Study with child

How do I reconcile studying and having a child? And how do I finance my studies with a family? Student parents are faced with complex questions. Balancing a child, studies and, as a rule, a part-time job is a triple burden. Student parents need strong nerves - and help. The good news is that student parents are not alone. There is a wide range of support services that they can take advantage of. We will be happy to advise and inform you professionally, quickly and straightforwardly on all questions relating to the topic of "studying with a child".

We are familiar with:

  • Social benefits (parental allowance, child benefit, unemployment benefit II, mother-child foundation)
  • Special regulations (leave of absence, exams, BAföG extension)
  • Childcare options

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Important for studies

If you are pregnant and/or taking care of your child, you can take a leave of absence from your studies. During this time, however, you will not receive BAföG! If a student is prevented from completing her studies due to pregnancy or illness, BAföG will be paid for up to three months, whereby only full months are counted. However, if the interruption of your studies lasts longer, you usually have to pay back the BAföG for that semester.

Leave of absence is only permitted for full semesters per course of study and usually only for a maximum of two consecutive semesters. For a leave of absence of more than four semesters during the duration of studies in a degree program, important reasons must be proven. This includes pregnancy and the care of small children.

You must apply for a leave of absence at the Enrollment Office / Student Secretariat of your university. You will need a copy of your maternity passport for the date of birth and, if you already have one, your birth certificate. You should submit the application within the re-registration deadlines or no later than four weeks after the start of the semester. You can find the necessary forms on the website of your university.

If you have to postpone or repeat exams, you should inform the respective examination office.

If you have problems with exams due to pregnancy, childbirth, or raising children, you should definitely report this to the examination office at your university. The extent to which your problems are taken into account is decided by the respective examination boards.

If you are pregnant or raising children, you should submit a written application to the enrollment office or student secretariat of your university immediately if you have problems with admission, missing exams, withdrawing from exams, final exams and free attempts. However, it is best to get advice from our social counseling service beforehand.

Your maternity leave begins six weeks before your baby's expected due date. You can continue studying until then if you have the "OK" from your doctor.

Maternity leave lasts until eight weeks after your baby is born. Only then can you continue studying as usual. Revocation is possible at any time, but not for exams that have already been taken.

You should not have any disadvantages in exams due to your pregnancy, childbirth or breastfeeding. Therefore, they should be compensated, for example, by alternative dates for taking exams.

A revocation of the declaration to the university that you want to continue your studies despite maternity leave is only possible before the examination. If exams are cancelled, the general regulations of the universities apply analogously, as in the case of illnesses.

There are exceptions to employment/training prohibitions for female students: You may also attend your educational institution between 8:00 p.m. and 10:00 p.m. on Sundays and holidays if

  • you have expressly declared this wish to the university.
  • your attendance is necessary for the training.
  • no irresponsible danger arises from working alone.

For more information, visit the family portal of the Federal Ministry for Family Affairs, Senior Citizens, Women and Youth and its brochure Leitfaden Mutterschutz (Maternity Protection Guide).

And if you have any further questions, our social counseling service will be happy to advise you!

Parenting Benefit

There is basic parental allowance, ElterngeldPlus and the partnership bonus. These can be combined with each other.

The parents are entitled to 14 months of basic parental allowance. They are free to divide the months between themselves. One parent can claim a minimum of two months and a maximum of 12 months. Single parents can claim 14 months. Studying does not count as gainful employment for the purposes of parental allowance.

The parents are entitled to 14 months of basic parental allowance together. They are free to divide the months between themselves. One parent can claim a minimum of two months and a maximum of 12 months. Single parents can claim 14 months. Studying does not count as gainful employment for the purposes of parental allowance.

The amount of the parental allowance is a minimum of 300 euros and a maximum of 1,800 euros. It is calculated on the basis of the income from employment that ceases after the birth.

  • Income replacement rate of 65 % for income above 1,200 euros,
  • Income replacement rate of 67% for income between 1,000 euros and 1,200 euros,
  • Gradually increasing income replacement rate from 67% to up to 100% for incomes between 999 euros and 301 euros.

Parents who do not work also receive parental allowance in the amount of the so-called basic amount of 300 euros. This base amount of 300 euros is offset against unemployment benefit II, social assistance and child supplement. The payment can be extended to twice the term with a halving of the payment amount.

Maternity benefits after the birth of the child (in particular maternity allowance from the statutory health insurance and the employer's allowance) are fully offset against the parental allowance.

Parental allowance plus is an additional variant of parental allowance that better rewards the early return to work after the birth of a child.

Those who receive ElterngeldPlus receive only half of the regular parental allowance. However, the period during which the family receives support is twice as long, up to 24 months, and thus extends beyond the child's 14th month of life.

As with parental allowance, parental allowance plus allows up to 32 hours of work per week.

With the partnership bonus, each parent receives another two to four months of ElterngeldPlus. The prerequisite is that both parents take care of the children and work between 24 and 32 hours a week in parallel for at least four months.

Single parents who meet the eligibility requirements may also be entitled to ElterngeldPlus and/or the partnership bonus.

Detailed information is available on the family portal of the Federal Ministry for Family Affairs.

International students are only entitled to parental allowance if they have a settlement permit or a residence permit according to certain sections of the Residence Act. A residence permit for the purpose of studying is not sufficient for this.

You can find out which authority is responsible for you from the administration of your municipality of residence. For applicants living in the city of Hanover, this is the parental allowance office of the state capital Hanover.

You can find detailed information about receiving parental allowance, eligibility, sibling bonus, ElterngeldPlus, and how to apply, as well as a parental allowance calculator, on the family portal of the Federal Ministry for Family Affairs, Senior Citizens, Women, and Youth. In addition, the ministry's brochure Elterngeld, ElterngeldPlus und Elternzeit provides detailed information on the topic.

Parental leave is defined by the Federal Parental Allowance and Parental Leave Act (Bundeselterngeld- und Elternzeitgesetz, BEEG) as a period of unpaid leave from work after the birth of a child. Employees have a legal right to this leave. Parental leave can be taken independently of parental allowance. You can find all information on parental leave at familienportal.de.

Child benefit

Child benefit is available to student parents who have their habitual residence in Germany. The most important information and especially the amount of child benefit can be found in the section Child Benefit for Students on our homepage.

Detailed information on child benefits, eligibility and application procedures can be found in the leaflet on child benefits published by the Federal Central Tax Office (Bundeszentralamt für Steuern).

The application for child benefit is submitted to the responsible family office at the employment agency. Students who work in the public sector submit the application to their employer.

For information on the child benefit that students or their parents receive, see the Child Benefit for Students section of our website.

Unemployment benefit II

In principle, students are excluded from receiving unemployment benefit II (ALG II), because they are in an education that is eligible for BAföG support.

However, this does not apply to the children of students. They have an independent claim to social benefits.

Despite the general exclusion of benefits, there are situations in which students can still receive ALG II benefits.

Unemployment benefit II (ALG II) is made up of the standard benefits, any additional needs that may have to be met and the reasonable costs of accommodation (rent + ancillary costs + heating).

You are entitled to unemployment benefit II in full during your leave of absence if the employment agency determines that you are in need.

The employment agency checks

  • whether you can be required to work. From the age of three, you can be required to work, provided that childcare is available.
  • Whether your parents or your partner can be required to pay maintenance. Your parents cannot be required to pay child support if you are currently pregnant, if you are caring for your own child up to the age of six, if you have completed your initial education, or if you are over 25 years old.

In cases of special hardship, ALG II can be granted, but then only as a loan. If, for example, you lose your entitlement to BAföG shortly before the end of your studies and cannot work additionally due to pregnancy or raising children and have not yet completed vocational training, you can apply for benefits on a loan basis in accordance with the hardship regulation.

In the case of non-training-related needs, for example pregnancy or single parenthood, there is an additional need. This amounts to

- from the 13th week of pregnancy 17% of the standard benefit of ALG II. - for single parents with one child under the age of seven or two or more children under the age of 16, 36% of the standard benefit. - for single parents with one child over seven or more children, if only one of them is over seven and the others are over 16 but under 18, 12 % of the standard benefit per child.

You can claim additional needs if your income is not or only slightly above the BAföG maximum rate.

One-time allowances are only granted in connection with

  • Initial equipment for the dwelling including household appliances,
  • initial equipment for clothing, including in the case of pregnancy and childbirth, and
  • school trips lasting several days within the framework of school law.

You will also receive these benefits if you do not receive benefits to ensure your livelihood, including reasonable accommodation and heating costs, but you are unable to cover the full amount of your needs from your own resources. In this case, the income you earn within up to six months after the end of the month in which the decision to pay the assistance was made can be taken into account.

You can find more information about unemployment benefit II on the homepage of the employment agency.

If you have any further questions, our social counseling service will be happy to help you!

Other services

If you are able to cover your own needs with your own income or assets, but not those of your children, you can apply for a child supplement of up to 205 euros per month. This is paid if it prevents you from receiving unemployment benefit II or social benefit.

With the exception of child benefit and housing allowance, the child's income and assets are counted towards the child supplement. Housing allowance is not taken into account when calculating the parents' income.

If you receive the child supplement, you can also receive benefits for education and participation for your children. As a rule, the supplement is paid to the parent who also applied for the child benefit. It is paid for a child until the child reaches the age of 25 at the latest.

The child supplement must be applied for separately in writing at the family benefits office. Application forms are available from the family benefits office of the employment agency or at www.arbeitsagentur.de/familie-und-kinder.

You can also find more information about eligibility, types of income that do not count toward the child supplement, and a child supplement calculator on the family portal of the Federal Ministry for Family Affairs, Senior Citizens, Women and Youth or in the ministry's fact sheet on child supp lements.

And if you have any further questions, our social counseling service will be happy to help you!

Social benefit is a partial benefit of unemployment benefit II. Even though students are usually excluded from unemployment benefit II, children of students who have not yet reached the age of 15 can receive social benefit if their livelihood is not otherwise secured. From the age of 15, children have their own entitlement to unemployment benefit II.

When applying for social benefits at the employment agency, the child's needs are first calculated. According to the regulations of SGB II, this is made up of the so-called standard rate and proportional housing costs. In the subsequent income calculation, the child's income (child benefit, alimony or advance on alimony) and surplus parental income are offset against the child's need. When determining parental income, the BAföG maximum rate is taken as the so-called education-related need plus any additional needs due to pregnancy or single parenthood as student need. The income in excess of these needs is therefore offset against the social benefit to be paid out.

Exceeding child income may only be offset against the needs of the other members of the community of need up to the amount of the child allowance.

The homepage of the Federal Ministry of Labor and Social Affairs provides further information on social benefits.

And if you have any further questions, our social counseling service will be happy to help you!

If you receive unemployment benefit II, social assistance, child supplement, housing benefit or asylum seeker benefits, you are entitled to education and participation benefits. If your household only has a low income and you do not receive basic benefits, you can have a general claim checked at the job center.

These include one-day excursions and school trips lasting several days, 150 euros per year for school supplies, a subsidy for travel costs for students to school, appropriate learning support, a subsidy for lunch at school and daycare, and benefits for participation in social and cultural life in the community.

If you receive unemployment benefit II or social welfare benefit, you can apply for these benefits at the relevant job center. Recipients of social assistance should contact the municipal social welfare office. If you receive housing allowance or child supplement, apply to the local housing allowance office or the family benefits office.

You can find more information on the family portal of the Federal Ministry for Family Affairs, Senior Citizens, Women and Youth.

And if you have any further questions, our social counseling service will be happy to help!

Housing allowance is a state rent subsidy intended to enable people with low incomes to live in an appropriate apartment. Those who receive BAföG are usually not entitled to housing allowance. But: BAföG recipients can receive housing allowance if their child is entitled to housing allowance. In this case, the rent portion is deducted from the BAföG. However, if the child is receiving social benefits and the parents are receiving BAföG, no housing allowance will be paid.

You can find more information in the "Money" section of our homepage under Wohngeld.

And if you have any further questions, our social counseling service will be happy to help you!

Pregnant women who are gainfully employed and have health insurance are entitled to maternity benefits during periods of absence due to pregnancy and childbirth in accordance with the provisions of the Maternity Protection Act. This applies to both legally and privately insured women. More information is available on the family portal of the Federal Ministry for Family Affairs, Senior Citizens, Women and Youth.

And if you have any further questions, our social counseling service will be happy to help!

Foundations

The Federal Foundation "Mother and Child - Protection of Unborn Life" supports needy pregnant women with one-time benefits that are not already covered under other social benefits. There is no legal entitlement to assistance.

The prerequisite for assistance is that the counseling and application must take place in a pregnancy counseling center and that there is a financial need.

Possible financial aid depends on the individual need, for example, aid for basic baby equipment, baby's changing unit, baby's bedding, costs of finding a place to live and for furnishing or renovating a home or a baby carriage.

If you want to take advantage of this assistance, contact a pregnancy counseling center and apply there.

For more information on the goals of the foundation, the type and scope of possible funding, and how to apply, visit the website of the Federal Foundation Mother and Child.

In addition to the federal foundation, Lower Saxony also has a state foundation called "Family in Need. There is no legal entitlement to assistance from this foundation either.

Priority is given to

  • single pregnant women
  • single mothers and fathers;
  • Families with at least three children who have their primary residence or habitual abode in Lower Saxony.

The foundation awards both interest-free loans and grants.

Eligibility requirements are application and counseling at a social counseling center and credible proof of acute financial hardship that has occurred through no fault of one's own, such as unemployment, pregnancy and birth of a child, illness, divorce or separation, or a death in the family.

If the requirements for support from the Federal Foundation "Mother and Child" are fulfilled when the application is submitted, this will be given priority. Support cannot be received from both foundations at the same time for the same expense.

Further information about the foundation, the type and scope of assistance and how to apply can be found on the homepage of the Lower Saxony Ministry for Social Affairs, Health and Equality.

BAföG

Childcare supplement

For trainees who live in a household with at least one child of their own who has not yet reached the age of 14, the requirements rate is increased by €150 per month for each child. The supplement is paid on application as a lump sum until the end of the grant period without proof of corresponding childcare costs.

Own children are only "bodily descendants" or children adopted by adoption.

The childcare supplement is granted to only one parent for the same period. If both parents are eligible for support according to the BAföG and live in the same household, they decide between themselves who receives the childcare supplement. This means that the other parent must declare on Attachment 2 to Form 1 that he or she does not receive or has applied for the supplement and that he or she agrees to the payment to the applicant trainee(s).

The childcare supplement is not excluded by the receipt of benefits under the Federal Parental Benefits Act or other social benefits. The childcare supplement is also not counted as income against other social benefits.

The childcare supplement is granted as a subsidy that does not have to be repaid (even if the other support is only provided as an interest-bearing bank loan), and income and assets are only counted as subordinate to it.

Other arrangements

In the case of students who are raising their own children under the age of 14 when they reach the age of 30 (or 35 in the case of master's degree programs) and are only gainfully employed to a limited extent, the age limit for BAföG may be postponed until the time when the children reach the age of 14.

Pregnancy and child rearing allow for an extension of support beyond the maximum support period if these are the cause of the delay in completing the training - and in full as a grant that does not have to be repaid:

  • for pregnancy: 1 semester,
  • until the child reaches the age of 5: 1 semester per year of life,
  • for the 6th and 7th year of life: 1 semester in total,
  • for the 8th to 10th year of life: 1 semester in total
  • for the 11th to 14th year of life: 1 semester in total.

This benefit can be divided between both student parents. In this case, the parents must provide a statement of how child care was divided between them. In addition, children are taken into account both in the calculation of BAföG and in the repayment by granting certain allowances.

If you are considering taking a leave of absence due to pregnancy, childbirth or child rearing, you should note that you are not entitled to BAföG during a leave of absence. If a student is prevented from completing her studies as a result of pregnancy or illness, educational assistance will be provided for up to three months. However, if the interruption lasts longer, BAföG must usually be repaid for that semester.

Maintenance

Both parents are liable to support their child. In the case of separated parents, the parent with whom the child lives fulfills the obligation to support the child by caring for and raising the child, while the other parent is obligated to support the child in cash. The income of the person liable for maintenance and the age of the child are the basis for the calculation.

Child support advance

If you are raising your child alone and the other parent does not pay any or too little maintenance, you can apply for maintenance advance until your child reaches the age of 18.

There are special regulations for single parents and their children who are dependent on unemployment benefits II.

The entitlement for children between the ages of 12 and 18 takes effect if the child is not dependent on benefits from the job center or if the single parent earns his or her own gross income of at least 600 euros while receiving unemployment benefit II.

An entitlement to advance maintenance payments is excluded if

  • both parents (married or not) live together,
  • the single parent remarries,
  • the single parent is not willing to cooperate in establishing paternity and/or the whereabouts of the other parent, or
  • the other parent pays maintenance at least in the amount of the applicable standard amount.

If the parent liable to pay maintenance has only a low income, he or she is only liable to pay up to the limit of the so-called deductible. The deductible is the amount that should remain for the person obliged to pay maintenance to cover his or her own maintenance.

You can find more detailed information about this at the following offices, where the advance on maintenance payments can also be applied for:

If advance maintenance payments are made, the state makes advance payments. The child's maintenance claims against the parent liable for maintenance are thus transferred to the state for this period. If the parent liable for maintenance is unable to pay through no fault of his or her own, he or she may be exempted from repayment of the advance maintenance payment. This applies in particular to periods of education. However, there is no clear regulation on this, it is rather a matter of discretion.

You can find more information on this topic on the website of the Federal Ministry for Family Affairs, Senior Citizens, Women and Youth.

And if you have any further questions, our social counseling service will be happy to help!

If you take care of your children and cannot work for this reason, you are entitled to childcare maintenance from the other parent until the third year after the birth.

After that, you can claim maintenance if you cannot pursue any other employment (gainful employment and/or studies) in addition to caring for and looking after your child.

Thus, if you are on leave and have a child under the age of three, you can claim a maintenance payment for yourself from the other parent because you are spending your full time caring for the child.

However, if you continue to study after the birth, you cannot claim maintenance from the other parent.

In the event of separation or divorce, maintenance obligations may also apply beyond this point.

If you have any further questions, our social counseling service will be happy to help you!

MensaCard Kids

With the MensaCard Kids, children of students between the ages of ten months andtwelve years can get a free hot lunch or dinner every day.

The meal for the child is only available if you are a student parent and at the same time buy a full meal for yourself (at least at the price of the cheapest dish from the "Pasta & Friends" line).

All children between the ages of ten months and twelve years with at least one parent who is a student at a university served by the Studentenwerk Hannover:

  • Leibniz University Hannover
  • Hannover Medical School (see also "MensaCard Kids at the MHH" below)
  • University of Veterinary Medicine Hannover
  • Hanover University of Music, Drama and Media
  • Hanover University of Applied Sciences and Arts
  • Hanover University of Applied Sciences and Arts

The MensaCard Kids is available in the main cafeteria, Callinstraße 23, at the MensaCard counter in the foyer or, if the way to the main cafeteria is too far, in the cafeteria you use.

For the issuance at the MensaCard counter in the main cafeteria you need your

  • student ID or a certificate of enrollment and your child's birth
  • birth certificate of your child and give your address.
  • address.

Afterwards, you can take the MensaCard Kids with you.

When you go to another Mensa, you have to hand in copies of your student ID or your I-certificate as well as the birth certificate and give your address. A few days later you can pick up your MensaCard Kids at the same cafeteria.

Nothing. The issuance is completely free of charge and there is no deposit to pay for the card.

As long as the presented student ID or enrollment certificate. In the next semester, it can be extended by presenting the current student ID.

Because the Mensa at the Hannover Medical School is not operated by the Studentenwerk Hannover, there is a special arrangement here.

Students at the Medical School can get a meal for their children for up to 4.10 euros in the MHH canteen if they also buy a main course themselves.

The MensaCard Kids at MHH, which is funded by the Hannover Student Union, can be picked up at the MHH Equal Opportunity Office Monday through Friday between 9:00 am and 3:00 pm. The card is not transferable.

Cash payment or remaining money refund is not possible. However, if the meal costs more than 4.10 euros, the missing amount can be paid in cash at cash desk 1 in the Mensa.

Childcare

It is not always easy to reconcile studying and raising children. Who will look after the child during lectures? How do you even get a childcare place? Are there daycare centers near the university and what are the costs involved? Is there support for financing?

We have an overview of municipal childcare services, student parent groups, the emergency service "Fluxx" and childcare subsidies from the Studentenwerk.

Day care centers care for children in

  • day nurseries / crèches (up to the age of three)
  • Kindergarten groups (three years to school age)
  • after-school care (school enrollment until the child reaches the age of fourteen)

Attention: It is not easy to get a place in a day care center. Children must be registered early!

More information about childcare places can be found at hannover.de, page Advice and Placement for Childcare.

Costs of daycare centers

In Lower Saxony, daycare attendance is free of charge for children over the age of three. This applies to care for up to eight hours a day. For children under the age of three, fees are generally staggered. In Hanover, the childcare fee is based on the type of childcare and the parents' income. Parents with low income (this can also be BAföG or maintenance payments) and recipients of benefits for basic security for job seekers (ALG II) can receive a free place.

Important to know: For children who also eat lunch at the facility, a monthly meal fee of 30 euros must be paid in Hannover in addition to the fee, regardless of income.

It is particularly difficult to find childcare for children under the age of three. An alternative to a toddler group can be a childminder. If you are unable to find a childminder among your friends or on the open market, you can contact the following agencies:

Under certain conditions (case-by-case examination), the day care costs can be (partially) covered by the Department for Youth and Family of the City of Hanover upon application. This applies primarily to single parents who are unable to care for their child alone due to employment or education.

For students, there are sometimes difficulties with the assumption of costs. We recommend: Be sure to get advice on this beforehand - you are also welcome to contact our social counseling service.

Childcare places for children under the age of three are scarce in Hannover. For this reason, many parents' initiatives have also been founded in Hanover and have created childcare facilities themselves.

Good to know: We provide financial support for parents' initiatives in which primarily students' children are cared for. Groups can apply for funding for furnishings, play materials, minor remodeling and expansion work, or the like, up to a maximum annual limit based on the number of children cared for by student parents, if no third parties, such as the city of Hanover or the state of Lower Saxony, are responsible for these costs.

Information on funding opportunities is available from Linda Wilken.

The following children's groups exist in the immediate vicinity of the universities:

Krabbelgruppe OSKA e.V. (1 to 3 years) Nienburger Straße 5 30167 Hannover www.krabbelgruppe-oska.de

Krabbelgruppe Schloßgespenster e.V. (1 to 3 years) Liebigstraße 2 30163 Hannover www.krabbelgruppe-schlossgespenster.de

KiTa Hirtenkinder at the MSH (0.5 to 6 years) Stadtfelddamm 66 30625 Hannover www.hirtenkinder.de

Toddler group Baufrösche e.V. (1 to 3 years) Herrenhäuser Straße 8 30419 Hannover www.baufroesche.info

KiTa Einstürzende Bauklötze e.V. (1.5 to 6 years) Rehbockstraße 26 30167 Hannover www.einstuerzende-baukloetze.de

Krabbelgruppe Moorrüben e.V. (1 to 3 years) Hahnenstraße 11 30167 Hannover www.moorrueben-hannover.de

AStA-Kinderladen e.V. (3 to 6 years) Im Moore 15 a 30167 Hannover www.asta-kinderladen.de

AStA-Kindergarten e.V. (3 to 6 years) Im Moore 19 30167 Hanover Tel. (05 11) 7 01 07 28

Die Rotzfrechen e.V. (1 to 3 years) Ottenstraße 1 30451 Hannover www.die-rotzfrechen.de

KiTa Drunter und Drüber (1.5 to 3 years) Am kleinen Felde 15 30167 Hannover www.drunterunddrueber-hannover.de

Gartenzwerge e.V. (0.5 to 3 years) Schneiderberg 10 / 10a 30167 Hannover www.kita-gartenzwerge.de

CampusKrümel e.V. (0,5 to 3 years) Königsworther Platz 1 30167 Hannover www.campuskruemel.de

Children's group Kugelblitze e.V. (1 to 6 years) Erderstraße 29 30451 Hannover www.kugelblitze-hannover.de

Children'sgroup BismarckHeringe (1.5 to 3 years) Bismarckstraße 2 30173 Hannover www.kindergruppe-bismarckheringe.de

Leinehüpfer e.V. (1 to 3 years) Rehbockstraße 26 30167 Hannover www.leinehuepfer.de

KiTa CityZwerge e.V. (1 to 3 years) Fischerstraße 7 30167 Hannover www.cityzwerge.de

What do you do when an emergency throws your well-planned childcare plan into disarray? For example, if the childminder is ill or an exam is postponed to late afternoon at short notice?

That's what the "Fluxx Emergency Childcare" program offered by the City of Hanover is for. Thanks to the support of the Studentenwerk, the program offers especially favorable conditions for students with children.

Student parents who are enrolled at a university in Hannover can take advantage of "Fluxx" regardless of where they live. And for an emergency childcare hour, they pay only 2 euros instead of the usual 5 euros.

In this way, we help student parents to better manage their everyday lives.

More information on "Fluxx" at hannover.de.

Further offers at the universities

At the universities there are lots of other offers for families and students with children. Here are the links:

Leibniz University of Hannover

Hanover Medical School

Hanover University of Music, Drama and Media

Hanover University of Applied Sciences and Arts

Hanover University of Veterinary Medicine Foundation

You still have questions? We are happy to help!

