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Housing benefit

Eine Studentin sitzt an einem Schreibtisch, auf dem ein Laptop und viele Lernmaterialien stehen und liegen. Im Hintergrund ist ihr Zimmer zu sehen, in dem ein großes Bücherregal steht.

Housing benefit is a social benefit that can be granted as a subsidy to the accommodation costs and does not have to be paid back.

Who is entitled to housing benefit?

Basically, you are only entitled to housing benefit if

1. you are not entitled to any benefits under the BAföG.

This is the case, for example, if:

  • a scholarship is paid instead by a scholarship organisation for the gifted (§2 BAföG)
  • the maximum period of support has been exceeded
  • a change of subject was made without good cause or too late (§7, paragraph 3 BAföG)
  • the requirements for the funding of further education (second degree) have not been met
  • the certificate of achievement has not been submitted (§48 BAföG)
  • the age limit has been exceeded (§10 Para. 3 BAföG)

2. you are taking out a BAföG bank loan to enable you to complete your studies.

3. you live in a housing allowance household with persons who are not pursuing a BAföG/BAB-eligible education (e.g. child).

More detailed information

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Contact persons

Ramona López
Advice on student life, focus on studying with children
Student Life Advisor Kiel
Room 4, Counselling Centre in Mensa II (Leibnizstraße 12-14), 24118 Kiel
Office hoursMon+Thurs 11.00-14.00
Johanna Usinger
Student life advising, focus on international affairs
Student Life Advisor
Room 1, Counseling Center in Mensa II (Leibnizstraße 12-14), 24118 Kiel, Germany
Office hoursMon+Thurs 11.00-14.00
Janne Marie Wolter
Counseling Student Life
Student Life Advisor
Thomas-Fincke-Str. 7, 24943 Flensburg
Office hoursMon + Wed 10.00-13.00
Stefanie Prüss
Counseling Student Life
Student Life Advisor
Room 43, office in the refectory building, Mönkhofer Weg 241, 23562 Lübeck
Office hoursTue-Thu 10.00-13.00 (no open hours during the week Jan. 23rd to 27th)
Beatrice Richter-Bethge
Counseling Student Life
Student Life Advisor
Room 0.44, Office FH Westküste, Fritz-Thiedemann-Ring 20, 25746 Heide
Office hoursWed + Thur 10-13
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