Housing and Student Life
The Trier University's International Office (Akademisches Auslandsamt - AAA) arranges rooms in halls of residence. Rent for exchange students is slightly higher than for degree-seeking students. The rent is a minimum of 250 EURO per month for the 2013-2014 academic year. When applying for accommodation personal wishes (with regard to a specific hall of residence or the form of accommodation – a single apartment or a double apartment (shared accommodation)) can be indicated. The AAA tries to account for such wishes, however, cannot guarantee that they will be met. Exchange students will receive only one accommodation offer from the AAA. Alternatively students can look for accommodation on the private housing market. However, if and when students accept the AAA-offer until the deadline set by the AAA that decision is binding
The accommodation offer contains information on rent, commencement of the tenancy, additional costs or furnishing of the room. A deposit must be paid as soon as the offer is accepted.
To avoid or reduce costs the AAA must be informed immediately should the study visit to Trier become impossible due to exceptional circumstances after a room has been accepted.
The application for housing (as well as the registration for the orientation program) has to be done together with the application for admission at the online application portal (https://exchange-application.uni-trier.de/welcome.php) of Trier University's International Office (Akademisches Auslandsamt - AAA).
A timeline of the application process is available at http://www.uni-trier.de/fileadmin/international/international/Downloads/incomings/New_Application_Procedure.pdf
Payment of the social contribution are imperative for registration. This social contribution is not a tuition fee; it is a contribution for the student administration, regulated by statute and has to be payed by all German and foreign students. At present the contribution is about 220 Euro per semester. Payment entitles students to free use of public transport in Trier as well as trains to Koblenz, Saarbrücken and some more places.
Every year, Trier University receives more than 1,500 foreign students. It is a destination that is highly sought after and highly valued by international students owing to its academic prestige and its privileged location in a setting such as that of the Moselle valley.
Through the AAA, they will get all the information and support they need to complete the legal and academic paperwork and to carry out all essential paperwork, such as opening a bank account.
Foreign students will also have a wide variety of cultural, sporting and leisure activities available to them promoted by the University or student associations. Currently, all students can participate in the following activities: film cycles, theme days, excursions, cultural events, and attendance at sports events, among others.
Each semester, the student initiative “Internationales Zentrum” (IZ) offers international students an intercultural mentoring program as well as advice and guidance. The IZ is not only there to help with all aspects of studies, but also organizes a varied program of social and cultural activities. This extensive program is rounded off by several day excursions and one short-break excursion per semester to a variety of German and European destinations. www.iz-trier.de