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Here you can find out everything about the tasks of the Studentenwerk and how it is financed. This is how the Studentenwerk finances itself Semester fees only account for a good quarter of the Studentenwerk's income. The largest part is revenue from the refectories and cafeterias and rental income from the residence halls. Just under 20 percent comes from the state of Lower Saxony as financial aid and as reimbursement for BAföG administration. What does the student union do? What does the student union do? The Studentenwerk Hannover is responsible for the social infrastructure of the students. The refectories and cafeterias offer students good food at fair prices. In the student houses of the Studentenwerk, students find a temporary home for reasonable rents. Whether they are involved in the house self-administration or in the tutoring program, students can actively shape their life together. BAföG is available at the Studentenwerk for students who are entitled to it. All others are advised on questions concerning the financing of their studies. If students are ever at a loss, the Studentenwerk's social counselling service can help. There are special support services for students with children, international students and students with disabilities. Good to know! Students have to pay a semester fee to their university. Around a quarter of the fee goes to the Studentenwerk. With this money, all students jointly and in solidarity make our social services possible - such as free social counselling, affordable rents in our student residences, inexpensive canteen food and much more.  
Overview  
Here you can find out everything about the company Studentenwerk Hannover. Here you can find an overview of the figures of the Studentenwerk Hannover. The Studentenwerk - A strong partner in your studies  
Übersicht  
Money ATTENTION! The best way to finance your studies: half as a gift, half as an interest-free loan. Dare! How much does a course of study actually cost? Questions? You need more info? Or advice? No problem, we are here for you! Studying is easier when you don't have to worry about money for your studies. That's why we advise you on all aspects of finances for your studies. Whether BAföG, loans, scholarships, jobbing, study costs or discounts for students: Ask us, we know our stuff! Please temporarily refrain from asking about the processing status of your applications. We can process the applications much faster this way! Thank you very much! Save money Rent, food, semester fees, cell phones, internet, books and other things for college - it's not easy to keep track of everything. That's why we have a few tips to help you avoid getting into debt. To the tuition costs page → There are plenty of discounts and benefits for students. We have put together a few tips on how to pay less for mobility, everyday life, leisure and culture. Go to the Save money → page  
Overview  
Everything you need to know about our canteens and cafés - from what's on offer and how to pay to practical questions like "Can I study in the canteen? - you can find out in our FAQs. Everything you need to know about our canteens and cafés - from what's on offer and how to pay to practical questions like "Can I study in the canteen? - you can find out in our FAQs. Mensa Backstage Want to know what goes on behind the scenes in our dining halls and cafeterias? You can find all the information on our "Mensa Backstage" page. The Studentenwerk offers a wide selection of delicious and healthy food at reasonable prices at various university locations. Here you can find the current dining hall menus and all information about our gastronomic offers. We wish you bon appétit! You have questions? No problem, we are here for you! Food  
Our construction projects  
Here you will find our planned, current and completed construction projects. Current, planned and completed Current construction projects Measure: String renovation Expected start of construction: April 2021 Expected completion: January 2022 Places of residence: 144 Planned construction projects Measure: Addition of storeys Expected start of construction: October 2021 Expected completion: April 2023 Places of residence: 50 Completed construction projects Measure: New construction Start of construction: March 2019 Completion: December 2020 Places of residence: 184 Measure: Refurbishment Start of construction: October 2019 Completion: October 2020 Places of residence: 139 Measure: New construction Start of construction: February 2018 First occupancy: October 2019 Places of residence: 68 Measure: Conversion, new construction and extension Start of construction: May 2016 First occupancy: October 2017 Places to live: 128 Special feature: Almost all residents have their own bathroom with toilet, washbasin and shower. Measure: Conversion and new construction Start of construction: December 2014 First occupancy: July 2016 Places to live: 134 Special feature: Leibniz University study rooms on the ground floor Measure: Addition of storeys Expected start of construction: October 2021 Expected completion: April 2023 Places of residence: 50 Our construction projects Action: redevelopment Anticipated start of construction: 2021 Anticipated completion: March 2022 Places of residence: In December 2014, construction work started on our residential buildings Am Georgengarten. There, two smaller buildings from 1952, which could not be preserved for structural reasons, first had to be demolished. After the demolition, there was space for a significantly larger new dormitory building with 80 additional dormitory places. The two large dormitories of the former Lodyweg residence hall remained and were extensively renovated and partially remodeled in 2015 to meet today's student housing requirements. On 15 July 2016, the time had come: the first students were able to move into their new rooms. For the winter semester 2016/2017, the renovation and new construction was completed and all rooms could be occupied. Here you can find all information about our construction projects. In April 2021, we started with the renovation of the first construction phase in the residential building at Callinstraße 25. In addition to the renewal of the drinking water network, the bathrooms will be completely renovated, the floor coverings and wall paints will be renewed and the shared flats will be equipped with new kitchens and furniture. In addition, the building, which was built in 1994, will be given a fresh coat of paint in the summer. From October 2021, the two building blocks in Hufelandstraße are to be extended by one storey each. 50 new residential places are to be created in 46 single apartments and two 2-room apartments. In addition, the existing building is to be renovated for energy efficiency and the heating system is to be renewed. Completion is planned for the winter semester of 2022. After the start of the new building in March 2019, the first students were able to move into the new student dormitory "Haus am Berggarten" on time for the winter semester 2020/2021 after a construction period of one and a half years. The first two parts of the building were already completed in October 2020. In December, the remaining two buildings followed and the last students were able to move into their new home for the duration of their studies. The residence building offers 184 places in single apartments and single rooms in 2-person shared flats, 3-person shared flats and 4-person shared flats. The construction of the dormitory was made possible by funding from the state of Lower Saxony in the form of an interest-free loan of 13.8 million euros and a grant of 4.2 million euros, and by Leibniz University, which provided the Studentenwerk with the 4,500 square meter property on Haltenhoffstraße. Under normal circumstances, we celebrate the occupation of a new residence building with a welcome party with the new tenants. Since that was not possible due to the Corona pandemic, we sent Santa Claus over with small gifts on December 7, 2020. On December 16, 2020 we had a visit from our supporters. The Minister of Culture of Lower Saxony, Björn Thümler and the President of Leibniz University Hannover, visited the new residential building together with our Managing Director, Michael Knüppel, in accordance with Corona. In October 2019, we began the renovation of our Heidjerhof residence. The 50-year-old student residence now consists of single rooms in corridor communities, single apartments, 3-person shared apartments, 4-person shared apartments and a 5-person shared apartment. On October 1, 2020, the Heidjerhof residence could be occupied. In spring 2018, construction began on the International Quarter (IQ) on Dorotheenstraße - with the demolition of the old Karmarschhaus. The IQ has replaced the two-story Karmarschhaus and additionally created new living space for students. The new building has five floors. On the ground floor there is a large hall for events with up to 200 m². On the upper floors 68 apartments have been created. The International Quarter was ready for occupancy on 1 October. In May 2016, demolition of the old building in Wilhelm-Busch-Straße began. Thanks to the financial support of the Rut- und Klaus-Bahlsen-Stiftung in the amount of 2.3 million euros and the funding from the Hannover Region, significantly more and more modern residential house places could be created in Wilhelm-Busch-Straße. After the building application was approved by the state capital of Hanover in August 2016, the first structural work could begin. The old building was replaced by a 3 1/2-storey building. The existing building was energetically renovated and modernised. In addition, a 3-storey extension was added in the courtyard. Thus, 70 new dormitory places have been created. On October 2, 2017, the first students were able to move in. We celebrated the official opening of the student residence on 10 November 2017. Since April 2021, the Dorotheenstraße 5 A residential building, built in 1965, has been undergoing energy refurbishment. In the course of this, the floor plans will also be adapted and the technical utilities renewed. The classic corridor house with single rooms, shared kitchens and shared bathrooms will be transformed into a residential building with shared flats, single apartments and also wheelchair-accessible apartments. Completion is planned for the summer semester of 2022.  
Opening times at a glance  
Here you can find an overview of all opening hours of the refectories and cafeterias. Opening hours at a glance Hauptmensa Opening hours Mo–Do 08:00–14:30 Uhr Fr 08:00–14:30 Uhr Meal serving time Mo–Do 11:30–14:00 Uhr Fr 11:30–14:00 Uhr (copy 4) Leibniz - Das Café in der Hauptmensa Currently closed   (copy 7) Coffee-Shop Appelstraße Mo–Thu 07:45–11:30Uhr             12:00–15:00 Uhr  Fr 07:45–11:30Uhr      12:00–14:30 Uhr (copy 10) Mensa Contine Opening hours Mo–Thu 08:00–18:00 Uhr Fr 08:00–16:30 Uhr Sa 12:00-14:00 Uhr Meal serving time Mo–Thu 11:00–17:30 Uhr Fr 11:00–16:00 Uhr Sa 12:00-13:30 Uhr (copy 13) Café-Bar in der Contine Currently closed (copy 16) Moccabar Currently closed (copy 19) Mensa Garbsen Opening hours Mo–Thu 08:00–15:00 Uhr Fr 08:00–14:30 Uhr Meal serving time Mo–Thu 11:30–14:30 Uhr Fr 11:30–14:00 Uhr (copy 22) Mensa Herrenhausen Currently closed for renovation work (copy 25) Mensa Caballus Opening hours Mo–Fr 08:00–15:00 Uhr Meal serving time Mo–Fr 11:30–14:30 Uhr (copy 28) Mensa TiHo-Tower Opening hours Mo–Thu 08:00–14:30 Uhr Meal serving time Mo–Thu 11:30–14:00 Uhr Mensa Campus Linden Opening hours Mo–Thu 07:30–14:30 Uhr Fr 07:30–14:00Uhr Meal serving time Mo–Thu 11:00–14:30 Uhr Fr 11:00–14:00 Uhr (copy 33) Mensa Große Pause Currently closed (copy 36) Café Seeblick Mo–Thu     07:30-14:30 Uhr Fr             07:30-14:30 Uhr (copy 39) Mensa Blumhardtstraße Currently closed (copy 42) Mensa HMTMH Opening hours Mo–Thu 9:00–17:00 Uhr Fr 09:00–16:30 Uhr Meal serving time Mo–Thu 11:30–14:30 Uhr Fr ab 11:30–14:00 Uhr (copy 45) Cafeteria Sprengelstube Opening hours Mo–Thu 08:00–16:30 Uhr Fr 08:00–16:00 Uhr (copy 10) Cafeteria Ahlem Currently closed (copy 45) Cafeteria Bismarckstraße Currently closed (copy 45)  
Corona-FAQ  
Dear students, the Corona pandemic presents us all with extraordinary challenges and also has far-reaching effects on the services of the Studentenwerk Hannover. We would like to inform you about this in detail on this page and have summarized the most important questions and answers. You can also follow us on our social media channels. There we are also there for you! Stay healthy and take care of each other! General As of May 25, 2021, dining will once again be available in the following dining halls: Contine TiHo Tower Garbsen Important: Mensa food is only available after pre-ordering in our app "Studi|Futter"! This is to avoid queues and crowds in the refectories as much as possible. Therefore, only guests who have pre-ordered food will have access from 11:00 a.m. onwards! You still have the possibility to clarify your concerns by phone or e-mail in the administration of the halls of residence, the halls of residence, the BAföG department and the social counselling. However, personal office hours are currently suspended in all areas during the lockdown. This is how you can reach the different departments: Housing Administration The colleagues of the housing administration are still available Monday to Friday for your questions, appointments and other matters. You can call us call us: Tel. (05 11) 76-88 048 | Tel. (05 11) 76-88 029 | Tel. (05 11) 76-88 972 | Tel. (05 11) 76-88 069 write an e-mail: wohnen(at)studentenwerk-hannover.de BAföG Department You can reach our colleagues in the BAföG department as usual from Monday to Friday by e-mail or telephone. Here you will find the contact persons and contact details Please note that the office hours in the ServiceCenter of the Leibniz University are still cancelled. Social counselling The colleagues of the Social Counseling Service are still available for consultations. You can call us: Tel. (05 11) 76-88 919 | Tel. (05 11) 76-88 922 | Tel. (05 11) 76-88 935 leave a message on the answering machine: We will call you back. write an e-mail: soziales(at)studentenwerk-hannover.de Please note that the external office hours at the HsH, MHH and TiHo will continue to be cancelled. Inform yourself directly at the Foreigners' Registration Office Hanover. BAföG | Finances during studies The BMBF's bridging assistance has been extended for the summer semester 2021. Students who are in a pandemic-related emergency situation can apply for monthly support. You can find all information about the bridging assistance on our page Bridging Assistance for Students. Basically, the start of lectures has been postponed, not the start of the semester. Those who apply in April will also receive money for the whole of April - if funding is granted. BAföG recipients will receive their payment even if universities are closed. The Federal Ministry of Education and Research (BMBF) has now issued a decree to the Länder, which enforce the law. Even first-year students whose semester start is delayed due to the pandemic will receive their BAföG as if the face-to-face lectures had started at the originally scheduled time. As soon as online courses are available at educational institutions in order to maintain teaching activities, participation in these online courses is obligatory for the purposes of the funding requirements. More information on this topic is available on the BMBF homepage. Yes, students who have already received a notification will automatically receive the amount of funding shown in it transferred to their account in time at the end of the month for the next month. Attention. This only applies until the end of the grant period. The follow-up application must be submitted in good time beforehand. Please note the information about the personal office hours (see above). You can easily submit your documents online. You can find all the information on our page: BAföG. Alternatively, you can also send missing documents as a PDF directly to your case worker. You can find the contact details here. Or you can drop your application in the mailbox of the Department of Educational Support at Callinstraße 30 A. I do not get a date for my final examination (for example for the defence of my Bachelor thesis) and therefore cannot complete my studies in this semester. We recommend that you submit a new application in any case and explain the reasons in writing. If you have any questions, please contact our BAföG department. Phone: (0511) 76-88 126 E-mail: bafoeg@studentenwerk-hannover.de The reasons must be presented and Form 5 with the signature of the authorised signatory of the higher education institution or an ECTS points printout must be submitted if a determination by the higher education institution is available to the Office. In most cases, further funding can then be granted. If you have any questions, please contact our BAföG department. Tel.: (0511) 76-88 126 E-mail: bafoeg@studentenwerk-hannover.de Funding according to the BAföG can be checked. An application is necessary for this. Here you can find all information about the online application. If you don't get BAföG, you can apply for a temporary interest-free KfW student loan from 8 May 2020! Until 31 December 2021, the federal government will pay the interest to provide students with a bridging loan. Due to the high demand as a result of the coronavirus crisis, the large German supermarket chains are urgently looking for new employees, including temporary student workers. Maybe this is an alternative for one or the other. Check with the supermarket near you. Delivery services are also looking for staff at the moment. Helpers are also needed for the harvest season. Maybe this would also be an opportunity for you. Students who are in acute financial distress due to the Corona crisis can contact the Social Counselling Centre. If your parents now earn less, for example due to short-time work, your chances of receiving BAföG funding or a higher BAföG funding are greater. Case constellation 1: If you have not received BAföG so far due to your parents' income, but your parents now earn less, you can submit a new BAföG application at any time and have the current parents' income taken as a basis with an update. Case constellation 2: If you already receive BAföG, but your parents' income is currently lower (for example, due to short-time work), you can submit a BAföG update application and we will check the amount of your current BAföG entitlement. For the application for updating you need form 7, which you can fill out online (simply go to bafoeg-niedersachsen.de/BAfoeGOnline/BAfoeg/FormblattAuswahl.aspx and select "Form 7 (Application for updating of spouse/parent income according to § 24 Abs.3 BAföG)"). If you have any further questions, please do not hesitate to contact our BAföG department. Yes, as long as your parents are still financially capable; otherwise you may be entitled to BAföG. Self-study (reading specialist literature, researching and writing assignments, etc.) or online study also count as study activities, especially in the current situation. Your parents also have to accept delays and interruptions of your studies and the associated extension of the maintenance payments. In the case of delays and interruptions in education, the individual case must be considered, in particular whether there are special reasons for delay that are worthy of recognition. In the present situation, which is completely unforeseeable for everyone, a delay in education, if it is based on official measures, is completely without fault. However, you should use the extended lecture-free time as time for your self-study. Prospective students who would like to apply for the semester contribution scholarship for first-year students should send the application (with the required documents) by e-mail to soziales@studentenwerk-hannover.de. Here you can find all information about the semester contribution scholarship. If you have any questions, you are welcome to contact the social advisors by phone or e-mail. Here you can find the contact details. Attention: For semesters on leave - which are a break from your studies - there is no BAföG entitlement, because you are not studying! Please inform yourself BEFORE you take a semester off, what consequences this would have for your study financing. You can contact our social counselling service to find out about the requirements for receiving benefits according to the German Social Security Code II (Grundsicherung, "Hartz IV") during a semester of leave. But it is important to note: A semester on leave is not a study programme; you are not allowed to do any academic work during the semester on leave. Not automatically. Anyone who currently has no income due to job loss or due to missing wage payments is not automatically entitled to apply for housing benefit. The basic requirement of a BAföG rejection "on the merits" and the examination of the coverage of monthly living costs remains. In short, the eligibility criteria for housing benefit remain the same. You can find more information on our page "Other sources of money". There are certain requirements for terminations under employment law: In any case, the notice of termination must be in writing; e-mail or verbal is not sufficient. And a period of notice must be observed. It depends on the length of employment and the (collective bargaining) agreement: usually at least four weeks, but often only two weeks during the probationary period. If you have been employed for more than six months in a company with more than 10 full-time jobs, you do have protection against dismissal under the law. Under certain conditions, however, dismissal for operational reasons is possible. Fixed-term employment contracts can only be terminated if this is stipulated in the employment contract. The works council must also be consulted on any dismissal, if the company has one. This all applies regardless of whether you are employed in a mini-job or a "normal" employment relationship. In case of doubt, you should therefore seek legal advice in order to be able to exercise your employee rights. No. Jobbing students are exempt from health, long-term care and unemployment insurance. It follows from this: If you do not pay into the unemployment insurance, you cannot get short-time allowance. Actively contact your health insurance company, your apartment rental company, your mobile phone contract company, the broadcasting fee, etc. if you are currently unable to make payments. Ask for a deferral of your contributions and, if necessary, for a dunning block. If it is possible for you, you could ask whether a reduced amount can be paid. No, you are not currently entitled to ALG-II benefits. As a rule, full-time students are excluded from benefits according to the Social Code Book II. Exceptions exist in only a few cases, for example in a semester of leave due to pregnancy | child rearing or in the case of leave of absence due to own illness | impairment. It is important that no study activities are carried out during the leave of absence due to the reasons mentioned, as otherwise the ALG-II benefits are at risk and can be reclaimed. In addition, other prerequisites must be fulfilled. You can discuss whether you are entitled to ALG II with our social counselling service. Part-time studies due to pregnancy or child rearing and leave of absence due to illness or impairment. Here, too, there are a number of things to consider, and further requirements must be fulfilled. Get advice from the social counselling service . in cases of hardship. For example, in the case of a loss of financing through no fault of one's own and if one's studies are far advanced, benefits as a loan according to § 27 Abs. 3 SGB II can be examined by the Jobcenter. Claims for additional needs for certain persons entitled to benefits according to § 21 SGB II; this applies, for example, to students with children or students with disabilities. You can find more information on how to contact the Jobcenter and on the extension of notices on the Jobcenter website. Living Since all personal contact is to be avoided as much as possible at this time, a cash deposit of your rent | security deposit is not possible. You have the following options: You ask someone with a German bank account to make a bank transfer for you. Please make sure to write the following in the reason for transfer: Rent "Month", "Tenant Number", "Name Tenant", "Room Number", "Residence" Please send proof of the transfer to ulrike.flach@studentenwerk-hannover.de. Put the money safely aside and pay the complete rent when the cash deposit is possible again. Write an email to ulrike.flach@studentenwerk-hannover.de that you will pay the rent in cash later. Please note that the rent payments have to be made in any case! We are aware that we are in an exceptional situation. Due to the renovations in the residential buildings and our large new student building projects, we also have payment obligations to companies and other business partners. We have to meet these obligations. In order to meet these payment obligations, we are dependent on rental income. Unfortunately, we cannot grant your request for a rent waiver, but we do have some tips and suggestions for you: In cases of social hardship, we offer accommodating installment payments or deferments. To do so, please contact our rental accounting department. However, you have to prove that your financial situation has changed due to the COVID-19 developments and that you cannot pay the rent as a result. Therefore, we ask you to send us proof in the form of a certificate | notice of termination from your employer due to COVID-19, an affidavit or other proof of income or loss of earnings by e-mail. In case of an acute financial emergency due to the Corona crisis, our colleagues from the social counselling will be happy to help you. No. Students who live with us have a valid lease, which we continue to honor. We have closed the common rooms as a precaution. It is now important to reduce social contacts to a minimum and, especially in shared housing, to observe the rules for protection against infection at all costs: Keep your distance from each other. Stay as little as possible in the communal kitchens. Please avoid unnecessary hand contact, wash your hands often and thoroughly. Avoid touching your eyes, nose or mouth with your hands. If possible, air your living quarters four times a day for 10 minutes. Especially in such a tense situation as this, it is very important to treat each other with respect. Be considerate of your fellow students and look out for each other. A proper quarantine will be issued by the health department if it becomes necessary. If you have been in one of the crisis areas defined by the Robert Koch Institute in the past few days, it is extremely important that you go into self-isolation and inform both the housing administration and the health department. Under the following link you will find all important contact details for Lower Saxony. We will transfer your deposit after we have checked the condition of the room. Please be patient if this takes a little longer due to the situation. Please send your bank details to: wohnen@studentenwerk-hannover.de Please clarify the handover of the room keys directly with the house management. You can do this by e-mail or by phone. You can find the contact details of your residence hall management on the page of your residence hall. No. If you have a room in a shared flat with us, generally not, because every flatmate in a shared flat has their own tenancy agreement with us. It can look different if you live in a shared flat with a private landlord or landlady. Here you often have to consider who is the main tenant and who is the subtenant. If you are the main tenant and you give notice to leave the flat, all flatmates who are subtenants will automatically lose their rooms as of the date on which the notice to leave was effective. If, on the other hand, you are only a subtenant in this flat-share, you can cancel your room according to the contractual notice periods without your flatmates also losing their room. Corona FAQ You have further questions about jobbing, dismissal, ...? Then take a look at the website of the DGB Youth.  
Dormitories  
Here you will find an overview of our dormitories. Dormitories locations_map  
Information for tenants  
Whether it's contact persons, forms or answers to frequently asked questions - here you'll find all the information you need about your life in the residence. You still have questions? We are happy to help! Information for tenants Your residence hall management The residence management can be found in your residence almost every day. She is the first contact person for formalities, questions and problems concerning living in the residence. Our cancellation period is three months to the end of a month. You can find an appropriate cancellation form online : Link Cancellation Form or you will get it from your residence management. Upon termination of studies, the notice period is one month to the end of the month. You must enclose appropriate proof of termination with your notice. You will usually get your deposit back around eight to ten weeks after your contract ends. However, we may hold your tenancy deposit for six to twelve months to check if there are any outstanding debts. Outstanding debts may include: Arrears with the rent payment (net cold rent). Arrears with the payment of service charges (operating costs) Damage to the living space caused intentionally or unintentionally by improper handling that must be repaired Agreed cosmetic repairs (this also includes final cleaning) were not carried out before moving out. If there is an outstanding debt or damage has occurred after the end of the tenancy, we may retain part or even all of the rent deposit. You will receive the key for your new home from the first working day of the month in which your tenancy agreement begins. Please make sure to contact your residence hall manager before your arrival and arrange with him/her where and how you can pick up your key. You can find your contact person at your residence hall. Search for a residence: (?) Since we only have a limited supply of living space and we want to offer many students the opportunity to live in our residences, we have limited the length of residence to the duration of the bachelor's degree program. Yes, that is possible. You can extend your period of residence by a maximum of three semesters or 1.5 years if you have an important reason for doing so. An important reason is for example Illness (medical certificate required) Committee activity (confirmation of the AStA or the university necessary) Examination Activity in the house self-administration (confirmation of the dormitory management necessary) If you are not in Hanover for a while because of your studies, you may sublet your room to other students (in Garbsen also pupils, trainees and Bufdis). But you have to inform us and fill in a form. You can get the form from our housing administration. Home self-management Each apartment house has a house self-administration (HSV). It is elected by the tenants of the house. It keeps in touch with the student union, organizes house meetings and parties and also intervenes once in a while to mediate if there are differences of opinion. The HSV works on a voluntary basis. If you have ideas for the HSV or would like to get involved, just get in touch with one of the HSV members. You can find the contact persons of the HSV, times and meeting places on the notice board in your hall of residence. Your caretaker The caretaker can be found almost every day in your residence hall. No matter if something is broken in your room, your apartment, the common kitchen, in the hallway or somewhere else in the building - your caretaker will take care of it. In both cases, you are not insured by the Studentenwerk. You should definitely take out private liability insurance and, if necessary, household insurance. Liability insurance covers damages that you cause to us, to other tenants in the building or to another third party, for example through fire or water. If you do not have liability insurance, you have to pay for the damages yourself! With a household insurance you insure your property, which you brought into the house, against dangers, which result in a destruction, damage or a loss - for example with a burglary. This is not covered by our insurance, and in the event of a claim you will have to bear the costs yourself. We recommend that you take out both insurances. There are favourable rates for students. You can find more information on this topic at the Consumer Advice Centre of Lower Saxony. If something is broken or does not work properly, you can inform us by filling out a damage form. You will find the forms in your residence, usually in freely accessible boxes in the entrance areas or next to the residence management offices. You then simply drop the completed damage report into the mailbox of the apartment building management. Outside our business hours there are emergency services you can contact. For heating and plumbing: Company GTM Dobrinski, Tel. (05 11) 2 79 05 62 Key emergency service: Company GTM Dobrinski, Tel. (05 11) 2 79 05 62 (Please note the price list!) For electrotechnical systems: Company Mahrholdt, Tel. (05 11) 45 01 79 80. Tutors for international students In all of our residences there are tutors for international students who can be reached regularly during consultation hours and offer a variety of assistance. Whether it's about immigration law, job-related or study problems - our tutors are there for you! You can find their contact details and office hours on the notice board in your residence hall. Internet administrators If you have questions about the internet in your residence, please contact your internet administrator. You can find the contact details on the notice board of your hall of residence.  
BAföG  
BAföG is the most favorable form of student financing! The five most important reasons: Half of it is free, you don't have to pay it back later! The other half is an interest-free (!) loan. You won't get anything like that from any bank. No matter how much BAföG you get, in the end you have to pay back a maximum of 10,010 euros. You don't have to start paying back the BAföG in small installments until five years after graduation. You don't have to worry that you might not be able to pay the debt. If you still don't have a job five years after you successfully graduate that allows you to afford it, you'll pay later. And if you still haven't been able to repay your BAföG in full after 20 years, the remaining debt may be forgiven altogether. ATTENTION! Convinced? Then submit your BAföG application now! Quite simple. Without any paperwork. Simply online. Why online? Online is not for you? You still don't want to apply for BAföG? Maybe Johanna, Janina, Sophie, Artur, Aly and Sebastian can convince you otherwise. In our BAföG mini-series "friends without money" on YouTube, they repeatedly state: No BAföG is no solution either! You need more info? Or advice? No problem, we are here for you! BAföG Please temporarily refrain from asking about the processing status of your applications. We can process the applications much faster this way! Thank you very much! It is faster. Prescribing does not matter. Incomplete information is displayed immediately. Missing documents are listed immediately. You can submit documents electronically. Your data is transmitted securely and there are no delays due to typing errors. You can save your application in between and continue later. You can check the status of your application online. All BAföG application forms can be downloaded from the website of the Federal Ministry of Education and Research.  
Mensa Backstage  
You can find our dining halls and cafeterias at almost every university location. There's always something good for you to eat. Delicious, inexpensive and "Naturally Fresh!" Worth knowing If there is no suitable lunch offer and you want to eat together with your friends, microwaves are available in the dining halls for the food you bring with you. Attention, changes due to the Corona pandemic: Due to strict hygiene regulations, microwaves are currently not available for self-service. Cooks, system caterers, restaurant specialists and ecotrophologists in the businesses and behind the scenes ensure an extensive range of top-quality products. Fair trade, seasonal and regional products, waste avoidance through recycling and the reduction of disposable items - we are committed to sustainable action. More on our Sustainability page. Pasta, spaetzle, sauces, soups are produced by us in our own production, without finished products and additives. Nine refectories and nine cafeterias are spread across the various university locations in Hanover and Garbsen. There is sure to be one near you! We offer a variety of dishes made from fresh regional and seasonal ingredients. Students receive discounted meals in the dining halls. We are always open to criticism and suggestions. You can write to us via the Mensa forum, Facebook, Instagram, by email or the contact form. Your favourite roll is no longer available, you find a dish oversalted or the oat milk at the coffee self-service is out? Just ask our staff in the dining halls and cafeterias, they will help you out quickly and easily. For guests with walking disabilities, wheelchairs or strollers, elevators, ramps and cafeteria trolleys are available for a barrie-free lunch in the dining halls. Children of students eat for free in our refectories - with the MensaCard Kids. Watch our Mensa team cook! Or even more behind the scenes of our Mensa kitchens. You have questions? No problem, we are here for you! Mensa Backstage Our food is delicious, inexpensive and "naturally fresh! Our dining halls provide you with hot food at lunchtime - whether with meat, vegetarian or vegan. There is something for everyone. In our cafeterias you can get sandwiches, salads, sweets, coffee & co. Mensa Backstage Come behind the scenes of the main dining hall and see how our homemade pasta is made.  
Unsere neuen Menülinien  
