Do I have to get tested for Covid-19 before moving in?
Requirements for entry City of Constance
We refer here specifically to the regulation of the city of Konstanz, according to which
Persons returning from a risk area must be tested for coronavirus within 72 hours. A list of risk areas in the sense of §1 section 4 of the regulation can be found can be found on the webseite of the RKI
In addition, the entry must be reported to the citizens' office. This applies to all persons living Konstanz or those staying here for a longer period of time. The corresponding online form for simplifying the required notification according to §1 section 2 of the Corona-Regulation can be found on konstanz.de/einreise
If the test result is negative, the citizen's office officially releases the quarantine
The following applies to all persons moving into one of Seezeit's halls of residence:
A negative Corona test result (rapid test or PCR) must be presented in printed form at the time of move-in and must not be older than 48 hours. This means that if you do not provide a negative test result at the move-in date, move-in is not possible.
For the safety of the students and staff, the room is currently not handed over personally when tenants move out. The tenants have been informed by us about the exact procedure for handing over the room. If you have any questions, please contact mieterservice[at]seezeit.com.
I want to move in and I feel sick. What should I do?
Please call us before picking up the keys if you should show any signs of illness such as coughing, sniffles, neck scratches or fever or if you fear that you have been infected with the coronavirus (SARS-CoV-2). By letting us know in advance, you will protect yourself and others. We will find a solution together with you!
I have given notice to terminate my room and I'm supposed to move out now. Now I am ill with Covid-19
No. The tenant's right to physical integrity takes precedence over the owner/landlord's interest in eviction. Since all people are called upon to act in solidarity and to drastically reduce contacts, the tenant cannot be obliged to move out - also for the protection of others.
(Incidentally, this also applies if you live in an apartment or shared room or for subletting on the free housing market).
I have lost my part-time job and/or my parents are currently receiving short-time work benefits and can support me less. I can no longer pay the rent for my room. Do I have to expect to be evicted now?
In addition to a deferment of payment or an agreement to pay the rent in installments, you may also be able to apply for housing benefit or BAföG. Due to the current situation, however, there are usually other options for obtaining financial support. To get more information you can also contact our social counseling service!
Application and room allocation
What are the requirements for me to be able to apply to Seezeit?
You must be enrolled or intend to enrol at one of the following universities:
University of Konstanz
Hochschule Konstanz University of Applied Sciences (HTWG)
University of Education Weingarten
University of Applied Sciences Weingarten
Baden-Wuerttemberg Cooperative State University (DHBW)
We require a certificate of enrolment only if a tenancy agreement is to be set up.
How and when can I apply for a room?
Please apply via our online portal. You can provide your personal details there and directly upload your certificate of enrolment and passport photo.
An application is possible from about 6 months before the desired date. We will only consider one application per student. Multiple applications will be destroyed without notification. On the application form you are free to choose your desired rental start date as the occasional room may become free during semester time.
Does my application give me any entitlement to a room in a halls of residence?
Your application is an expression of your interest in obtaining a place with us; however, it does not constitute a legal entitlement to accommodation or a particular room. The allocation of rooms depends on the number of free places at the beginning of each semester.
Can I withdraw my application?
The application for a place in halls of residence is non-binding. You can withdraw your application at any time provided there is no existing tenancy agreement with us. A brief notification to studentisches.wohnen[at]seezeit.com will suffice.
I have previously applied to Seezeit, can I reapply?
If, for example, you wish to return to the halls of residence following a practical semester, you are welcome to reapply to us. However, there is no guarantee or entitlement to a room as the allocation of rooms depends on the number of free places at the beginning of each respective semester.
What happens after my application?
Once you have registered, you will receive regular (approx. every 30 days), automatic e-mails asking you whether you are still interested in a room.
How does Seezeit Studierendenwerk Bodensee allocate its rooms?
The student accommodation department allocates rooms at all Seezeit halls of residence based on random selection to give every applicant a chance.
When does the allocation of rooms commence/finish?
