Question: Why do I need to arrange a direct debit from my bank account before the contract is signed?Answer:
The bank collection procedure is a method of rent payment generally applied by the Studentenwerk and is considered a precondition for a contract to be concluded. Applications without bank collection authorization cannot be handled (except for applications send by foreign students from abroad).Generally, direct debit does not become effective until the contract is signed. If the contract for some reason (e.g. the applicant withdraws the application in due time/in due form and thus cancels the residence hall room ) is not be concluded, the bank collection authorization will not get any validity. In this case you will of course be informed in writing. You should expressly note the answer to the question:
Special arrangements: Foreign students who apply from abroad and do not have a permanent residence in Germany may send their application without bank collection authorization. After their arrival they will be given a few days to open a bank account with a bank of their choice and to a arrange a direct debit.