On this page we present you our new menu lines. These will replace our old menu from 01.10.2021. We know: Our guests place great value on food that is varied, sustainable, as healthy as possible and calorie-conscious. We are implementing these new development trends in our new menu lines. The importance of health is increasing. Ahealthier and more balanced diet is coming to the fore. Our guests are paying more and more attention to the calorie count or empty calories. Vegan and plant-based die ts also continue to gain popularity, and meat consumption continues to be reduced. Likewise, sustainability aspectsare playing a more important role: lower Co2 emissions and a focus on regional foods. These new nutritional trends in our new menu lines. We have used our creativity and designed new modern dishes. We want to use even more fresh, healthy products. We focus on core competencies, such as our homemade pasta, all sauces are homemade and we use fewer convenience products. We are offering more meat and fish alternatives. Convenience products: Convenience does not usually mean poor quality. The convenience products we offer are subject to strict internal checks (including checks on composition, ingredients and additives). As a matter of principle, we do not use flavor enhancers. We offer our guests four new menu lines: "Healthy & Cheerful" "Veggie & Vegan" "Pasta & Friends" "Meat & Sea" The meals are now offered as complete dishes with two or three partial components. Should the hunger still be greater, our guests can supplement their dish themselves at the salad and side buffet "Querbeet" with a starch and vegetable garnish. Under the name "Sweet Corner" we offer a daily dessert. Under the name "Evergreens" (daily action days) you will find popular product offers, such as Schnitzel Day, Pizza Day or our popular Bowls. In our menu line "Veggie & Vegan" you will find daily changing vegetarian and vegan dishes that offer a good alternative to our meat dishes. Here you get homemade and fresh pans, among other things with vegetables, tofu, cheese or legumes. But also popular convenience products like the baked Camembert or meat substitutes like bratlings and sausages based on soy, Quorn or also made from milk, find their place in "Veggie & Vegan". Our "Pasta & Friends" menu line includes a wide variety of our popular homemade pasta variations, such as whole grain or spelt. The homemade spaetzle in herb or walnut variations also find their place here. Gnocchis from potatoes or oats may not be missing here of course also. These dishes are primarily vegan or vegetarian, but some are also available with meat. No one should have to do without meat and fish. That's why we offer complete meat dishes with vegetable and filling side dishes in the "Meat & Sea" menu line. Convenience products are used here only very occasionally. When purchasing meat and fish, we consciously look for high-quality and upscale products. Even at the purchasing stage, we avoid endangered fish species and only use fish from sustainable catches. We also want to process and offer more organic meat in our meat dishes. When selecting our suppliers, we pay particular attention to ensuring that certain quality criteria are met. Our new menu lines Do you value a balanced and light diet? Then our "Healthy & Cheerful" menu line is just right for you! Here you get a full meal with a maximum of 600 kcal. In the offered dishes you will find only unprocessed food and no convenience products. Nevertheless, you can choose from vegan and vegetarian dishes, but you don't have to do without meat, such as lean chicken or low-fat fish. Our menu line "Gesund & Munter" is therefore the perfect alternative to hearty meals and helps you to be mentally fit and full of energy.  
Geld sparen  
The student budget is often tight. So it's all the better to have an overview of the many benefits available to students. We have compiled tips on how to save money on mobility, everyday life, leisure and culture. There is a semester ticket for all students at Hanover's universities. With this ticket, you can use all routes within all tariff zones of the greater Hanover area (city trains, buses) and most trains of the local public transport in Lower Saxony and Bremen. More information about the ticket can be found at www.dein-semesterticket.de and at the AStA of your university. The ticket is valid during the whole semester, even during the lecture-free period, but only for the ticket holder. It is not possible to take other persons with you free of charge. Students on leave of absence and severely disabled students are exempt from this obligation. Further information and application forms for exemption from the semester ticket are available from the respective AStA. Students who do not have a semester ticket can benefit from fare reductions offered by the GVH (Großraum-Verkehr Hannover) and the Deutsche Bahn. It's best to find out when you buy your ticket. More information at www.gvh.de and www.bahn.de. With the bicycle bonus, which you automatically pay as part of your semester fee, the ASten promote the switch to the environmentally friendly bicycle: With this, students are allowed to use bicycle repair shops at a lower price or even for free. You don't have to own your own car. Car sharing is a good alternative for environmentally conscious car users. In Hannover, there is stadtmobil, which students can use at a particularly favorable rate with the Hausmarke advantage card. The Telekom social rate is available to Telekom customers with a fixed-network line who are are fully or partially exempt from the broadcasting fee, or receive BAföG, or are blind, deaf or speech-impaired with a GdB of at least 90. The social rate does not mean exemption from the basic rate. Only the cost of a call (from Telekom to Telekom) is cheaper. For more information and to apply, contact Deutsche Telekom directly. Questions? Our social counseling service can help! Many providers have special rates for students. Here, it is often worth comparing and taking a close look at the terms and conditions of the contract. For some, prepaid rates can be more favorable than a contract with a longer-term commitment, which is always associated with fixed costs (see also debt traps). A flat monthly broadcasting fee must be paid for the media of the public broadcaster for each home. The following can be exempted: BAföG recipients who no longer live with their parents, Recipients of unemployment benefit II or social benefits, Recipients of social welfare or basic security benefits, recipients of assistance for the blind according to § 72 SGB XII. People with disabilities with the mark "RF" in their severely disabled ID pay one third of the contribution. Deaf-blind people are completely exempt. Further information and the application for exemption can be obtained directly from the contribution service at www.rundfunkbeitrag.de. If you have any further questions about the exemption from contributions, you can also contact our social counseling service - we are here for you and will be happy to help! Many banks also have special conditions for students and waive the account management fee, for example. It is definitely worth researching different offers! Go to the theater or the opera for free? That's possible with the Staatstheater Hannover's theater flat rate. How? A cultural contribution for the theater flat rate has already been paid via the semester contribution. Students of Leibniz Universität Hannover, Hannover University of Applied Sciences and Arts, Hannover Medical School and Hannover University of Music, Drama and Media can take advantage of the offer. All info at www.staatstheater-hannover.de. With a valid student ID, many things are cheaper. Whether museums, concerts, theaters, swimming pools, or even fitness studios: In many areas there are reduced (admission) tickets or conditions. If you ask, you save! By the way: Before you sign a contract with a fitness studio, you should probably first check out the Hochschulsport Hannover. It's open to all students and employees of Hannover's universities and offers a wide range of activities to try out and participate in: www.hochschulsport-hannover.de "I have little money and can't afford culture" - that doesn't have to be the case. The Volunteer Center Hannover has a great project that enables people with little money to take part in many cultural events. This is done by using unsold tickets from classical concerts, readings, dance, ballet, exhibitions, variety shows, comedy, cabaret and much more, which are passed on free of charge among the registered participants of the project. Students have good chances to be able to participate in the project, applies nevertheless for a single household that not more than 1,000 euro net in the month may be earned. All information and registration at: www.freiwilligenzentrum-hannover.de With the "Hausmarke" students in Hannover can really save money: Over 100 stores, service providers, pubs, restaurants, clubs, discos, museums, theaters, swimming pools, fitness centers offer discounts or percentages, a discount at the box office or free admission. More information directly at hannover.de. With the International Student Identity Card (ISIC) you can take advantage of the student discounts that apply abroad, for example in the areas of travel and transportation, accommodation, gastronomy, culture, entertainment ... The card is recognized by UNESCO and is accepted in over 130 countries as proof that you are a student. You can buy your ISIC card before or after lunch in the foyer of the main cafeteria at the travel agency STA Travel. You should bring your identity card or passport, your student ID, a color passport photo and money. More info: www.isic.de Want to subscribe to your favorite newspaper or magazine? Ask for a cheap subscription for students! Many publishers offer favorable conditions for students - also in digital format. The student budget is tight. So it's all the better to have an overview of the many benefits that are available. We have compiled tips on how to save money on mobility, everyday life, leisure and culture. You need an overview of your finances? The good old budget book can help! Whether digitally via app or with pad and pencil. Give it a try! You still have questions? We are happy to help! Save money Mobility Everyday life Leisure and culture Bicycle workshop Glocksee (free of charge: LUH; 2 € user fee for all other universities) "Self-help workshop" - you repair things yourself Tools are provided free of charge An expert person can be asked for advice No repair orders! Pro Beruf GmbH - The bicycle workshop (free of charge: LUH, MHH, TiHo, HMTMH, HsH) Free bicycle repair Spare parts have to be paid No charge for working hours Rental bicycles for the duration of the repair at half the rental price Due to the pandemic there may be changes in the bicycle acceptance. Please check the homepage for the current situation. Arbeits- und Sozialberatungsgesellschaft Ahlem (ASG) e. V. (free of charge: LUH) free bike repair spare parts must be paid no charge for working hours rental bikes for the duration of the repair at half price  
Overview  
With us there is something for everyone! Here you will find an overview of our dormitories. You can find all the information you need about living in our apartment buildings in our information for tenants. You still have questions? We are happy to help! Whether a room in a shared apartment, a room with a communal kitchen and bathroom or a single apartment with a mini kitchen and bathroom - we have something for everyone.  
Overview  
Are you new in town? Take advantage of the many events organised by the student councils and student representatives. Your fellow students are really getting things going. Support them and join in. You can quickly get to know new people. That way you'll settle in much faster and get along better. Whether it's summer festivals, pub crawls, lecture hall cinema or digital parties - there's bound to be something for you! You want to get something going yourself? Culture is your thing? Then maybe we can support you: The Studentenwerk supports student cultural groups with grants. There is much to discover!  
Overview  
Here you will find important information that will help you before, during and after your studies. Every beginning is hard  
Canteens & Cafeterias  
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Canteen-FAQ  
Here you can find out everything you need to know about our canteens and cafeterias! Our labels We label the following substances or products that trigger allergies or intolerances in accordance with the valid Food Information Regulation: 20A Wheat 20B Rye 20C Barley 20D Oats 20E Spelt 20F Kamut 21 Crustaceans and crustacean products 22 Eggs and egg products 23 Fish and fish products 24 Peanuts and peanut products 25 Soya and soya products 26 Milk and milk products 27J Almonds 27K Hazelnuts 27L Walnuts 27M Cashew nuts 27N Pecans 27O Brazil nuts 27P Pistachios 27Q Macadamia nuts 28 Celery and celery products 29 Mustard and mustard products 30 Sesame seeds and sesame seed products 31 Sulphur dioxide and sulphites > 10 mg/kg 32 Lupine and lupine products 33 Molluscs and mollusc products 1 Dye 2 Preservative 3 antioxidant 4 flavour enhancer 5 sulphurised 6 blackened 7 waxed 8 phosphate 9 sweetener 11 with a sugar and sweetener 12 nitrite curing salt The information about the ingredients is based on information that we receive from the manufacturers and suppliers. Due to the variety of products from the manufacturers, it is possible that mixes occur and that traces of unlisted ingredients are also contained in the products. Despite the greatest care, the operation of a commercial kitchen means that cross-contamination can occur. We can therefore not completely exclude the possibility that the dishes offered do not contain other ingredients in addition to those labelled. We also label dishes that meet the following criteria: without meat vegan pork beef poultry meat Naturally fresh species-appropriate. Animal husbandry sustainable fishing with alcohol with garlic made from moulded meat fat glaze containing cocoa All products that reach the refectory or cafeterias via the purchasing and goods receiving departments must be properly declared by the manufacturer. This declaration is stored in our internal merchandise management system and enables a correct declaration of the individual ingredients, on the basis of which recipes are created. The recipes are strictly adhered to during food production. Furthermore, the entire kitchen staff is trained to prevent the occurrence of cross-contamination through compliance with hygiene regulations and a targeted organization in the kitchen operation. Guests of our refectories can find the daily updated markings on monitors in the facilities, the hAppS or on the internet. In case of questions or uncertainties, you can contact the responsible management on site. You have questions? No problem, we are here for you! Canteen-FAQ Things to know Where does our food come from? What does the menu look like? What actually happens to the leftovers? We are happy to answer these questions and more. Pay cashless and save! To speed up the checkout process in the dining halls and cafeterias, it's best to pay without cash - with a university chip card or MensaCard. This also pays off, because you pay less for the vast majority of offers with a card! In our cafeterias, for example, all items cost 5 cents more when paid for with cash - that quickly adds up. Depending on the size of our operations, they are inspected once or twice a year by the Hanover Food Inspection Authority. Furthermore, in cooperation with an external company, unannounced samples of surfaces in the refectories and cafeterias are taken to determine the hygiene status after cleaning work. Before closing times, all facilities are thoroughly cleaned and these cleanings are also checked by our ecotrophologists. Our menu is a central menu, which means that the same meal is offered in all refectories on the same day. The central menu is decided centrally at our main dining hall by the head of our production kitchen, an ecotrophologist and, in regular rotation, a cafeteria manager. This is necessary because a large part of the meals are pre-produced in our central kitchen. Different meal offers in the refectories would exceed the production capacities of our production kitchen. To avoid having to start from scratch, we work with a year-round menu in which some dishes are repeated according to season and popularity. We make sure that our menu is as varied as possible and offers healthy alternatives for everyone. In addition to a vegetarian dish, we also offer a vegan dish every day. Other criteria are seasonality, allergens, as well as guest requests. Ultimately, the dishes must also be cookable in every cafeteria and implementable using the available equipment. The processing and sale of food in communal catering is subject to strict regulations. Among other things, hot food must have a minimum temperature of 65°C throughout and may not be kept hot for longer than 3 hours. For this reason, we do not reuse or continue to use hot and open dishes that have already been served. At the Studentenwerk Hannover we work according to the Cook and Chill method. Some meals are pre-produced in the main dining hall, cooled down, delivered to our dining halls in Hannover and finished on site. The time decoupling of production and completion for serving has the advantage that food in the refectories can be provided in small quantities, still rich in nutrients and in a short time for our guests. If there is less demand on a particular day, some of the pre-produced goods can remain in our cold stores or be frozen and used later. This type of production results in less waste. Food that has been disposed of is collected by a food waste disposal company, which recycles it further, e.g. for biogas plants. You must obtain permission in advance to display information and flyers in our facilities. Flyers that have not been approved will be disposed of immediately. Please contact the secretary's office of the university catering. We source our products from large suppliers as well as smaller producers from Hanover. In our cafeterias and dining halls, for example, we offer baked goods from a baker in Hanover and sell dairy products from Hemme (Wedemark). We also work with a local butcher, from whom we obtain our pork schnitzels for Schnitzel Day, among other things. When discussing the menus we also try to consider the seasonality of ingredients, so in a certain period we have more dishes with ingredients that are in season, such as asparagus, strawberries or wild garlic. As we need large quantities, it is not always possible to buy all ingredients regionally and seasonally, which means that we also have to resort to frozen goods and food from other countries. Food quality plays a major role for us. We pay particular attention to ensuring that the products are free of additives. Allergens also play an important role. If possible, we also try to avoid as many allergens as possible. New suppliers are visited in advance by our ecotrophologists to ensure that the production and processing meet our quality standards. Use of regional and seasonal foods Increasing the range of animal-free products Reduction of disposable items such as coffee cups and take-away boxes through reusable alternatives such as our new to-go boxes and KeepCups/test run Hannoccino Recycling of food waste, oils and fats by specialist companies Waste avoidance through the use of bulk containers Modern and up-to-date kitchen technology In almost all refectories there are dish return belts with precise instructions (Where to put the leftovers?; What about the napkins?; No stacking of dishes etc.) on how to place the dirty dishes on the tray. Our staff in the dishwashing kitchens have a fast pace of work where every move has to be spot on to avoid stopping the dish return conveyors and therefore queues at the return. It is therefore important to follow the instructions exactly in order to avoid a stop of the dish return conveyor. Tray boxes in the dining halls with dish return belts are only for emergencies where the dish belt is not working. Snaking does not constitute an emergency. In many refectories it is possible to study before lunchtime. Due to the limited space available and the high demand for food, it is not possible to study during lunch or dinner. Most dining halls close after lunch. Some dining halls, such as the Camus Linden dining hall, can be separated from our serving area by a roll-up door and serve as a study area for students. Attention. Changes due to the Corona pandemic: Please observe the currently valid regulations of the Corona Ordinance regarding gatherings and registration obligations. If you want to transfer your current MensaCard to the new LeibnizCard, we would like to ask for your patience. The rebooking can generally not be done at the cash desks of the refectories and cafeterias, as this would lead to long queues due to the large number of students. Therefore, Leibniz Universität is planning separate places for rebooking and will inform you about this by mail. Please be patient until then, continue to use your MensaCard or load new credit onto your LeibnizCard. Thank you! Chip cards with payment function for the refectories and cafeterias, which you receive from the university at the beginning of your studies and which also serve as student ID, semester ticket, library card, etc., are available at Leibniz University, Hannover University of Applied Sciences and Arts and the University of Veterinary Medicine. At the University of Music, Drama and Media there is a chip card, but you cannot use it to pay in the refectories and cafeterias! You can get the MensaCard at the cash desks of the open refectories. Here we collect the deposit (5 Euro) in cash. In the Hauptmensa you can get the MensaCard at the MensaCard-counter in the foyer. (Mondays to Fridays from 12:00 to 14:00).. At the checkout, place the card on the reader. On the display you will see your credit, the amount to be debited and the remaining credit. Please leave the card on the reader until the booking process is complete! Otherwise reading errors may occur. To avoid queues, please make sure that there is always enough credit on the card! You can check your credit and increase it if necessary at any time at the ticket machines. No. Students pack - student ID or I-certificate, - photo ID (ID card, passport, driver's license), - € 5 deposit and - money to upgrade and go to the MensaCard-counter in the foyer of the Hauptmensa (Mondays to Fridays from 12:00 to 14:00). Cards entitling the holder to the lower student prices will only be issued upon presentation of the student ID in conjunction with a document with a photo (ID card, passport, driver's license, etc.). A €5 deposit is required for the card, which will be refunded when the card is returned. The newly acquired MensaCard does not yet have any credit. Before it can be used for payment, the card must be upgraded. The revaluation with cash only takes place at the cash revaluators in the refectories. This means that you pay an amount of 5 to 70 €, which is credited to your card. You can top up your card at the machines with notes worth €5, €10, €20 and €50. In some refectories there are also special machines where you can top up your card with your EC card. MensaCards are generally valid as long as the student ID presented, i.e. after six months at the latest, the student status must be proven again. The renewal can be done at any cash desk by presenting the student or staff ID and photo ID. It is therefore advisable to have these documents with you! Upon exmatriculation or leaving the university, simply return the card and you will receive the deposit amount back. In the cafeterias Contine, TiHo-Tower and Garbsen, you can pay with all major cash cards and also with your smartphone. Send us an email at mensen@studentenwerk-hannover.de or call us at (05 11) 76-88 969. Of course, the staff in the dining halls and cafeterias are also available for information.  
sustainability  
Sustainability In our refectories we cook "naturally fresh". This means that we produce our own food from mainly fresh ingredients. We rarely use ready-made and convenience products, and we avoid additives wherever possible. Eggs from cages are not on our table. The potatoes come from regional production and for fish we use mostly products from sustainable fisheries. We can't always rely on regional suppliers, as we need large quantities of food for up to 50,000 meals a week. But we try where we can. We support sustainable and certified fishing and prefer to buy fish and seafood from stock-friendly catches or breeding. Pasta and spaetzle are homemade on our table. Our pasta is made from durum wheat semolina, completely without egg - and is therefore, depending on what you like to eat with it, a good vegan or vegetarian alternative on the menu. We think meatless food is good and support our guests with a varied selection of vegetarian dishes. At least one vegetarian alternative is on the menu every day. Those who follow a vegan diet will also find what they are looking for every day in our dining halls and cafeterias. Look for the "Vegan" label on the menu and use the menu filter. Important: There are dishes that are vegan by request if an extra ingredient of animal origin is omitted from the serving (for example, a dollop of sour cream in a soup or grated cheese in pasta dishes). So don't be surprised if a dish has both "vegan" and "contains dairy" labels - the choice is yours! Our diverse vegetarian and vegan offerings improve the carbon footprint of our dining experience. Around 80 percent of our offerings are now vegetarian or vegan. Our commitment pays off: For example, the animal welfare organization PETA regularly awards us as "vegan-friendly". avoid rubbish To avoid unnecessary food waste, we produce fresh and according to demand. Any leftover food is disposed of properly. We are legally obliged to do this. The waste is collected and fed into a biogas plant, which generates electricity from it. We are working together with our guests to ensure that the disposable paper cup "to go" will soon be a thing of the past in our refectories and cafeterias. There is therefore a wide range of alternatives in our establishments: With the "KeepCup", we offer a practical reusable cup with lid at cost price of 9.50 euros. When you buy the cup, the first hot drink is free! We have successfully tested the "Hannoccino" deposit cup system at the Expo Plaza and will expand it to other locations in the future. And of course, guests can bring their own clean reusable cup and have it filled at any time. To create an additional incentive to do without the disposable cups, we offer a 10 cent discount on every hot drink in a reusable cup! Our efforts are proving successful: over 60 percent of our guests now use a reusable cup! This means that the reusable cup quota in our establishments has doubled within two years. We are very proud of this - and thank our students and guests for their commitment! For "Besseresser", we offer food to go in the practical reusable bowl in our dining halls. Our reusable bowls cost seven euros deposit and are: BPA-free, food safe, dishwasher safe, freezer safe, microwave safe (only the bowl). So Mensa to go goes without a guilty conscience and without packaging waste. Currently, there are also disposable take-away boxes, but these are leftovers. Once they are used up, food to go is only available in reusable boxes. Of course, our guests can also bring their own take-away boxes. The only important thing is to make sure that everything that has to be weighed in the refectories first has to be put on a plate so that it can be properly weighed at the checkout. Then, for example, the "salad to go" can also be packed in the box. We currently offer our popular savoury and sweet cups in disposable plastic packaging. There is currently no sensible packaging alternative for the cups. We have already thought about the use of reusable glass containers, but this is difficult because the risk of breakage in production is relatively high. In late 2019 / early 2020, we offered unpackaged rolls and snacks for self-service in some of our establishments, eliminating the usual plastic packaging. This has worked very well. Unfortunately, due to the Corona pandemic, we have not been able to continue this practice and must revert to packaging the goods in favor of infection control. We do not currently see the use of "bio-plastics" as a substitute for current packaging as being conducive to achieving our goals. Plastics made from renewable raw materials are no more environmentally friendly as waste than conventional plastics. And "biodegradable" plastics are only degradable if they are collected separately and specifically treated in composting plants. We are currently working on new solutions and examining alternatives. You have questions? No problem, we are here for you! Environment and sustainability are important to us. Not only, but especially in gastronomy. That's why we are constantly working to buy and offer our food as regionally and sustainably as possible and to produce as little waste as possible. The environment and sustainability are important to us. That's why we are constantly working on producing as little waste as possible. We'll tell you what we're already doing and how you can support us! Our food Eggs from cages are not on our table. The potatoes come from regional production and for fish we use mostly products from sustainable fisheries. We can't always rely on regional suppliers, as we need large quantities of food for up to 50,000 meals a week. But we try where we can. Homemade pasta and spaetzle Pasta and spaetzle are homemade on our table. Our pasta is made from durum wheat semolina, completely without egg - and is therefore a good vegan or vegetarian alternative on the menu, depending on what you like to eat with it.  
Darlehen und Kredite  
Are you thinking about taking out a loan or credit to finance your studies? This decision needs to be well thought out, because it can mean that you will have to pay back high interest rates later on. However, there are also favorable conditions for certain loans for students. So find out about the various offers here! And before you decide on a loan, first make sure that you are not entitled to BAföG. BAföG is the most favorable form of student financing: Half of it is free and the other half is an interest-free loan! is for students who are already advanced in their studies. can be applied for up to the age of 36. is additional aid for special situations, such as for financing expensive study materials, excursions, study visits or internships abroad. Conditions The education loan is paid monthly in advance in installments of 100, 200 or 300 euros by the Kreditanstalt für Wiederaufbau (KfW). Other options are possible. Income and assets of the students or their parents do not play a role in the awarding of the loan. The interest rate is currently 0.52% (effective 0.52%; as of October 1, 2020; KfW Förderbank redefines the interest rates of its loan offers every April 1 and October 1). Repayment begins four years after the first disbursement. The loan must be paid in installments of 120 euros per month. There is no legal entitlement to the education loan. Since only a certain annual sum is available for the education loan program, the application should be submitted early. If the annual sum is not sufficient for all applications, the date of application is decisive. More information on the education loan can be found on the BMBF website. Unsure if the loan is a good option for you? Take advantage of the advice in our BAföG department or social counseling. Many banks offer special loans for students at very different conditions. The Studentenwerk Hannover is a sales partner for the KfW student loan. This offers students (independent of BAföG) an additional possibility of financing their studies - without checking their own income or financial situation or that of their parents. Students are eligible for funding if they are are 18 to 44 years old and at a state or state-recognized university located in Germany on a part-time, full-time or part-time basis and belong to one of the following groups German citizens*, Family members of a German citizen who are staying with him/her in Germany (their own citizenship is irrelevant), EU citizens who have been legally resident in Germany for at least three years, Family members of such an EU citizen who reside with him/her in Germany (their own citizenship and the duration of their previous residence in Germany are irrelevant), "Bildungsinländer*innen", i.e. students with foreign citizenship who have acquired their higher education entrance qualification in Germany or at a German school abroad. Repayment must be completed no later than 25 years after the end of the reference period and by the age of 67. There are no waivers for short periods of study, good grades, or early repayment. For example, someone who receives 400 euros a month from KfW for ten semesters incurs 24,000 euros in debt - plus interest. Note: The interest rate is variable, it is reset twice a year. Get advice! Before taking out a KfW student loan, you should definitely get advice from the BAföG department or the Studentenwerk's social counseling service as to whether there are any other more favorable options for financing your studies (BAföG, educational loan, etc.). We as the Studentenwerk do not see this offer as being degree-oriented. Our goal is not to arrange as many loans as possible, but to give you good advice. More information is available from the KfW-Förderbank. Special financing problems can arise shortly before graduation. BAföG funding has expired because the standard period of study has been exceeded, or there is not enough time left for working alongside the final thesis. The Studentenwerk therefore helps students in particular need with long-term student loans. These loans are interest-free (!) and are intended to facilitate graduation. The amount of the loan is based on the BAföG rates. In principle, the loans are also open to students from abroad. The exact terms and conditions for student loans can be downloaded as a PDF below. You need more information? Contact our social counseling service. You need more info? Or advice? No problem, we are here for you! Loans and credits  
Stipendien  
Scholarships Find your scholarship! The Deutschlandstipendium supports talented and committed students at state and state-recognized universities in Germany. In addition to good grades, social commitment and special personal achievements - such as successfully overcoming hurdles in one's own educational biography - also count in the awarding of the Deutschlandstipendium. Hanover's universities also award Germany scholarships. Students can be sponsored with 300 euros for at least two semesters. The Deutschlandstipendium is not dependent on income and does not count towards BAföG. However, please note: In addition to the scholarship, students may not receive any other performance-related funding that exceeds the monthly amount of 30 euros. The scholarships are awarded for the respective winter semester. Application deadlines, award procedures and guidelines for the Deutschlandstipendium vary from university to university in Hanover. Further information can be found directly on the university pages: Leibniz University of Hannover Hanover Medical School Hanover University of Veterinary Medicine Foundation Hanover University of Applied Sciences and Arts Hanover University of Music, Drama and Media You can also find more general information about the Deutschlandstipendium on the website www.deutschlandstipendium.de of the Federal Ministry of Education and Research (BMBF). Comprehensive and targeted information on scholarships for students from abroad is available in the scholarship database of the DAAD (German Academic Exchange Service). You can find detailed information on the federally funded scholarships for the gifted at www.stipendiumplus.de. The " Aufiegsstipendium" is aimed at students with professional experience. Semester fee scholarship of the Studentenwerk You still have questions? We are happy to help! Scholarships can be a good way to (co-)finance your studies. There are a variety of offers from state, municipal, union and private institutions and political parties. Many students do not even apply for a scholarship because they think their performance is not good enough. But not all scholarships are awarded based on grades; personal commitment and much more also count. If you find a scholarship that appeals to you, you should definitely give it a try by applying! The Studentenwerk Hannover also offers the Semesterbeitragstipendium (semester contribution scholarship) especially for prospective students who come from families on social benefits. For whom? Prospective students who are planning to enroll in college for the first time and whose families or who are receiving welfare benefits alone. These can be: Unemployment benefit II Social assistance Basic income support Child supplement according to § 6 a BKGG Benefits according to the Asylum Seekers Benefits Act How much? The Studentenwerk Hannover will pay the first semester fee that must be paid for enrollment at the university.  
Jobben  
Many students have a job while studying. There are a number of legal regulations that need to be observed. Our social counseling keeps track of the jungle of regulations and advises on all important topics concerning jobs and studying. Here you'll find the most important information on social security, income tax, 450-euro jobs & Co. Students who are employed may be subject to social insurance contributions and must therefore also pay contributions to unemployment and pension insurance. Instead of the contribution to the student health and nursing care insurance, a contribution is to be paid, the amount of which is determined by the employment relationship and earnings. The obligation to pay insurance depends on whether time and labor are predominantly taken up by the studies. Free of contributions to unemployment, health and nursing care insurance is an activity with: exclusive employment during the semester break, employment limited to a maximum of 3 months or 70 working days per year (irrespective of the number of hours and the amount of remuneration), working up to 20 hours per week during the semester with the possibility of extending this employment to more than 20 hours only during the semester break. Several short-term employments are added together for one calendar year, and if the time limit is exceeded, insurance is compulsory. Thefollowing applies to pension insurance contributions: As employed persons, students are required to pay pension insurance contributions if their employment exceeds the limits of the current guidelines for assessing marginal employment under insurance law. Marginal employment is: low-paid employment (maximum 450 euros/month) short-term employment (less than 70 working days or 3 months/year). Several marginally paid jobs are added together. If the total remuneration from these jobs does not exceed 450 euros, they remain exempt from insurance. For wages above the marginal earnings threshold, there is a sliding zone between 450.01 euros and 1,300 euros. In this zone, insurance contributions are incurred, which also increase in line with earnings. Income of students with a low wage who work on a wage tax card remains tax-free for a maximum monthly wage of 1,120 euros (2021) (with tax class I, i.e. single, no children). In the case of temporary jobs with higher monthly wages, the wage tax withheld by the employer is refunded by the tax office at the end of the year as part of the income tax return if the income does not exceed the taxable subsistence minimum of 9,744 euros plus 1,000 euros employee lump sum. Income tax return The income tax return comprises the "mandatory declaration" and the voluntary "application for income tax assessment". The same form is used for both. If there is a declaration obligation, the income tax return must be submitted by 31.05. of the following year. The deadline can be extended by the tax office upon request. Important: The application for income tax assessment must be submitted by the end of the fourth year following the tax year. Tips and tricks on tax returns for students can be found at: www.steuerstudies.de. Further information on income tax is also available directly from the Hannover Tax Office: Hannover-Mitte Tax Office Tax Office Hanover-North and Country II Tax Office Hanover-South and Country I If you have a part-time job and earn no more than 450 euros per month, you are considered marginally employed. You remain in the favorable student health and nursing care insurance and do not have to pay unemployment insurance. You can only be exempted from the pension insurance obligation upon application. Family insurance Family insurance through your parents continues to exist in the case of marginal employment (as long as the age limit of 25 years is not exceeded). BAföG If you receive BAföG and work part-time, you may not earn more than 5,400 euros per year. If you have more income within twelve months, the additional earnings will be counted towards BAföG. You still have questions? We are happy to help! Jobbing  
