For Fellows who come alone, the Wissenschaftskolleg has several one-room apartments in its own buildings, some of which also have a separate working room. The buildings have kitchens for shared use. For Fellows who come with accompaniment to the Wissenschaftskolleg, 29 apartments with 2 to 5 rooms are available in the Villa Walther, about 5 minutes away from the main building. Short-term Fellows who come to the Wissenschaftskolleg alone live in a studio apartment. All apartments are completely furnished. They are rented to the Fellows generally for the period from September 16 to July 15, but are already available earlier for Fellows who come to the Wissenschaftskolleg with school-age children or who take part in the preparatory German course.
Usually, Fellows have continuing costs for their apartment in their home country; if this is the case, the Wissenschaftskolleg grants a housing allowance in compensation:
- Fellows whose home universities (or other institutions) contribute at least 20% of the costs receive a housing supplement equal to their basic rent (excluding utilities).
- If Fellows rent out their dwelling in their home country, their housing allowance is cut by 50% of what they receive in rent.
- All other Fellows must contribute 10% of their stipend or their substitution costs for rent.
Utilities (heating, water, garbage collection, etc.) are always paid by the Fellows. As far as possible, every Fellow will be provided with a study, either in his or her apartment or as a separate office in the rooms of the Wissenschaftskolleg.
The Wissenschaftskolleg has several guest rooms serving as short-term accommodation for scholarly guests and former Fellows.