Current information


Opening hours of the refectories and cafeterias
Due to the Corona pandemic we are not yet able to open all our facilities. At the moment the Mensa I Rempartstraße is open, where we offer a daily lunch from 11:30 AM 2:00 PM; the Mensa Kehl, Mo-Fr from 12:00-1:00 PM, and the Café Senkrecht, Mo-Fr from 9:00 AM -2:00 PM. We are currently in preparation to reopen other canteens and cafeterias. We will announce here once we have a set date.


General Federal Emergency Fund also available for September 2020
The federal government's bridging grant for students who have got into financial difficulties due to the Corona pandemic will be extended and can also be applied for the month of September. Information and application here


Mensa Kehl opens again!
On Monday, September 14th, the Mensa Kehl will open again. We will offer a daily lunch (Mon-Fri) from 12:00 - 13:00. You can choose between meal 1 and meal 2.
All necessary hygiene measures are carried out in our house. Our hygiene concept ensures that there is no danger from our food and drinks. We ask our guests to keep a minimum distance of 1.5 m, to wear a mouth and nose protector when not sitting at the table, to follow the instructions of the staff and the signs and to observe the general hygiene rules regarding cough/sneezing and hand protection.


Bridging assistance from the German Federal Emergency Fund for Students
Watch this: Now you can apply for the German Federal Emergency Fund for the month of July! You can find the application form and all important information about the bridging fund here.

The cafeterias Schwenningen and Furtwangen open during examination period
During the examination period from 13th to 31st July our cafeterias in Schwenningen and Furtwangen will open temporarily. The opening hours are from 8.30 am to 2.00 pm. From Monday, July 13th, the Institutscafe will also offer a warm meal (9.00 am - 4.30 pm).


Declining parental income due to Corona - BAföG follow-up application
BAföG has a solution if parental income drops unexpectedly! Normally, the parental income from the calendar year before last is taken into account when calculating BAföG. If now, for example because of short-time work due to the COVID-19 pandemic, parents lose part of their income, then this can be taken into account for BAföG recipients!

  • Trainees must submit an update application on which the parents must give details of their current income and also sign it. The update application can be found on our "BAföG and financing in times of Corona" page.
  • If by now you have only received a low or no BAföG rate based on the income of your parents, you can make an update application and the amount of your current BAföG claim will be examined.

Please contact the Office for Educational Support (Amt für Ausbildungsförderung) if you have any further questions.


Standard period of study and BAföG in times of Corona
The standard period of study was extended by one semester due to the corona pandemic. Due to the link between the maximum duration of support and the standard period of study, the maximum duration of support for BAföG is increased by one semester for students who are still receiving BAföG in the SS 2020.
Therefore, if your maximum funding period ends in August/September 2020, you must submit an application for continued funding in good time. Continued funding is not granted automatically, but only when a new application is submitted.


Daily hot meal at the PH-Café
From Thursday, 2 July, the PH Café will offer a daily hot meal. The PH-Café is open Monday to Friday from 08:00 AM to 1:30 PM.

Data collection in our facilities
The new Corona Regulation will apply from 1 July 2020. According to §6 of the CoronaVO we are obliged to request data (first and last name, address, date and time and, if available, telephone number or e-mail address) for the purpose of providing information. The data collected in the process is recorded confidentially and only for the purpose of tracing chains of infection in connection with the Corona pandemic, stored for a maximum of four weeks and only passed on to the relevant health authority on request. You will find our general information on the processing of personal data on our homepage.


Day care centres "Kita Pusteblume" and "Kita Kleine Knöpfe" can reopen
From Monday, 29 June, the Kleine Knöpfe and Pusteblume day-care centres will resume regular operations under pandemic hygiene measures.


Gradual opening of our cafeterias
We are preparing the gradual opening of our cafeterias. All necessary hygiene measures are carried out in our facilities. Our hygiene concept ensures that our food and beverages do not pose any danger.


Study financing
As of today, 12 am, the German Federal Emergency Fund for Students can be applied for. All information is available here.


