Homesharing

It’s a match! Affordable living in exchange for household assistance

Are you looking for affordable student housing in Potsdam? Are you open to the idea of sharing a flat or a house with someone, who needs your support with daily chores and who is willing to lower your rent in return?

This is how it works: A housing provider in Potsdam with a spare room (usually a family or elderly people) offers free or low-cost accommodation to a student in exchange for an agreed level of support. How much is the rent? Here is what we recommend: For each square meter of living space occupied, the homesharer (student) offers one hour of help per month to the home provider ( a room of 15 m² = 15 hours of assistance per month). Our role is to bring home providers and homesharers together and guide them throughout their housing partnership. Our service is free of charge.


Current Room Offers


Frequently Asked Questions (FAQ)

Home provider

You have a spare room and would like to make it available to another person in exchange for assistance at home?

Home providers can be: all people who have spare living space and who are interested in the concept of homesharing.

  • You are open to share your home with young people from Germany and abroad
  • You are open to the idea of offering free or low-cost accomodation to a student / an apprentice
  • Your homesharer may provide companionship, shopping, household tasks, gardening, childcare, care of pets, help to use the computer.
  • Note: The assistance excludes all aspects of medical care.

Home sharers (students)

You are enrolled at a Potsdam university, are socially committed & looking for affordable housing?

  • You are open to the idea of sharing a home with people from all walks of life (families, elderly people, disabled people
  • You are reliable and helpful 
  • You may provide companionship, shopping, household tasks, gardening, childcare, care of pets, help to use the computer.
  • Note: The assistance excludes all aspects of medical care.

Are you studying in Potsdam? Then you can apply with us!

  1. Please fill out the application form (DE)  and email it to wohnen-fuer-hilfe@studentenwerk-potsdam.de. Do you have questions about the procedure? Then our project assistant Mandy Schubert will be happy to advise you personally or by telephone. Required documents: Certificate of enrolment
    Important: You need a liability insurance as well as an accident insurance, so that we can place you. Students who pay a (semester) contribution are insured against accidents by the Studentenwerk Potsdam
  2. We give you access to the room offers. Found something you like? Then, we will forward your application to the home provider.
  3. If the home provider is interested in you as a homesharer, we will forward on the contact to both, you and the householder. Then, you can meet in person. If you wish, the Studentenwerk's project assistant can also be present at this meeting. This offer is optional.
  4. It’s a match! If both of you are interested in a sharing a home together, you can arrange an appointment with us and we will advise you on the housing lease agreement. The role of the Studentenwerk is limited to advising and mediating - we are not a contractual partner!
  1. Please fill out the application form and email it to wohnen-fuer-hilfe@studentenwerk-potsdam.de. Do you have questions about the procedure? Then our project employee Mandy Schubert will be happy to advise you personally or by telephone.
  2. We will make an appointment to visit your home.
  3. We forward your offer to potential homesharers - we do not pass on your personal data (name, address, contact details)!
  4. As soon as someone is interested in your offer, we will forward you on the student’s application. You can decide whether you would like to meet the student in person.
  5. You would like to meet your potential homesharer? Then we will forward on the contact details on both sides and you can meet in person. If you wish, the Studentenwerk's project assistant can also be present at this meeting. This offer is optional
  6. It’s a match! If both of you are interested in a sharing a home together, you can arrange an appointment with us and we will advise you on the housing lease agreement. The role of the Studentenwerk is limited to advising and mediating - we are not a contractual partner!

The home provider only charges a low rent or no rent at all. Instead, the homesharer is required to provide assistance with household tasks. However, the homesharer has to pay service charges (heat, water, elevtricity). To get an idea of the costs, we will give you access to the individual room offers. Note: Householders and homesharers can negotiate the housing costs.

The spare living space can be a room in the apartment, but also a small attic or granny flat in the house. Whether the living space is furnished or not can be found in the room offers.

"Do I have to work during term break?"
"May I forbid loud music and parties?"

We want you to enjoy each others company and benefit from one another! That is why we advise you before you start your homesharing journey and during the entire duration of your housing partnership. Usually, you can already tell by the information provided in the room offer, whether you are a good match or not. In addition, before you meet your homesharer / home provider for the first time, we will provide you with a checklist of questions that might be relevant to you. We will also guide you through the process of signing of contract.

If you have free living space, you can join "Wohnen für Hilfe" - even if you live in a rented flat.

Note: The subletting of living space is subject to approval. Landlords cannot refuse your request once your interest is legitimate. If you consideri homesharing, please consult your landlord first. Living with a homesharer will increase the additional costs (water, heat, electricity). The extra cost will be paid by the homesharer.


Contact

Mandy Schubert
Project staff for consultation and mediation
room: 4.04
+49 331 3706-506
+49 331 3706-525
Babelsberger Straße 2
14473
Potsdam
Julia Sammler
Public Relations Assistant
room: 4.60
+49 (0) 331 / 37 06 -253
+49 (0) 331 / 37 06 -125
Babelsberger Straße 2
14473
Potsdam