Counselling for study and social issues

Our department of social affairs offers advice on all social matters related to your studies.
For initial information, click through the collection of topics below. We will be happy to answer any further questions by email or during our office hours by phone or in person.

The office hours are every Monday from 2 pm to 4 pm,Wednesday from 10 am to 12 am and every Thursday from 12 am to 2 pm. At this time, you can contact us by phone at 0551-39 34566 or come in person. If the weather is good, we will advise you in the AStA garden, otherwise we will meet in the Social Office (Goßlerstraße 16a, room 1.103), just ring the bell!
Please remember your mask! If you don’t have one, you can get one from us on site.

So come by with all your questions about financing your studies, studying with a child, barrier-free studies, semester ticket reimbursement, and much more – we will try to help you!
Of course, you can also send us an email at any time to soziales@asta.uni-goettingen.de. We always try to answer all your questions quickly.

You can find more contact options, office hours and addresses here.

Topic areas


Study funding and BAföG
Here you can find detailed information on scholarships, BAföG and part-time jobs, educational loans and other types of loans to help you finance your studies. The AStA also offers an interest-free immediate loan to help you in emergency situations.
Health insurance and broadcasting fees

Health insurance


Students under the age of 30 are generally required to have health and long-term care insurance. Therefore, the university requires a confirmation of your health insurance before you enroll. We have summarized the most common cases below:

Family insurance
If both of your parents have statutory health insurance and you are under 25 years old, you will be covered by your parents’ family insurance. However, you must note that you may not regularly earn more than €450 during the lecture period if you want to remain a member of the family insurance. If you earn more than that, your family insurance will end and you will have to insure yourself. If you have done a recognised voluntary service, your insurance period can be extended by the length of that period beyond your 25th birthday, but by a maximum of 12 months.

Private health insurance

If one of your parents is privately insured and has a higher income (monthly more than 1/12 of the annual income limit and higher than the total income of the other parent), you can be exempted from compulsory insurance within the first three months of your studies in order to take out private insurance. This can be particularly interesting if one of your parents is a civil servant and entitled to benefits, as you can then also benefit from the benefits (however, only as long as you receive child benefit, i.e. usually up to the age of 25).

However, this exemption is valid for the entire duration of your studies and possibly even beyond! This means that you will have to take out private insurance for the duration of the exemption (even if you drop out of the allowance at 25). At the moment, the only time you can cancel this exemption is between your Bachelor’s and Master’s degrees – but only as long as you are not enrolled for more than one month. The decision to be exempted should therefore be considered very carefully.
If you decide not to take out private health insurance, you will have to insure yourself.

Student health insurance
If you can no longer be insured through your family, but are still subject to compulsory insurance, you will be covered by student health insurance until the age of 30. The contribution is the same for all statutory health insurance funds and is calculated according to the BAföG maximum rate. It is currently €76.04 per month. On top of this comes the additional contribution, which each health insurance fund can set individually. You also have to pay the nursing care insurance contribution, which is currently €22.96 or €24.55 (for childless persons over 23) per month.
If you receive BAföG at the same time, you will receive a health and long-term care insurance supplement of €109.

Voluntary insurance
If you can’t be covered by the student insurance scheme (any more), e.g. because you are over 30, you can take out voluntary insurance with the statutory health insurance scheme. The contribution is then based on your income. If you receive BAföG at the same time, you can receive up to 155 € per month as a subsidy.

For more details, please contact your health insurance provider. You can also find detailed information here.

For international students, additional information in different languages can be found here.

 

Broadcasting fee (Rundfunkbeitrag)


Since January 1, 2013, every household has been required to pay a broadcasting contribution. The contribution is €17.50 per month per household. The most important FAQs have been provided by the Studentenwerk Göttingen here.

Exemption
You can be exempted from paying fees if you receive social benefits (including BAföG; but not scholarships). You can find the exact list here.

If you do not receive social benefits because your income is too high by less than 17.50 €, you can also be exempted (submit BAföG rejection notice).

In addition, deaf-blind people and people with a disability certificate with the “RF” mark can be exempted on a pro-rata basis.

Important: The exemption does not apply to your flatmates! They also cannot simply register through you and then not pay. The exemption is only transferable in the case of registered civil partnerships and marriages, as well as in the case of operational communities (Einsatzgemeinschaften) according to §19 SGB XII.

Note: We make every effort to ensure that the information on this page is always up to date, complete and correct. Nevertheless, in case of doubt, the information cannot replace advice from the respective contact point.

Housing
Even before the semester begins, many of you are faced with a new challenge: Where and, above all, how will I live during my studies? To make it easier for you to move into your own flat or into a shared flat, we would like to show you some options here.

 

Student housing in Göttingen


 

We have prepared an information brochure for you with relevant information about student housing in Göttingen. In it, we answer the following questions, among others:

  • What options do I have to find a flat?
  • Which housing providers are there?
  • What should I look out for in a tenancy agreement?
  • What is there to know about the Göttingen districts?

We would also be happy to advise you individually. Just come to us during one of our office hours.