Sonstige Geldquellen  
Here you will find information on other state benefits such as housing allowance, child benefit or unemployment benefit, as some of these can also play a role for students. Housing benefit is a government subsidy for housing costs for households with little money. Students who are entitled to BAföG "on the merits" cannot receive a housing allowance. This also applies if your BAföG application was rejected, for example, because your parents earn too much. However, students can be entitled to housing allowance if they receive receive BAföG as a full loan, or are not entitled to BAföG for the same reason, for example, because they have exceeded the maximum period of eligibility, have not provided the required certificates of achievement, have changed their field of study, are over the age limit, or are pursuing a second course of education, or live together with persons who are not entitled to BAföG (e.g. child, partner, spouse, parents). If this applies to you, it is worth taking a look at the following flyer, which we have published together with the Wohngeldstelle der Landeshauptstadt Hannover. Foreign students who are staying in Germany for the purpose of studying can also receive housing allowance under certain conditions. However, if you have a declaration of commitment , please get advice from our social counseling service! Your parents are entitled to child benefit if you have your residence or habitual abode in Germany. Your parents will receive child benefit until you turn 25. In the past, child benefit was paid beyond the age of 25 if your education was delayed due to basic military or civilian service (or correspondingly recognized service, for example in development aid). In this case, child benefit was extended by a maximum of the duration of the basic military or civilian service performed. Federal voluntary service does not result in child benefit being paid for longer because, as the name suggests, it is voluntary. The monthly child benefit is: 219 euros for the first and second child 225 Euro for the third child 250 euros for each additional child If you regularly work more than 20 hours a week, you will no longer be entitled to child benefit. This means that your parents will no longer receive child benefit for you. If you work more than 20 hours a week temporarily - for a maximum of two months - it doesn't matter if your average weekly working time for the entire calendar year is no more than 20 hours. No, your income is not counted towards your parents' child benefit entitlement. If you take a semester off, you must declare this to the Employment Agency. During this period, child benefits are only paid under very specific circumstances. Reasons for continued payment can be, for example, illness or mandatory internships. This is decided on a case-by-case basis. The periods of study for which child benefits are granted also include interruptions due to illness and maternity (maternity leave). A student can therefore continue to receive child benefits for this period, provided she does not receive parental benefits for her child or is on parental leave. If a student takes leave of absence to care for her child, child benefits will only be paid for her until the end of the maternity leave period. For the subsequent period of childcare, the student is no longer entitled to child benefits. However, if the studies are continued in the semester following the leave of absence, the time from the end of the maternity leave to the beginning of the semester can be recognized as a transitional period if it does not exceed four months. International students only receive child benefits if they also have a residence permit for the purpose of permanent residence. Unfortunately, those who only have a residence permit for the purpose of studying cannot claim child benefits. Detailed information on child benefit, age limits and training periods can be found in the leaflet on child benefit from the Federal Central Tax Office (Bundeszentralamt für Steuern). If you have further questions about child benefit, please contact our social counseling service! Unemployment benefit Unemployment benefit I is only available under certain conditions, which only apply to very few students. Therefore, here is only the most important information. Unemployment benefit can only be received by those who are registered as unemployed, is available to the employment agency, meets the eligibility criteria. The entitlement to unemployment benefit I is based, among other things, on employment subject to contributions for at least 12 months within two years prior to registration as unemployed. The following applies until December 31, 2022: For persons with predominantly short temporary employment, there is a shortened entitlement under certain conditions. For this to be the case, they must have worked predominantly on a temporary basis subject to social insurance contributions in the two years prior to becoming unemployed. The employment relationship must not have been limited to more than ten weeks. In addition, the salary in the last twelve months before unemployment must not exceed certain amounts. If this is the case and all other requirements for receiving unemployment benefits are met, the qualifying period is reduced to six months. Regarding availability: The legislator assumes that unemployed persons who study at a university can only perform jobs that are exempt from social insurance in addition to their education and are thus not available to the employment agency. However, this presumption can be rebutted in individual cases. The standard for the extent of the claim due to the studies are the objective requirements of proper studies, as they result from the examination regulations. Further information on unemployment benefit I can be obtained from the Agentur für Arbeit Hannover. If you have further questions, please contact the Social Counseling Service of the Studentenwerk Hannover. Since unemployment benefit I is an insurance benefit and not a social benefit, foreign students can also claim it if they have previously worked in a job that is fully subject to social insurance and have acquired entitlements in the process. However, this is usually not the case in the context of normal student employment. In cases of doubt, our social counseling service at the Studentenwerk will be happy to help. In principle, students cannot receive standard benefits according to unemployment benefit II or social assistance, since BAföG applies to them. However, there is an exception with regard to unemployment benefit II (but not with regard to social assistance): This applies to all students who are basically entitled to BAföG and still live in the parental home and, under certain conditions, to preparatory course students who do not live in the parental home. In this case, standard benefits and accommodation costs can also be paid in addition if there is a need. This also includes health insurance through the job center. For all other students, they can only receive additional needs from the Job Center or the Social Welfare Office if they are pregnant or if they are a single parent. However, their children or partners may have their own entitlement to benefits if their income is low. Important to know for all unemployment benefit II recipients who also receive BAföG: When taking BAföG income into account, study-related costs (for example, the semester contribution) can, if necessary, be claimed as a deduction for income-related expenses from BAföG and thus have a favorable effect on the amount of unemployment benefit II paid out. Since education is suspended during a semester of leave, full benefit claims for unemployment benefit II or social assistance may exist. As a rule, foreign students cannot receive unemployment benefit II, as they are not allowed to claim social benefits. However, our social counseling service will be happy to advise you on this if you are in doubt. Whether you are entitled to unemployment benefit II or social assistance depends on your ability to work for health reasons. This means that anyone who could work at least three hours a day for health reasons, as well as their dependents, receive unemployment benefit II if they are eligible. Those who are incapable of working and their dependents receive corresponding assistance for subsistence from social welfare. Whether a person is entitled to unemployment benefit II or social assistance depends on the individual case. Further information on unemployment benefit II can be obtained from the JobCenter Region Hannover. Questions on the subject of social assistance can be answered by the City of Hanover, Department of Social Affairs. If you have any further questions on the subject of Alg II / social assistance, you are welcome to contact our social counseling service! You still have questions? We are happy to help! Other sources of funds Housing benefit Child benefit for students  
Studienkosten  
Rent, food, cell phone, Internet, free time, books and other things for college - studying costs money. It's not easy to keep track of these costs, especially when you've moved out of home and are on your own two feet for the first time. On average, you need about 800 euros a month for your studies. Whether you get by with less or need more money depends on you, of course. If you study, you have to pay a semester fee. If you exceed your standard period of study by more than 6 semesters, you have to pay long-term tuition fees at universities in Lower Saxony. Here you can find information about the semester fee and the long-term tuition fees. Semester fees in Hanover, winter semester 2021/2022, in euros University Student Union AStA Semester ticket Verw. Total LUH 115,00 13,09 231,10 75,00 434,19 MHH 76,00 10,49 225,99 75,00 387,48 TiHo 115,00 09,00 227,89 75,00 426,89 HMTMH, New House 87,00 13,20 225,41 75,00 400,61 HMTHM, Expo Plaza 115,00 22,00 225,41 75,00 437,41 HsH (except Ahlem) 115,00 22,00 225,41 75,00 437,41 HsH (Ahlem) 87,00 22,00 225,41 75,00 409,41 If you exceed your standard period of study by more than 6 semesters, you have to pay long-term tuition fees at universities in Lower Saxony. This can be quite expensive at 500 euros per semester, especially since the fees must be paid in addition to the semester contribution. However, there are ways to get additional time credited to your studies. For example, if you are raising children or caring for close relatives, or for university political commitment in the committees. Do you have questions about the exemption from long-term tuition fees? Get in touch with our social counseling service. Attention: Debt traps You can get the latest smartphone for free, but the rate for it costs money every month - and usually for 24 months. So be careful with your mobile phone contract. Prepaid rates are not the worst way to keep track of costs. By topping up the card, you have full cost control and no nasty surprises at the end of the month due to automatically added data volumes or similar. Running out of money in your checking account at the end of the month, but no problem with the overdraft facility? Not a good thought! After all, overdraft facilities are expensive - they usually incur particularly high interest rates. And once you're in overdraft, where will the money come from to cover the loan again? It's best to only spend what you have. Of course, this also applies to shopping with a credit card! Loans are debts and debts are rarely a good option - apart from exceptions like BAföG and student loans! Students should be especially wary of private lenders. The "loan sharks" often operate on the edge of legality and cause lasting damage to borrowers. A car is convenient, but it comes with high costs (gas, insurance, taxes, repairs, etc.), which are not good for the usually tight student budget. And there are so many inexpensive alternatives - especially in a city like Hanover with super developed public transport (which is already completely paid for via the semester ticket ) and short distances that can be easily covered by bike. Buy now - pay later? Sounds so good and is also offered again and again in online shopping. But the rude awakening comes at some point. Because you have to pay sooner or later. And why should you have more money later than now? Especially when the bills are already piling up ... Not a good idea! We support you! We advise you free of charge and confidentially on BAföG, scholarships, KfW student loans and generally on all questions concerning your finances during and for your studies. You still have questions? We are happy to help! Study costs Student life often also means standing on your own two feet for the first time, moving out of home and managing your own finances. This is often not so easy, and although there are many ways for students to save, there are also many ways to get into debt. To help you avoid falling into the debt trap, here are five common ones: You are already in the middle of the debt trap? Then get advice and seek help from a debt counselor! You can find them at www.meine-schulden.de. Our social counseling service also knows where to find help. We are there for you! Anyone who studies must pay a semester contribution. The Studentenwerk receives about a quarter of the semester fee. With this money, all students jointly and in solidarity make our social services possible - such as free social counseling, affordable rents in our student residences, inexpensive canteen food and much more. Fair: If you study at a location where we cannot provide all services, you pay less. The AStA of the respective university is your political representation. AStAs advocate for students to the university administration and provide services. Included in most AStA fees: theater flat rate and bicycle bonus for inexpensive bicycle repairs. The largest part of the semester fee is for the semester ticket. In return, you can use all streetcars and buses in Hannover for half a year - and almost all local trains in Lower Saxony and Bremen! You can find out more from your AStA. The amount marked with "Verw." goes to the universities as a contribution to administrative costs.  
Dormitory Application  
Here you can apply for a residence online. Notes on the application House application You can submit a housing application here. Important: Corona prevention You still have questions? We are happy to help! Dormitory application We allocate residential places in the order in which applications are received. Preference will be given to: Students with disabilities (proof by e-mail), Bachelor students in their first semester who do not come from the Hanover region. If we do not have a room available for you, you will automatically be put on our waiting list. As soon as we have a free room for you, you will receive an e-mail from us. Important for new international tenants for the winter semester 2021/22 Do you come from a risk area? Then, before you can move in with us, you must present a medical certificate confirming that you show no signs of a Corona infection . The certificate must have been issued no more than 48 hours before your entry into the Federal Republic of Germany. It can be in German, French or English. You can find the list of risk areas at: www.rki.de/DE/Content/InfAZ/N/Neuartiges_Coronavirus/Risikogebiete_neu.html. You have taken the test in your home country before departure? Please make sure in advance that the test is recognized in Germany. You can find an overview at: www.rki.de/DE/Content/InfAZ/N/Neuartiges_Coronavirus/Tests.html Important: Get tested where you arrive. Do not travel further. If you do not have the certificate, you will not be able to get your key! You have to pay the costs of the test yourself. Before entering the country, please also read the information sheet for travellers from the Federal Government (available in various languages): www.bundesgesundheitsministerium.de/coronavirus-infos-reisende/merkblatt-aussteigekarte.html  
Apartment Search  
Tips for finding an apartment In our free online housing search you can view offers and also place an application. At the start of the semester, our residences are in high demand and our waiting lists are very long. So don't just rely on a place in a hall of residence. Broaden your search and also consider apartments in the surrounding area of Hannover. You can always move later! Here you can search for apartments If you're already in Hannover but haven't found a place to stay yet, some places offer places to sleep for a short time: Jugendherberge Hannover (online reservation) Naturfreundehaus Hannover Bed'nBudget The trade fair city of Hannover has a large number of private and trade fair rooms. This is where the accommodation service Hannover can help. More or less temporary accommodation for a fee can be arranged by Mitwohnzentralen such as theHome-Company orZeitwohnen Hannover. If you are looking for a room in a shared flat, you can also take a look at ouronline housing exchange. You can also find offers at www.wg-gesucht.de. Go through the apartment ads in the local newspapers. It's also worth taking a look at the ad and scene papers(Der Heiße Draht, Schädelspalter, MagaScene ...). Maybe place an ad yourself that you are looking for an apartment. Check the bulletin boards in colleges and dining halls or post an ad there yourself. You still have questions? We are happy to help! Have you been accepted for a place at university in Hannover? That's great! At the latest now you should definitely look for a room or an apartment. Here we have put together a few tips for the apartment hunt: Here you can stay overnight at short notice (copy 5) If you are looking for a room in a shared flat, you should take a look at our free online housing exchange of the Studentenwerk. Here you will find numerous options for searching for your dream flat-share or suitable flatmates. (copy 9) If you are looking for a room in a shared flat, you should take a look at our free online housing exchange of the Studentenwerk. Here you will find numerous options for searching for your dream flat-share or suitable flatmates.  
Application-FAQ  
Quite simply online. You are not entitled to live with us or it takes you too long to get a place to live? Here we have put together a few tips for finding a place to live in Hannover. Here is the sample rental agreement in German and English. And the general rental conditions of our dormitories in German and English. Are you wondering whether you are entitled to live with us, when you should fill out the application and how long you have to wait for a place? You can find all the questions and answers about the housing application here. You are eligible for unrestricted residency if you are enrolled at a Hanover university that we support. These include: Leibniz University Hannover Hanover University of Applied Sciences and Arts Hanover University of Music, Drama and Media University of Veterinary Medicine Hannover Hanover Medical School University of Applied Sciences Hannover You are also entitled to live with us if you are enrolled at the Studienkolleg. Foreign doctoral students are generally allowed to live with us for six months. Doctoral students are allowed to live in the Garbsen residence for 36 months. If you are an assistant, a trainee teacher or a volunteer or if you are doing a comparable job, you are unfortunately not allowed to live with us. This is also not the case if you are in gainful employment that exceeds the extent to which you are required to cover your study needs. Trainees and students are also permitted to live in our Garbsen residence. Only trainees and students and employees of the MHH are entitled to live in the residences of the Hannover Medical School. It's easy: fill out the housing application. With your application you will end up on our waiting list. After you have submitted a housing application, you will receive a confirmation of receipt by e-mail. Please note: Your application does not entitle you to a rental contract! You can apply for housing at any time. There are no application deadlines. However, you should apply as early as possible, especially for the winter semester. Due to the high number of first-year students, experience shows that the demand for places in our halls of residence is higher than the number of available places during this period. We allocate the residential house places according to the date of receipt of the applications. The waiting list varies for each residence and living arrangement, depending on demand. On average, you should expect to wait at least six months if you have applied for a room in a corridor community with shared kitchens and shared bathrooms. If you applied for another type of housing, you can expect an average wait time of about a year. When moving in during the winter semesters, we give preference to 1st semester Bachelor students who live outside of the Hannover Region at the time of application. So plan for more waiting time if you are not a first-year student who already lives in Hannover. As soon as housing is available and you are next on the waiting list, we will write to you and a few other applicants . Then you will get a short overview about the house, the rent, the deposit etc.. If you are interested in the offer, please get back to us by mail or phone within the deadline mentioned in the mail. It pays to be quick. Attention: If you don't like the offer but still want to stay on the waiting list, you have to let us know by phone or in writing. Otherwise your application will expire in our system and you will no longer be on our waiting list. After receiving your tenant declaration, we will create your contract documents and send them to you by mail. The amount of the rent depends on the size and equipment of the respective living space. You can find them at the individual apartment buildings. The rent already includes all ancillary costs - such as cleaning the common areas, property tax and energy costs. Only rental contracts with a flat rate for operating costs are concluded. All ancillary costs are included in the flat rate. Almost all of our living rooms (except in the Emdenstraße residence) are fully equipped with a bed, wardrobe, desk with mobile pedestal, desk chair and at least one floor or wall shelf. All rooms in corridor communities have their own washbasin or washstand with vanity unit. Windows have blackouts (pleated blinds, shades, etc.). Floors usually have synthetic floor coverings (no carpets). In the communal kitchens there are stoves with hobs, automatic baking machines, fridges, freezers and pantry cupboards. Everything else - pots, pans, cutlery, towels, etc. - for private use you must bring or purchase yourself. This also includes cleaning materials for your room. The equipment of the rooms and common areas varies from residence to residence. You still have questions? We are happy to help! Questions and answers about the application  
information about living  
Info around living! You need a certificate of eligibility for housing (B-Schein) if you want to rent publicly subsidized housing. You need this B certificate for the Klaus Bahlsen Student Residence, the Garbsen Residence, the International Quarter and the "Haus am Berggarten". You do not need it for any of the other student residences of the Studentenwerk Hannover. You can get your housing entitlement certificate from the City of Hannover. City of Hanover - Department of Urban Renewal and Housing Housing supply, housing agency and housing entitlement certificates Sallstraße 16, 30171 Hanover Tel. (05 11) 1 68-4 38 58 The income is decisive for the issuing of the B voucher. Since the income limit for single persons is low (calculated individually), many students are entitled to the Wohnberechtigungsschein. The B-Schein is valid for one year. Rent deposit - what is it anyway? Landlords can take a rent deposit when they rent out an apartment or room. This is an amount of money that they use as security to cover any outstanding debts or possible damage to the apartment after the end of the tenancy. If there are no outstanding debts or damages when you move out, you get the deposit back. According to the law, the rent deposit may not exceed three net cold rents. If the landlord or landlady demands more than three net cold rents as a deposit, you do not have to pay the excess amount. A rent deposit only has to be paid if the amount, type and method of payment are expressly agreed in the tenancy agreement. If you have signed a SEPA direct debit mandate, we will debit the deposit together with your first month's rent and the one-off processing fee. If you have not signed a SEPA direct debit mandate, you must have transferred the deposit to the Studentenwerk Hannover by the beginning of the tenancy at the latest. If you pay in cash or by bank transfer, you can divide the deposit into three equal instalments. You then pay these off with the first three months' rent. You are entitled to pay in instalments, but you have to inform us about this beforehand. If you do not pay the rent deposit, we are entitled to terminate the tenancy without notice. A prior warning is not required. Prerequisites for termination without notice: The payment of a rent deposit was expressly agreed in the tenancy agreement. The tenant is at least two months in arrears with the payment of the deposit. The reason for termination must be explicitly stated in the termination letter. If you pay the rent deposit in arrears, this can, under certain circumstances, lead to the termination becoming invalid. You will usually get your deposit back around eight to ten weeks after your contract ends. However, we may hold your tenancy deposit for six to twelve months to check if there are any outstanding debts. Outstanding debts may include: Arrears with the rent payment (net cold rent). Arrears with the payment of service charges (operating costs) Damage to the living space caused intentionally or unintentionally by improper handling that must be repaired Agreed cosmetic repairs (this also includes final cleaning) were not carried out before moving out. If there is an outstanding debt or damage has occurred after the end of the tenancy, we may retain part or even all of the rent deposit. The rent deposit will be transferred to the account you indicated on the acceptance protocol when you moved out. A bank transfer to a non-EU country is also possible, but this will incur additional transfer fees. Around the application When you move into an apartment or a room, you must register at this address with the Bürger- or Einwohnermeldeamt. You can register the apartment in Hannover as your primary or secondary residence. When you register or deregister with the Residents' Registration Office (Einwohnermeldeamt) or the Citizens' Registration Office (Bürgeramt), you must present a written confirmation from your landlord or landlady confirming that you have moved in or out.   Attention! If you do not do this, it can be expensive for you. Failure to do so is considered an administrative offence and can result in a fine of up to 1000 €! So: It is better to bring the certificate along with your passport or identity card to the office for re-registration! We will usually send you the landlord's certificate together with your signed tenancy agreement. If this is not the case, you can request it from the apartment building management or your house management. The broadcasting fee is not about whether you actually own a radio, television or similar, but about the fact that you can theoretically receive all channels of the "ARD ZDF Deutschlandradio Beitragsservice", i.e. the technical requirements are met. These are already given with an internet-capable mobile phone. Every household is obliged to pay this contribution. All persons over the age of 18 who are tenants or owners of an apartment and are registered there must pay. The nationality of the tenants is irrelevant. There are no special regulations for foreign students, not even for scholarship holders or students in exchange programs (e.g. Erasmus). You also have to pay for apartments that are only registered as secondary residences, since the fee is not paid per person, but per apartment. You only have to pay the contribution once for each apartment - no matter how many people live in the apartment! If you live in a single apartment, you have your own apartment. So you also have to pay the broadcasting fee. Rooms of a "corridor community" - i.e. single rooms with floor kitchens and floor bathrooms as well as a floor access door - are generally assessed by the Contribution Service as one apartment each that is subject to contributions. Rule of thumb: If rooms in a student hall of residence are designed in such a way that they resemble those of a private apartment or shared apartment, only one contribution is to be paid in each case! We recommend that you first declare the respective floor as only one apartment. If you live in a double apartment or a shared flat, only one adult person has to be registered with the "ARD ZDF Deutschlandradio Beitragsservice" and pay the broadcasting fee, no matter how many people live there. With the flat-based levy, no one can now "avoid" paying. You would have to prove yourself that you do not even have the possibility to receive radio. As a rule, this is not possible and you have to pay the contribution if you are not exempt. Deliberate or negligent non-payment is considered an administrative offence and can be punished with a fine! You still have questions? We are happy to help! Here you will find the most important answers to questions about student housing. Your question is not listed? Then we will be happy to help you personally. Housing entitlement certificate (B certificate) Broadcasting fee  
Social counseling  
Our colleagues of the social counselling advise and inform you for example on the following topics Financing possibilities (besides BAföG) Loans and credits Jobbing and social security Health insurance Exemption from broadcasting fees Unemployment benefit II (Hartz VI) Housing benefit Child benefit Social security between study and work Problems of foreign students Studying with a child Studying with a handicap You still have questions? We are happy to help! Social Counseling If we can help you with any of these questions, check out our website or contact us for a consultation!  
Legal advice  
Sometimes you have to fight for your rights even as a student. Trouble with your landlord or employer? Didn't pay attention for a moment and caused damage? There are various contact points in Hanover for students to get legal advice without becoming poor. And we especially support international students with legal advice on all questions concerning their foreigner status. For people with a low income (and this includes many students) there is the possibility to take advantage of the legal advice assistance of the local court. With legal aid, you can exercise your rights outside of court proceedings. Legal aid is available for the following areas of law: Civil law, family law, labour law, social law, administrative law and tax law. In criminal cases, only oral advice is given. As a person seeking advice, you will receive a so-called letter of entitlement from the local court, with which you can then go to a lawyer of your choice. There you only have to pay a fee of 15 Euros. As only people with a low income receive legal aid, the local court will check your financial situation. You have to bring or submit proof of your income and assets, a current bank statement and proof of your expenses, for example your rental contract. Applications for legal aid can be made in writing or in person. If you want to apply in person, you have to make an appointment in advance! You can find the office hours and contact details of the legal application office directly on the homepage of the district court of Hanover. You can also find more information and the form for the written application for legal aid on the page " Beratungshilfe" in the Lower Saxony State Justice Portal. If you want to be represented in court proceedings and have a low income, you can apply for legal aid at the local court. Legal advice assistance and legal aid can also be claimed by foreign students. The Studentenwerk Hannover offers foreign students who are liable to pay fees at the Studentenwerk Hannover (1) free legal advice in connection with their foreigner status. This enables you to receive advice on matters relating to the law on foreigners and on questions concerning the special labour law regulations for foreign students. The advice is only given by certain lawyers. The entitlement certificate issued by the Studentenwerk will indicate which lawyers these are. Consultation fees for other lawyers will not be paid! The consultation only includes verbal information before it comes to a court case. Representation in court, the drafting of pleadings or the assumption of legal costs incurred will not take place. Counseling in matters not related to alien status is not available. Foreign students may receive one free legal consultation per semester in connection with their alien status. The Studentenwerk will cover the costs of a consultation lasting a maximum of 60 minutes. You can obtain the entitlement certificate from the Social Counselling Office of the Studentenwerk Hannover. You will need your valid student ID and your passport or residence permit. (1) These are the students of the Leibniz Universität Hannover, the University of Applied Sciences and Arts Hannover, the University of Veterinary Medicine Hannover, the University of Music, Drama and Media Hannover, the Hannover Medical School and the University of Applied Sciences and Arts Hannover. The student Legal Clinic Team of the Faculty of Law offers free out-of-court legal advice under the guidance of an experienced lawyer for students of all faculties of LUH seeking advice. There is no consultation in criminal law (including misdemeanours) and in family and inheritance law. The Legal Clinic also does not provide advice on BAföG, taxes and examination appeals. The advice offered is exclusively for students' own matters. This means that you cannot seek advice for acquaintances or relatives. Appointment and contact: legalclinic@jura.uni-hannover.de Further information: www.jura.uni-hannover.de/legalclinic.html You still have questions? We are happy to help! Legal advice  
Further advice centers  
In your university environment there are of course many other counselling services that you can take advantage of. Whether it's the Psychological-Therapeutic Counselling for Students (ptb), the counselling services of the ASten on various topics or the student counselling services of the universities - you can also get support here. We have put together an overview so that you can quickly find the right counselling service for you. university service centres The ServiceCenter of Leibniz Universität Hannover is the central contact point for students and prospective students, but is also available for guests of Leibniz Universität Hannover with advice and service. Here you will find staff from various institutions (including the Studentenwerk Hannover) who will answer your questions about studying and help you find your way around Leibniz Universität Hannover. To the website → The Service Center of Hannover University of Applied Sciences and Arts is the central contact point for students and prospective students. Brief advice on the individual areas of the Department of Academic Affairs and referral to the appropriate office. Handing out information material on all aspects of studying Handing out and accepting forms and applications Advice and assistance in filling out forms and applications Acceptance of application documents To the website → Overview of the advice centres for studying and contact persons at the Hannover Medical School. To the website → Study and career guidance The Central Student Advisory Service is the point of contact for questions and concerns that arise in connection with choosing or pursuing a course of study. Our goal is to provide orientation, information and advice to help you experience the university and to contribute to a successful start and progression of your studies. To the website → The HsH Student Advisory Service advises prospective students and all students at the university on all topics related to studying. To the website → The careers advice service of the Employment Agency provides information on courses of study, training opportunities, school routes, tasks and activities in professions, labour market prospects, financing options and much more. To the website → Wide range of support services offered by the universities Studying offers space and time for learning processes and academic qualifications, but also for personal development, which is not always without contradictions and continuity. The Psychological-Therapeutic Counselling supports and counsels students at Hanover's universities with psychosocial problems. To the website → The Office of the Ombudsperson for Studies and Teaching at LUH serves as a point of contact and contact person for students who have general or individual problems, complaints or suggestions for improvement regarding their studies and teaching. To the website → The aim is to support students in all phases of their studies. The Service Centre for Teaching works on supplementing the faculties' subject-specific teaching offers with attractive offers and developing them further in line with demand. To the website → Whether learning strategies and exam preparation, scientific writing, practical experience and additional qualifications or application assistance: Key competencies help students cope with their studies and support a successful entry into internships and the workplace. To the website → The Career Center supports students throughout their studies and graduates of Hannover University of Applied Sciences and Arts up to one year after graduation in planning their future career and starting a career with a wide range of advice and events. To the website → Support from students for students The BAföG- und Sozialberatung (BAföG and Social Counselling) is a student counselling service financed by the AStA of Leibniz University, which provides advice to students on all questions concerning BAföG and social law with a socio-political claim. To the website → The AStA of Hannover University of Applied Sciences and Arts offers advice on the topics of student finance, participation & social issues and queer. To the website → Counselling by students of human medicine and dentistry with further training in counselling and interviewing, for example for problems in studies, exam anxiety, student finance, difficulties with lecturers or the university and much more. To the website → The Department of Social Affairs of the TiHo-AStA takes care of all matters that should make studying easier from a financial point of view. Students can get advice on BAföG or scholarships or apply for a monthly or half-yearly free meal. To the website → The local group of ArbeiterKind.de supports pupils and students in Hanover and the surrounding area who are the first in their family to pursue a university degree. To the website → The HIB is a union-student institution at the LUH and the HsH in Hanover, which aims to inform students on topics such as part-time jobs, BAföG, internships and training and offers assistance in problem situations. To the website → Contact points for the time after graduation The Graduate Academy is the central coordination and service institution for young researchers at Leibniz Universität Hannover. It supports doctoral students in the realisation of their doctoral projects, offers interdisciplinary advice and networking opportunities as well as a wide range of further training and qualification opportunities. With the Doctorate plus+ programme, the Graduate Academy offers practical career support. To the website → Advice from the Hannover Economic Development Agency on career reorientation for university dropouts interested in dual vocational training. To the website → The start-up service starting business supports students and academic staff at Leibniz Universität Hannover and Hannover Medical School in turning innovative ideas into viable business concepts. To the website → Advice and support outside the universities Advice and contact points in the city and region in the official portal of the region and the state capital Hannover. To the website → KIBIS offers those seeking advice information about the many self-help groups from the Hannover region and provides an overview of the numerous topics that the groups deal with. To the website → You still have questions? We are happy to help! Further advice centres  
