Reservations, rental agreements, moving in
Who are the apartments at Ferdinandshöfe intended for?
As a rule, we rent to students, interns, doctoral candidates and apprentices/trainees.
It is necessary to present a certificate of enrolment before the rental agreement can
be signed. Apprentices/trainees are to provide a copy of their training contract.
Are there any apartments available?
If you see a “rent today” button at the top right, apartments
If all the apartments are occupied, simply send us your complete
application using the “reserve today” form. We will contact
you as soon as we have an apartment available for you.
What is the apartment rent?
The rent, including heat and other common charges, is €310.00 plus
€20.00 for electricity – whether you want to rent a single apartment
or a room in a two- or three-bedroom apartment.
Is it true that ALL additional costs are included in the rent?
All operating and ancillary costs such as for water, heat, Internet, etc. are
included in the rent. You pay an additional €20 for electricity no matter how
much you use.
Please note that Germany’s television and radio license fees are not part of
the rent and therefore have to be paid by the tenant.
Is there a minimum rental term?
The minimum rental term is three months.
Can I view my room?
You can of course visit the Ferdinandshöfe and have a look at the
available apartments on site. Simply arrange a viewing appointment
using the contact form.
How do I get a rental agreement?
Just click the “rent today” button in the top right corner and follow the individual steps.
What documents do I need to present?
A valid copy of your personal identification/passport/visa
and your certificate of enrolment/training contract.
In some cases you will need to provide us with a current
registration certificate from the residents’ registration
office (not older than 14 days).
What do I have to do after I have received my rental agreement?
You sign the rental agreement documents and return them to us
within the time limit we set for you.
How much is the rental deposit?
The deposit is two-months’ rent per individual room/apartment.
(You will be told the precise amount when you receive the rental agreement.)
Please transfer the rental deposit to our account at least two weeks before
the start of the rental term together with the first month’s rent. You can
find the bank details in your rental agreement.
What do I have to bring with me to move in?
The apartment is completely furnished with furniture.
You should bring your own cooking utensils, bed linens and
towels, as well as any personal items you need to make yourself
While you are living in the Ferdinandshöfe
How do I pay my rent?
You transfer the first month’s rent to us, and after that
we will collect the rent from your account via SEPA direct
Where can I read the house rules?
The house rules are a part of your rental agreement. You can find
them under section 5. If you misplace them, you can request the house
rules from us by e-mail.
How long does my rental agreement run for?
It is best to check your rental agreement for this information.
Under section 2 Rental term, you will find the start of the rental term and
additional information on the term of your agreement.
Please contact us in due time before the end of your rental term if you
would like to stay longer. The maximum rental term is in any case 8 semesters,
that is, 4 years.
Can I sublet my apartment?
If you want to sublet, you need to obtain written permission from us to do
so in each individual case. The best way to do this is to contact us by
PLEASE NOTE: Unauthorized subletting constitutes a rental agreement breach
that will be met with legal action if necessary.
What is my address if someone wants to send me something?
„Haus X, Wohnung-Nr. Y“
Gubener Str. 8-9
15230 Frankfurt (Oder)
What common areas are there?
Ferdinandshöfe offers all residents many great areas for common
use – free of charge and without prior reservation*:
- Study rooms with quiet and noisy sections
- A CrossFit box for exercise
- A large communal kitchen
- An exclusive basement party room
- Large grassy areas for chilling out
* Except for the basement party room: This space is not public and can be rented for exclusive use.
Are there washing machines and dryers?
Yes, you can conveniently wash your clothes in our laundromat.
Are there parking spaces?
Ferdinandshöfe offers about 100 parking spaces for cars (€38.00/month) and bicycles (free of charge).
Can I hang pictures and paint the walls?
You can of course furnish your apartment the way you see fit,
but you do so on the condition that the apartment is returned
to its original state when you move out. If not, we will have
to charge you for repainting. Making structural and technical
changes is not permitted.
Who can I contact if I have problems in my apartment?
Please contact the Ferdinandshöfe management directly using the
form or call them at the telephone number at the bottom of the
We will soon have on-site caretaker service.
Providing notice, moving out
When and how can I provide notice that I want to terminate my rental agreement?
You can terminate your rental agreement as of the end of the
semester by providing written notice at any time that is at
least four weeks before the semester end (exception: the minimum
rental term of three months and limited rental agreements). Note
here that the termination notice must be received by the management
by this date.
What do I have to do before I move out?
You must provide the management with written notice of termination in due time.
The management will send you a confirmation of termination in which the actual end of the rental term is specified.
It is necessary for you to pay your rent until the actual end of the rental term even if you may want to move out earlier.
Together with the building technician, the rental parties are to carry out a joint preliminary acceptance inspection no later than approximately 14 days before the actual end of the rental term. At this appointment, the building technician will point out possible defects to you. This leaves you 14 days to have the defects rectified in a professional manner.
When will I get my deposit back?
Handover/return of your apartment is usually carried out by the caretaker
with you present. The condition of your apartment will be examined, and
the handover will be recorded in a report. If there are no complaints or
defects, you will get your deposit back in full. If your apartment needs
to be repaired, the cost of the repair will be deducted from the deposit.
Payment/transfer is usually made within 6 weeks after the end of the
rental term to an account to be named by the tenant (such as your account
or your parents’ account) (see handover report). In the event of more
extensive repair work, repayment of the remaining amount could also take
longer. It depends on factors including availability of craftspersons or
the required material.
Around the Ferdinandshöfe
Where is the Ferdinandshöfe located?
The Ferdinandshöfe is located in Frankfurt (Oder) directly between the
train station and the European University Viadrina (approx. 5 to 7 minutes’
walk). The centre of Frankfurt (Oder) is also in the immediate vicinity.
When was the Ferdinandshöfe built?
The Ferdinandshöfe looks back on a long history that is rich in tradition.
The complex was constructed as a brewery in the middle of the 19th century.
After that, it was converted into a bedspring factory and then a distillery.
Finally, the ensemble was extensively renovated and expanded to include a
new building between 2017 and 2020.
Have the buildings been renovated in an environmentally friendly way?
The Ferdinandshöfe has been certified with the “Seal of Quality for
Sustainable Housing”. The renovation was planned and implemented with
sustainability in mind. The existing structure was kept and reused in
part, allowing a great deal of “grey energy” to be conserved. In this
way we make it possible for you to live with a minimal CO₂ footprint.
Is the Ferdinandshöfe handicapped accessible?
Yes. All apartments, common areas and pathways are accessible to the handicapped.
Are there different apartments to choose from?
Everyone can find the right apartment at the Ferdinandshöfe, whether you
are looking for a single apartment, a room in a two- or three-bedroom shared
apartment or an entire flat.
Due to the various building and floor plans, the individual apartments also
differ from each other. Have a look at the floor plans here and send us the
building and apartment number if you are interested.
How are the individual apartments furnished?
Each apartment is rented newly* furnished with a:
bed, built-in closet, shelves, a table and a chair available in every room.
A modern kitchenette with sink, stove and refrigerator is available in every
apartment as well as a new* bathroom with shower, washbasin and toilet.
*All apartments were fitted with new furniture in 2020 when the renovation was completed.
What is special about the Ferdinandshöfe?
The Ferdinandshöfe is not a dormitory in the conventional sense. In addition
to your individual apartment, there are many other options available to you
due to the great common areas and a sense of community you will love.