Proposal:Amenity=student accommodation

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Proposal status: Proposed (under way)
Proposed by: dieterdreist
Tagging: amenity=student_accommodation
Applies to: node area
Definition: student accomodation as a feature

Rendered as: similar to amenity=school
Draft started: 2014-07-12
RFC start: 2020-02-28

Proposal history

This is the proposal which was originally proposed in 2014 by User Hno and was abandoned for no apparent reason, so dieterdreist is reproposing it now (Feb. 2020).


The tag amenity=student_accommodation describes a feature that provides student accommodation, including buildings or parts of them, outdoor grounds and all other features that are part of the student accommodation. This feature can be mapped in addition to the buildings (commonly tagged with building=dormitory) and will typically describe an area wherein such buildings are found.



building=dormitory, which indicates that a building is a dormitory, can only be used on single buildings and describes the kind of building, not the accommodation as a facility. In reality, many dormitories/student accommodation facilities consist of more than one building, while some occupy only parts of a building.


There are 14 buildings in  Studentenstadt in Munich, the biggest student accommodation in Germany, used for living and some others only used for leisure activities. Moreover in OpenStreetMap some of the buildings are divided. In fact there are more than thirty ways with building=* that are part of the dormitory.

How to map

amenity=school is the role model for the tagging. This means that you have two possibilities:

  • Drawing the area of the dormitory
  • Placing a node in its middle.


The area or the node representing the dormitory is tagged with amenity=student_accommodation.

Additional information can be given by the following:

  • name=*
  • operator=* - often the university name. May also be privately-operated, in which case name the company.
  • addr=* - Address details
  • capacity=* - The maximum number of residents
  • religion=* - if the dormitory is associated with a particular religion (also denomination=*)
  • wikipedia=* - Link to a Wikipedia article
  • contact=* - Contact details

The buildings can be tagged with building=dormitory anyway.

(Note that amenity=student_accommodation is currently proposed instead of amenity=dormitory, because this meaning of "dormitory" makes most sense in US English and doesn't really fit British English as per OSM.)


Map of Studentenstadt Munich.jpg

The red line in the image on the right surrounds all buildings that are part of the dormitory Studentenstadt in München. It could have the following tags:

See also

Some other tags that may be better representations for certain features in certain context:


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