Passau has a vibrant private housing market. The average rent is about €400 a month for one bedroom. Landlords usually require a two- or three-month deposit when you move in, which will be returned to you at the end of the rental period, assuming you leave your room in good condition.
If you are looking for shared accommodation and student flats, the most important web portal is WG-gesucht, which is also available in English. WG stands for "Wohngemeinschaft" - flat shares or house shares.
- Sign up on the WG-Gesucht website.
- Don't just browse: post an ad yourself. Describe what sort of housemate you are, and what you are looking for. That way, potential housemates and landlords can contact you.
- Look at other ads by people looking for accommodation in Passau before you post your own, to get a sense of what people typically include.
- Check the website at least once a day. The housing market can be very fast-moving. Rooms are often snapped up quickly.
- Sort the search results by "date of entry" - these rooms are the most likely to still be available.
To find private accommodation, check the notice boards on campus (Philosophicum, Faculty of Economics and Business Administration, Refectory), have a look at the "Community" tab or the Notice board on Stud.IP, or try the Student Services Association and its accommodation notice board (available in German only).
The Wednesday and Saturday editions of the local newspaper 'Passauer neue Presse' (PNP) have an extensive accommodation section. Their classifieds are online, too (see above under 'housing websites').
Please read through the housing advice page before you sign a tenancy agreement. Contracts and tenants' obligations vary widely. If you are renting for the first time in Germany, some common clauses may surprise you.