As a general rule, we allocate rooms for the summer semester from around mid to late January and from around mid to late July for the winter semester. The allocation of rooms is an ongoing process and can last until the beginning of the semester. As soon as all the rooms have been allocated, the remaining applicants will receive a letter of refusal by e-mail.
Can I view rooms in advance at the halls of residence?
As our rooms are all occupied, we are unable to arrange official viewings. Photos of the facilities and a detailed description can be found on our website.
The contracts usually begin on 1 April respectively on 1 October and end on 30 September respectively on 31 March each year. The minimum tenancy agreement is one semester. The normal period of residence is four semesters respectively two years.
In the case of exceptional early terminations, other beginnings of the contracts are sometimes possible. However, the end of the contract is always 31 March respectively 30 September.
Contracts beginning between 1 December and 1 May end on 31 March.
Contracts beginning between 1 June and 1 November end on 30 September.
Contingents of students and short-term students, e.g. Erasmus, are excluded. In such circumstances, the tenancy agreement will run for a period as agreed with the nternational student offices.
Can I extend my tenancy agreement?
If you wish to stay longer with us, please send us a written contract extension application, which we will examine separately. Applications should reach us by 15 May (for contracts ending 30 September) or by 15 December (for contracts ending 31 March). In addition to the standard period of residence (4 semesters), extensions of a maximum of 2 semesters, in exceptional cases up to 3 semesters, are possible. However, there is no guarantee/legal entitlement to an extension of the rental contract.
Our tenancy agreements are always fixed-term and end automatically whenever the rental period has expired. In accordance with the provisions of the German Civil Code (BGB) (minimum notice period of three months from end of current month), it is not possible to cancel the agreement prior to the expiry date.
You can, however, cancel your contract prematurely at the end of each particular semester (30 September or 31 March) provided you give eight weeks notice. Please submit our cancellation form for this purpose or you are also welcome to cancel without submitting a form. We require an original copy of the document with your signature. Cancellation by fax or e-mail is not possible.
If you have a serious reason for ending your tenancy agreement outside the notice period, please also send your cancellation request to us. We will examine your cancellation request and notify you whether or not cancellation is possible.
If you sign a tenancy agreement, you must provide Seezeit with direct debit authorisation. We will then always collect the rent from your account on the second working day of each month.
Can I sublet my room?
Yes. If, for example, you are not based at your university due to an internship or a period of stay abroad, you can sublet your room for a period of up to six months (excludes students at the Baden-Wuerttemberg Cooperative State University [DHBW]). We will take into account the interim tenancy when calculating your period of residence. An administration fee applies to every interim tenancy agreement.
To whom can I sublet my room?
You are only permitted to sublet your property to registered students (with proof of certificate of enrolment). Subtenants should not yet have lived in Seezeit halls of residence or they should not have reached the normal period of residence of four semesters.
How can I find a subtenant?
Seezeit does not take part in the procurement of subtenants. You are welcome to use our online private accommodation service to find a subtenant.
No online application is necessary for the interim tenancy. Both parties complete and sign the form entitled ‘Antrag auf Interimsvermietung’ (application for interim tenancy). In doing so, the end of the interim tenancy agreement should not coincide with the end of the contract term for the main rental agreement. You should submit the form four weeks before the commencement of the required interim tenancy period at the latest. Our administration staff will check your application. In the event of your extended absence, we recommend cancellation so that the room can be assigned to another applicant.
What things do I need to be aware of when subletting?
In the event that you sublet the property to another student, you will remain a contractual partner of Seezeit. We therefore recommend that you agree a deposit payment with the subtenant and sign a contract with them. You will perform the room handover yourself (without our caretaker) and we recommend that you complete a handover report. Your post will continue to be sent to your halls of residence; subtenants are required to forward the post on to you.
You may have to fill out a housing confirmation "Wohnungsgeberbestätigung" for your sub-tenant in order for them to register in the city (Seezeit is not responsible for these confirmations, as there i no contract between Seezeit and the sub-tenant).
Are there any administration fees?
We collect a processing fee of 50 euros for the completion of tenancy agreements.
How much is the deposit for my room and how do I pay?
