Housing benefit

In Germany, housing benefits are not usually granted to students as they have the possibility to get BAföG. Thereby, it is irrelevant whether a student has applied for BAföG or not or whether BAföG is being paid or not.

However, the housing allowance is only excluded if all family members of a household are entitled to BAföG. If only one family member is not studying, there may be an entitlement to housing benefit.

Student parents with a common child are not entitled to housing benefits themselves, as they are entitled to BAföG as student partens. However, the entire family household is still entitled to housing benefit, since the child is not studying and therefore cannot apply for BAföG.

In the following cases students can apply for housing allowance despite the above-mentioned reasons for exclusion:

  • If a study programme does not qualify for BAföG

  • If foreign students do not qualify for BAföG

  • If students are too old for BAföG

  • If students cancel or change course of study without reason

  • If conditions for funding further education are not available.

  • If length of study exceeds the permitted period of BAföG.

  • If the training was not carried out within the geographical restrictions of BAföG (outside of German boarders)

Students that receive BAföG but find that it is not enough to cover rent, can apply for rent subsidy.

Legitimate students that live in Freiburg can apply for Housing Benefits at the ‘Amt für Liegenschaften und Wohnungswesen’ (Housing and Residence Office).