Insurance  
Here you will find everything you need to know about health insurance, long-term care insurance, accident insurance and liability insurance. Safe is safe. Long-term care insurance Social security Personal liability insurance Personal liability insurance If you have not yet completed your education and are not married, you should ask your parents whether they have personal liability insurance. It is possible that they still have insurance cover for you. In any case, this should be clarified with the insurance company. If you are not covered by your parents, you can find information and offers for cheap private liability insurance from consumer advice centres and on the Internet. If you have not yet completed your education and are not married, you should ask your parents whether they have personal liability insurance. It is possible that they still have insurance cover for you. In any case, this should be clarified with the insurance company. If you are not covered by your parents, you can find information and offers for cheap private liability insurance from consumer advice centres and on the Internet. If you have not yet completed your education and are not married, you should ask your parents whether they have personal liability insurance. It is possible that they still have insurance cover for you. In any case, this should be clarified with the insurance company. If you are not covered by your parents, you can find information and offers for cheap private liability insurance from consumer advice centres and on the Internet. Insurances Health insurance Insurances If you want to enrol at a university, you must have health insurance, because students are required to have health insurance in statutory health insurance funds. For enrolment, you must therefore present an insurance certificate from a health and nursing care insurance company. Do you have questions about unemployment and pension insurance in connection with your job? You can find the answers on our Jobbing page under the keyword Social insurance → Social insurance → Social insurance → Social security. The forgotten cooking pot on the stove causes a fire in the dormitory. On your way to university, you cause an accident on your bike, damaging two cars. While looking at your smartphone, you step carelessly into the street, a car has to swerve and seriously injures another pedestrian. Three examples of situations that can happen to anyone and everyone and for which you have to bear the financial consequences. Serious property damage and personal injury in particular can mean paying for it for life and even financial ruin. That's why you should be covered by personal liability insurance, which pays for the financial consequences of these damages. If you have not yet completed your education and are not married, you should ask your parents whether they have personal liability insurance. It is possible that they still have insurance cover for you. In any case, this should be clarified with the insurance company. If you are not covered by your parents, you can find information and offers for cheap private liability insurance from consumer advice centres and on the Internet. The forgotten cooking pot on the stove causes a fire in the dormitory. On your way to university, you cause an accident on your bike, damaging two cars. While looking at your smartphone, you step carelessly into the street, a car has to swerve and seriously injures another pedestrian. Three examples of situations that can happen to anyone and everyone and for which you have to bear the financial consequences. Serious property damage and personal injury in particular can mean paying for it for life and even financial ruin. That's why you should be covered by personal liability insurance, which pays for the financial consequences of these damages. If you have not yet completed your education and are not married, you should ask your parents whether they have personal liability insurance. It is possible that they still have insurance cover for you. In any case, this should be clarified with the insurance company. If you are not covered by your parents, you can find information and offers for cheap private liability insurance from consumer advice centres and on the Internet. If you have not yet reached the age of 25, you can be insured in the statutory health insurance of your parents, your spouse or other dependants (family insurance). Then you do not have to insure yourself. However, please note the exceptions in the next question! When you reach the age of 25, you can no longer insure yourself through your family. However, if your education has been delayed due to military or civilian service, you are entitled to family insurance beyond the age of 25 for this period of service. A family insurance is excluded if your regular total monthly income exceeds 470 Euro (in case of a mini-job: 450 Euro). Family insurance is also not possible if only one parent is a member of a statutory health insurance fund, but the other parent and spouse of the member who is related to the children has an income above the annual compulsory insurance limit of 64,350 euros (as of 2021) and is privately insured. In principle, you can be exempted from compulsory insurance within certain periods. However, an exemption is only possible if you have health insurance elsewhere (i.e. privately and/or through benefits). Attention! The exemption from compulsory insurance is a final decision, as the exemption cannot be revoked during the entire period of study. Even after you have finished your studies, you cannot (re)join the statutory health insurance without further ado. The exemption from compulsory student health insurance only becomes irrelevant when you become an employee again. The application for exemption from compulsory insurance has to be submitted to the health insurance company with which you were last insured within three months after the start of compulsory student insurance (this is usually the start of your studies or the end of family insurance; but not the start of a semester). If you were not previously insured (not even with a family insurance) with a statutory health insurance fund, you can submit the application to any statutory health insurance fund. If you are privately insured, you can be exempted from the statutory health insurance obligation. To do so, you have to submit an application to the relevant health insurance fund within three months of the start of your compulsory insurance. The exemption takes effect from the beginning of the calendar month following the application. Therefore, you should already apply for exemption before the beginning of the semester, otherwise you will be obliged to insure and contribute to the statutory health insurance. You can get the application forms from the private insurance company. However, you have to contact your health insurance company before enrolment in order to get an insurance certificate. The health insurance company will issue a certificate stating whether you are insured with them or whether you are exempt from compulsory insurance. Disadvantages of private insurance for students: In health insurance, family members are required to pay their own contributions. All costs must be financed in advance and will only be reimbursed later by the private insurance company. The contribution increases progressively with age. Women generally pay more than men. If the financial risk is too high, the private health insurance company can cancel the insurance contract. Once you have left the statutory health insurance, you usually have to stay in the private insurance until the end of your studies. If there is at least one month's interruption (exmatriculation) between the Bachelor's and Master's studies, it is possible to apply for admission to a statutory health insurance fund in the following Master's studies. At the end of your studies, at the latest when you reach the age of 34, the relatively low contribution of the private student health insurance tariff also ends. Students who are compulsorily insured in the student health insurance can freely choose their health insurance company. And of course you can also change your statutory health insurance during your studies. However, you must observe the notice periods of your health insurance. The health insurance contribution for students subject to compulsory insurance is currently 76.04 euros per month. On top of that, there are the contributions for nursing care insurance. In addition, each health insurance company charges a different additional contribution - you can get information about this from your health insurance company. If you receive BAföG, you will receive a monthly allowance of 84 Euros to compensate for these expenses. For this you need a certificate, which you get from your health insurance company and submit to the department for educational grants. Students who are voluntarily insured and receive BAföG funding receive up to 155 euros per month as compensation for the higher voluntary health insurance contributions. The insurance obligation - and thus the favourable contribution - exists at the longest until the end of the semester in which the 30th year of age is reached. An extension is possible in exceptional cases; our social counselling service will be happy to advise you on this. Your membership ends one month after the end of the semester for which you last enrolled or re-registered, at the latest with your exmatriculation. In addition, you leave the statutory health insurance for students at the end of the semester in which you reach the age of 30, or if another priority insurance obligation occurs (for example, as an employee). Until December 2019, the insurance obligation ended at the latest after the 14th semester. This limit no longer applies as of 1 January 2020. So if you are younger than 30 and have dropped out of the student insurance due to too many semesters and are therefore in the voluntary insurance tariff, you can switch back to the cheaper student tariff at your health insurance by presenting your certificate of enrolment. Attention! The compulsory insurance applies to everyone. This means that you have to continue to insure yourself after the end of your compulsory student insurance, regardless of whether you have statutory or private insurance. If you are currently without insurance coverage, the health insurance company with which you were last insured must continue to insure you. In the case of private insurance, there is a basic tariff for this. Exceptionally, the more favourable student insurance requirement may continue after the age of 30. These exceptions can be the type of education family and personal reasons non-admission to the chosen education in the selection procedure acquisition of the higher education entrance qualification by second-chance education statutory compulsory service and civilian service voluntary social year, federal voluntary service, development aid service participation in the committees of the university The health insurance companies always decide on a possible extension of the insurance obligation in each individual case. If the health insurance fund does not recognise the exceptional reasons given, you can appeal against this decision within one month. In this case, you should again give detailed reasons for your application for an extension of the insurance obligation. However, an objection or a complaint does not have a suspensive effect. Therefore, it may be necessary to continue to insure yourself voluntarily as an alternative. There is no general exemption from co-payments. Initially, you have to pay all co-payments for medication etc. yourself. So that the financial burden is not too high, the co-payments may not exceed 2% of the annual household income. If you do not have a regular income, the limit is 103,68 € (2 % of the standard rate of the head of household according to SGB II); this means that you have to pay this amount yourself. What is above this amount will be paid by your health insurance. To prove this, you have to collect all relevant receipts and then submit them to your health insurance fund. If this amount is already reached in the current year, you will receive an exemption card for the remaining months. International students or students residing abroad who are enrolled at a German university are also subject to compulsory insurance. However, there is no compulsory insurance if the student is entitled to benefits in kind from an institution in his/her home country on the basis of supranational or international law. The age limit up to the age of 30 applies to foreign students in the same way as to German students. This also applies to the possible exceptions. The co-insurance of spouses and/or children of foreign students who are subject to compulsory insurance is usually possible without any problems if the co-insured family members are also duly registered at the place of study. (copy 14) If you are compulsorily insured in the student health insurance, you can freely choose your health insurance. If you are already compulsorily insured in the statutory health insurance due to other regulations (for example, because you receive a pension from the German pension insurance or from the miners' pension insurance), the health insurance with which you are already insured remains responsible. If you are entitled to family insurance in a statutory health insurance fund, the health insurance fund with which your parents or other dependants are insured and which has provided the benefits up to now is responsible. If you already have a certificate of exemption from statutory health insurance for other reasons, the health insurance fund that issued the notice of exemption is responsible. If you are compulsorily insured in the statutory health insurance, you are automatically compulsorily insured in the statutory long-term care insurance. If you have voluntarily joined the statutory health insurance, you can be exempted from the statutory long-term care insurance if you take out a private long-term care insurance. If you have private health insurance, you are obliged to take out private nursing care insurance. The contributions to the nursing care insurance are currently 22.94 euros for students under 23 years of age and students with children 24,82 Euro for students over 23 years without children. If you receive BAföG, you will receive an increased grant of 25 euros to compensate for the nursing care insurance contribution. For students over 30 who have to take out voluntary insurance, this compensation can be up to 34 euros.  
Studying with a child  
unemployment benefit II Actually, students are generally excluded from receiving unemployment benefit II (ALG II) because they are in an education that is eligible for BAföG support. However, this does not apply to the children of students. They have an independent claim to social benefits. Despite the general exclusion of benefits, there are situations in which students can still receive ALG II benefits. Unemployment benefit II (ALG II) is made up of standard benefits, any additional needs and the appropriate costs for accommodation (rent + ancillary costs + heating). During your leave of absence, you are entitled to unemployment benefit II in full if the employment agency determines that you are in need. The employment agency checks, whether you can be obliged to work. From the age of three, you can be obliged to work, provided that childcare is guaranteed. whether your parents or your partner can be called upon to pay maintenance. Your parents cannot be called upon to pay maintenance if you are currently pregnant, if you are looking after your own child up to the age of six, if you have completed your initial training or if you are over 25 years old. In cases of special hardship, ALG II can be granted, but then only as a loan. If, for example, you lose your entitlement to BAföG shortly before the end of your studies and cannot work additionally due to pregnancy or raising children and have not yet completed vocational training, you can apply for benefits on a loan basis according to the hardship regulation. In the case of needs not related to training, for example pregnancy or single parenthood, there is an additional need. This amounts to: - from the 13th week of pregnancy 17% of the standard benefit of ALG II. - for single parents with one child under the age of seven or two or more children under the age of 16, 36% of the standard benefit. - for single parents with one child over seven or more children, if only one of them is over seven and the others are over 16 but under 18, 12 % of the standard benefit per child. You can claim additional needs if your income is not or only slightly above the BAföG maximum rate. One-off aid is only granted in connection with initial equipment for the dwelling, including household appliances initial equipment for clothing, including in the case of pregnancy and childbirth, and school trips lasting several days within the framework of school regulations. You will also receive these benefits if you do not receive any benefits to ensure your livelihood, including reasonable accommodation and heating costs, but cannot cover the full amount of your needs from your own resources. In this case, the income that you earn within up to six months after the end of the month in which the payment of the assistance was decided can be taken into account. You can find more information about unemployment benefit II on the homepage of the Employment Agency. If you have any further questions, our social counselling service will be happy to help you! As a rule, fathers and mothers studying together receive parental allowance for up to twelve months if they are not employed full-time (up to 30 hours per week). Studying does not count as gainful employment for the purposes of parental allowance. You can get two additional months of parental allowance if both parents apply for parental allowance. In this case, however, each parent must receive parental allowance for at least two, but no more than twelve months, and a reduction in earned income must have occurred. Student parents can receive another two months of parental allowance if they are single parents and if they meet the requirements of the relief amount according to § 24 b, paragraphs 1 and 2 of the Income Tax Act. In this case, the other parent may neither live with the single parent nor with the child in the same apartment. The amount of the parental allowance is at least 300 euros and at most 1,800 euros. It is calculated on the basis of the income from gainful employment that ceases after the birth. Income replacement rate of 65 % for income above 1,200 euros, income replacement rate of 67% for incomes between 1,000 and 1,200 euros, gradually increasing income replacement rate from 67% up to 100% for incomes between 999 and 301 Euros. Parents who do not work also receive parental allowance in the amount of the so-called basic amount of 300 euros. This basic amount of 300 euros is offset against unemployment benefit II, social assistance and child supplement. The payment can be extended to twice the duration with a halving of the payment amount. Maternity benefits after the birth of the child (in particular maternity benefit from the statutory health insurance and the employer's allowance) are fully offset against the parental allowance. Parental allowance plus is an additional variant of parental allowance that better rewards the early return to work after the birth of a child. Those who receive ElterngeldPlus only receive half of the regular parental allowance. On the other hand, the period during which the family receives support is twice as long, up to 24 months, and thus extends beyond the child's 14th month of life. As with parental allowance, parental allowance plus allows for up to 30 hours of employment per week. With the partnership bonus, each parent receives another four months of ElterngeldPlus. The prerequisite is that both parents take care of the children and work between 25 and 30 hours a week in parallel for at least four months. Single parents who meet the eligibility requirements may also be entitled to ElterngeldPlus and/or the partnership bonus. Detailed information is available on the family portal of the Federal Ministry for Family Affairs. International students are only entitled to parental allowance if they have a settlement permit or a residence permit in accordance with certain sections of the Residence Act. A residence permit for the purpose of studying is not sufficient for this. You can find out which authority is responsible for you from the administration of the municipality where you live. For applicants living in the city of Hanover, this is the parental allowance office of the state capital Hanover. You can find detailed information on the receipt, eligibility, sibling bonus, ElterngeldPlus and application as well as a Elterngeld calculator on the family portal of the Federal Ministry for Family Affairs, Senior Citizens, Women and Youth. In addition, the Ministry's brochure Elterngeld, ElterngeldPlus und Elternzeit provides detailed information on the topic. Parental leave is defined by the Federal Parental Allowance and Parental Leave Act (Bundeselterngeld- und Elternzeitgesetz, BEEG) as a period of unpaid leave from work after the birth of a child. Employees have a legal right to this leave. Parental leave can be taken independently of parental allowance. You can find all information on parental leave at familienportal.de. How do I reconcile studying and having a child? And how do I finance my studies with a family? Student parents are faced with complex questions. Balancing child, studies and usually a part-time job is a triple burden. Student parents need strong nerves - and help. The good news is that student parents are not alone. There is a wide range of support services that they can take advantage of. We are happy to advise and inform you professionally, quickly and in a straightforward manner on all questions relating to the topic of "Studying with a child". We are familiar with: Social benefits (parental allowance, child benefit, unemployment benefit II, mother-child foundation) Special regulations (leave of absence, exams, BAföG extension) Childcare options Social counselling → Important for studies If you are pregnant and/or taking care of your child, you can take a leave of absence from your studies. However, you will not receive BAföG during this time! If a student is prevented from completing her studies due to pregnancy or illness, BAföG will be paid for up to three months, whereby only full months are counted. However, if the interruption of your studies lasts longer, you usually have to pay back the BAföG for that semester. Leave of absence is only permitted for full semesters per course of study and, as a rule, only for a maximum of two consecutive semesters. For a leave of absence of more than four semesters during the duration of studies in a degree programme, important reasons must be proven. These include pregnancy and the care of small children. You have to apply for a leave of absence at the Enrolment Office (Immatrikulationsssamt / Studentensekretariat) of your university. To do this, you will need a copy of your maternity passport because of the date of birth and, if you already have one, your birth certificate. You should submit your application within the re-registration deadlines or no later than four weeks after the start of the semester. You can find the necessary forms on your university's website. If you have to postpone or repeat exams, you should inform the respective examination office. If you have problems with exams due to pregnancy, childbirth or raising children, you should definitely report this to the examination office of your university. The extent to which your problems are taken into account is decided by the respective examination boards. If you are pregnant or bringing up children, you should submit a written application to the Admissions Office or Student Secretariat at your university immediately if you have problems with admission, missing examinations, withdrawing from examinations, dissertations and free attempts. However, it is best to get advice from our social counselling service beforehand. Your maternity leave begins six weeks before the expected date of birth of your baby. You can continue studying until then if you have the "OK" from your doctor. Maternity leave lasts until eight weeks after your baby is born. Only then can you continue studying as usual. You can revoke your maternity leave at any time, but not for exams you have already taken. You should not have any disadvantages in exams due to your pregnancy, childbirth or breastfeeding. Therefore, they should be compensated, for example, by alternative dates for taking exams. A revocation of the declaration to the university that you want to continue your studies despite maternity leave is only possible before the examination. If examinations are cancelled, the general regulations of the universities apply in the same way as for illnesses. There are exceptions to employment/training prohibitions for female students: You can also visit your educational institution between 20:00 and 22:00 on Sundays and public holidays if you have expressly declared this wish to the university. your attendance is necessary for the training. no irresponsible danger arises from working alone. You can find further information on the family portal of the Federal Ministry for Family Affairs, Senior Citizens, Women and Youth and in its brochure Leitfaden Mutterschutz (Maternity Protection Guidelines). And if you have any further questions, our social counselling service will be happy to advise you! unemployment benefit II Actually, students are generally excluded from receiving unemployment benefit II (ALG II) because they are in an education that is eligible for BAföG support. However, this does not apply to the children of students. They have an independent claim to social benefits. Despite the general exclusion of benefits, there are situations in which students can still receive ALG II benefits. Unemployment benefit II (ALG II) is made up of standard benefits, any additional needs and the appropriate costs for accommodation (rent + ancillary costs + heating). During your leave of absence, you are entitled to unemployment benefit II in full if the employment agency determines that you are in need. The employment agency checks, whether you can be obliged to work. From the age of three, you can be obliged to work, provided that childcare is guaranteed. whether your parents or your partner can be called upon to pay maintenance. Your parents cannot be called upon to pay maintenance if you are currently pregnant, if you are looking after your own child up to the age of six, if you have completed your initial training or if you are over 25 years old. In cases of special hardship, ALG II can be granted, but then only as a loan. If, for example, you lose your entitlement to BAföG shortly before the end of your studies and cannot work additionally due to pregnancy or raising children and have not yet completed vocational training, you can apply for benefits on a loan basis according to the hardship regulation. In the case of needs not related to training, for example pregnancy or single parenthood, there is an additional need. This amounts to: - from the 13th week of pregnancy 17% of the standard benefit of ALG II. - for single parents with one child under the age of seven or two or more children under the age of 16, 36% of the standard benefit. - for single parents with one child over seven or more children, if only one of them is over seven and the others are over 16 but under 18, 12 % of the standard benefit per child. You can claim additional needs if your income is not or only slightly above the BAföG maximum rate. One-off aid is only granted in connection with initial equipment for the dwelling, including household appliances initial equipment for clothing, including in the case of pregnancy and childbirth, and school trips lasting several days within the framework of school regulations. You will also receive these benefits if you do not receive any benefits to ensure your livelihood, including reasonable accommodation and heating costs, but cannot cover the full amount of your needs from your own resources. In this case, the income that you earn within up to six months after the end of the month in which the payment of the assistance was decided can be taken into account. You can find more information about unemployment benefit II on the homepage of the Employment Agency. If you have any further questions, our social counselling service will be happy to help you! As a rule, fathers and mothers studying together receive parental allowance for up to twelve months if they are not employed full-time (up to 30 hours per week). Studying does not count as gainful employment for the purposes of parental allowance. You can get two additional months of parental allowance if both parents apply for parental allowance. In this case, however, each parent must receive parental allowance for at least two, but no more than twelve months, and a reduction in earned income must have occurred. Student parents can receive another two months of parental allowance if they are single parents and if they meet the requirements of the relief amount according to § 24 b, paragraphs 1 and 2 of the Income Tax Act. In this case, the other parent may neither live with the single parent nor with the child in the same apartment. The amount of the parental allowance is at least 300 euros and at most 1,800 euros. It is calculated on the basis of the income from gainful employment that ceases after the birth. Income replacement rate of 65 % for income above 1,200 euros, income replacement rate of 67% for incomes between 1,000 and 1,200 euros, gradually increasing income replacement rate from 67% up to 100% for incomes between 999 and 301 Euros. Parents who do not work also receive parental allowance in the amount of the so-called basic amount of 300 euros. This basic amount of 300 euros is offset against unemployment benefit II, social assistance and child supplement. The payment can be extended to twice the duration with a halving of the payment amount. Maternity benefits after the birth of the child (in particular maternity benefit from the statutory health insurance and the employer's allowance) are fully offset against the parental allowance. Parental allowance plus is an additional variant of parental allowance that better rewards the early return to work after the birth of a child. Those who receive ElterngeldPlus only receive half of the regular parental allowance. On the other hand, the period during which the family receives support is twice as long, up to 24 months, and thus extends beyond the child's 14th month of life. As with parental allowance, parental allowance plus allows for up to 30 hours of employment per week. With the partnership bonus, each parent receives another four months of ElterngeldPlus. The prerequisite is that both parents take care of the children and work between 25 and 30 hours a week in parallel for at least four months. Single parents who meet the eligibility requirements may also be entitled to ElterngeldPlus and/or the partnership bonus. Detailed information is available on the family portal of the Federal Ministry for Family Affairs. International students are only entitled to parental allowance if they have a settlement permit or a residence permit in accordance with certain sections of the Residence Act. A residence permit for the purpose of studying is not sufficient for this. You can find out which authority is responsible for you from the administration of the municipality where you live. For applicants living in the city of Hanover, this is the parental allowance office of the state capital Hanover. You can find detailed information on the receipt, eligibility, sibling bonus, ElterngeldPlus and application as well as a Elterngeld calculator on the family portal of the Federal Ministry for Family Affairs, Senior Citizens, Women and Youth. In addition, the Ministry's brochure Elterngeld, ElterngeldPlus und Elternzeit provides detailed information on the topic. Parental leave is defined by the Federal Parental Allowance and Parental Leave Act (Bundeselterngeld- und Elternzeitgesetz, BEEG) as a period of unpaid leave from work after the birth of a child. Employees have a legal right to this leave. Parental leave can be taken independently of parental allowance. You can find all information on parental leave at familienportal.de. Other services If you can cover your own needs with your own income or assets, but not those of your children, you can apply for a child supplement of up to 205 euros per month. This is paid if it prevents you from receiving unemployment benefit II or social benefit. With the exception of child benefit and housing benefit, the child's income and assets are counted towards the child supplement. Housing benefit is not taken into account when calculating the parents' income. If you receive the child supplement, you can also get benefits for education and participation for your children. As a rule, the supplement is paid to the parent who also applied for child benefit. It is paid for a child until he or she reaches the age of 25 at the latest. The child supplement must be applied for separately in writing at the family benefits office. Application forms are available from the family benefits office of the employment agency or at www.arbeitsagentur.de/familie-und-kinder. You can find more information about eligibility, types of income that do not count towards the child allowance and a child allowance calculator on the family portal of the Federal Ministry for Family Affairs, Senior Citizens, Women and Youth or in the Ministry's information sheet on child allowances. And if you have any further questions, our social counselling service will be happy to help you! Social benefit is a partial benefit of unemployment benefit II. Even though students are usually excluded from unemployment benefit II, children of students who have not yet reached the age of 15 can receive social benefit if their livelihood is not otherwise secured. From the age of 15, children have their own entitlement to unemployment benefit II. When applying for social benefits at the Employment Agency, the child's needs are first calculated. According to the regulations of the SGB II, this is made up of the so-called standard rate and proportional housing costs. In the subsequent income calculation, the child's income (child benefit, maintenance or maintenance advance) and surplus parental income are offset against the child's need. When calculating parental income, the BAföG maximum rate is taken as the so-called education-related need plus any additional needs due to pregnancy or single parenthood as student need. The income exceeding these needs is therefore offset against the social benefit to be paid out. Exceeding child income may only be offset against the needs of the other members of the community of need up to the amount of the child benefit. On the homepage of the Federal Ministry of Labour and Social Affairs you can find more information about social benefits. And if you have any further questions, our social counselling service will be happy to help you! If you receive unemployment benefit II, social assistance, child supplement, housing benefit or asylum seeker benefits, you are entitled to education and participation benefits. If your household only has a low income and you do not receive any basic benefits, you can have a general claim checked at the Jobcenter. These include one-day excursions and school trips lasting several days, 150 euros per year for school supplies, a subsidy for travel costs for pupils to school, appropriate learning support, a subsidy for lunch at school and daycare, and benefits for participation in social and cultural life in the community. If you receive unemployment benefit II or social welfare benefit, you can apply for these benefits at the relevant job centre. Recipients of social assistance should contact the municipal social welfare office. If you receive housing allowance or child supplement, you apply at the local housing allowance office or the family benefits office. You can find more information on the family portal of the Federal Ministry for Family Affairs, Senior Citizens, Women and Youth. And if you have any further questions, our social counselling service will be happy to help you! Housing benefit is a state rent subsidy that is intended to enable people with low incomes to live in an appropriate apartment. Those who receive BAföG are usually not entitled to housing benefit. But: BAföG recipients can receive housing allowance if their child is entitled to housing allowance. In this case, the rent portion is deducted from the BAföG. However, if the child is receiving social benefits and the parents are receiving BAföG, no housing benefit will be paid. You can find more information in the "Money" section of our homepage under Wohngeld. And if you have any further questions, our social counselling service will be happy to help you! Pregnant women who are gainfully employed and have health insurance are entitled to maternity benefits during periods of absence due to pregnancy and childbirth in accordance with the provisions of the Maternity Protection Act. This applies to both legally and privately insured women. You can find more information on the family portal of the Federal Ministry for