Mensa Rempartstraße opens on Monday, 15 June
From 15 June, the Mensa Rempartstraße will offer lunch again from Monday to Friday. Between 11.30-13.30 students can choose from meal 1 and meal 2. There will be seating indoors and outdoors. In addition, the meals can also be taken "to go".


Financial aid for students
An overview of all financial aid that is currently available or planned for students can be found on our here.


New information on the Baden-Württemberg loan
Students who have lost their part-time job as a result of the Corona pandemic and are therefore in a financial emergency can apply for an interest-free loan of up to 450 euros per month from the state of Baden-Württemberg if they can prove that their earnings from the part-time job have been lost since April.

German students can receive the loan for April and May (up to a maximum of 900 euros in total), foreign students can receive the loan for April, May and June (up to a maximum of 1,350 euros in total). Repayment of the loan begins at the latest at the beginning of June 2021, with a minimum installment of 75 euros.

Further information and the application form can be found here.


New application deadlines for the winter semester 2020/21
Due to the corona pandemic, the application deadlines for universities in the central allocation procedure for the winter semester 2020/21 have been postponed nationwide to 20 August 2020. 
This was necessary so that this year's Abitur year group can also register in time for the coming winter semester 2020/21 due to the postponement of the Abitur examinations as a result of the Corona pandemic.

When the winter semester 2020/21 at the University of Freiburg will begin is still open.


No BAföG external consultation hours in Furtwangen/Schwenningen and Tuttlingen 
Due to the current situation, the BAföG external consultation hours in Furtwangen/Schwenningen and Tuttlingen in the summer semester 2020 cannot take place.
However, the BAföG office staff will be happy to help you by phone or e-mail.


Cafes prepare for gradual opening
We are slowly preparing the gradual opening of our cafeterias. All necessary hygiene measures are carried out in our house. Our hygiene concept ensures that our food and beverages do not pose any danger.

from Mo, 18 May:
Opening Institutscafé (cafeteria in the Mensa Institutsviertel, Freiburg): Mon - Fri from 9 - 15.30 o'clock, outdoor area only, take away only

from Mo, 25 May:
PH Café (cafeteria in the Mensa Littenweiler, Freiburg), Mon - Fri from 8 - 13.30, outdoor area only, take away only
Café Senkrecht (Uni Innenhof), Mon - Fri from 9.00 - 14.00, with bar tables inside and outside
Caféteria Mensa Offenburg, Mo - Fr from 8 - 13 o'clock, only outdoor area, only take away


News on the expansion of emergency care in our daycare centres from 18 May can be found here.


Financial aid for students through the KfW Student Loan - also for foreign students
The Ministry of Education provides bridging assistance for students who are in financial difficulty due to the Corona pandemic. This aid is guaranteed by the long-standing KfW student loan, which students can already apply for from SWFR.

Due to the current situation there are two important innovations:

  1. Starting on May 8th, students will have the opportunity to apply for an interest-free loan from the Kreditanstalt für Wiederaufbau (KfW). In view of the crisis period, which is expected to last even longer, this initial phase will run until 31 March 2021. On 31 March 2021, the new interest rate will then apply to all loan payments.
  2. Foreign students will also be able to draw on the KfW Student Loan from July 2020. Prerequisite: You are registered at a German address. Foreign students can submit applications from June 2020. This extension is limited until 31.03.2021.

All further information and the relevant contact persons can be found here.


Financial support in times of the Corona pandemic

Funding line 1: Baden-Württemberg emergency aid fund
The state of Baden-Württemberg is setting up a student emergency aid fund with one million euros for hardship cases - for students who have lost their part-time jobs due to the corona pandemic and are therefore in financial difficulties. With the emergency aid fund, the state provides interest-free loans of up to 450 euros for the months of April and May (up to 900 euros in total) for students who can prove that they have lost their earnings from a part-time job since April.

More detailed information on how to apply will follow shortly.

