To those students looking for a flat in Witzenhausen.
Getting a private residence while you are outside of Germany might be difficult, normally people like to get to know who is moving in personally. However some will probably be happy to have an international student living with them – you may have some points there.
It will be easiest to write a search request for housing yourself – you can do that in English: Simply register for the “unibio” forum a website by and for students:
-Once you registered and have logged in, you click on “Wohnungsmarkt” (housing market)
-click on the button “Neues Thema” (new topic) and let people know who you are and what you are looking for!
Moving into the students’ residence first might be the easiest way to get a start here in Witzenhausen. Then you can use the beginning of the winter semester to look for a space. Rooms are often hard to get because of all the new students but in December it will be more relaxed. The student residence contract is very flexible with an option to end every month.
Here is a poem about realizing that what you need is there where you are. I hope that you all find a way to make that moment sprout up in each day.
The Wild Geese by Wendell Berry
Horseback on Sunday morning,
harvest over, we taste persimmon
and wild grape, sharp sweet
of summer’s end. In time’s maze
over fall fields, we name names
that went west from here, names
that rest on graves. We open
a persimmon seed to find the tree
that stands in promise,
pale, in the seed’s marrow.
Geese appear high over us,
pass, and the sky closes. Abandon,
as in love or sleep, holds
them to their way, clear,
in the ancient faith: what we need
is here. And we pray, not
for new earth or heaven, but to be
quiet in heart, and in eye
clear. What we need is here.