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!

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.


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

The application must contain the following information:

  1. 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.
  2. Outline of the proposed activity or purchase.
  3. Cost plan: What expenses will be incurred? What income will be generated? (Admission fees, third-party grants, etc.)
  4. Amount of the grant: In what amount does the cultural group apply for a grant from the Student Union?
  5. Bank account details: Name of bank, IBAN, BIC, account holder.
  6. 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 Visiting address: Lodyweg 1C 30167 Hannover

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.

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:

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 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.

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.

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

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

can be found in the culture and leisure section of 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.

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