Family Affairs, Senior Citizens, Women and Youth. And if you have any further questions, our social counselling service will be happy to help! Child benefit Child benefit is available to student parents who have their usual place of residence in Germany. You can find the most important information and especially the amount of child benefit in the section Child Benefit for Students on our homepage. Detailed information on child benefit, eligibility and application procedures can be found in the leaflet on child benefit from the Federal Central Tax Office (Bundeszentralamt für Steuern). The application for child benefit is submitted to the responsible family benefits office at the employment agency (Agentur für Arbeit ). Students who work in the public sector submit the application to their employer. You can find information about the child benefit that students or their parents receive in the section Child Benefit for Students on our homepage. BAföG Maintenance Both parents are liable to support their child. In the case of separated parents, the parent with whom the child lives fulfils the maintenance obligation by caring for and bringing up the child, while the other parent is liable to pay maintenance in cash. The income of the person liable for maintenance and the age of the child are the basis for the calculation. Child support advance If you bring up your child alone, you can apply for advance maintenance payments until your child reaches the age of 18 if the other parent pays no or too little maintenance. There are special regulations for single parents and their children who are dependent on unemployment benefit II. The entitlement for children between 12 and 18 years of age becomes effective if the child is not dependent on benefits from the Jobcenter or if the single parent earns an own income of at least 600 Euro gross while receiving unemployment benefit II. An entitlement to advance maintenance payments is excluded if both parents (married or not) live together, the single parent remarries, the single parent is not willing to cooperate in establishing the paternity and/or the place of residence of the other parent, or the other parent pays maintenance amounting to at least the relevant standard amount. If the parent liable to pay maintenance only has a low income, he or she is only liable to pay up to the limit of the so-called deductible. The deductible is the amount that the person liable to pay maintenance should have left to cover his or her own maintenance. You can find more detailed information about this at the following offices, where you can also apply for the maintenance advance: Residents of the state capital Hannover should contact the Youth and Family Department of the state capital Hannover. Residents of the region (outside the city of Hanover) should contact the Youth Department of the Hanover Region. If advance maintenance payments are made, the state makes advance payments. The child's maintenance claims against the parent liable for maintenance are thus transferred to the state for this period. If the parent liable for maintenance is unable to pay through no fault of his or her own, he or she may be exempted from repayment of the advance on maintenance payments. This applies in particular to periods of training. However, there is no clear regulation on this, rather it is a matter of discretion. You can find more information on this topic on the website of the Federal Ministry for Family Affairs, Senior Citizens, Women and Youth. And if you have any further questions, our social counselling service will be happy to help you! If you take care of your children and for this reason cannot pursue gainful employment, you are entitled to childcare maintenance from the other parent until the third year after the birth. After that, you can claim maintenance if you cannot pursue any other employment (gainful employment and/or studies) in addition to caring for and looking after your child. So, if you are on leave and have a child under the age of three, you can claim a maintenance payment for yourself from the other parent as you are spending your full time caring for the child. However, if you continue to study after the birth, you cannot claim maintenance from the other parent. In the case of separation or divorce, maintenance obligations may also apply beyond this point. If you have any further questions, our social counselling service will be happy to help you! Foundations The Federal Foundation "Mother and Child - Protection of Unborn Life" supports needy pregnant women with one-off benefits that are not already covered under other social benefits. There is no legal entitlement to support. The prerequisite for assistance is that the counselling and application is carried out in a pregnancy counselling centre and that there is a financial need. Possible financial aid depends on the individual need, for example, aid for basic baby equipment, baby's changing unit, cot, costs of finding a flat and for flat furnishings or renovation or prams. If you want to take advantage of this assistance, contact a pregnancy counselling centre and apply there. More information on the aims of the foundation, the type and scope of possible funding and how to apply can be found on the homepage of the Federal Foundation Mother and Child. In addition to the Federal Foundation, Lower Saxony also has a state foundation called "Family in Need". There is no legal entitlement to assistance from this foundation either. Priority is given to supporting single pregnant women; single mothers and fathers; Families with at least three children who have their first residence or usual place of abode in Lower Saxony. The foundation grants both interest-free loans and subsidies. Eligibility requirements are the submission of an application and counselling in a social counselling centre and the credible proof of an acute financial emergency which has occurred through no fault of one's own, such as unemployment, pregnancy and birth of a child, illness, divorce or separation or a death in the family. If the requirements for support from the Federal Foundation "Mother and Child" are fulfilled when the application is submitted, this will be given priority. Support cannot be received from both foundations at the same time for the same expenditure. Further information about the foundation, the type and scope of assistance and how to apply can be found on the homepage of the Lower Saxony Ministry for Social Affairs, Health and Equality. MensaCard Kids With the MensaCard Kids, children of students aged ten months totwelve years can have a hot lunch or dinner every day free of charge. A meal is considered to be a stew, a plate meal, a choice menu with one main component and a maximum of two secondary components, pizza, fries. The meal for the child is only available if you are a student mother or father and at the same time buy a complete meal for yourself, for example a stew, a plate meal, a choice meal with one main component and at least one secondary component or a choice meal with at least three secondary components. All children aged ten months to twelve years with at least one parent studying at a university supervised by the Studentenwerk Hannover: Leibniz University Hannover Hannover Medical School (see also "MensaCard Kids at the MHH" below) University of Veterinary Medicine Hannover Hanover University of Music, Drama and Media Hanover University of Applied Sciences and Arts Hanover University of Applied Sciences and Arts The MensaCard Kids is available in the main cafeteria, Callinstraße 23, at the MensaCard counter in the foyer (Mon-Fri 12:00-14:00, in the non-lecture period 12:00-13:30) or, if the way to the main cafeteria is too far, in the cafeteria you use. CORONA: Since the main cafeteria is currently closed, the MensaCard Kids is currently only available in the open cafeterias. To get your MensaCard at the MensaCard counter in the main cafeteria you have to bring your student ID or a certificate of enrolment and your child's birth birth certificate of your child and state your address. address. Afterwards you can take the MensaCard Kids with you. When you go to another Mensa, you have to hand in copies of your student ID or your I-certificate as well as your birth certificate and give your address. A few days later you can pick up your MensaCard Kids at the same cafeteria. Nothing. The issuance is completely free of charge and no deposit has to be paid for the card. As long as the student ID or matriculation certificate presented. In the next semester it can be extended by presenting the current student ID. Because the canteen at the Medical School is not run by the Studentenwerk Hannover, there's a special arrangement here. Students at the Medical School can get a meal for their children for up to 4.10 euros in the MHH canteen if they also buy a main course themselves. The MensaCard Kids at the MHH, which is financed by the Studentenwerk Hannover, can be picked up at the Equal Opportunities Office of the MHH from Monday to Friday between 9:00 and 15:00. The card is not transferable. Cash payment or refund of remaining money is not possible. However, if the meal costs more than 4.10 euros, the missing amount can be paid in cash at cash desk 1 in the refectory. Childcare Day nurseries provide care in crèches / day nurseries (up to the age of three) Kindergarten groups (three years to school age) day nurseries (school enrolment until the child reaches the age of fourteen) Please note: It is not easy to get a place in a day nursery. Children must be registered early! More information about childcare places can be found at hannover.de, page Advice and placement for childcare. Costs of day care centers In Lower Saxony, daycare attendance is free of charge for children over the age of three. This applies to a care time of up to eight hours a day. For children under the age of three, the fees are usually staggered. In Hanover, the childcare fee depends on the type of childcare and the parents' income. Parents with low income (this can also be BAföG or maintenance payments) and recipients of benefits for basic security for job seekers (ALG II) can receive a free place. Important to know: For children who also eat lunch at the facility, a monthly meal allowance of 30 euros must be paid in Hannover in addition to the fee, regardless of income. It is particularly difficult to find childcare for children under the age of three. An alternative to a toddler group can be a childminder. If you do not find a childminder among your friends or on the open market, you can contact the following places: Registration portal for child day care in the state capital Hannover. Family Service Office of the Youth and Family Department of the City of Hanover Specialist advice centre for child day care / KiTaB e. V. Under certain conditions (case-by-case examination), the day care costs can be (partially) covered by the Youth and Family Department of the City of Hanover upon application. This applies in particular to single parents who are unable to look after their child alone due to employment or training. For students, there are sometimes difficulties with the assumption of costs. We recommend: Be sure to get advice on this beforehand - you are also welcome to contact our social counselling service. Childcare places for children under the age of three are scarce in Hannover. For this reason, many parents' initiatives have also been founded in Hanover and have created childcare facilities themselves. Good to know: We provide financial support for parents' initiatives in which mainly students' children are looked after. Groups can apply for funding for furnishings, play materials, minor renovation and extension work or similar up to a maximum annual limit, which is based on the number of children looked after by student parents, if no third parties, such as the City of Hanover or the State of Lower Saxony, are paying for these costs. Information on funding opportunities is available from [[CONTACT WILKEN]] The following children's groups exist in the immediate vicinity of the universities: Krabbelgruppe OSKA e.V. (1 to 3 years) Nienburger Straße 5 30167 Hannover www.krabbelgruppe-oska.de Krabbelgruppe Schloßgespenster e.V. (1 to 3 years) Liebigstraße 2 30163 Hannover www.krabbelgruppe-schlossgespenster.de KiTa Hirtenkinder at the MSH (0.5 to 6 years) Stadtfelddamm 66 30625 Hannover www.hirtenkinder.de Toddler group Baufrösche e.V. (1 to 3 years) Herrenhäuser Straße 8 30419 Hannover www.baufroesche.info KiTa Einstürzende Bauklötze e.V. (1,5 to 6 years) Rehbockstraße 26 30167 Hannover www.einstuerzende-baukloetze.de Toddler group Moorrüben e.V. (1 to 3 years) Hahnenstraße 11 30167 Hannover www.moorrueben-hannover.de AStA-Kinderladen e.V. (3 to 6 years) Im Moore 15 a 30167 Hannover www.asta-kinderladen.de AStA-Kindergarten e.V. (3 to 6 years) Im Moore 19 30167 Hanover Tel. (05 11) 7 01 07 28 Die Rotzfrechen e.V. (1 to 3 years) Ottenstraße 1 30451 Hannover www.die-rotzfrechen.de KiTa Drunter und Drüber (1.5 to 3 years) Am kleinen Felde 15 30167 Hannover www.drunterunddrueber-hannover.de Gartenzwerge e.V. (0,5 to 3 years) Schneiderberg 10 / 10a 30167 Hannover www.kita-gartenzwerge.de CampusKrümel e.V. (0,5 to 3 years) Königsworther Platz 1 30167 Hannover www.campuskruemel.de Children's group Kugelblitze e.V. (1 to 6 years) Erderstraße 29 30451 Hannover www.kugelblitze-hannover.de Children'sgroup BismarckHeringe e.V. (1.5 to 3 years) Bismarckstraße 2 30173 Hannover www.kindergruppe-bismarckheringe.de Leinehüpfer e.V. (1 to 3 years) Rehbockstraße 26 30167 Hannover www.leinehuepfer.de KiTa CityZwerge e.V. (1 to 3 years) Fischerstraße 7 30167 Hannover www.cityzwerge.de What do you do if an emergency throws your well-planned childcare out of kilter? For example, if the childminder is ill or an exam is moved to the late afternoon at short notice? For this there is the "Fluxx Emergency Childcare" of the state capital of Hanover, which offers particularly favourable conditions for students with children thanks to the support of the Studentenwerk. Student parents who are enrolled at a university in Hannover can take advantage of "Fluxx" regardless of where they live. And for an emergency childcare hour, they only pay 2 euros instead of the usual 5 euros. In this way, we are helping student parents to cope better with their everyday lives. More information about "Fluxx" at hannover.de. There are many other offers for families and students with children at the universities. Here are the links. Leibniz University Hannover Hanover Medical School Hanover University of Music, Drama and Media Hanover University of Applied Sciences Hanover University of Veterinary Medicine Foundation Five tips It is difficult to combine a child, a part-time job and a regular study period. Try to come to terms with the fact that your studies may take longer due to the triple burden. Small tricks can relieve the daily routine: take fewer courses, ask the professor to postpone deadlines, agree on individual performances instead of group performances. Also ask at the examination office for exceptions and compensation for disadvantages for student parents. These are not always available - but you never know! Free yourself from a guilty conscience. So be it, if the laundry is left lying around or the seminar paper is not perfectly formulated. The mental energy that is wasted on guilt should be put into other things. Let all fives be straight and allow yourself, for example, a break. Many young parents do not find it easy to accept help. But everyone who has to cope with the triple burden of university, job and family deserves help. Try to build a network of like-minded people and take turns with childcare. Other student parents are in the same boat, and helping each other out can help you all re-energize and focus. You don't have to do everything on your own! Take advantage of all funding opportunities offered by the state and foundations for students with children. This way you can cut back on your working hours and reduce the triple burden. Fixed working hours do not necessarily make everyday student life with a child easier. In order to better cope with the triple burden, it is worth looking for a more flexible job. In addition to working from home, this also includes promotion and seasonal jobs. This way you can increase your bank account within a few weeks and have to work less during the semester. You still have questions? We are happy to help! Studying with a child It is not always easy to reconcile studying and raising children. Who looks after the child during lectures? How do you even get a childcare place? Are there daycare centres near the university and what are the costs involved? Is there support for financing? We have an overview of local childcare services, student parent groups, the emergency service "Fluxx" and childcare subsidies from the Studentenwerk. ... how you can reconcile your studies, family and job  
Studying with a handicap  
Carefree studying is nice, but unfortunately not always possible. For some students, everyday life is a particular challenge. Eleven percent of students have to master their studies with and despite physical or health impairments. Are you one of them? ... are students with impairments their mobility their sight their hearing their speech but also students with mental illnesses (e.g. eating disorders, depression) chronic diseases (e.g. rheumatism, Crohn's disease or diabetes) dyslexia and other partial performance disorders Here you will find support Hannover University of Applied Sciences and Arts provides advice on the following topics: Partial exemption from semester fees Borrowing of aids Compensation for disadvantages during exams If you do not find the answers to your questions, please contact the Hochschule Hannover directly. Contact person: Stephanie Heine Tel.: (0511) 9296 7427 stephanie.heine@hs-hannover.de The SBS advises prospective students, students and employees of Hannover University of Applied Sciences and Arts (HsH) on questions relating to studying with disabilities. In addition, it manages the pool of aids from which aids can be borrowed or applied for and supports students in projects and initiatives. Contact person: Stephanie Heine Tel. (05 11) 92 96-74 27 Mobile: 01573 7827675 stephanie.heine@hs-hannover.de To the website teilhabe@asta-hannover.de The AStA advises those affected personally and by e-mail. To the website Selbstbestimmt Leben Hannover e. V. (SLH) was founded by people with disabilities who are involved in counselling disabled people. The counselling works according to the "peer counselling method": affected people are advised by people who are also affected. Topics of the counselling can be, among others: Assistance (professional and private) Social law health (Self-) awareness issues Psychological questions Student counselling Herrenstraße 8A, 30159 Hanover Phone (05 11) 3 52 25 21 Fax (05 11) 2 71 62 15 beratung@slh-ev.de To the website The Commissioner for People with Disabilities is committed to a barrier-free Hanover in which people with different disabilities can live in a self-determined manner. Blind and other sensory impaired people are included as well as physically, mentally or emotionally handicapped people. It is not always easy to keep track of the assistance system for people with disabilities at both local and supra-local level. The commissioner acts as a link between the administration and those affected, on the one hand by providing people with disabilities with assistance and information, and on the other hand by working to ensure that people with disabilities in Hanover can participate in public life on an equal footing. Contact: Andrea Hammann Tel. (05 11) 1 68-4 69 40 Andrea.Hammann@Hannover-Stadt.de To the website Students and other university members who would like to escape the hectic everyday university life for a while can visit the "Room of Silence". This room, located on the ground floor of the main building, offers space to relax. To the website | Videos of the Roomof Silence The representative advises students, staff and applicants at Leibniz Universität Hannover (LUH) on all issues relating to "studying with a handicap" (coping with everyday life at university, compensation for disadvantages, organising exams, internships, etc.). The confidential counselling sessions take place in the offices of the ZSB, which can be reached barrier-free. Contact person: Christiane Stolz Tel. (05 11) 7 62-32 17 christiane.stolz@zuv.uni-hannover.de To the website The ptb offers a semester-long group for students who, after a severe mental health crisis - often associated with inpatient or partial hospitalization treatment - need practical, study-related help to successfully cope with the demands of their studies. Topics covered include: Study organization, time planning and implementation of the semester, teaching study-relevant work techniques and dealing with medication. Within the group "Accompanying help for mentally healthy students" there is space and time for an exchange of experiences and the possibility of contacting students who are also affected. The offer is a supplement, not an alternative to outpatient psychotherapy. Individual counselling is possible if required. Registration is possible throughout the year after a preliminary discussion. Students with limited mobility are asked to inform us of this when making an appointment. Tel. (05 11) 7 62-37 99 info@ptb.uni-hannover.de To the website The IBS provides important information in the handbook "Study and Disability", which can be ordered barrier-free. It is a contact point for prospective students, students, advisors, employment agencies, associations, counselling centres and interest groups. It regularly organises seminars on career entry for students shortly before graduation. If you have any questions, please contact the Information Office by phone or email. Tel. (0 30) 29 77-27 64 studium-behinderung@studentenwerke.de To the website The Technical Information Library (TIB) has set up a workroom at its Conti-Campus location for students from all Hanover universities with visual impairments and for blind students. At a PC with internet access, texts can be scanned and reproduced in Braille, with larger type or by voice output, or printed out in Braille or in black and white. A reader with camera allows texts to be magnified up to 36 times and displayed on a 32ʺ monitor. The workstation must be reserved by telephone. To the website Participate in university sports with a handicap? That's possible: with the Buddy Project of the Center for University Sports. Students and employees with a handicap who cannot do sports without support team up with a buddy and can thus participate in university sports. Any person without limitations who would like to support fellow students or colleagues with a handicap can become a Buddy. To the website In the Hannover Region there are around 600 self-help groups in which people exchange information on a wide range of illnesses, disabilities or problems and support each other. KIBIS helps interested people to find a suitable self-help group and accompanies the foundation of new self-help groups. A database with an index of existing groups in the Hannover region and further information can be found on the KIBIS homepage. Tel. (05 11) 66 65 67 info@kibis-hannover.de To the website BAföG for students with a handicap You still have questions? We are happy to help! Studying with a handicap ... at the universities and at the city!  
Culture  
The promotion of student culture is also a task of the Studentenwerk. Here you can find all the information about cultural funding, cultural groups and more. The student cultural scene has a lot to offer! Guidelines The Studentenwerk Hannover supports measures that are necessary in the context of student cultural work. These can be, for example: rehearsal weekends, concerts and events (costs for advertising, room rental, etc.), purchase of props and sheet music, production of advertising material, printing costs for publications, etc. If students organize cultural events for a student audience, room rental, stage rental, film rental fees, instrument rental, fees, advertising, etc. can be subsidized. The funding from the Studentenwerk is partial funding: a personal contribution from the student groups to the costs of the planned event is required in any case. The amount of financial support the Studentenwerk will provide to the cultural group for which measures or purchases will be specified in a written notification. After completion of the measures or purchases, copies of invoices / receipts must be submitted to the Studentenwerk Hannover, showing that the approved funds were used for the intended purpose. In addition, a declaration must be made that no third-party funds were available for the purpose of the grant. If the cultural group is unable to provide the Studentenwerk with this evidence, the Studentenwerk is entitled to reclaim the granted funds. If the Studentenwerk Hannover subsidises concerts, performances and other events, it must be pointed out in the context of press and public relations work that the event was financially supported by the Studentenwerk Hannover. The same applies to publications. As soon as the cultural group confirms in writing to the Studentenwerk that the funding requirements have been met, the funding amount will be transferred to the account of the cultural group. The Studentenwerk supports cultural groups consisting of students and active in the area of the following universities: Leibniz University Hanover, Hanover Medical School, Hanover Veterinary School Foundation, Hanover University of Applied Sciences and Hanover University of Music, Drama and Media. Student cultural groups include music groups, bands, choirs, theatre groups, cabaret groups, literary groups, etc. Individual students cannot be funded, nor can education-related group work. Furthermore, cultural events organized by students for a student audience can be subsidized. Each cultural group can only submit one application per calendar year. The application must be submitted in writing prior to the measure to the following address Studentenwerk Hannover Department of Social and International Affairs P.O. Box 58 20 30058 Hannover Fax (05 11) 76-88 927 soziales@studentenwerk-hannover.de The application must contain the following information: Brief description of the cultural group and confirmation that it is a student-run group, if it has not yet received any grants from the Studentenwerk Hannover. Outline of the proposed activity or purchase. Cost plan: What expenses will be incurred? What income will be generated? (Admission fees, third-party grants, etc.) Amount of the grant: In what amount does the cultural group apply for a grant from the Student Union? Bank account details: Name of bank, IBAN, BIC, account holder. Name, address and telephone number of the responsible person. Information on your data protection rights according to Article 13 of the Basic Data Protection Regulation in connection with the application process can be found in our data protection declaration. If you have any further questions, please do not hesitate to contact us: Studentenwerk Hannover Department of Social and International Affairs Linda Wilken Tel. (05 11) 76-88 930 soziales@studentenwerk-hannover.de Visiting address: Lodyweg 1C 30167 Hannover The Big Band of the University of Veterinary Medicine Hannover, also known as RockingVets, plays a colourful mix of swing, rock, funk and Latin. Since the approximately 20 students from all colleges and faculties are not professionals, the fun of playing together comes first. The choir of the Medical School (MHH) is a mixed choir, which is especially aimed at students and employees of the MHH. In the weekly choir rehearsals, short and longer pieces of different styles are rehearsed. The choir has won several awards at the Lower Saxony Choir Competition. It is possible to join the choir at any time, interested persons are very welcome! The collegium musicum is the symphony orchestra of Leibniz Universität Hannover and currently consists of about 70 members. In the weekly rehearsals and on a rehearsal weekend, the orchestra prepares for two end-of-semester concerts. Anyone who has successfully auditioned can join. The Junge Sinfonieorchester Hannover is made up of students (mainly from the HMTMH), young professionals and pupils. The direction is traditionally in the hands of lecturers from the Musikhochschule. In the annual open-air concert in the Georgengarten, which attracts up to 5,000 listeners each time, the orchestra meets soloists of international standing; in addition, two concert programmes are prepared each year. The moa theater e. V. is one of the largest amateur theatres in the Hanover region. Every year it stages an open-air summer production. The members are between 10 and 65 years old and mostly students. The team is always refreshed at the beginning of the year with new actors and actresses. The theatre group of the University of Veterinary Medicine Hannover is on stage every year in January on five evenings in front of 160 spectators in the Alte Heizzentrale, Campus Bischofsholer Damm. Plays such as "The Physicists" (Friedrich Dürrenmatt) and "Nothing" (Janne Teller) have been performed so far. The highlight during the strenuous rehearsal period is a joint rehearsal weekend. We are not only looking for acting enthusiasts, but also students who are interested in costume, make-up and stage design, as well as technically experienced theatre friends who want to work on lighting and sound. On the initiative of the Uni-AStA, game reviewer Udo Bartsch invites you to try out new board games together. Every 2nd and 4th Friday of the month, 7:30 p.m., locations at http://www.asta-hannover.de/service/kulturelles/ Big cinema at a small price in the Audimax of Leibniz University. The Big Band, which is under professional direction, has a demanding repertoire of different styles (swing, funk, Latin). Interested instrumentalists, primarily students and members of the university of all faculties, can inquire with the executive board about the current demand. With its now 65-year history, the Choir of Leibniz Universität Hannover has become an integral part of Hannover's cultural life. The varied concert programmes include sacred and secular music, a cappella compositions and works with orchestra from various musical eras. New singers of all voice groups are always accepted for the winter semester. THE CHOIR! of Hannover University of Applied Sciences and Arts is aimed at all students, staff, teachers, alumni and thus at everyone who feels connected to Hannover University of Applied Sciences and Arts. Previous musical experience is not required: even those who have only sung in the shower or in the car are welcome. A colourful repertoire of rock and pop will be rehearsed and performed together. It is possible to join at any time. The MHH Symphony Orchestra plays orchestral literature of the 18th, 19th and 20th centuries - at two concerts at the end of each semester usually one symphony and one solo concerto. Participation is not limited to MHH members; students from other Hanoverian universities are also welcome! New players are accepted at the beginning of each semester; a short audition is required. The Hanover University of Music, Drama and Media (HMTMH) offers a wide range of concerts and theatre every semester. In addition to chamber music series, vocal evenings, drama productions, jazz/rock/pop concerts, opera performances and more, the university orchestra plays great orchestral literature twice a year. The Ag Schauspiel of the MHH currently consists of 16 theatre-loving medical students. So far, the productions have been modern plays: "Innocence" by Dea Loher, "The 12 Jurors" by Reginald Rose and "On Greifswalder Street" by Roland Schimmelpfennig. Acting enthusiasts of all disciplines are invited. On about thirty evenings a year, the public cultural podium at Leibniz University usually takes place on the 14th floor of the Conti-Hochhaus: the Literary Salon! In a relaxed atmosphere, the Salon usually hosts readings, talks and discussions on Mondays from 8:00 pm and invites interesting guests. Authors read from their new books, directors, actors and producers talk about current film and theatre productions, journalists, editors, scientists and artists provide insights into their work. can be found in the culture and leisure section of hannover.de. The offer is so extensive that even native Hanoverians can still discover new things here ... There are almost always discounted tickets for students at events, museums, etc. So don't forget your student ID! So don't forget your student ID! Is it not enough for you to visit cultural events and is your thirst for knowledge not satisfied at the university? Would you like to learn a foreign language or learn to dance flamenco in addition to your studies? No problem: The Volkshochschule, the Bildungsverein and many other educational institutions offer courses on every conceivable subject. Students receive preferential prices. Nevertheless, it is worth comparing prices, because private schools can be quite expensive. Culture Cultural promotion The Studentenwerk Hannover supports student cultural work, among other things, by granting subsidies. Student cultural groups include, for example, bands, choirs, theatre, cabaret and literary groups. Most important requirements: Groups must be composed of students. Individual students and education-related group activities cannot be funded. The Studentenwerk does not provide 100 percent funding for measures, i.e. a personal contribution from the student groups is required in all cases. The application must be submitted prior to the measure. Student cultural groups Many students at Hanover's universities not only make use of the cultural offerings in Hanover, they are also active themselves and play in bands, sing in choirs, rehearse in theatre projects and organise literature evenings and cinema programmes. If you would like to become active in a cultural group yourself, you can contact the persons listed below directly. The cultural officers of the ASten provide information about other cultural activities at the universities. Here is a selection of some of the cultural groups and student activities: Culture in Hanover Even if Hanover is sometimes considered a bit provincial, it has a diverse cultural scene that has something to offer for every taste. Especially when it comes to theatres and museums, Hannover does not need to hide from other cities. Detailed information on - events of all kinds, - museums, - theatres, - concerts of all styles, - cinemas, - gastronomy, - nightlife, - sports - and much more besides  
Student union award  
Since 2000, the Studentenwerk Hannover has been awarding the Studentenwerk Prize for social commitment in higher education, which is unique in Germany. Student Union Award 2020 Paula Breland, a student on the Bachelor of Music - Artistic Training course at the Hanover University of Music, Drama and Media, has been involved in the board of the Junge Philharmonisches Orchester Niedersachsen e. V. for two years. This semi-professional orchestra gives music students the opportunity to get to know repertoire and intensive rehearsal work in order to prepare them for their future careers. Paula Breland is a member of the student parliament and is particularly involved in the networking working group. The aim of this working group is for students from the fields of classical music, jazz/rock/pop, media and drama to learn from each other through joint courses and seminars and thus benefit from each other. In addition, Paula Breland has been playing in social institutions for several years as part of the Klassik in der Klinik e. V. association and the Yehudi Menuhin-Stiftung - Live Musik Now e. V. and makes music for people who cannot attend concerts because they live in psychiatric hospitals, hospices or prisons, for example. Katharina Krauße and Sebastian Blum have been offering the self-help group KONTAKT (Kennenlernen Orientierung Netzwerk Tatkraft Aktiv Kommunizieren Treffen) for several years with the support of the Psychological-Therapeutic Counselling for Students (ptb). With this offer, the two students make it possible for students who have few social contacts, who feel lonely or who find it difficult to approach others, to get in touch with like-minded people. During the semester, leisure activities are planned and carried out together. This leads to the reduction of fears and is a valuable addition to the counselling-therapeutic offers of the ptb. Katharina Krauße and Sebastian Blum receive an expense allowance which is financed by the Studentenwerk Hannover. However, the two put these funds back towards the costs of the leisure activities in order to enable students with a tight financial budget to participate. The commitment of the two students goes far beyond the time frame agreed upon with the ptb. The "Family-Friendly University AG", which was founded about one and a half years ago by the two students Susan Hoge and Tabea Früchtenicht and which has since been joined by the student Leon Spickschen and five employees of the Institute of Sport Sciences, is committed to improving the balance between studying, parenthood and student jobs at the Institute. The working group exchanges information with student parents and raises awareness for the topic of "studying with children". Two liaison lecturers have been recruited who are the first point of contact for problems caused by the additional burden of family work and who act as an interface between the students, the Sports Science Student Council, the Institute of Sports Science and other departments at Leibniz Universität Hannover. As a short-term improvement, mobile play boxes (building blocks, toy cars, puzzles, painting utensils, etc.) were purchased to keep children occupied in emergency care situations. Maria Ravvina and Rebecca Dorsch, students of HMTMH and LUH, founded the Einkaufshilfe Hannover in the first half of March 2020, right at the beginning of the Corona crisis. Together with Victoria Fricke (LUH), Arbona and Melanie Brahimi (MHH) and Maria Willenborg (HMTMH and LUH), a six-person organising team was formed, which designed flyers, contacted the press and tried to bring those helping and those seeking help together. A call was launched via social media for students to go shopping for people from at-risk groups, the elderly, the sick and those in quarantine. There are now over 1,300 helpers listed in the helpers database and over 170 people seeking help have already been helped. Contact is established via a coordination telephone, which is manned daily and is attended to in turn by 15 volunteer helpers. Jonas Negenborn, student at Leibniz Universität Hannover, together with four students and graduates of Leibniz Universität, Hochschule Hannover and TU Braunschweig, has created the network "Solidarity instead of hoarding purchases", which brings together people affected by isolation and quarantine and helpers. Whether shopping, taking dogs for a walk, looking after children or other things: an attempt is made to bring helpers and those seeking help into contact with each other. The network provides various materials on its homepage solistatthamster.org, including a list explained in several languages, which can be hung in the stairwell and in which helpers and those seeking help can register. Around 3,500 helpers are involved in the network, and around 100 people seeking help have already made use of the service. The number of people who have connected with each other via the groups and networks in the social media cannot be quantified. More information about the network can be found on their website. Musa Fibra is an interdisciplinary project developed by students in which cellulose is produced by chemical processes from pineapple leaves that are no longer needed in cultivation areas in Costa Rica. Eleven students from the fields of plant biotechnology, chemistry, law and economics are working to ensure that the waste product is used to produce handmade paper locally, which is then processed in Germany into high-quality business cards that are sold to sustainably-minded companies. The project creates new jobs in Costa Rica and also ensures the sustainable use of a waste product from pineapple plantations. More information about Musa Fibra can be found on the Hafven website. Student Union Award for Social Commitment Within the framework of a call for proposals, the Hanoverian universities submit proposals to the Studentenwerk. A commission of student representatives from the Studentenwerk decides on the selection. The prizes for individuals are 500 euros, groups receive 1,500 euros. The prize is now awarded every two years. In 2020, the "Student Union Award for Social Commitment" celebrated its 20th birthday. A review of two decades of awarding prizes and 111 award-winning students is provided in the brochure "20 Years of the Student Union Award for Social Commitment in Higher Education". More information about the award winners, reports and pictures of the award ceremonies of the past years can be found here. On Thursday, June 18, the 2020 Student Union Award for Social Engagement in Higher Education was presented. Normally, we award the prize personally to the prize winners during a big ceremony. It quickly became clear that we couldn't do that this year. But we didn't want to do without the prize and the award ceremony. Without further ado, an online award ceremony was planned. In it, the prize winners will be honoured by our Managing Director Eberhard Hoffmann and the Lord Mayor of the City of Hanover, Belit Onay, including music by Hot Club de Linden from the "Home Office". The award winners  
