Please note: In the English translations the Studierendenwerk Freiburg is referred to as Student Services Freiburg

In contrary to other countries, Student Services in Germany are responsible for the social care of students. Whilst the university is responsible for research and education, Student Services are responsible for organisation of everyday life providing the framework for a successful education. For example, providing or helping to find accommodation, inexpensive meals in student cafeterias and offering advice regarding financial and social matters. In addition, Student Services Freiburg supports cultural activities and offers many opportunities for intercultural interaction.  

Student Services in Baden-Württemberg is required to offer services in accordance with §2 Student Services law. Student Services is an institution with legal capacity meaning that it is self-governing within the framework set by the Student Law.  

Student Services consist of three organs that deal with fundamental economic and political decisions: The Board of Directors, The Board of Representatives and the Managing Director.
State financial aid, BAföG financial aid refund, the students semester fees and income through e.g. cafeterias or dormitories cover the cost of care and support.

Student Services Freiburg currently has approx. 350 employees that care for over 46.000 students of which over 5.000 are international students. Student Services Freiburg also has branches in Offenburg, Furtwangen, Villingen-Schwenningen, Lörrach and Kehl and is responsible for the social care of the students in theses universities.

Student Services is responsible for the students of the following nine institutions:


Albert-Ludwigs-Universität Freiburg
Pädagogische Hochschule Freiburg
Staatliche Hochschule für Musik Freiburg
Evangelische Hochschule Freiburg
Katholische Hochschule Freiburg
Hochschule Macromedia Freiburg
ISBA - Internationale Studien- und Berufsakademie Freiburg

Hochschule Offenburg
Hochschule für öffentliche Verwaltung Kehl
Hochschule Furtwangen
Duale Hochschule BW Villingen-Schwenningen
Duale Hochschule BW Lörrach



Deutsches Studentenwerk (DSW) - Verband der Studierenden- und Studentenwerke
Studierendenwerke Süd-West


Student Services in Baden-Württemberg are regulated by Student Services Law:

§ 2 Responsibilities

(1) The Studierendenwerke, in cooperation with the state universities and the study academies of the Baden-Württemberg Cooperative State University (Studienakademien) as well as the academies within the meaning of § 1 of the Academies Act (Akademiengesetz), insofar as these have affiliated themselves with the Studierendenwerke (institutions), shall perform the tasks of social care and support for students, unless the respective institution has assumed these tasks itself.

(2) Social care and support serves students in the following areas of focus:

  • Catering
  • Student housing
  • Promotion of cultural, sporting and social activities
  • Childcare
  • Health and Well-being
  • Social advice for foreign students
  • Organising financial aid

Managing Director

The managing director manages the business of the Studierendenwerk. He or she is the superior of the employees of the Studierendenwerk. The managing director informs the institutions supervised by the Studierendenwerk at regular intervals about the work of the Studierendenwerk. The managing director is appointed for six years.

The managing director of the Studierendenwerk Freiburg is Mr. MBA, Dipl.-Betriebswirt (DH) Clemens Metz.

Administrative Board

The members of the Administrative Board are
three representatives of the management of universities, study academies and academies for which the Studierendenwerk is responsible for the social support of students, four representatives of the students of the universities, study academies and academies for which the Studierendenwerk is responsible for the social support of students, at least two of whom belong to different institutions, three external experts, in particular from the economy and from the local authority where the Studierendenwerk is located, as well as the chairperson of the staff council with an advisory vote.

The managing director as well as a representative of the Ministry of Science shall attend the meetings of the Administrative Board in an advisory capacity. The Board of Administration shall decide on exceptions to the participation of the Managing Director and the Chairperson of the Staff Council.

Representative Assembly

1) The Representative Assembly shall adopt the statutes of the Studierendenwerk. It elects the members of the Administrative Council. It receives and discusses the annual report of the managing director and the annual financial statement. The deliberations shall be brought to the attention of the Administrative Council.

(2) Members of the Representative Assembly are

by virtue of office:

the full-time rectorate or executive board members of the higher education institutions, the administrative directors of the higher education institutions as well as the rectors and heads of the local administration of the study academies and the director as managing director of the academies within the meaning of § 1 of the Academies Act;

on the basis of elections:

full-time teaching staff and students of the higher education institutions, the study academies and the academies for which the Studierendenwerk is responsible for the social care of students. For the purposes of this Act, teaching staff shall be university teachers at the universities and professors at the other institutions mentioned.

