Non-EU nationals / nationals of third countries generally require a visa in order to study in Germany. To apply for a visa, you need your "Letter of Acceptance". We will send you this once we have received and accepted your application. You must apply for a visa with this "Letter of Acceptance" at the relevant consulate of the Federal Republic of Germany in your home country prior to entering Germany.
You should apply for a visa as soon as possible, as it can take some time until it is issued (often about 3 months). Certain nationals are exempt from the visa requirement. Please consult the website of the Federal Foreign Office (Auswärtiges Amt) of the Federal Republic of Germany to see whether you need a visa.
Federal Foreign Office (Auswärtiges Amt)
DAAD / Information for Foreigners
Every student at HSD has to pay the semester contribution which amounts to 316,90 Euro for the winter semester 2020/21. The semester contribution is made up as follows:
"Studierendenwerk": 88,00 Euro
Student Union: 15,00 Euro
Loan Association: 1,50 Euro
Daycare Facility for Children: 0,51 Euro
College Sports: 3,00 Euro
"Social Euro": 0,51 Euro
VRR-Ticket: 151,98 Euro
NRW-Ticket: 56,40 Euro
The largest amount is for the VRR and NRW Ticket. This allows you to use public transport anywhere in the Federal State of North Rhine Westphalia (NRW) with your student card free of charge! Besides, you can take a person with you for free within the VRR public transport area on weekdays after 7.00 p.m. and all day at the weekends.
Please note: The semester contribution is a solidarity payment and a compulsory prerequisite for enrollment!
You can either transfer the semester contribution in advance or pay by credit card at HSD during the orientation weeks. Paying cash is not possible any more!
Account holder: Hochschule Düsseldorf
Bank name: helaba (Landesbank Hessen/Thüringen)
IBAN: DE32 3005 0000 0004 0019 13
Please state your full name and "Austausch" (exchange) as reason for transfer/reference.
Please add in your transfer the order:
"zu Lasten des Aufftraggebers" (free of charges for beneficiary)
Cost of living
The largest part of monthly expenses is for rent which usually accounts for one third of total living expenses. What do German students spend their money on?
On average, German students have about 819 Euro at their disposal (source: 21. Sozialerhebung, 2016):
Rent: 232 Euro
Food: 168 Euro
Clothing: 42 Euro
Books and Equipment: 20 Euro
Car and/or PublicTransport: 94 Euro
Health Insurance, Doctor, Medication: 80 Euro
Communication (Telephone, Internet etc.): 31 Euro
Leisure, Culture, Sport: 61 Euro
Total: 819 Euro/Month
Not included here is the semester contribution which has to be paid on enrolment or re-registration (please see above). So, you will have more expenses than usual at the beginning of the semester.
Halls of residence (Studentenwerk Düsseldorf)
When you apply to HSD you can also apply for a place in the halls of residence which is allocated by the Studentenwerk.
Since the residences are very much in demand, we cannot guarantee a room. Please apply within the stated deadlines. Otherwise, your chances of getting accommodation are reduced. You cannot apply to the Studentenwerk on your own but should make the application via the International Office. Please also take into consideration that we have no influence on the type of allocation of the halls of residence.
Private accommodation/Sharing a flat
In the case of not receiving a place in the halls of residence, you should start looking for a flat or a room in a shared flat as soon as possible. The handbook on the right will help you with the flat hunting.
The International Office has opened a facebook group where accommodation
offers are posted regularly. You are welcome to sign up for the IO housing platform and search for housing there.
Handbook_Finding accomodation in Duesseldorf.pdf