Funding line 2: Short-term loan
With funding line 2, the Studierendenwerk Freiburg supports students who have run into a financial bottleneck due to the loss of financial support from their parents as a result of the Corona pandemic.  The support is on a loan basis and is intended to enable students to continue their studies that they have successfully completed so far.

More detailed information is available here: Corona-Nothilfe


Our two day care centres Kita Kleine Knöpfe and Kita Pusteblume are expected to remain closed until 03.05.20.

Our canmteens and cafeterias will remain closed until further notice.


For all students who do not yet have a university card, the Studentensiedlung am Seepark now offers a guest MensaCard as a temporary solution. This card can be used to operate the washing machines and dryers in the student dormitories. The card costs 20.00 €. There is a credit balance of 13.00 € on the card, plus a deposit of 7.00 €.

After the students have received their university cards, they can return the guest card at the service points in the refectories (if they are open again) or in the information shop of the Studierendenwerk at Basler Str. 2. The remaining credit balance and the deposit will be loaded onto the university card.


Corona emergency aid
The Studierendenwerk Freiburg supports students who have fallen into acute economic distress due to the corona pandemic, which is not covered by other social benefits or funding opportunities. Further information can be found here: Corona-Nothilfe


Students can currently help the University Hospital Freiburg as well as the surrounding health institutions by registering in the system of the Offene Fachschaft Medizin Freiburg e.V.: The form asks for the status of your studies, possible training in other fields, areas of application and the available time. Requests for support are allocated centrally and forwarded to the appropriate groups of medical students in the preclinical and clinical sections, medical staff and "non-specialist" supporters. An assignment cannot be guaranteed. 


Here is our "Corona FAQs"


How to get through the crisis:
Advice for internationals in unusual times


University of Freiburg postpones summer semester
The University of Freiburg is postponing the start of the summer semester to May 11, 2020. The semester will accordingly end later on July 31, 2020. The Whitsun break (June 2nd till 5th) will no longer apply.


Psychotherapeutic counselling Furtwangen
Due to the current situation, the open consultation hours of the Psychotherapeutic Counseling Center in Furtwangen will, until further notice, only be held via telephone. Instead of personal counselling, the colleagues on site also offer telephone and, if necessary, video calls.


Loading of chip card assets
Due to the closure of our facilities, map revaluators are no longer accessible.
The washing machine terminals in our dormitories can upgrade the card via Autoload. If you still wish to register, this is currently possible in Freiburg at the Infoladen in Basler Straße (9 a.m. - 5 p.m.) and in the Studentensiedlung in the Service Center, Sundgauallee 20 (daily 8.30 a.m. - 9.30 a.m. and Monday-Thursday 1.30 p.m. - 2.30 p.m.).
For further questions please contact

All of the Studierendenwerks events will be cancelled up until May 30the 2020.


Social Counselling Furtwangen / Villingen-Schwenningen:
Due to the current situation the consultation date on April 8th in Furtwangen and in Villingen-Schwenningen is cancelled.


Canteens und Cafeterias

Freiburg and branch offices:
All canteens and cafeterias will close from 17.3.20 until probably 19.4.20.

Psychotherapeutic counselling:

The open consultation hours, during which you can appear in person without registration, are cancelled for the time being. However, you can call during the open consultation hours (Wed, 13.00 - 14.00 hours).
In addition, the secretary's office is available as usual from Monday to Friday from 9.00 - 12.00 hrs for all telephone questions and to register for appointments. The conversations with the therapists take place by telephone or in person, depending on the agreement.
Please contact the secretary's office with all questions by phone 0761/2101-269 or by email to

No disadvantages for BAFöG because of corona.


Our daycare centres "Kleine Knöpfe" and "Pusteblume":
Our daycare centres are closed from 17.03.20 to 20.04.20.

Infoladen Freiburg:

The Infoladen of the Studierendenwerk is open from Mon-Fri 9.00-17.00 Please come in person only in urgent emergencies and contact us in other matters by phone or e-mail. 
General information: 0761 2101 200,
You will find other contact persons on our website under the respective subject area.


