Student dormitory vs shared flat
Let’s take a quick look at the differences between a student dorm and a shared flat first. In a shared flat, you share an apartment with other people (mostly students). Each person has their own room and the other rooms like living room, kitchen, bathroom and toilette are shared. You sign the lease agreement with your names and are responsible for everything that happens in and to the flat. You organise your daily chores yourself: grocery shopping, cleaning, paying rent, etc.
Many students live in a student dormitory, but everybody has their personal area (either a personal room or apartment with a small kitchen, bathroom and toilette). In addition, there are common spaces like common kitchens, learning lounges, laundrettes, community areas, gyms, spas and more. You sign the lease agreement only for your personal quarters. The rent usually includes operating costs like heating, warm water and energy and sometimes (e.g. at STUWO) even regular apartment cleaning, WIFI and TV. The dormitory does all the organisational work.
Here are ten advantages of student dormitories: