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.
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Current Room Offers

Please note: We do not publish every room offer online. We therefore recommend to send us the completed application form for students first.


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 Kirsten Grandke 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 Kirsten Grandke 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.

We take the protection of your private data very seriously, i.e. we treat the data entrusted to us in strict confidence in accordance with the applicable data protection regulations and handle it re-sponsibly. Therefore, we would like to inform you here about how we implement data protection regulations at the Studentenwerk Potsdam and which personal data we process for our services.

  1. Name and contact details of the data controller and the company data protection officer
    The Studentenwerk Potsdam, Babelsberger Straße 02, 14473 Potsdam (referred to as “we” in the text), is the controller in the sense of the EU General Data Protection Regulation (GDPR). Our com-pany data protection officer can be contacted at the above address, Attn. Mr. Duckerschein, or can be reached at datenschutzbeauftragter[at]studentenwerk-potsdam.de.

  2. Collection and storage of personal data and the nature, purpose and use thereof
    We process your data as far as it is necessary for the placement of housing within the framework of "Wohnen für Hilfe". Placement-relevant data includes name, contact details, address, and possibly also citizenship, ethnic origin, religious or ideological beliefs or health restrictions. Furthermore, we may also process other information that you provide to us in any other way in connection with your application. The same applies to information made publicly available.

    The legal basis for the processing of your personal data is Art. 6 Para. 1 lit e) GDPR. According to this provision, the processing of personal data by public bodies is permissible if it is necessary for the performance of the task covered by the competence of the controller or in the exercise of official authority vested in the controller. Furthermore, data processing is carried out on the basis of your consent (Art. 6 Para. 1 a) GDPR) in the context of preventive health care or care or treatment in the health and social sector (§ 22 Para. 1 No. 1 b) Federal Data Protection Act (BDSG)) or to fulfil a legal obligation (Art. 6 Para. 1 c) GDPR).

    Should the data be required for any legal action after the conclusion of the procedures, data pro-cessing may be carried out on the basis of the requirements of Art. 6 GDPR, in particular to safe-guard legitimate interests pursuant to Art. 6 Para. 1 lit. f) GDPR. Our interest then consists of assert-ing or defending claims.

    According to Art. 6 Para. 1 P. 1 lit. c GDPR, we may store your data for up to 10 years due to tax and commercial law retention and documentation obligations as well as professional retention periods.

  3. Passing on data
    Your personal data will not be transferred to third parties. Internal bodies shall only be granted access to data for which they are responsible for processing or within the scope of their tasks. Furthermore, personal data is processed on our behalf on the basis of contracts pursuant to Art. 28 GDPR, which ensure that the data processing is carried out in a permissible manner. A transfer to a third country does not take place and is not intended.

4. Your rights
You have the right to:

  • revoke your consent at any time in accordance with Art. 7 Para. 3 GDPR. This has the consequence that we may no longer continue the data processing based on this consent for the future;
  • request information about your personal data processed by us in accordance with Art. 15 GDPR;
  • demand the correction of incorrect or incomplete personal data stored by us without delay in accordance with Art. 16 GDPR;
  • request the erasure of your personal data stored by us in accordance with Art. 17 GDPR, unless the processing is necessary for the exercise of the right to freedom of expression and information, for compliance with a legal obligation, for reasons of public interest or for the assertion, exercise or defence of legal claims;
  • request the restriction of the processing of your personal data in accordance with Art. 18 GDPR, insofar as the accuracy of the data is disputed by you, the processing is unlawful, but you object to its erasure and we no longer require the data, but you need it for the assertion, exercise or defence of legal claims or you have objected to the processing in accordance with Art. 21 GDPR;
  • receive your personal data that you have provided to us in a structured, common and machinereadable format or to request the transfer to another controller in accordance with Art. 20 GDPR; and
  • file a complaint to a supervisory authority in accordance with Art. 77 GDPR. As a rule, you can contact the supervisory authority of your usual place of residence or workplace or our company head-quarters for this purpose; and
  • object to the processing of your personal data pursuant to Art. 21 GDPR, provided that your personal data is processed on the basis of legitimate interests pursuant to Art. 6 Para. 1 Sent. 1 lit. f GDPR and there are grounds for your objection that arise from your particular situation.

5. Necessity of providing personal data
The provision of personal data is neither mandatory nor are you obliged to provide it. The provision of your data is, however, necessary for optimal and tailor-made counselling for you.

6. No automated decision making
There is no automated decision making in individual cases within the meaning of Art. 22 GDPR.

Privacy Policy "Wohnen für Hilfe"

We take the protection of your private data very seriously, i.e. we treat the data entrusted to us in strict confidence in accordance with the applicable data protection regulations and handle it responsibly. Therefore, we would like to inform you here about how we implement data protection regulations at the Studentenwerk Potsdam and which personal data we process for our Homeshare program "Wohnen für Hilfe".

1. Name and contact details of the data controller and the company data protection officer

The Studentenwerk Potsdam, Babelsberger Straße 02, 14473 Potsdam (referred to as “we” in the text), is the controller in the sense of the EU General Data Protection Regulation (GDPR). Our company data protection officer can be contacted at the above address, Attn. Mr. Duckerschein, or can be reached at datenschutzbeauftragter@studentenwerk-potsdam.de.

2. Collection and storage of personal data and the nature, purpose and use thereof

We process your data as far as it is necessary for the placement of housing within the framework of "Wohnen für Hilfe". Placement relevant data includes in particular your name and contact details, address, and possibly also citizenship, ethnic origin, religion or health restrictions. Furthermore, we may also process other information that you provide to us in any other way in connection with your application. The same applies to information made publicly available.

We only process your personal data for the fulfilment of the public tasks assigned to us in accordance with § 81 Para. 3 of the Brandenburg Higher Education Act (BbgHG) for preventive health care, care or treatment in the health or social sector and for general advice and information. The processing is based on the following legal grounds:

The legal basis for the processing of your personal data is Art. 6 Para. 1 lit e) GDPR. According to this provision, the processing of personal data by public bodies is permissible if it is necessary for the performance of the task covered by the competence of the controller or in the exercise of official authority vested in the controller. Furthermore, data processing is carried out on the basis of your consent (Art. 6 Para. 1 a) GDPR) in the context of preventive health care or care or treatment in the health and social sector (§ 22 Para. 1 No. 1 b) Federal Data Protection Act (BDSG)) or to fulfil a legal obligation (Art. 6 Para. 1 c) GDPR).

Should the data be required for any legal action after the conclusion of the procedures, data processing may be carried out on the basis of the requirements of Art. 6 GDPR, in particular to safeguard legitimate interests pursuant to Art. 6 Para. 1 lit. f) GDPR. Our interest then consists of asserting or defending claims.

According to Art. 6 Para. 1 P. 1 lit. c GDPR, we may store your data for up to 10 years due to tax and commercial law retention and documentation obligations as well as professional retention periods.

3.  Passing on data

Your personal data will not be transferred to third parties. Internal bodies shall only be granted access to data for which they are responsible for processing or within the scope of their tasks. Furthermore, personal data is processed on our behalf on the basis of contracts pursuant to Art. 28 GDPR, which ensure that the data processing is carried out in a permissible manner. A transfer to a third country does not take place and is not intended.

4. Your rights

You have the right to:

• revoke your consent at any time in accordance with Art. 7 Para. 3 GDPR. This has the consequence that we may no longer continue the data processing based on this consent for the future;

• request information about your personal data processed by us in accordance with Art. 15 GDPR;

• demand the correction of incorrect or incomplete personal data stored by us without delay in accordance with Art. 16 GDPR;

• request the erasure of your personal data stored by us in accordance with Art. 17 GDPR, unless the processing is necessary for the exercise of the right to freedom of expression and information, for compliance with a legal obligation, for reasons of public interest or for the assertion, exercise or defence of legal claims;

• request the restriction of the processing of your personal data in accordance with Art. 18 GDPR, insofar as the accuracy of the data is disputed by you, the processing is unlawful, but you object to its erasure and we no longer require the data, but you need it for the assertion, exercise or defence of legal claims or you have objected to the processing in accordance with Art. 21 GDPR;

• receive your personal data that you have provided to us in a structured, common and machine-readable format or to request the transfer to another controller in accordance with Art. 20 GDPR; and

• file a complaint to a supervisory authority in accordance with Art. 77 GDPR. As a rule, you can contact the supervisory authority of your usual place of residence or workplace or our company headquarters for this purpose; and

• object to the processing of your personal data pursuant to Art. 21 GDPR, provided that your personal data is processed on the basis of legitimate interests pursuant to Art. 6 Para. 1 Sent. 1 lit. f GDPR and there are grounds for your objection that arise from your particular situation.

5. Necessity of providing personal data

The provision of personal data is neither mandatory nor are you obliged to provide it. The provision of your data is, however, necessary for optimal and tailor-made counselling for you.

6. No automated decision making

There is no automated decision making in individual cases within the meaning of Art. 22 GDPR.


Contact

Kirsten Grandke
Project Coordinator "Wohnen für Hilfe"
room: 4.04
+49 331 3706-506
+49 174 3220699
Mitarbeiterporträt von Julia Sammler
Julia Sammler
Public Relations Assistant
room: 4.60
+49 331 3706-253
Babelsberger Straße 2
14473
Potsdam