With its various social services, the Studentenwerk Potsdam provides the framework for successful studies. We take care of more than 30.000 students at universities in Potsdam, Brandenburg an der Havel and Wildau. No matter whether it is about offering a healthy lunch, providing affordable accommodations, helping with BAföG applications, giving advice in difficult times or helping to find a job - we are here to support you!
The Studentenwerk Potsdam is responsible for:
ESAB Fachhochschule für Sport und Management Potsdam (BAföG only)
Theologische Hochschule Elstal (BAföG only)
HMU Health and Medical University Potsdam (BAföG only)
Medizinische Hochschule Brandenburg Theodor Fontane (BAföG only)
Fachhochschule Clara Hoffbauer Potsdam (BAföG and psychosocial counselling servic only)
University of Europe for Applied Sciences (BAföG, social- and psychosocial counselling servic only)
Gisma University of Applied Sciences (BAföG only)
University of Applied Sciences Döpfer (BAföG only)
GU German University of Applied Sciences (BAföG only)
On the basis of the Regulation on the Establishment of Studentenwerke dated September 18th 1990, we started our work as the Studentenwerk Potsdam on January 1st 1991. We are an institution under public law with the right to self-government. Our institutions and bodies are: The Board of Directors, the Managing Director, the Staff Council and the Canteen Committee.
Our first headquarter was located in the Breite Straße 9-11. We then moved to the Friedrich-Ebert-Straße and finally found our current location in the arcades of the main station in Potsdam (Babelsberger Straße 2).
The history of the first German Studentenwerk goes back to the year 1921.
We endeavour to constantly optimize our work and to achieve the best performance - completely in line with our students’ interests. This is why regular meetings are held by our various institutions and bodies to discuss current challenges and trends. These dialogues are fundamental for necessary changes and adjustments that enable the Studentenwerk Potsdam to remain modern and viable for the future. To understand the wishes and needs of the aspiring academics, there are student representatives in various bodies.
The Board of Directors advises and decides on matters of the Studentenwerk that are of fundamental importance unless otherwise provided for in law or the statutes. It is in particular responsible for:
Voting Members of the Board of Directors
Members of the Board of Directors in an advisory capacity
Managing Director of the Studentenwerk Potsdam
Meeting of the Board of Directors in 2023
Next meeting: 20.11.2023
Deadline for student project applications: 08.10.2023
In May 2002, the Studentenwerk set up the Canteen Committee and created a body that brings together guests of the canteens and the producers of the meals. This group discusses current issues such as food safety, the selection and quality of meals, the purchasing management and any requests and suggestions.
The Canteen Committee meets once every semester, when convened by the Managing Director.
It consists of members of the student parliaments and the AStAs of the universities, other employees and the canteen managers of the university locations, the head of the department for canteens and cafeteria and central buyers.
Chair: Manuela Jannasch
The staff council is the representative of the totality of all employees. Its task is to represent their interests and concerns. Therefore, its seven members are always engaged in a constructive dialogue with the management if internal processes of the Studentenwerk are concerned that affect regulations on services and working relationships. The Staff Committee holds ordinary meetings regularly to discuss issues such as new hires, the removal of time limitations and internal processes.
The staff council can be contacted by e-mail.
On the one hand our activities are financed by our own earnings from the canteens, cafeterias and residential halls, to name the largest parts; on the other hand we are financed by the financial assistance from the state of Brandenburg and by the semester contribution ("Semesterbeitrag") of the students.
The money is used to finance the core tasks of the Studentenwerk. In addition, it it used to finance activities and projects for social, health, sports and cultural services, contributions to associations and the students accident insurance for leisure time, the loan funds of the Studentenwerk Potsdam (hard case loans, graduate loans) and grants for students who are involuntary in need. When and where these contributions have to be paid and who is exempted from the obligation to pay the contributions is specified in the contribution regulations of the Studentenwerk Potsdam.
Every student, who studies at a university within our area of responsibility pays a contribution of 50 euros per semester. This will be collected by the responsible university when you matriculate, re-register or take a leave of absence.
What do we spend your money on? And what do you get out of it?
With your contribution you pay for our service which is equally beneficial for all students. We fulfil our social mandate with the services we offer.
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Your contribution goes to:
Personal consultation hours:
Tuesday: 9 am - 12 am and 1 pm - 4 pm; Thursday: 1 pm - 4 pm
Telephone consultation hours:
Monday to Thursday 9 am - 3 pm, Friday 9 am - 2 pm