Events  
Here you will find all links to the event pages of the universities in Hannover. Events of the universities in Hannover Leibniz University Hannover University of Hannover Hanover University of Veterinary Medicine Foundation Hanover Medical School University of Music, Theatre and Media University of Applied Sciences Events of the universities in Hannover Events  
University sports  
University sport is an offer to all students and employees of Leibniz Universität and the cooperating universities to do sport together, to exercise and to provide a healthy balance to the everyday university study and work life. The university sport programme is organised by the Centre for University Sport (ZfH), which is located on the SportCAMPUS at Moritzwinkel. 100 different types of sport and exercise The university sports department offers an extensive sports programme with over 100 different sports and exercise options. In addition, the ZfH operates a fitness studio, the CAMPUSFit, and a climbing hall, the KletterCAMPUS. University Sports Sports courses and exercise offers CAMPUSFit Climbing CAMPUS The Center for University Sports offers a versatile and learning-oriented range of about 100 sports and over 800 courses per semester. University sport is primarily oriented towards broad sports. This means that all participants - regardless of whether or not he or she has done sport before - can find something of interest and are welcome at any time. The sports courses take place with different running times semester by semester in the lecture period and in the semester break. Inclusion is also taken into account at the SportCAMPUS and there are various opportunities and offers that support self-determined participation in university sport. Currently closed due to the Corona pandemic - reopening planned for 01.07.2021. On the lively SportCAMPUS of the University Sports Hannover, the fitness studio CAMPUSFit offers the best conditions for a varied and effective fitness training on the 750 sqm training area. DIVERSE TRAINING POSSIBILITIES over 35 endurance machines more than 80 stations of guided weight machines spacious free weight area with weight lifting platforms functional training area professional training equipment competent and continuous training area support relaxed training atmosphere outdoor rack Finnish sauna and bio sauna (closed until further notice due to the Corona pandemic) Currently closed due to the Corona pandemic! In the climbing hall KletterCAMPUS you can prove your climbing skills directly at the SportCAMPUS on more than 450m² climbing area with more than 80 routes. Different courses offer beginners and advanced climbers a unique climbing experience! The KletterCAMPUS is open to all climbers, also non-university members as well as children and teenagers are welcome.  
Before the study  
Before the study Admission and language skills Notes on entry Living The coordination of raising children, household and studies requires a lot of energy and good planning. However, there are certainly relief options for students with children. These include, above all, childcare through crèches and kindergartens etc. You can find detailed information on our homepage in the section "Advice & Social Affairs" under the point Studyingwith a Child. If you want to take your child or children with you to Germany, please note the relevant information on proof of financial support above under "Information on Entry". As a general rule, get in touch with other students with children as soon as possible after your arrival! In a group it is easier to bridge short-term bottlenecks in childcare. Of course, it is possible for people with disabilities or chronic illnesses to study in Hannover. There are barrier-free places to live in the student residences of the Studentenwerk. Nevertheless, many everyday processes are still more laborious and time-consuming than for non-disabled people. Special information for international students with disabilities can be found on the internet portal "International Students" of the Deutsches Studentenwerk (DSW) on the page Studieren mit Behinderung. You can find information for students with disabilities in Hanover (advice centres, accommodation with the Studentenwerk) on our homepage in the "Advice" section under the point Students with disabilities. Here you will find information about what you should know before you start your studies and what you need to do before you arrive in Germany: information about the university landscape in Hanover, about university admission and the language skills required for studying, tips on entering Germany (visa, proof of funding, health insurance, etc.), on finding accommodation from your home country, on study costs and financing, and much more. Studying in Hanover If your study, visa and financial questions are settled, you should already try to find a room or an apartment from your home country - the internet makes it possible! It is very stressful to look for a room shortly before the start of your studies. There are basically two types of student housing in Germany: Funding Studying under difficult conditions In Germany, it is possible to study at universities, universities of applied sciences as well as music, art and film academies. You can find a good overview of the German university landscape at the German Academic Exchange Service (DAAD) on the page The Right University. Over 42,000 students are enrolled at Hanover's universities. The largest university is the Gottfried Wilhelm Leibniz Universität Hannover. Its main focus is on technical courses, but other fields are also represented. For example, there are humanities and linguistics, law, economics, etc. You can study human medicine at the Hannover Medical School. If you are interested in veterinary medicine, the University of Veterinary Medicine is the right place for you. Furthermore, there is the Hanover University of Music, Drama and Media for music and journalism as well as the Hanover University of Applied Sciences and Arts with various faculties (e.g. technical and economic sciences, social sciences and a wide range of media and creative studies). You can find more information about the profiles of the universities and the study opportunities on the respective homepages: Leibniz Universität Hannover(LUH) Hannover University of Applied Sciences and Arts ( HsH ) Hannover Medical School (MHH) Hannover University of Veterinary Medicine( TiHo ) Hannover University of Music, Drama and Media (HMTMH) Hannover University of Applied Sciences and Arts (FHDW ) Opinions about Hannover, the capital of Lower Saxony (500,000 inhabitants), are quite varied. This city is neither as multicultural as Berlin nor does it have as much flair as Paris or as great shopping rows as London. But those who live here quickly learn to appreciate the advantages: Large - but not too large, diverse leisure options - but no constant sensory overload, modern - but not sterile. In short: It's a great place to live. And if you do want to go somewhere else: Hanover is a transport hub. So you can get to other big cities or abroad very quickly by train or plane. About the weather: In winter it can get quite cold with up to -10 °C, but there is rarely much snow. The summer usually has temperatures of up to 25 °C - and sometimes the thermometer rises to over 30 °C. Further information on the current weather can be found at wetter.com. You can find more information about life in Hannover (transport, culture, leisure time ...) in the section On studying. You can also find a good overview of Hannover's geography, history, economy, culture and sights at Wikipedia. Detailed information on really almost everything is provided by the portal hannover.de. The steps you have to take when applying for admission to a degree programme depend on your previous education and your country of origin. You can find detailed information on this at the German Academic Exchange Service (DAAD) on the page The Requirements. A basic requirement for studying in Germany is learning the German language. You will need German in your studies as well as in your daily life. Even though many people at the universities in Germany speak English, you can really communicate only in German. The language is the key to your integration into daily life. Last but not least, language skills are very advantageous for job applications. Your future employer will certainly assume that you will return with a good knowledge of German after studying in Germany. As you can see, there are many good reasons to learn the language of your host country! Take German courses at home! Ideally, you should already be able to speak German so well that you do not need to take any further courses in order to be accepted at the university. When applying, you will be asked to provide proof of your language skills or to pass certain exams. You can find more detailed information on this at the DAAD on the German Language page. The Fachsprachenzentrum(FSZ) of Leibniz Universität Hannover and the Zentrum für Fremdsprachen der Hochschule Hannover offer various language tests. If you have any questions about your admission (attending a preparatory course, application deadlines, language tests, etc.) and your stay in Germany, please contact the International Offices of the universities. Contact persons and e-mail addresses can be found on the websites of the International Offices / Internationales Büros / International Offices: Leibniz Universität Hannover Hanover University of Applied Sciences Medical University University of Veterinary Medicine Hanover University of Music, Drama and Media Hanover University of Applied Sciences and Arts Most foreign students need a valid visa to enter Germany. Detailed information about the regulations in Germany can be found at the German Academic Exchange Service (DAAD) on the page The Visa. Immediately after your arrival in Hannover you have to apply for a residence permit. The DAAD has compiled a detailed information sheet on all questions concerning visas and the right of residence in Germany: Information on the Legal Framework for Entry and Residence of Foreign Students and Academics [PDF]. Most international students come to Germany without a scholarship. You have to prove to the German embassies and foreigners authorities in Germany that you can finance your stay. Therefore, you have to provide a so-called proof of financing. You can find detailed information about this on the portal "International Students" of the German Student Union (DSW) on the page proof of financing. Your closest family (spouse, children) may join you if you are enrolled at a university and can prove that you and the family members joining you are able to support themselves without claiming state benefits. Before you can get a residence permit in Germany - whether for a language course or for studying - and enrol at a university, you have to prove that you have health insurance. You can find important information about health insurance in the portal "International Students" of the Deutsches Studentenwerk (DSW) on the page Health Insurance and in the Illustrated Health Dictionary ( German - English) of the DSW. You can find more information about taking out health insurance below in the section "Arrival & First Steps". Tickets Flight, train and / or bus tickets Identity cards Birth certificate Passport valid for the entire duration of your studies (an extension is only possible in your home country!) Visa (if required; see visa page) Vaccination certificate (have you had all necessary vaccinations done before?) Emergency passport (blood group, allergies, ...) (if available) International driving licence or German translation of the driving licence (if available). More information on driving licences can be found at the Federal Ministry of Transport: Validity of foreign driving licences. International Student Identity Card(ISIC) (if available) Youth hostel card (if available) Several passport photos Documents Certificates from secondary school (university entrance qualification) and - if available - from university with certified translations. Official certifications are also issued by the German missions abroad in your country. Language certificates (see page Admission and language skills) Letter of admission or confirmation of application from the German higher education institution Proof of financing (see page Proof of financing) Confirmation of statutory or private health insurance (see page Health Insurance) Money and money cards Cash (Euro) In case of foreign currency, change enough money for the first days. You will need to use it to pay for public transport, food, perhaps your first nights in a hotel or hostel, or initial purchases for your room or flat. Credit card (if you have one; remember to get the appropriate blocking number for abroad) Other Necessary medication Address book The Studentenwerk Hannover manages student residences in various parts of Hannover. They are all located close to the university. These rooms are considerably cheaper than rooms or apartments on the private housing market. The rooms are furnished, which is especially practical for foreign students. And last but not least, it is much easier to make contacts with other German and foreign students. Among foreign students, the residences are highly sought after: around 45% of all international students in Germany live in student union residences. Each residence hall of the Studentenwerk Hannover is supervised by a tutor for international students, who offers regular consultation hours and is happy to help with any problems. You can already apply for a place in a hall of residence in your home country! But: The places in the halls of residence are scarce. Therefore, apply as early as possible. But even if you apply early, it is not certain that you will get a place in a hall of residence at the beginning of your studies! You can find detailed information about the residences, the application and the online application form on our homepage in the section Housing. Erasmus students at Leibniz Universität Hannover can use the accommodation service of the International Office for rooms in the student houses of the Studentenwerk: Zimmervermittlung des Hochschulbüros für Internationales. You can also start your search for your own flat or shared flat (WG) in your home country via the internet. The Studentenwerk Hannover offers a free online housing exchange where you can view room and flat offers in the Hannover region or post your own request. You can find further useful internet links for your flat search on the page " Wohnungssuche" (flat search). About the term "Wohngemeinschaft", or "WG" for short: These are widespread in Germany. Two or more students rent an apartment together and share the rent and utilities. All residents have their own room, but kitchen and bathroom are shared. These communities often go beyond purely economic benefits. A shared flat can become a social reference point. You can find out what you should bear in mind when signing a tenancy agreement in Germany from the German Tenants' Association (Deutscher Mieterbund). It is worth taking a look at our film "Foreign Students and Housing". There we give you tips on how to find a place to live in and around Hanover. Studying in Germany costs money, of course. In the "Money" section of our website you will therefore find important information - especially for studying in Hanover - about study costs. In the internet portal "International Students" of the German Student Union (DSW) you will find general information about education costs in Germany. One way of financing your studies is a scholarship. Basically, the following applies: Inform yourself and apply as early as possible! The competition for scholarships is very high. There is a large number of scholarships and just as many award criteria: Scholarships for first-year students, for doctoral students, for good grades, social commitment, special study projects, etc. They are awarded by the state, churches, associations, business, political parties or private institutions. Many of these grants are aimed specifically at students from abroad. You can find out which scholarships are suitable for you via the scholarship database of the German Academic Exchange Service (DAAD). You can find scholarships and grants from Hanover's universities for international students on the homepage of the "Initiative Wissenschaft Hannover" under Internationales/Stipendien und Unterstützung. Foreign students only receive state education funding (BAföG and educational loan) in exceptional cases. General information about the conditions under which international students can receive BAföG and the education loan can be found on the internet portal "Internationale Studierende" of the Deutsches Studentenwerk (DSW) on the page Staatliche Förderung. If the regulations described there apply to you, you can find more information in the Money section of our website. If you are unsure whether you can receive state funding for your education, our staff in the department of education funding will be happy to advise you. Many banks offer special loans for students with very different conditions. The Studentenwerk Hannover is a sales partner for the KfW student loan. This offers students (independent of BAföG) an additional possibility of financing their studies - without checking their own income or financial circumstances or those of their parents. Students are eligible if they are are 18 to 44 years old and at a state or state-recognised higher education institution based in Germany on a part-time, full-time or part-time basis and belong to one of the following groups German citizens, Family members of a German citizen who are staying with him/her in Germany (their own citizenship is irrelevant), EU citizens who have legally resided in Germany permanently for at least three years, Family members of such an EU citizen who reside with him/her in the Federal territory (the own citizenship and the duration of the previous residence in Germany do not play a role), "Bildungsinländer", i.e. students with foreign citizenship who have acquired their higher education entrance qualification in Germany or at a German school abroad. Funding is available for undergraduate first and second degree courses (Bachelor's, Diplom, Magister, Staatsexamen), postgraduate courses (Master's, additional, supplementary and postgraduate courses) and doctoral studies. Funding is also available for part-time courses of study. Funding amounts of between €100 and €650 per month can be paid out (with the funding amount decreasing monthly). At the latest after the 6th semester, proof of academic achievement must be provided, otherwise no further payments will be made. The duration of the subsidy depends on your age on 01.04. or 01.10. before the start of financing: Age Duration of funding 18-34 years up to 14 funding semesters 35-39 years of age up to 10 semesters 40-44 years of age up to 6 semesters   Repayment must be completed no later than 25 years after the end of the period of receipt and by the age of 67, and there are no forgiveness options for short periods of study, good grades or early repayment. For example, someone who draws €400 a month from KfW for ten semesters will owe €24,000 - plus interest. The variable interest rate is currently 4.08% (effective 4.16%; as of 1 October 2020; KfW Förderbank redefines the interest rates on its loan offers every 1 April and 1 October). Until 31.12.2021, the federal government takes over the interest as Corona emergency aid, so that the interest rate for this period is 0% for the borrowers! For the repayment phase, however, there is also the option of choosing a fixed interest rate option for the remaining term of the loan. However, this option is valid for a maximum of 10 years, even if the repayment takes longer. This makes you independent of interest rate fluctuations on the capital market and you know exactly how much interest you will pay. Before taking out a KfW student loan, you should in any case seek advice from the Education Funding Department or the Social Counselling Service of the Studentenwerk as to whether there are any other more favourable options for financing your studies (BAföG, education loan, etc.). The Studentenwerk does not see this additional offer in a conclusion-oriented way, i.e. with the aim of arranging as many loans as possible, but rather in advising students. More information online at the KfW-Förderbank. Many students take on jobs alongside their studies to supplement their budget. For foreign students, however, the job opportunities are legally restricted. Our film "Foreign students and jobs" provides a good first overview. You can also find important information on this topic in the internet portal "Internationale Studierende" (International Students) of the Deutsches Studentenwerk (DSW) on the page Arbeiten im Studium (Working while studying). The German Academic Exchange Service (DAAD) has published a detailed information sheet on working for foreign students [PDF]. Please remember that you have no guarantee of actually getting a job! Due to the economic situation, it is becoming increasingly difficult for students in Germany to finance their studies through gainful employment. You can find everything on the subject of housing benefit in the "Money" section under "Other sources of money".  
First steps in Germany  
First steps in Germany Leibniz University Hannover Hanover University of Applied Sciences and Arts Medical University University of Veterinary Medicine Hanover University of Music, Drama and Media Hanover University of Applied Sciences and Arts You have to register at the Aliens' Registration Office (Ausländerbehörde) or the Residents' Registration Office (Einwohnermeldeamt) within seven days. In doing so, you must declare your place of residence. You have not found a permanent place of residence within this period? Then give your temporary address. You have to re-register accordingly when you move. If you live directly in the city of Hannover, please contact the Foreigners' Registration Office (Ausländerbehörde) of the state capital Hannover. Under certain circumstances, you can also complete the formalities for obtaining a residence permit here (usually step 6). However, it is necessary to make an appointment for this. If you only want to register, no appointment is necessary. If you live in a place in the Hannover Region outside the city of Hannover, please contact the Residents' Registration Office (Einwohnermeldeamt) of your place of residence. You can find the towns in the Hannover Region and links to the respective authorities on hannover.de under Communities in the Region. In Germany, (regular) payments are usually made by bank transfer. Not only your semester fee, but also rent, telephone, etc. can be transferred easily by bank transfer. Since people in Germany are increasingly paying without cash, an EC card is an advantage anyway. Many banks and savings banks offer students (or customers up to a certain age) a free current account. There are banks, savings banks and EC cash machines all over Hannover and all over Germany. Find a bank branch conveniently located for you and open an account there. If the account is free for students only, tell the bank that you are a student and submit a certificate of enrolment as soon as possible. In order to keep the free account, you will then always have to present a current certificate at the beginning of the semester. In order to open an account, you will need - your passport, - your notification of admission and - a confirmation of registration from the Residents' Registration Office (Einwohnermeldeamt) or the Aliens' Registration Office (Ausländerbehörde). You can find further information about payment transactions in Germany on the portal "study-in.de" of the German Academic Exchange Service (DAAD) on the page Money& Bank Account. Before enrolling at the university, you must pay the semester fee. Please do not do this from your home country! Foreign bank transfers are often expensive and time-consuming. You can pay the amount in cash at a bank for a fee. However, it is advisable to transfer the money from your current account. You will receive the transfer form together with your admission letter or at the International Office of your university. In order to enrol (register at the university), you must have health insurance. You can find detailed information about this in the section "Before you start studying". Below you will find links to some health insurance companies. If the health insurance companies provide special information portals for students, we have linked to them. On the websites you can find out where the offices and/or special service facilities for students of the respective health insurance company are located in Hannover. AOK - The health insurance company BARMER GEK DAK Health Commercial health insurance - KKH Techniker Krankenkasse TK The deadlines and the place for enrolment (matriculation) can be found in the notification of admission or can be obtained from the International Office of your university. Please bring the following documents with you: - Passport - Original transcripts (with translation, if necessary) - Notice of admission - Proof of payment of the semester fee - Proof of health insurance For your study stay in Germany you need a residence permit. You can get this from the foreigners authority responsible for you in the form of an electronic residence permit in chip card format. If you live directly in the city of Hannover, please contact the Foreigners' Registration Office of the City of Hannover. For the visit you need to make an appointment in advance. If you live in a place in the Hannover region outside the city of Hannover, please contact the Foreigners' Registration Office of the Hannover region. For the residence permit you need the following documents: Tenancy agreement passport a current biometric photo (passport photo) Certificate of enrolment Proof of health insurance Proof of financing (see page proof of financing) Money for the fees For the extension of your residence permit, you will also need the following documents from the 4th semester onwards: Current certificates of achievement from the Academic Examinations Office and the faculty (confirmation of which achievements you have made so far and which are still required). Certificate about your individual situation from the responsible faculty. Further information on the electronic residence permit can be obtained from the Federal Office for Migration and Refugees. Alone at the airport? What do you do at night at the train or bus station? Here you will find "first aid" against disorientation: addresses and tips for the first night. Arrive First steps If you have any questions about the formalities and the start of your studies, the International Offices of the universities will be happy to help you: Here are the 6 most important "first steps" that you should take as soon as possible after your arrival. Hannover Airport has three arrival levels where you can get a coffee or a snack around the clock. Day and night there are taxis outside the door on the ground floor level. But beware. A taxi ride to the city centre costs approximately 20 to 25 Euro. It is cheaper to take the S-Bahn. You will find the S-Bahn station in the basement of the airport, where you can take the S 5 line to the city centre (main station) in about 20 minutes. You can buy a ticket at the ticket machine on the platform. Please choose a ticket for two zones for the journey to the main station. The S-Bahns run every half hour, but not between 0:00 and 5:00 in the morning. So if you come in the middle of the night, you will have limited transportation options. The hotels at the airport are very expensive. If you want to save money on hotel or taxi fare, you can easily stay overnight in the airport building and drive into the city the next day. Visit the airport website. Hannover Central Station is located directly in the city centre. In the main hall on Ernst-August-Platz is the DB Information service point of Deutsche Bahn, where information is available around the clock on all matters relating to rail travel, long-distance and local train timetables, as well as information about the city and its hotels. The station mission provides information and assistance around the clock to travellers and non-locals and looks after travellers in need of help. It is open 24 hours a day. There you can spend the night in peace with a cup of coffee and nice people and start the next day into the adventure Hannover. The station mission is located at the northwest exit of the main station (direction Raschplatz). To the station mission The bus station (Zentraler Omnibusbahnhof = ZOB) is located directly at the northwest exit of the main station (direction Raschplatz). To the website Extensive information can be found on the Hotels and Accommodation page of hannover.de. The cheapest hotel rooms currently cost around 40.00 euros. A cheap alternative to the hotel is the youth hostel in Hannover (you can also book online here). The youth hostel is about 3.5 km from the train station. Take the tram / underground line 3 or 7 (direction Wettbergen / Wallensteinstraße) to the stop "Fischerhof" (you need a ticket for one zone). Afterwards you have to walk for about five minutes. The youth hostel is located at Ferd.-Wilh.-Fricke-Weg 1 (see city map). If you have a youth hostel card from your home country, show it (cards from over 60 countries are valid in the youth hostels of the German Youth Hostel Association). You can find more information about short-term accommodation and about finding a room or flat later on in the section "Accommodation" on the page "Accommodation search".  
In the study  
In study The Social Counseling Service of the Studentenwerk also offers international students comprehensive and wide-ranging counseling on topics such as jobs and social security, financing options, studying with children, health insurance, studying with a handicap, counseling and support in conflict situations, and all other social issues related to studying. Our advisors can also point you in the direction of other advice centres and support services. You can find detailed information on this website in the section "Counselling". The Studentenwerk Hannover offers foreign students who are liable to pay fees* at the Studentenwerk Hannover free legal advice in connection with their foreigner status. This is particularly concerned with matters relating to the law on foreigners and questions about the special labour law provisions for foreign students. The legal advice is provided by individual lawyers. The lawyers who provide this advice are listed on the authorization slip issued by the Studentenwerk. Consultation costs of other lawyers are not reimbursed. - The consultation is limited to verbal information in the pre-trial area. Representation in court, the drafting of pleadings or the assumption of legal costs incurred cannot be provided. - Counseling in matters not related to alien status is not available. - Foreign students may receive one free legal consultation per semester related to alien status. - The Studentenwerk will cover the costs of a consultation of a maximum of 60 minutes. If you need legal advice in matters concerning foreigners, you can pick up an entitlement certificate at the Social Counseling Office of the Studentenwerk Hannover. You must bring your valid student ID and passport with you. Students of Leibniz Universität Hannover, Hannover University of Applied Sciences and Arts, Hannover University of Veterinary Medicine Foundation, Hannover University of Music, Drama and Media, Hannover Medical School and Hannover University of Applied Sciences and Arts are required to pay the fee. As part of the "Tutor Programme for International Students in the Residences of the Studentenwerk Hannover", student assistants for international students are available in all residences of the Studentenwerk Hannover. The tutors can be reached regularly during consultation hours and offer a wide range of assistance. Whether you have problems with immigration law, job-related problems or problems with your studies - our tutors are there for you! They help with contact difficulties and give advice and addresses to other advice centres. Even if you are afraid of bureaucracy and authorities, the tutors can support you and give you tips or accompany you when you go to the authorities. For students with language difficulties there is a weekly conversation course (see "Improving your language" below). Last but not least, the tutors initiate joint activities (country evenings, parties, visits to concerts and cinemas, cooking evenings ...) for German and foreign students. The group of tutors is deliberately made up of different nationalities in order to have tutors from as many language regions as possible, who can also work for students from another residence if necessary. You can find the office hours and offers of the individual tutors in the "Housing" section under the housing houses on the page of the respective house. You can also find more information in the following flyer. Your most important contact person at the university is your respective International Office (sometimes also called University Office for International Affairs, International Office or International Office). The International Offices not only provide advice on studying, but also, for example, look for financial aid, help you cope with the stresses and strains of studying, offer introductory events for first-semester students and semester-long events in the field of study and leisure. You can find detailed information on the websites of the International Offices: Akademische Auslandsämter / International Offices / International Offices Leibniz University of Hannover Hanover University of Applied Sciences and Arts Medical University University of Veterinary Medicine Hanover University of Music, Drama and Media Hanover University of Applied Sciences and Arts The Central Student Advisory Service (ZSB) is the contact for all students at Hannover's universities and for prospective students. The ZSB not only offers advice on questions regarding the choice of study, university admission, admission restrictions or change of university. You can contact the ZSB for many questions and problems related to your studies. These include changing subjects, financing your studies, contact problems, work issues and examination problems. You can find more information on the homepage of the ZSB. If you have questions concerning your field of study, you can contact the department / faculty where you are studying directly. Contact persons are, for example, the so-called international representatives. In addition, many departments/faculties have student tutorials to support foreign students. In order to find out about the offers at your department/faculty, use the respective university websites and work your way to the relevant subject. Here are the links to the universities: Leibniz Universität Hannover(LUH) Hannover University of Applied Sciences and Arts (HsH) Hannover Medical School (MHH) Hannover University of Veterinary Medicine( TiHo ) Hannover University of Music, Drama and Media (HMTMH) Hannover University of Applied Sciences and Arts (FHDW). The AStA (Allgemeiner Studierenden-Ausschuss) is an organ of student self-administration elected by the students of the respective university. In many ASten, foreigners' spokespersons and/or foreigners' officers look after the interests of foreign students. In addition, some ASten also offer social counselling. You can find more information on the websites of the ASten: AStA Uni Hannover AStA Hanover Medical School AStA University of Veterinary Medicine Hannover AStA University of Hanover AStA University of Music, Drama and Media Hannover The FHDW University of Applied Sciences and Arts Hannover has no AStA (at the FHDW, there's a student parliament): Studentparlament You can get further information "first hand" from the respective student council. A student council is the elected student representation of the students of a certain subject at the university. In the student council, students work on a voluntary basis for the interests of the students. Usually, so-called first semester introductions take place, which give an overview of the subject and the rooms. During the consultation hours, you can contact the student representative responsible for you with your questions. If you are studying at Leibniz Universität Hannover, you can find the contact address of your student council on the list of student councils at the university. You can contact the student representatives of other universities via the respective AStA (see link list above). The psychological-therapeutic counselling (ptb) supports all students of the Hanover universities with problems, questions and conflicts in the psychological area. With regard to the course of studies, this includes in particular exam nerves, work disorders and general study crises. Of course, you can also turn to the ptb for problems that are not directly related to your studies. The ptb will help you with identity and orientation problems and loneliness. You can also get advice on relationship