Guten tag! I just received my dorm assignment in an email and I thought I would talk a little bit about the process of applying to live in student housing at Tübingen...
First of all, I'll be living in Fichtenweg 23 in Waldhäuser east (WHO). Here are some pictures I pulled from their website, but you can also click the link to see more.
While I was researching the different student housing options, I was a little bit overwhelmed. I was torn between living in WHO and the old town. The dorms in the old town looked like buildings out of Hansel and Gretel so I was really tempted. But I did a lot of research and found that most international students live in WHO. There is also a bus that picks up right outside of WHO that will take me straight to campus, and with my student bus pass I'll never have to worry. And there's a bar called "Kuckuck" which is apparently where a lot of residents hang out. Applying was as easy as filling out a form online. I just had to specify what kind of room I wanted (single, shared, family housing, etc) and the max price I could pay.
The only problem I ran into (besides the entire application being in German, which was expected but still tricky) was that I needed a letter of admission to apply for student housing, but I had not yet received my acceptance since I did this back in November. I submitted the application anyways and emailed their office explaining my situation, and they allowed me to send in my acceptance later. Moral of the story: if you don't know what to do, ask! Don't just wait around for answers to pop up, because that's how you miss important deadlines. You're probably not going to be the first person with that question, and all the people I've dealt with have been incredibly helpful and friendly.
So how much is this all gonna cost me? Y'ALL. €280!!!! That's equivalent to only $300 USD. I got a little emotional, not gonna lie. I was bracing myself for a much heftier price. I'm so used to hearing about rent here in Honolulu being upwards of $1,000 for a shoebox. This means I'll have more money for traveling, and lots more eating.
Being a resident assistant here at Manoa has me super excited to experience student housing internationally. I found out they don't even have resident assistants in these halls, just a caretaker who makes sure you don't trash the building.
My next step is to demystify the dorm contract they sent me. It's 11 pages and all in German........... With the help of my German friend Nalu or one of my German professors here at Manoa, I'm sure I'll be able to figure it out. Bis bald (see you later)!