Studying in Freiburg with the Studierendenwerk’s Service Package for international students.
Especially for international students, Freiburg has a lot to offer: its position in the tri-national triangle of Germany, France and Switzerland, the Black Forest and the Vosges Mountains right outside the door, 28,000 students from all over the world, prestigious academic institutions and the Studierendenwerk’s Service Package, including a room, health insurance, and the aid of friendly dormitory assistants.
Moreover for the dormitories in Freiburg an off hour service against a fee of 28.00 € is optionally available for those who arrive in the evening or on week-ends.
Price of the Service Package for one semester:
starting at 2.924,00 € with health insurance
starting at 2.291,00 € without health insurance
Applications for the winter semester must be submitted by 31 July of the respective year, summer semester applications are due by 31 January.
Your social contribution payment has to be payed to your institution upon matriculating. It entitles you to make use of all services of the Studierendenwerk: canteens, cafeterias, accident-, liability-, bicycle- and wardrobe-theft insurance, social counseling, psychotherapeutic counseling, childcare, loans and job service.
In the following, you find the most important questions and answers about the Service packege for international students.
The service package always includes a single room. In general, there are no multi-bed rooms in our dormitories.
Since there are only in certain dormitories service packages available, you normally cannot choose the specific dormitory you would like to live in.
The service packages are generally only available to Bachelor and Master students. PhD students can only be considered in exceptional cases.
Travel health insurance is not sufficient for a longer study stay in Germany. The service package optionally includes health insurance so that you do not have to take care of it yourself.
Unfortunately, payment by instalments is not possible. The amount must be transferred in full and in due time to the account of the Studierendenwerk. Please note that the bank usually charges a fee for an international bank transfer and please make sure that the bank fee is not deducted from the transfer amount.
No, I'm afraid that's not possible. The rooms are usually rented until the end of September or the end of March and are therefore only available for moving in from October 1 in the winter semester or April 1 in the summer semester.
The rental agreement is concluded for 1 semester and lasts from April 1 to September 30 for the summer semester and from October 1 to March 31 for the winter semester.
The Studierendenwerk will send you all important information about moving in by e-mail in good time. You will receive the keys directly from the caretaker during office hours.
The off-hour service is a special collection service for those who arrive in Freiburg outside office hours, e.g. in the evening or on weekends. The service costs € 25.00 and is debited from your account after your move-in.
When you have received and paid for a service package, you have concluded a written agreement with the Studierendenwerk and the service package is reserved for you. If you are not coming to Freiburg to study, you must inform the Studentenwerk immediately by e-mail.
In this case, an administrative fee will be retained and the Studierendenwerk will try to pass on the service package to another student as soon as possible. You are liable for the service package until it has been passed on. This may mean that you have to pay the monthly rent until the service package has been referred to another student. The remaining amount will be transferred to your account by the Studierendenwerk after the service package has been placed with another student.
The aim of the service package is to provide help for a good start into the study life. Therefore, applications from new international students are always preferred. If a new allocation is not possible, the service package can be extended for another semester of residence. The informal application for extension must be sent in time by e-mail to the Studierendenwerk. An extension is only possible once, so that the service package can be used for a maximum of 2 semesters. After that you have to find a new place of residence yourself, e.g. with the help of the accommodation service of the Studierendenwerk. You can also apply for a "normal" dormitory room during the application deadlines at the housing administration of the Studierendenwerk.
If you would like to move out before the end of your contract, please inform your contact person in the Studierendenwerk immediately. Based on the tenancy agreement, you are liable for the monthly rent payments until the end of the contract period.