(3) In addition to their representatives by virtue of office as referred to in subsection 2(a), institutions of higher education and colleges of further education shall appoint at least one teacher and one student to the representative assembly. The delegation of further representatives shall be regulated by the statutes, which shall also take into account the size of the higher education institutions and academies belonging to the Studierendenwerk within the meaning of section 1 of the Academies Act.

Im Jahr 2003 entwickelten die Mitarbeiterinnen und Mitarbeiter des Studierendenwerks Freiburg zusammen mit einer externen Beraterin ein gemeinsames Leitbild, das die Unternehmensphilosophie umreißt und die Grundlage für ihre Arbeit bildet. 2015 wurde das Leitbild überarbeitet und um einen weiteren Punkt ergänzt.

Einen Auszug finden Sie hier.

Wir sind dazu da, die Studierenden der Hochschulen unserer Region in ihren sozialen, wirtschaftlichen, gesundheitlichen und kulturellen Belangen zu fördern.

Wir heißen Studierendenwerk weil wir nicht nur für Studenten da sind, sondern auch für Studentinnen. Und da Sprache das Denken und das Bewusstsein bestimmt, nennen wir uns gendergerecht Studierendenwerk.

·        Mit unseren sozialen Leistungen unterstützen wir die Studierenden aus dem In- und Ausland darin, ihr Studienziel zu erreichen.

·        Wir handeln wirtschaftlich und stellen uns erfolgreich dem Wettbewerb, indem wir unsere vielfältigen Serviceleistungen aus einer Hand anbieten.

Unsere gemeinsamen Unternehmensziele erreichen  wir nur mit zufriedenen Mitarbeiterinnen und Mitarbeitern.

Semester contribution

Student Services Freiburg-Schwarzwald (Studierendenwerk) is responsible for the social support of students within the university region of Freiburg offering many useful and helpful services such as canteens, cafeterias, halls of residence and counselling services. These services are funded from three sources: the state, Student Services’ own recourses and semester contributions paid by students.

Over the past years the services offered have continuously grown with the biggest being the addition of approximately one thousand new student rooms in the last ten years. A further one thousand rooms are planned over the next eight to ten years. Cultural support and counselling have also been expanded.

The semester contribution is currently 56 Euros plus - for students in Freiburg - the additional 28 Euros for the Freiburg Semester-Ticket.

What are Student Services and what do they do?
Student Services are institutions of public law and responsible for the care and support of social, financial and cultural matters. Student Services offer students a variety of services that are tailored to that particular place of study. There are Student Services in every location where there is an educational facility and in many regions they are responsible for multiple educational institutions such as Student Services Freiburg. 

Do I have to pay the Student Services fee?
Yes. The fee is automatically included in the matriculation fee you pay at your university. The semester fee allows you to use all of Student Services’ services. For example, you will be able to eat in the inexpensive cafeterias, live in dormitories and take advantage of many other services.

How can I be excluded from this fee?
The obligatory fee is included in the matriculation fee.

What do I get in return?
A routine day: Get up, grab your bike, get a quick breakfast at Café Europa, go to a lecture until 12, have lunch at the Mensa, go to a seminar, register for a Studitour-excursion in the late afternoon, hand in your BAföG application, go back to the dorm and in the evening see a concert at the Mensa Bar. Like we said, a normal day with Student Services.

Who decides how much the fee is?
The fee amount and all of the important activities of Student Services is decided by the board of directors - the rectors, professors, representatives of the city and the business community and students from the different universities.

Who receives my registration fee that I pay every semester?
The registration fee goes to the university.

As a student in Freiburg, do I have to register Freiburg as my primary residence?
Registration laws state that people must register their place of residence as being the place where most time is spent, otherwise known as ‘Primary Residence’. Consequently, the law requires that, in cases where people have two residences, the one in which most time is spent must be registered as the primary residence.

How does the Semester Ticket work?
Please check here

Do I have to pay the contribution for the Semester Ticket even if I don’t need it?
Yes, if you are studying at one of the prior mentioned universities. The financing of the ticket is only possible when all students contribute.

Can I buy a ticket if I study at a different educational institution?
Unfortunately no. There are no exceptions. The ticket is only available to students of the prior mentioned universities that have a contract with the RVF.

Am I actually insured?
Yes, all students are insured against accidents under German law. Students that study at universities associated with Student Services Freiburg additionally are insured against accidents during free time, against bicycle and clothing theft and also have liability insurance.