Living in Bielefeld

    Are you looking for somewhere to live? Here you will find information on where you can obtain help in finding somewhere to live and, if necessary, receiving financial support.

    If you have little or no income, you can apply for a certificate of eligibility for housing [Wohnberechtigungsschein] here and obtain advice on rents and apartment size.

    City of Bielefeld
    Office for Social Services – Social Welfare Office
    Housing Assistance Team
    Niederwall 23
    33602 Bielefeld

    Housing allowance

    Certificate of eligibility for housing (WBS)

    Housing companies

    In Bielefeld, there are housing companies that you can contact directly.

    All addresses and opening hours can be found here:

    Baugenossenschaft Freie Scholle eG

    BGW Bielefelder Gesellschaft für Wohnen und Immobiliendienstleistungen mbH

    Bielefelder Wohnungsverein

    Gemeinnützige Baugenossenschaft Brackwede e.G.

    Gemeinnützige Siedlungs- und Wohnungsbaugenossenschaft


    Local newspapers

    Neue Westfälische
    Niedernstraße 21-27
    33602 Bielefeld
    0521 555-0

    Oberntorwall 24
    33602 Bielefeld
    0521 585-247

    Vacancies in shared apartments can be found on notice boards at the universities as well as in the city magazine “Ultimo”.

    Office for Social Benefits – Refugees Matters Unit

    If you have been allocated to Bielefeld, the office will help you to find suitable accommodation.

    City of Bielefeld
    Office for Social Services – Social Welfare Office

    Niederwall 23
    33602 Bielefeld

    Refugees Matters Unit

    You must register your address as well as any change of address at the Citizen Advice Centre/ Resident Registration Office.

    Citizen Advice Centre
    Neues Rathaus
    Niederwall 23
    33602 Bielefeld
    Tel.: 0521 51-0

    Opening hours and online appointments


    Stadtwerke Bielefeld (Bielefeld municipal utility) is the largest supplier of electricity, gas, water and district heating. Other suppliers are also available and it is always possible to change to another supplier.

    You can consult comparison portals on the Internet (for example here or here).

    Stadtwerke Bielefeld
    Kundenzentrum Historische Turbinenhalle
    Schildescher Str. 16
    33611 Bielefeld
    0521 51-90

    Stadtwerke Bielefeld

    Service and advice relating to energy, mobility, leisure and communications
    Jahnplatz 5
    33602 Bielefeld
    Phone 0521 51-1555

    Jahnplatz Customer Centre