bulletin board
- Newspaper advertisements
- Private network
- Social media
- Housing placement service
There is a housing placement service for members of the Student Union of the University of Bern (SUB) or the Association of Students of the Bern University of Teacher Education:
Registration and change of residence
If you take up your own residence in Bern (or the surrounding area), you must take note of the following points:
Useful information on the subject
If you have any difficulties with or because of your rental property – e.g. of a legal and/or financial nature – you can seek advice and help from the Bern Tenants' Association (membership required) or from the city's rent office:
- Tenants' Association – MV Section Bern (in German)
- City of Bern – Topics – Foreigners – Integration and migration – Living together (in German)
- City of Bern – Homepage
The webpage of the Federal Department or the University of Bern also provides information and answers to frequently asked questions about housing:
- Federal Department of Economic Affairs, Education, Research – Federal Office of Housing – How we live – Info sheet «Living in Switzerland» (German or French)
- University of Bern – Research – Advisory Services – Welcome Center – Accommodation – FAQ