conflicts, contact problems or psychosomatic complaints. You can find the consultation hours on the ptb homepage. The counselling for foreign students (BaSt) is an offer of the KED Niedersachsen (Church Development Service). They offer counselling, information, orientation and support on the organisation of studies and the living situation, on questions of residence (Aliens' Registration Office), financing studies (work, grants, scholarships), on study problems and/ or personal difficulties. Information on this can be found on the homepage of the KED Niedersachsen. One project of the KED is "STUBE". This is the abbreviation for "STUdienBEgleitprogramm". The STUBE events are especially aimed at students from Africa, Asia and Latin America who are studying at universities and universities of applied sciences in Lower Saxony. Especially students without scholarship are addressed. STUBE Niedersachsen is a project of the esg, the KED and the Diakonisches Werk of the Protestant Church in Germany. You can find more information on the STUBE homepage. Of course, you can still apply for a scholarship after you have started your studies. Many scholarships are only available to students in their main course of study. You can find information on this topic in the section "Before you start studying " under "Financing". Banks offer special loans / credits for students. The Studentenwerk Hannover is a sales partner for the KfW student loan, which international students from EU countries can also take advantage of. You can find out more about this in the "Money" section on the Loans and Credits page. Please check in the section "Before you study" under Financing if and how much you are allowed to work on the side, as there are some legal restrictions for international students. In the section "Money" you will find the page Jobbing with useful tips. Good luck! Students in Germany quickly run the risk of getting into debt. On the one hand, because they usually have little money available, and on the other hand, because they are not yet very familiar with some business practices and offers. For this reason, we naturally also recommend that international students read the page on study costs in the "Money" section of our website. For students in particular need who are about to complete their studies, the Studentenwerk offers long-term student loans. These loans are interest-free and are intended to make it easier for students to pass their exams. The amount is based on the BAföG funding rates, as is the assessment of need. These loans are also available to students from abroad. Here you can find the exact terms and conditions for student loans. Improve language As part of the tutoring program (see "Support and Counseling" above) for international students in the residence halls of the Studentenwerk Hannover, a free conversation course in German is offered. It takes place on Wednesdays from 18:00 to 20:00. The meeting point is in front of building 5 B of the halls of residence Dorotheenstraße 5-7. This course offers foreign students who are still unsure of the German language a chance to practice. The participants are given plenty of room to speak. Due to the personal atmosphere, conversations between the students take place after the course, which also lead to further appointments. Contact: tutor-sprachangebot(at)studentenwerk-hannover.de The Centre for Specialised Languages at Leibniz Universität Hannover offers numerous courses in German as a Foreign Language and in German as a Specialised Language. The courses offered by the Centre for Specialised Languages are generally only open to students of Leibniz Universität Hannover. However, if space is available, students from other universities may also attend. Further information can be found on the website of the Centre for Special Languages. Language schools and other institutions also offer language courses or certificate courses for German as a foreign language. This is a selection of local providers and does not imply any quality assessment. Adult Education Centre Hannover Educational association "Soziales Lernen und Kommunikation e.V." (Social learning and communication) Initiative for Languages and Communication (ISK) Bildungsvereinigung Arbeit und Leben Nds. e.V. (educational association for work and life) Be sure to take advantage of the counselling services offered by these institutions so that you can attend a course appropriate to your language skills! The big department stores (in Hanover's city centre) have almost every conceivable product. In addition, there are smaller "specialty stores" where the quality of the products is sometimes better, but you also pay higher prices. Attention: Food is usually very expensive in department stores! The cheapest place to buy food is the "supermarket" in your own district, some of which offer their goods at very low prices due to few staff and little equipment (so-called "discounters"). Fresh fruit and vegetables of good quality can be found at the weekly markets in the various parts of the city. Inexpensive are usually the mostly Turkish vegetable shops, which also offer a variety of other oriental products. In addition, there are other shops with international specialties, such as Asia shops. Second-hand shops and so-called "flea markets" sell second-hand goods. This is very useful, e.g. for household and kitchen appliances that you do not want to take back with you after your studies. The social department store "fairkauf" is especially recommendable. The "Flohmarkt Hannover" takes place every Saturday until about 16:00 at the Hohe Ufer. Here you can find not only cheap second-hand goods, but also really expensive antiques. Second-hand goods of all kinds are also offered in private "small ads" in the newspapers. In the internet you can find the classifieds of the Hannoversche Allgemeine Zeitung (HAZ) and the special classifieds paper Heißer Draht under the following links. Those who rely on a special diet for religious, ethical or other reasons often have to look for different or additional sources of shopping. Vegetarian food is now available almost everywhere. In the refectories and cafeterias of the Studentenwerk, but also in pubs and restaurants, there are delicious, meat-free options. People of the Muslim faith can find butcher shops in Hannover that process and offer only beef or lamb. Small purchases in Germany are usually paid for with cash (euros and cents). In addition, it is now possible to pay almost everywhere with the cheque card ("ec-Karte" = electronic cash) of the current account, which can also be used to obtain cash at ATMs. Credit cards, on the other hand, are not always welcome (e.g. in grocery stores) and are usually only used for larger amounts. Be sure to keep the receipt when making large purchases! This is the only way to be sure that you can exchange something or claim warranty services. The opening hours of the shops can be very different. The usual opening hours are between 8:00 and 20:00; however, some close as early as 18:30, while others are open until 22:00 or even later. On Saturdays, some shops close earlier. On Sundays, practically all shops are closed, only some bakeries are open for a few hours. An exception are the shops in the main station: These are often open much longer and also on Sunday. In addition, kiosks and petrol stations are open for small purchases at the weekend and at night, sometimes around the clock. But beware: Here you pay significantly higher prices than in other shops! On the homepage "Studying in Germany" set up by the DAAD, you can find more information about eating and shopping in Germany on the page Shopping and Saving Money. You can find important information on this topic in the DAAD portal "Studying in Germany" on the pages " Telephone " and " Internet and Post". A fairly new facility are the so-called "Packstations", where you can pick up and send packages day and night. You can find Packstations at the main dining hall (Schneiderberg) and at the student residence Bischofsholer Damm. You can find out more about this at DHL on the Packstation page. Hannover is a pedestrian and cyclist-friendly city. The footpaths and cycle paths and the many green spaces invite you to get around on foot or by bike. You can find inexpensive used bicycles in private classified ads in the newspapers. On the internet you can find the classifieds of the classifieds paper Heißer Draht. The lost property office of the city of Hannover also auctions off used bicycles from time to time. Longer distances in Hannover can be covered comfortably by bus, tram and S-Bahn. The Stadtbahn with its green or silver carriages is a mixture of tram and underground, as almost all lines in the city centre run underground (the stations there are also marked with a white "U" on a blue background). Information about the very well developed network and the timetables can be found on the website of the Großraum-Verkehr Hannover (GVH). The S-Bahn is a special local train operated by Deutsche Bahn in the Hannover Region, which usually runs every half hour. Students of the Hanover universities can use these means of transport without any restrictions, as a SemesterCard is automatically purchased with the semester fee. The SemesterCard is valid on all weekdays and also during semester breaks. It is not limited to the greater Hannover area, you can also use local trains of DB Regio AG and other railway companies throughout Lower Saxony. For long-distance connections, you can use the long-distance trains of the Deutsche Bahn, buses and flights. If you book early, it is possible to get cheaper train or plane tickets. Spontaneous flyers like to take advantage of cheap "last-minute offers". Students with an International Student Identity Card (ISIC) often get reduced airfares. For bus and air travel, it is best to contact a travel agency (you can find them in the "Gelbe Seiten") or use the online travel market Hannover on the internet. You can also try to find a private ride in a car. In the yellow pages you will find an overview of doctors in the city and region of Hannover, sorted by speciality. If you become ill, contact a general practitioner (you can find them in the above list under "Ärzte: Allgemeinmedizin"). There you will be treated accordingly or referred to a specialist. Please note that the opening hours of doctors' surgeries are shorter than the opening hours of shops! Outside opening hours, contact the medical emergency services. On hannover.de you will find a list of hospitals in Hannover and the region. You can also find more information on the website of the Hannover Region Hospital. There are so many pharmacies in Hannover that it is no problem to find one. Outside normal opening hours there is an emergency pharmacy service. Ambulance 112 or 19 222 Police 110 Fire brigade 112 Medical on-call service (05 11) 380 380 Dental emergency service (05 11) 31 10 31 Pharmacy emergency service telephone 08 00-00 22 8 33 (free of charge) If you are sick for a longer period of time, get a certificate! It is possible that you will have to prove that you were ill at certain times if you exceed your study time. If you miss exams due to illness, you will also have to present a medical certificate. There are numerous student groups at Leibniz Universität Hannover, including many associations of international students. So take a look at the Leibniz Universität Hannover homepage and check out theStudent Groups page- maybe there's something suitable for you ... There are also similar groups at other universities. Just ask other students! On the internet portal hannover.de you can find information about intercultural projects and events in Hannover. In Hannover there are congregations and communities of (almost) all faiths. You can find more informations at Haus der Religionen. Here you will find a lot of information that is important and interesting for you during your stay in Hannover. Who will advise and support you at the university? How do you find a job? You will also find information on language and language maintenance as well as tips on living in Hannover (food and drink, shopping, transport, medical care, culture and leisure and much more). Support and advice Funding Food & Drink Shopping & Co. Transportation Medicine & Health Culture & Leisure You will find one of the Studentenwerk canteens near all university locations. You won't find a cheaper place to eat than here! There is a large selection of menus for every taste: stews, salads, a choice of meat, fish or vegetarian dishes ... Not only "typical German" meals are on the menu, but also dishes from all over the world. In addition to the dining halls, there are cafeterias at the university locations that offer a large selection of cold and warm snacks. Meals with pork, with beef, without meat and with alcohol are marked in the menus, so that certain food regulations can be easily observed. You can find detailed information and the menus of the dining halls in the food section. Detailed information on medical care and the health system in Germany can be found on the DAAD homepage "study-in.de" on the pages doctor and pharmacy as well as health insurance. The Illustrated Health Dictionary (German - English) of the German Student Union (DSW) is also highly recommended. There you can find out everything you need to know about the health insurance system, doctors, hospitals, pharmacies and much more. General information about the student cultural scene and leisure activities can be found in theCulture section. At this point, however, we would like to give you some special tips that might be interesting for international students.  
Studentenwerk as an employer  
What actually makes the Studentenwerk Hannover an employer? Good framework conditions, a wide range of financial and social benefits and working models that accommodate a healthy "work-life balance". Working time regulated working hours with predominantly 5-day week Flexitime: free time allocation possible in many areas as a rule, services can be planned on a long-term basis 30 days holiday Christmas Eve and New Year's Eve as non-working days company holidays between Christmas and New Year three days off work for trainees before exams Long-term work account Training at the Studentenwerk Are you interested in an apprenticeship at the Studentenwerk Hannover? Click here to find out more about our apprenticeships. Training at the Studentenwerk Would you like to do an apprenticeship with us? Click here to find out more about our apprenticeships. Student union as an employer Good framework conditions secure job and reliable payment Collectively agreed working conditions with regular pay rises opportunities for change through the internal job market various opportunities for further training active promotion of equal opportunities and representation of the severely handicapped Training company Trainees are taken on after passing their exams Parking facilities at many of our locations good infrastructure - workplace usually easily accessible by public transport With each other Annual company party for all employees Welcome breakfast for the "new" employees Anniversary breakfast for long-time employees Farewell party for retirement Regular joint lunch for trainees Small gifts for weddings, births or for employees who have been ill for a long time Workplace health promotion Company integration management (BEM) Getting fit together: football tournament and running events Improving together: company suggestion scheme Teamwoerk: online magazine for employees Financial benefits company pension scheme with employer's contribution Special annual payment Anniversary gifts Sick pay allowance Allowance for capital-forming benefits Subsidy for childcare Discounted GVH monthly ticket Subsidy for fitness studio discounted, tasty and healthy food in the refectories and cafeterias work clothes Reimbursement of school materials for our trainees Discounts on insurance policies  
Publications/ Downloads  
If you want to know more about our work, you can find extensive information in brochures and leaflets of the Studentenwerk Hannover, which we will gladly send you free of charge, but most of which can also be downloaded here. We regularly inform you about the latest news through flyers and posters. Publications  
Press an public information  
Here you can find the press releases of the Studentenwerk Hannover and your contact person for press relations. Now available for download: four films on the study-related topics of financing, studying with children, social security and job search. (26.05.2021) The Social Counselling Office of the Studentenwerk Hannover offers advice on all social topics related to studying. Once a semester, a series of lectures takes place on topics that are particularly relevant for students. As some of the events have to be cancelled during the Corona pandemic, the Studentenwerk Hannover and the state capital Hannover have now summarised the most important information in four films and published them on the video portal wissen.hannover.de of the Initiative Wissenschaft Hannover. "We are providing students with concentrated information in an appealing format," Michael Knüppel, Managing Director of the Studentenwerk Hannover, is pleased to say. "Nevertheless, we hope that the Corona situation will soon ease and that our social advisors* will be able to offer the information events in presence again." Studying with a child Dorothea Tschepke, social advisor at the Studentenwerk Hannover, and Bärbel Kuhlmey, family manager at the state capital Hannover, provide information in the film "Studying with a child" about state support for student families, childcare and the services offered by the state capital and the Studentenwerk Hannover. Financing your studies Ina Klyk, social advisor at the Studentenwerk Hannover, and Manuel Schröder, former scholarship holder of a scholarship for gifted students, give tips on BAföG, student loans, scholarships and jobs. Graduation The last two films are interesting for all those who will soon be completing their studies: Ina Klyk informs in the film "Zwischen Studium und Beruf: Soziale Absicherung" about state support in the transition phase and about jobbing. In "Application Tips" Angelika Zeilinger from the Central Institution for Quality Development at Leibniz Universität Hannover gives many helpful hints for a successful job search. Hanover's mayor Belit Onay welcomes the joint video series by the city and the Studentenwerk: "Knowledge transfer via videos is becoming increasingly important - this is particularly evident during the Corona pandemic. Advice and information are important for the 50,000 students in Hannover, who are not only struggling with digital studies, but also with the loss of numerous job opportunities. The video platform wissen.hannover.de has also become an important digital calling card for the university and science location, which we need more than ever. As a municipality, we are thus setting a groundbreaking example for the excellent cooperation with Hanover's universities." Students have moved into the new dormitory in Haltenhoffstraße (16.12.2020) After one and a half years of construction, the first students were able to move into the new student dormitory "Haus am Berggarten" in time for the winter semester, after the first two parts of the building had already been completed in October. Now the remaining two buildings followed and the last students were able to move into their new home for the duration of their studies. With 184 students, the dormitory is now fully occupied. The dormitory construction was made possible by funding from the state of Lower Saxony with an interest-free loan of 13.8 million and a grant of 4.2 million euros, and by Leibniz University, which gave the 4,500-square-meter property on Haltenhoffstraße to the Studentenwerk. "The new building is in an excellent location close to the campus and the Herrenhausen Gardens and offers 184 students optimal learning and living conditions that meet all the requirements of students," said Lower Saxony's Minister for Science and Culture Björn Thümler. "This will relieve the housing market in the city of Hannover and students will benefit from the relatively low rents that the Studentenwerk can offer thanks to the state subsidy." In addition to the student dormitory spaces, a new study room and four group study rooms for the university have also been created on the ground floor of the building. "The step taken by Leibniz University to make the property in Haltenhoffstraße available to the Studentenwerk via hereditary building rights a few years ago was necessary and correct. In this way, we have also set an active example on our part against the housing shortage and not just relied on politics," says University President Prof. Dr. Volker Epping. "Even though we urgently need the expansion space for the Leibniz University campuses in Nordstadt, this was an important sign of solidarity with our students, who are more dependent than ever on affordable housing." Michael Knüppel, Managing Director of the Studentenwerk Hannover: "I am very pleased that we managed to complete the dormitory as planned. We urgently needed the additional places. The continuing high demand for our places confirms our commitment to creating new student housing, which we will continue in the future. I hope that we will continue to have such committed partners as the state and the university at our side." Because despite all the joy about the new dormitory, Knüppel said it should not be forgotten that further efforts are needed to create dormitory places for students at Hanover, which is in great demand as a place to study, compared to the supply of dormitory places at other university locations in the state. The Studentenwerk's waiting lists are traditionally very long at the start of the winter semester. Even in the Corona pandemic, demand for student housing remains high. The Studentenwerk was able to rent out all of the residence hall spaces for the winter semester. Vacancies have hardly been recorded - and if so, only for a short time. The new building of the "Haus am Berggarten" is the fourth dormitory project that the Studentenwerk has realized together with ACMS Architekten from Wuppertal within the past four years. Students move into the renovated Heidjerhof dormitory in time for the winter semester (02.10.2020) On October 1, 139 students moved into the newly renovated Heidjerhof residence hall. The 50-year-old building had to undergo a general overhaul last year. The Studentenwerk also took advantage of the urgently needed core renovation to modify the room structure: while the Heidjerhof used to be a classic hallway dormitory with shared bathrooms and kitchens, it now also offers single apartments or single rooms in shared apartments. Depending on their size, the single rooms and apartments cost between 270 and 385 euros in rent per month. The costs of the renovation of around 9.5 million euros had to be financed for the most part from the Studentenwerk's own funds as well as from loans, which have to be paid back with interest. Only for a KfW loan of 1.8 million euros is there a repayment subsidy of 15 percent. Unfortunately, a state programme to finance the refurbishment of student housing does not yet exist. "We are pleased that our renovation work has gone according to plan and that we will be able to offer new student housing again in time for the winter semester. Despite the Corona pandemic, the demand for student housing remains at a high level, so we have a long waiting list for a place in a hall of residence again this year," emphasises Michael Knüppel, Managing Director of the Studentenwerk Hannover. Student housing in Hannover Every winter semester it becomes apparent anew: There is not enough affordable student housing in Hannover. There are currently 1,238 students on the waiting list of the Studentenwerk Hannover for a place in a hall of residence. For years, the Studentenwerk has been committed to building new dormitory places and creating new student housing with the help of state funding, funds from foundations and equity capital. In addition, the renovation of existing stock is also very important. A large portion of the Student Union's residence halls are 40 years old and older. Public funding is also urgently needed to rehabilitate this old stock. "As part of the second supplementary budget, the state government has included a comprehensive programme for the energy-efficient refurbishment of buildings as part of social housing. We very much hope that we will be able to participate in this," explains Michael Knüppel. Next year, another renovation project is already on the agenda at the Studentenwerk: the renovation of the dormitory in Dorotheenstraße. This is a special challenge: Since this is the largest residence hall of the Studentenwerk with around 500 places, the renovation there can only proceed step by step. New Managing Director at the Studentenderk Hannover (31.08.2020) As of September 1, 2020, Michael Knüppel will be managing the affairs of the Studentenwerk Hannover. His predecessor Eberhard Hoffmann is retiring. As managing director, Eberhard Hoffmann developed the Studentenwerk Hannover into a modern service company over the past 30 years. He strengthened the social orientation of the Studentenwerk by setting up a social counselling service and creating a wide range of support services for international students, among others. One of the focal points of his work was his commitment to the creation of more affordable student housing in Hannover. In the last five years, more than 400 additional dormitory places have been created in this way. He also made his mark on the university catering sector by continuously expanding the infrastructure and range of services. Today, the dining halls in Hannover cook "Naturally Fresh" for the most part without additives and also offer a wide variety of vegetarian and vegan dishes, in accordance with the eating habits of the students. Successor with Student Union experience On September 1, 2020, Michael Knüppel will take over the management of the Studentenwerk Hannover. He already brings some Studentenwerk experience with him. Since 2014, he has served as the main department head of finance, construction and information technology and deputy to the managing director at the Studentenwerk Hannover. Before that, Knüppel was an authorised signatory and commercial manager at a larger company in the Hannover region for several years. He would like to continue Hoffmann's commitment to affordable student housing. In addition to the creation of new living space, it is also a matter of maintaining the existing ones. The dormitories of the Studentenwerk are on average around 40 years old and some of them are in urgent need of renovation. In the area of university catering, the idea of sustainability will be further developed, while at the same time new concepts will be tested there, also in response to the Corona crisis and the online teaching that goes with it. "We are delighted to have gained an experienced and committed managing director in Michael Knüppel. With his sound economic expertise, he will bring the Studentenwerk Hannover well through the economic consequences of the Corona pandemic," said Dr. Gerhard Greif, Chairman of the Administrative Board. "At the same time, we would like to thank Eberhard Hoffmann for his many years of extremely successful work." The Studentenwerk Hannover - social infrastructure during studies The Studentenwerk Hannover provides the social infrastructure for around 48,000 students in the city of Hannover. The 360 employees ensure that the students at the universities lack for nothing. In order to fulfil its social mission, it operates as a non-profit organisation under public law. The Studentenwerk runs refectories and cafeterias and maintains student residences. In addition, it offers counselling services on social issues during studies and is responsible for BAföG funding for students in Hanover. Hannover Student Union awards prizes to committed students | Award ceremony on YouTube (18.06.2020) Three students, one student group and no less than three special prizes have now been awarded by the Hannover Student Union with the "Student Union Prize for Social Commitment in Higher Education". Since a festive award ceremony with several hundred guests was not possible due to the Corona pandemic, the prizes have been "awarded" within the framework of a virtual award ceremony on the YouTube channel of the Studentenwerk - including a video message from the Lord Mayor Belit Onay. The award winners are involved in very different areas for their fellow students: They support student parents as well as students with contact difficulties, and they are committed to improving teaching and learning conditions at universities. Three special awards will be given to student groups this year. Two of these provide everyday support to at-risk groups during the Corona crisis. Another group advocates for the sustainable use of resources. Studying fast, getting good grades and earning all or part of their living "on the side" - students have a double burden in more ways than one. There is not much time left to do voluntary work in addition to studying and having a part-time job. That's why volunteerism by students for students deserves special recognition. "The ideas and the commitment of the awarded students are and remain very important pillars for the university location Hanover", therefore also emphasizes Belit Onay in his video message. "Being there for each other and with each other is essential for the university as a living space and also for a social urban society. We were also particularly impressed by how quickly student initiatives came together during the Corona crisis to support people in need in their surroundings," explains Eberhard Hoffmann, Managing Director of the Studentenwerk Hannover. "Student Union Award for Social Commitment in Higher Education". With the Studentenwerk Award, the Studentenwerk Hannover makes the voluntary work of students for students visible in everyday university life. The prize is being awarded for the 16th time. Within the framework of a call for entries, the Hanover universities submit proposals to the Studentenwerk. A commission, including student representatives from the Studentenwerk's committees, selects the prize winners from the selection of proposals. The prizes for individuals are 500 euros, groups receive 1,500 euros. Special prizes are endowed with 1,000 euros. This year, half of the approximately 40 proposals were received from universities following the "lockdown" in the wake of the Corona pandemic. Although the universities also completely shut down their attendance and students and teachers were - and still are - faced with great challenges, the response to the call for entries was very great and was an incentive for the Studentenwerk Hannover to stick with this year's award, despite the crisis. Since the first Studentenwerk award in 2000, 111 students and student groups have been honoured for their voluntary work. Watch the award ceremony on YouTube. (YouTube's privacy policy applies) Press  
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Here you will find all the information you need on the subject of "Training at the Studentenwerk". Our apprenticed professions If you like working with people and organising, are good at maths and confident with spelling, then this job is for you. Office management assistants organise and process office management and commercial tasks: They take care of the telephone and mail, write letters, emails, invoices, organize appointments, events and trips and their accounting. They handle tasks in a wide range of areas: Order processing, purchasing, accounting, marketing and personnel management. At the Studentenwerk you will get to know many different departments. The special thing about system catering: the standardisation of service processes and products. As a specialist for system catering, you implement a standard catering concept and ensure that the range of products, quality and service are always equally good in every branch. You learn to prepare simple meals and drinks, look after guests, present and sell products. You are responsible for the organisation of work processes in the catering area and the deployment of personnel, or you support cost controls and marketing measures. Specialists in system catering also work in communal catering facilities - such as dining halls at the Studentenwerk - or in catering companies. At the Studentenwerk, you will get to know a wide variety of businesses of different sizes, because we place great value on consistent quality. As a specialist in the hospitality industry, you look after guests in different areas of the catering trade. You serve drinks, serve in the restaurant, prepare events, set up buffets and help out in the kitchen. At the Studentenwerk, you will work in our dining halls and cafeterias. In addition, you will get an insight into the activities in the warehouse, in the purchasing department and in the accounting department. By doing an internship in the restaurant during your apprenticeship, we make sure that you also successfully master the task of serving guests. As a trained specialist in the hospitality industry, you can work in gastronomic businesses, e.g. cafés, restaurants, canteens, catering companies or in the tourism and leisure industry. Training as a specialist in the hospitality industry lasts two years. If you enjoy preparing delicious dishes, then an apprenticeship in the kitchen might be something for you. As a cook you are not only responsible for the production and preparation of dishes, but also for the calculation and organization of menus and menus. You organise work processes in the kitchen, buy ingredients and store them professionally. Manual skills and kitchen knowledge are the basis for this profession. A little theory is also part of the job: Nutritional science, business administration and hygiene regulations. At the Studentenwerk you will learn the techniques of a large kitchen as well as cooking in an à la carte restaurant through external internships. Do you enjoy contact with people as much as maths and arithmetic? The profession of a real estate agent requires both. The housing industry is about people who want to live as well as possible. Real estate agents are committed to this. They advise customers on all aspects of housing and acquire, manage or broker properties. At the Studentenwerk, the focus is on managing our student housing. This includes: Organisation, commercial management and customer contact as well as market orientation. Young and international tenants await you. The training is supplemented by an external internship with a real estate agent or a real estate management company, especially for the topics of brokerage and condominium management. What we offer - our plus points High-quality training by committed and expert instructors Secure training position with reliable remuneration in the public sector Attractive training remuneration in accordance with the TVA-L BBIG collective agreement: 1st year of training € 1,036.82 2nd year of training € 1,090.96 3rd year of training € 1,140.61 Regulated working hours with predominantly 5-day week as well as collectively agreed working conditions Good infrastructure - workplace usually accessible by public transport Insights into various departments and work areas Varied daily work routine in a great team 30 vacation days with company holidays between Christmas and New Year's Day Active support from our youth and trainee representation, including regular meetings, e.g. for lunch together Open communication and information via electronic media Further education and training External internships in the private sector, e.g. in an à-la-carte restaurant or at a real estate agent's, depending on the profession being trained for Preparation courses for the final examination Three days off work for the trainees before the examination As a rule, employment for at least 6 months after passing the exam Special annual payment in November of each year Contribution to capital-forming benefits (€13.29 per month) Company pension scheme Discounted job ticket Reduced-price tasty and healthy food in our refectories and cafeterias Allowance for company fitness Professional clothing (depending on the profession) Bonus for passing final exams Reimbursement for school materials Family trips home Interested? - All about the application If you are friendly and open, have good school grades and low absenteeism and are interested in one of our training professions, are able to work in a team, are enthusiastic and have a well-groomed appearance, then training with us is just right for you. 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Get your Mensa voucher! From 5 October 2020 to 30 September 2021 in the refectories and cafeterias. What. From 05.10.2020 students of the Leibniz University Hannover Hanover University of Applied Sciences and Arts University of Veterinary Medicine Foundation Hanover University of Music, Drama and Media University of Applied Sciences get a 20-Euro-Mensa-Voucher! The credit can only be collected once at a time and can only be used in the catering establishments (refectories and cafeterias) of the Studentenwerk Hannover. The campaign runs until 30.09.2021. How? Simply go to a canteen or cafeteria of the Studentenwerk Hannover in the period from 05.10.2020 to 30.09.2021. The credit will be automatically loaded onto the card when paying cashless with the university card at the checkout. Attention first semester students: The credit will not be issued immediately, but one week after the first use of the university card in the refectory or cafeteria. Students of HMTMH and FHDW who do not have a university card with a canteen payment function will receive their credit in this way: ... receive a credit at the HMTMH canteen at the beginning of the semester. To do this, students must present a current certificate of enrolment to the Mensa team on site at the checkout. After successful verification, their MensaCard will then be topped up directly at the checkout. ... receive their credit at the Mensa Caballus at the beginning of the semester. To do so, students must present a current certificate of enrolment to the Mensa team on site at the checkout. After successful verification, their MensaCard will then be charged directly at the cash desk. 20-euro-voucher-promotion Why? The effects of the Corona crisis have hit students hard in some cases. Virtually overnight, important income has been lost due to the loss of part-time jobs. This has also presented our students with enormous challenges. We have been asked many times if it is not possible for us to waive the student union fees. Unfortunately, we cannot do that. The Corona crisis has also hit the Studentenwerk Hannover hard. The current economic situation is very tense. We do not receive any state compensation funds for the loss of income we are experiencing in the university catering businesses. However, since we finance ourselves to a large extent from these revenues, this also represents an enormous challenge for us. Nevertheless, we would like to make a contribution to relieve the student treasury. That's why we decided on the 20-Euro-voucher-campaign. Since not all businesses have reopened yet and we would like as many students as possible to benefit from the voucher / credit, the campaign will run for one year until 30.09.2021.