Many first-year students have difficulties finding affordable accommodation at the beginning of the semester. When the halls of residence are already full, the Studierendenwerke help students with housing services, rooms wanted/offered adverts and flatshares, last-minute rooms and emergency accommodation.
In addition, many Studierendenwerke initiate marketing campaigns with universities and towns/cities in order to encourage private landlords to let rooms to students. Adverts are placed on trams, on bakery bread bags and in the press, for example.
The Deutsches Studierendenwerk campaigns against the housing shortage at a structural level in order to prevent an emergency situation happening every winter semester. We are calling on Germany’s government and federal states to provide funding for social infrastructure measures at higher education institutions as part of the Higher Education Pact.
Despite numerous new buildings at the Studierendenwerke - more than 14,000 dormitory places are under construction or planned nationwide - the supply rate of affordable, state-subsidised housing in relation to the number of students is lower than ever. The ratio has fallen continuously since 2008, while the number of students served by the Studierendenwerke has risen by around 15,000.
The Studentenwerk Schleswig-Holstein has promoted the project "Wohnen für Hilfe" (Housing for Help) with a big placard campaign.
Heidelberg: Minister of Science Theresia Bauer (right) is supporting the campaign "Studis suchen Zimmer" (students looking for a room). In a conversation with managing director Ulrike Leiblein (left)
Karlsruhe: Living in a shop window. Just one of many actions in the framework of the capmaign "Dach gesucht" (Looking for a roof over my head).
Beddy-bye time, off to the shopping window - one night at the public library. The local initiative "My Home is Cologne" has drawn attention to housing shortage in Cologne.
Minister of Science Svenja Schultze is campaigning for the web portal wohnraum-fuer-studierende.de on roadside billboards.
A bed in the Hofgarten: The local initiative in Bonn is advertising the web portal zimmerfrei-bonn.de.