 

 

Studentenwerk Dormitories


The Studentenwerk Göttingen provides an overview over its housing offers here. It is possible to apply online. You can also apply for a place in a dormitory even if you are not yet enrolled. However, you should apply as early as possible in order to secure suitable accommodation in good time. If you are not admitted to the programme, you can withdraw your application.
Due to the high number of applicants for the dormitories, it is strongly recommended that you apply for a place in a dormitory at the same time as applying for a place to study.

Temporary accommodation for first semester students

Whether the Studentenwerk will be able to offer temporary overnight accommodation for first-semester students for the first weeks of the winter semester 2021/22 has not yet been decided. Further information can be found on the Studentenwerk website.

 

Accommodation Service for International Students


The Göttingen International Department of the University offers an Accommodation Service for international students, which helps with finding accommodation. The contact details can be found on the associated website.

 

Private housing market


Flats or shared rooms are offered via various web portals, but also the “classic” newspaper.
When looking for a flat, please note the following:

  • Due to the tight housing market in Göttingen’s city centre, you should also look around in the more distant districts and, if necessary, in the surrounding areas such as Bovenden and Rosdorf. The rents are cheaper there, and the bus semester ticket is currently also valid in Bovenden and Rosdorf. However, you will have to accept longer distances and a dependence on the bus network.
  • Furthermore, it is recommended that you do not only look for flats with housing companies. Private landlords can also offer you favourable deals.

Also look out for the following in the rental contracts:

  • Is it a graduated tenancy agreement with one rent increase per year? You should stay away from this. In the end, you may have to pay more than you can afford in the first place.
  • What are the operating and ancillary costs made up of? Is appropriate building glass insurance also included?
  • Look around very carefully when viewing the flat. Take as much time as you need! Ask questions! Take someone you trust, ideally someone with experience, with you for the viewing. Some landlords like to tell you a lot, but a good companion will also be happy to ask the right questions.
  • When handing over the flat, make a record. Write down the meter readings such as water, gas and electricity, but also the condition of the rooms. If there is any damage (e.g. cracks or mould on the walls, open power cords or other cables, cracks and poor grouting on the tiles, etc.), record it in writing. If possible, take photographs. Ask the landlord or property manager for a receipt for the damage and set a reasonable, but not too long, deadline for remedying the defects. If you spot mold on the walls, it’s best to not sign the contract at all.
  • There are also privately rented dormitory rooms for under 200.00 €. Here, too, great caution is advised. Some of these rooms are in poor condition, and you often have to share the kitchen and bathroom with other tenants. When renting such a room, you should be sure that you can come to terms with this.

Here are some ways to look for a room:

 

Sleeping Place Exchange


Looking for a place to stay? Or is there a free place on your couch? At goettingen-hat-platz.de sleeping places can be made available and found free of charge at short notice.

 

Tenants’ Association of Germany


On its website, the Deutsche Mieterbund explains the most common questions and gives advice on what to consider when renting.

 

Renting a room


At www.monteurzimmer-goettingen.de you can find affordable alternatives for interim rent until you find permanent accommodation.

Studying with a child

Parent and Child Café

At our parent-child cafés, there is space to get to know each other, share ideas and network.
We are also looking for students with children who would like to share their experiences, problems and adventures in a digital storytelling café or in short interviews for our website. If you are interested, feel free to send an email to soziales@asta.uni-goettingen.de.

We will publish the date of the next meeting here and on our social media channels.

There is a study group “Studying with a child” on Stud IP. Questions are clarified there, experiences are exchanged and meetings are organised. The group is open. Just sign up & network with other studying parents.

Scholarship for Students with Child(ren)

The Soltenborn Foundation awards scholarships of 2500€ per year for students with child(ren) at the Faculty of Medicine, Law, Theology and Humanities. The scholarship is initially awarded for one year, but can be extended. Prerequisite for receiving the scholarship is good academic performance.

Barrier-free studying (Accessibility)
You can find information about barrier-free studying in Göttingen on this page. In addition, the Representation for Students with Disabilities can be contacted with questions and concerns.
International Students
A collection of contact persons* for incoming and outgoing students, as well as information on study financing options is available here.

The AStA currently offers to issue the International Student Identity Card (ISIC), which you can apply for at the secretariat. With the ISIC you can save money in a wide variety of shops and restaurants in over 130 countries, travel cheaply and identify yourself as an international student. But you can also use the ISIC conveniently via app. The validity period is one year. To apply, you need a recent passport photo in colour (no larger than 3 cm high and 2.5 cm wide!) and your student ID card. The cost is €18 for one year.
Please bring the 18€ with you, as larger banknotes cannot be exchanged.

For more information, visit https://www.isic.de/home-en/

 

For prospective foreign students, German language courses are available. You will find the “Via Lingua” association, which is supported by the AStA, on the ground floor of the AStA building. The courses on offer range from basic courses to preparatory courses for the DSH (German language test for university access of international applicants). Information about the starting dates of the courses and the capacities as well as prices can be found here.

Further contact points
There are numerous other contact persons who can provide you with detailed information on specific topics. Here you can find a current overview.

 

Problems of studyability


If you have difficulties with the studyability of your subject, for example due to overlapping exam dates, unfair behaviour by lecturers or simply questions about your courses, you should first write to your Fachschaftsrat or Fachgruppe. If you have concerns that require university-wide solutions, please contact our Department of Internal Affairs.