The International Student Office (ISO) assists international students in applying for accommodation in the residence halls of the Studentenwerk Stuttgart. For this purpose, international students have to enter their data into the online portal of the Studentenwerk Stuttgart and confirm their data entry via the confirmation link in their notification email. Only then the housing application can be registered and processed in due order. After registration students should request the Accommodation Feedback Form from, complete the document and send it back by email.

Please note that HFT does not provide on-campus accommodation due to the restricted space of our city center location. Housing is provided by the Studierendenwerk Stuttgart based on availability at dormitories distributed across the city. It is not possible to choose from the offered dormitory places. The minimum rental period is 6 months. Further details can be found in the Accommodation Application Information:

The rent for single rooms in the residence halls of the Studierendenwerk Stuttgart varies between 300 and 400 euros per month, depending on location and room size. Private rooms or individual flats usually cost more. In general, studenst needs about 800 Euros per month to cover their living expenses.

  • Rent: 300 to 400 Euro
  • Health insurance: approx. 90 Euro
  • Semester ticket for public transport: approx. 210 euros for 6 months
  • Food: about 200 Euro
  • Miscellaneous costs: about 150 Euro

Rental of a dormitory room includes furniture, internet access (wireless or per network cable), also bed linen (duvet, pillow, duvet cover, pillow case, sheet) which is supplied for a one time fee by the caretakers of the student residences. Every student residence provides washing machines and tumble dryers which can be used with chipcards.

Due to the very high demand, the average waiting time from the registration to the allocation of a room by the Studierendenwerk Stuttgart can be six months or more!

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Buddy Program

You are new in Stuttgart and can't find your way around?

New international students can get a buddy, i.e. a student already enrolled at the HFT, to help with the first steps.

Depending on the circumstances of your arrival it may not always be possible for us to arrange a “buddy” in order to pick you up at Stuttgart’s airport (Flughafen) or main station (Hauptbahnhof). In this case, please take the city express train (S-Bahn) to the station „Stadtmitte” and come directly to the International Student Office at the Hochschule für Technik (building 1, third floor, room number 332). When arriving late at night or during the weekend, it might be useful to boof a room in a hotel or youth hostel. The International Student Office will be abailable again on the next working day from at 9 a.m.

Welcome to Stuttgart

With our brochure "Welcome to Stuttgart" we would like to simplify your start in Stuttgart. We know that moving to a foreign country is not easy. For foreign students, this means not only finding their way around in the new surroundings, but also adapting to the new way of life and unfamiliar cultural conditions.

For orientation, we recommend that international students read the brochure "Welcome to Stuttgart" carefully already in their home country. Most of the information in this brochure is needed within the first few days in Stuttgart.

German language courses

The German courses offered at HFT are part of the VErbund für SPrachenAngelegenheiten (VESPA).

Intensive language courses German A1-B2

Course duration: 18 course days, Mon - Fri / 72 teaching units (4 x 45 minutes/course day)
Course start: four weeks before the start of each semester
Costs: 100 Euro + course book

Semester Courses German A1-C1

Course duration: 12 course days, each Wednesday / 48 teaching units (4 x 45 minutes/course day)
Course start: at the beginning of the semester
Costs: 50 Euro + course book

Further course offers in the framework of VESPA

German Society and Culture
History of Arts and Architecture

External Language Offers

Deutschkolleg Stuttgart
University of Stuttgart - Language Center
Tandem Partner Finder

International Coffee Break

Every Thursday from 17:00 to 19:00 the International Coffee Break takes place, where international and German students can get in contact with fellow students. Due to the Corona Pandemic, the International Coffee Break will continue to be held online in the coming semester. During the International Coffee Break, a picnic in the city park, visits to museums, a walk around the Max-Eyth-Lake, a visit to Wilhelma, ... are planned for the winter semester.

Leisure activities

The ISO offers various excursions and events during the semester.

The following provisional dates are planned for the winter semester 2020/21 (we reserve the right to make changes due to the corona situation)

Friday, 09.10.202014:00 City Tour Stuttgart
Saturday, 17.10.202010:00 Hiking tour to the Sepulchral Chapel - Monument of Eternal Love
Thursday, 10.12.202017:30 Christmas Buffet

Further leisure activities are offered, for example, by the University of Stuttgart's sports department.

There are also numerous international student associations in Stuttgart:

AEGEE Stuttgart e.V. - Forum of European StudentsGerman-Moroccan competence networkEuropean Assembly of Turkish Academics Baden-Württemberg e.V. (EATA)International Association for Exchange of Students for Technical Experience (IAESTE)Association of Chinese Scientists and Students in Stuttgart e.V. (VCWSS)Association of Tunisians in Stuttgart e. V. (VTS)Association of Friends of the Stuttgart University of Applied Sciences

The ISO offers various excursions and events during the semester.

The following dates are scheduled for the summer semester 2020:

Saturday, 11.07.202012:15 City Tour Stuttgart

If you are interested in sports activities, please check the university sports offers from University Stuttgart.

Furthermore, there are numerous international student associations in Stuttgart.

AEGEE Stuttgart e.V. – Forum Europäischer Studenten
Deutsch-Marokkanisches Kompetenznetzwerk
European Assembly of Turkish Academics Baden-Württemberg e.V. (EATA)
International Association for Exchange of Students for Technical Experience (IAESTE)
Verein der Chinesischen Wissenschaftler und Studenten in Stuttgart e.V. (VCWSS)
Verein der Tunesier in Stuttgart e. V. (VTS)
Verein Freunde der Hochschule für Technik Stuttgart

All events can also be found in the facebook group "HFT-International"

Family stays for international students

Year after year at Easter, in the summer and over Christmas, German families open their homes and hearts to a foreign student for two weeks. Guests and families alike experience this intercultural experience as a great personal enrichment.

Accommodation will be with a host family outside the place of study. The choice of location depends on the suitable host family. This offers the opportunity to discover another "corner" of Germany.

The program takes place all year round. Mainly holiday dates are possible. However, individual periods can also be arranged. The program fee is 40 €. All other costs including travel to and from the event (except personal expenses) are covered by the non-profit association Experiment e.V. with the support of the German Foreign Office. Registration is possible until 8 weeks before the desired stay.

If you are interested, please contact the following address:

Experiment e.V. Gluckstr. 1 53115 Bonn

Tel. 0 228 -9 57 22-0