Corona viruses are a family of viruses that can cause diseases primarily in vertebrates. There is also the possibility of overcoming the species barrier (zoonosis), i.e. an infection from the animal kingdom can spread to humans. Relevant human pathogenic epidemics with coronaviruses in recent years were the SARS coronavirus and the MERS coronavirus. Coronaviruses occur worldwide and are mainly transmitted via droplet infection. Patients primarily show infections of the respiratory tract. There is no specific therapy or vaccination against coronaviruses. As a preventive measure, a number of hygiene measures and the isolation of patients can be considered.

Source: Health Service, Federal Foreign Office

The virus is transmissible from person to person. However, our knowledge of the exact pathways of this corona virus is still limited. However, it can be assumed that the transmission pathways are similar to closely related, well known other corona viruses.

Target organs of human coronaviruses are mainly the respiratory tract. The most important transmission pathway is a so-called droplet infection, in which coronaviruses are released into the air and subsequently inhaled by infected humans or animals via droplets.

Furthermore, various respiratory pathogens can be transmitted via smear infections. In this case, pathogens that are on the hands reach the mucous membranes of the nose or eye, where they can lead to infection.

Sources: Federal Institute for Risk Assessment / Federal Ministry of Health

The danger to the health of the population in Germany is currently assessed as high by the experts of the Robert Koch Institute. Further cases, infection chains and outbreaks in Germany must be expected.

However, work is underway on the development of a vaccine. Nevertheless, no safe vaccination is available so far.

If the virus becomes ill, it is particularly dangerous for people who are older and/or already suffer from chronic underlying diseases. The virus can lead to a more severe course with respiratory problems and pneumonia. Currently, the proportion of deaths in which the disease has been confirmed by laboratory tests is around 2 percent. However, it is likely that this proportion is actually lower because the data only refer to patients who were treated in hospital.

Source: Federal Ministry of Health

It is currently assumed that after an infection it can take up to 14 days before signs of the disease appear.

Sources: Robert Koch Institute

Infection can lead to coughing, sniffles, neck scratching, muscle pain and fever. Some sufferers also suffer from diarrhoea.

Sources: Federal Ministry of Health

If you have been in a risk area, such as China or Northern Italy, please contact the health authorities immediately.

Avoid contact with other people and continue to follow the hygiene instructions and the cough and sneeze label.

Call your doctor before your visit and tell him or her that you have symptoms. This will help to ensure that appropriate precautions are taken to prevent further infection.

The 10 most important hygiene tips

In everyday life we encounter many pathogens such as viruses and bacteria. In order to keep the risk of infection low, the same hygiene measures are recommended for coronavirus as for common influenza.

when you get home,
before and during the preparation of meals,
before meals,
after visiting the toilet,
after blowing your nose, coughing or sneezing,
before and after contact with sick people,
after contact with animals.

rub with soap on all sides,
allow 20 to 30 seconds for this,
Wash off under running water,
dry with a clean cloth.

Do not touch mouth, eyes or nose with unwashed hands.

When coughing and sneezing, keep your distance from others and turn away.
Use a handkerchief or hold the crook of your arm in front of your mouth and nose.
Do not cough or sneeze in the palms of your hands.


Contact your doctor or health care professional.
Avoid close physical contact while you are contagious.
Stay in a separate room and use a separate toilet if possible.
Do not share dishes or towels.

Cover wounds with a plaster or bandage.

In particular, clean the kitchen and bathroom regularly with standard household cleaners.
Let cleaning cloths dry well after use and replace them frequently.

Always keep sensitive foods well chilled.
Avoid contact of raw animal products with food eaten raw.
Heat meat to at least 70°C.
Wash vegetables and fruit thoroughly.

Clean eating and kitchen utensils with warm water and detergent or in the dishwasher.
Wash dishcloths and cleaning cloths as well as towels, washcloths, bed linen and underwear at a minimum of 60°C.

Ventilate closed rooms several times a day for a few minutes:
Turn off the heating.
Open the window in the room completely.
If possible, also open opposite windows.
Duration: 10 to max. 15 minutes, then close the windows again and turn the heating back on.