Once you have been admitted to university you will want to sort out accommodation. You may opt for a student hostel, a rental apartment or an apartment which you share with others, depending on your needs and taste. The OeAD-Housing Office (OeAD-WohnraumverwaltungsGmbH) provides accommodation especially for foreign students.
There are a number of hostels available for students in Vienna. Some hostels you can stay in all year round, with others you have to clear the rooms during the summer.
Many students find shared apartments a welcome alternative to student hostels. You are never alone, but unlike with student hostels you have many opportunities to withdraw and spend time to yourself.
There are several ways of making sure tenancy agreements for shared apartments are legally sound:
- One person signs the tenancy agreement and becomes chief tenant. The other persons living in the apartments are subtenants only. Problems may arise when the chief tenant moves out and the subtenants cannot take over the agreement.
- All persons living in the apartment sign the tenancy agreement and therefore have equal legal protection. The tenancy agreement does not change by any one of them moving out. Subsequent new occupants must be granted the same tenancy rights.
- Separate tenancy agreements are signed between the landlord and each person living in the apartment for the room they are occupying.
It is recommended that you find out about the rights and duties pertaining to tenancy agreements before you rent an apartment. Tenancy agreements may be limited or unlimited in time. In most case you are asked to pay three months’ rent in advance as a security deposit. For an additional fee you can avail yourself of an agent’s services to find a suitable apartment. Generally an agent will charge a commission of three months’ net rent. Some agents offer student reductions.
Check jobwohnen.at (German) of the austrian student union for apartments rented out by their owners or by agents.Contact for this page: