Practical information

Semester dates

The winter semester runs from September to February, the spring semester runs from March to August (exam periods included).

The regular semester dates (without the orientation months) can be found at

Finding accomodation

We have a deal with the Studierendenwerk Darmstadt, a non-profit organization that runs a range of residence halls for students in Darmstadt. More precisely, we have a fixed number of rooms in two of their residence halls which you can apply for. The rooms are located in shared apartments; this means you will be living with one to four other students (these may be international students or local students) and the monthly rent is between 350 and 450 €. You will also need to pay a deposit (which you will get back later). For more information on the residence halls, see the link in the box on the right-hand side.  
So, what is that you have to do in order to be assigned a room? Just fill out the housing form we will send you between June and August (if you’ve applied for the winter semester), or between December and January (if you’ve applied for a spring semester), respectively.  

Please note:

  • There is no guarantee that you will be allocated a room 
  • The rooms can only be rented for one semester 

Please note that the move-in date will be 1 September, if you‘re staying with us for a winter semester and 1 March, if you‘re staying with us for a spring semester. This means that you might need to book a room in a hostel. Hotel or through Airbnb for one or two nights at the end September, or the end of March, respectively. 

You‘re not the residence hall type? That‘s ok – you can find a place to stay on your own. These links might be helpful:



If you‘re looking for a flatshare, you might want to check out this website:
We also have a Facebook group called "h_da housing exchange”, where you can get in touch with h_da students who are about to spend a semester or two abroad and who would like to sublet their room – it’s worth taking a look! (But please note that h_da is not liable in any way for the offers published on these websites!

Scholarship opportunities

For some of you, scholarship opportunities are available. 

You‘re from… 

…the EU / the EEA:
If you‘re from the European Union, or the European Economic Area, you‘re eligible for an Erasmus scholarship. Please apply for an Erasmus grant at your home university. They will guide you through the process. For more information, see the links in the boxes on the right-hand side. 

…Brazil, Ghana, India, Indonesia, Iran, Malaysia, Mexico, Namibia, Paraguay, Russia, Vietnam or Ukraine:
If you‘re from one of these countries, you‘re eligible for a so-called STIBET scholarship, a scholarship funded by
the German Academic Exchange Service (DAAD) (see box on the right-hand side). STIBET scholarship holders will receive a scholarship of about 400€ per month (the exact amount varies each semester), granted for a total of 5 months. On average, we award 4-5 scholarships per semester, but this number may vary. 

…Pokhara University, Nepal:
If you‘re from our partner university Pokhara University in Nepal, you‘re eligible for an Erasmus scholarship of 800€ per month for a total of 5 months plus travel expenses.

Other scholarship opportunities: 
The German Academic Exchange Service (DAAD) offers even more scholarships. Check out their scholarship database
Please note that some scholarships require you to apply well in advance (sometimes even a year before your stay with us) so you should start looking for a scholarship right now!