Studying in Germany

The Studentenwerk Potsdam welcomes all international students!

Studying in a foreign country is very exciting and filled with challenges. We would like to make your arrival in Potsdam, Brandenburg an der Havel and Wildau easier, so that you can fully concentrate on your studies.


What was it like to study in Germany during the pandemic as an international student? We asked our two resident tutors Olamide and Rao.

Our Offer

  • We offer affordable student living space. Our dormitories with furnished rooms are located near the universities.
  • Our resident tutors make it easier for you to settle in the residential complexes and organize events for the students living there.
  • Another way to find affordable student housing is our homeshare programme

You are an exchange student and want to find out about student housing in Potsdam?
We have compiled a list for Erasmus students:

It's your first time in Germany and you do not speak German yet?
Our illustrated Dorm Dictionary may help you out:

Deutsch- Zhōngguó - English
Deutsch - Français - Alearabia
Deutsch - Polski - Russkiy

    Complete bedding set for the residence halls in Potsdam, Wildau & Brandenburg an der Havel

    Most oft he international students need bedding with matching bed linen. That’s why we offer in all of our residence halls a high quality set, that includes the following:

    • 1 pillow (80x80 cm)
    • 1 blanket (140x200 cm)
    • two piece bedding set in light grey
    • 1 fitted bed sheet (90x200 cm) in light grey

    The complete bedding set is made of high quality materials and is pleasantly soft.

    You can buy the complete set for 85 €. You will get mor information via the International Office.
    Attention: For now, the offer is only available for exchange students.

    We have a variety of food in our canteens and cafeterias. Our dishes are marked with symbols for vegetarian and vegan dishes. The symbols will also indicate if pork, beef, poultry or alcohol is included.

    Download our Canteen Dictionary!
    Deutsch- Zhōngguó - English

    • Find the right side job with our student job placement service.
    • Are you a refugee and want to find out how to finance your studies? Sturado has compiled a list with useful information – available in English, French and German.
    • Find out if you are eligible for a scholarship or part-time job. Our social counselor will help.

    • Our psychotherapist advises you in German and English on difficulties in your studies and any personal problems.
    • Our social counselor will help you with questions concerning study organization and student financing, studying with a child and studying with a disability. We also provide help in financial emergencies.

    Who to contact first?

    As a Studentenwerk we provide the social infrastructure for student life - canteens and cafeterias on campus, student housing and financing, counselling as well as project funding. However, if you have  study-related questions, the International Office of your university will be there to help you. Moving to Germany for your studies? This short movie made by the International Office of the University of Potsdam will make your arrival easier.


    You can find an overview of important websites for international students here.

    Frequently Asked Questions (FAQ)

    To find out how to get a residence permit, please visit the website of Deutsches Studentenwerk (DE). If you terminate your studies prematurely, you must notify the Aliens Department within two weeks of awareness.

    On (EN) all information on residence permits in Germany is compiled in English."

    Yes, for both your enrollment and your residence permit, you will need a valid health insurance certificate.
    With VELA, you can quickly and easily purchase the appropriate insurance cover for the duration of your studies in Germany online.
    VELA travel health insurance (DE | EN)

    Are you from an EU / EEA country? If you have statutory health insurance in your home country, your insurance may also be valid and recognized in Germany.

    To learn more about health insurance in Germany, please visit the website of Deutsches Studentenwerk (DE) or (DE | EN). The website (DE | EN | FR | ES | PT| PL | ALB ) provides a guide for internationale students.

    Please, also read our illustrated health dictionary, which contains the information most sought after by international students:
    Illustrated Health Dictionary (DE | EN)

    For students, most banks offer a free checking account. When opening an account, please remember to bring your passport (with a visa) and the registration certificate from the city.

    Information in English about health care in Potsdam, was compiled by the Welcome Center of the University of Potsdam.

    Find out everything you need to know about healthcare in Germany here:
    Illustrated Health Dictionary (DE | EN)