The single room deposit is 500 euros, while the double room deposit is 1,000 euros. We will take the deposit automatically from your bank account at the start of the first rental month. You will need to complete a direct debit authorisation to enable us to do this.
Can I pay my deposit and rent with a EC card or credit card?
We would thank you for your understanding that card payments are not currently possible at Seezeit. We have tested this method of payment and have concluded that the high bank charges and administration expenses would lead to unacceptable costs. We do not wish to build these into our prices as per retail businesses. This would lead to higher rental costs and that is not our aim.
When can I move in?
You can move in from as early as the first working day of the month agreed in the contract. If, for example, the tenancy agreement begins in April, but the first day of April falls on a Saturday, you will therefore be able to move in from the third of April at the earliest. Please agree the exact moving-in date in advance with our tenants service.
Do I need to register at the residents’ registration office?
In accordance with the Federal Registration Act, you must register with the residents’ registration office within two weeks of moving into your room. You must present a landlord’s certificate at the residents’ registration office. You will receive this from the relevant caretaker when you move in. Only applies to Konstanz: at the beginning of the semester, the citizens’ registration office can be accessed at the university and at the Hochschule Konstanz University of Applied Sciences (HTWG), in other words, you can register directly on site at your university.
Please note that if you wish to register your place of residence as your secondary residence, then a secondary residence tax will become due.
Our rental prices cover the complete rental cost, i.e. they include all incidental living costs: rent excluding heating costs, incidental costs, flat fee for all consumption (heating, water, electricity, refuse collection fees). In order to avoid any separate refuse collection fees, you should mention this when registering at the residents’ registration office.
Is Internet included in the rent?
Most of our halls of residence offer Internet access at no additional cost. There is, however, no entitlement to constant availability. You can find details directly on the webpages of the halls of the residence.
Yes, the rooms in our halls of residence are normally equipped with a bed, wardrobe, writing desk and desk chair. Details of the rooms and furnishings can also be found on our website.
Can I bring my own furniture with me?
Our rooms are basically furnished. You are welcome to change the layout of your room e.g. add small items of furniture, put up curtains or similar items. The exception to this are the common areas in the shared flat accommodation. These are not included in the rental agreement, but are let out for a specific use. Therefore, you are not allowed to place your own furniture or objects in these areas.
Are there washing machines and dryers in the halls of residence?
Yes, there are washing machines and dryers in all halls of residence, which you can normally use for a fee. You can pay with your Mensa chip card at all halls of residence.
You can hire a parking space at nearly all the halls of residence (excludes Jungerhalde = car-free zone). Depending on the halls of residence, the parking spaces are either above ground or in an underground car park. Please contact the Student Housing Service team if you are interested.
Where can I find further information on the rental terms at Seezeit?
Our detailed contract terms can be found in the document entitled ‘General rental terms and conditions’ on our website. Other documents such as the cancellation form and fee schedule can also be found on our website.
What should I do in the event of damage or a defect?
Please report damage or defects in your shared flat, your room or your apartment immediately via our online damage report.
I have lost my key/my key is broken. What should I do?
Please contact your relevant caretaker immediately. He/she will issue you with a replacement key. In some circumstances (lost key), the door cylinder will also need to be replaced for security reasons. You will be personally liable for any costs arising from replacement keys and cylinders.
What do I do if I experience problems with the Internet?
External providers are responsible for certain halls of residence. If you need to contact them, you will find them under this link - Internet support.
In the event of urgent technical emergencies outside normal office hours, the caretaker can be contacted on the following telephone number: +49 7531 - 9782 888
How and when do I get my deposit back?
We normally return the deposit at the latest within three months of the contract end date. If your bank details have changed or you need us to make your deposit transfer to a different bank account, please send us the form entitled ‘Amendment to bank details for deposit reimbursement’.
What considerations should I make when moving out?
You will receive a reminder e-mail from our tenant service well before the end of your contract term. In this e-mail we will ask you to arrange a moving-out date. You will also receive some tips to bear in mind, which should make your accommodation handover run more smoothly.
Can someone else return my key for me?
Yes, you are allowed to authorise a third person to deal with your key/room return. Please complete the following form for this purpose and send it to us.