If you have just arrived to Weimar, and have no idea about how to handle the basic things such as finding a house, some furniture, a bike or an open kiosk in the middle of the night, here is a mini package where you can get some information and links that might just ease your first days.
Finding an apartment, a room, or a dorm
Are you looking for a roof over your head? The word you need while searching is “Immobilien”. You can type in that on Google, and add Weimar by the side: You are good to go! Well, you can also check the options I have listed for you below.
Suggested links by Bauhaus-Universität Weimar
Pinnwände: On the top left of uni-weimar.de, you’ll see a section named “message boards” in English or “pinnwände” in German version—which is basically a page for students to get in contact with each other, make announcements, sell their stuff or rent-out their free rooms. If you choose “wohnen” from the list that appears on the right, you can reach to accommodation options posted by the students from the university.
Some additional links
Bikes, furniture, and all the other second-hand things
Pinnwände: Not only for a place to stay but also for a variety of things you might need along the way.
Ebay Kleinanzeigen: Here, you can find anything that you are looking for. Even though they are mostly second-hand, especially the locals of Weimar offer very quality stuff such as a bike in a good condition, a set of porcelain kitchen utensils or some furniture in the style of DDR: all for an affordable price.
Weimarer Tafel Diakonie: This place is located on the outskirts of Weimar. But if you are coming from a bigger city, you will feel like you are still in the same neighborhood while going there. With your Thoska, your multifunction smart card given by the university, you can prefer the bus and it will be free of charge anyway. Locals say that they offer amazing bikes with fair prices and maybe an additional student discount.
Flea markets: There is not a specific website for the flea markets, but when the warmer days come you will realize lots of them invading the centers of the city—selling delicate stuff for peanuts. And the best part will be seeing a bunch of people coming to Weimar from close by cities and villages.
No, everything is not closed after 8 PM
During the day, except Sundays, you will find Edeka inside the Atrium, Rewe right by the side of Goetheplatz, one Nahkauf at Wielandplatz and the other one on Bodelschwinghstraße, and Lidl, Netto or Real a bit further for more options.
Yes, between 8 PM – 10 PM, most of them will be closed. But there are alternatives! Starting by the first weeks of Autumn, people gather at Wielandplatz. This spot is considered as one of the hearts of the city; close to all facilities including the school buildings, shopping, bus stops and, of course, the Nahkauf which is open until midnight (except Saturdays and Sundays). There is also Nachtsaktiv which will be open every day until 2:30 AM.
Yağmur Ruzgar, 2. semester Public Art and New Artistic Strategies (M.F.A.)