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Living for help

Ein älterer und ein junger Mann sitzen nebeneinander. Sie schauen beide gemeinsam auf ein Tablet.

"Wohnen für Hilfe" is a project that creates living space for students on the one hand, and on the other hand focuses on housing partnerships between students, families, senior citizens and people with disabilities.

Numerous elderly people in Kiel and the surrounding area live alone in spacious apartments or houses. Everyday tasks become increasingly burdensome. There is often a desire for companionship and conversation. Nevertheless, they do not want to give up their familiar surroundings and, above all, their independence. By providing living space, a housing partnership can maintain independence and fulfill the desire for companionship by providing small assistance in everyday life.

But not only elderly people, but also families can benefit from housing partnerships. For example, in addition to helping with household chores, which takes some of the burden off the family, homework can be supervised, pets can be cared for, or children can be watched over.

There are many students who have a social interest in a partnership or are looking for affordable housing due to their economic situation and the housing situation in Kiel. For them, the project is an exciting opportunity because they do not have to pay rent. However, the rule applies: one hour of help per square meter of living space per month. In addition, there are pro rata ancillary costs for heating and electricity.

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Are you interested in a housing partnership? Then just follow the next steps.

  1. Please fill out one of the two questionnaires Housing Providers or Room Seekers and submit it to the project manager.
  2. The project manager will visit the housing providers to find out about the apartment or house. During this visit, the questionnaire can also be filled out together.
  3. Based on the questionnaire, suitable partners are identified. The student receives one or more contact addresses of housing providers. (Only name and telephone number will be given).
  4. The meeting of both parties can be accompanied by the project leader - if desired.
  5. During the meetings it is important to exchange information about habits and wishes.
  6. If both parties are interested in a housing partnership, a housing partnership contract is concluded. The conclusion of the contract can also be accompanied by the project leader, otherwise we ask you to inform the project leader about the conclusion of the contract.
  7. If you have any questions or problems, the project manager is always available, even after the placement.


If a housing partnership is to succeed, it is important to take enough time to get to know each other and to exchange information about habits. In this way, surprises can be avoided.

It is advisable to meet several times before signing the contract and to communicate your own wishes and expectations.

It helps to avoid later misunderstandings or disappointments if the desired services are specified as precisely as possible in terms of type and scope, but also the shared use of other areas in the apartment or house, in the residential partnership contract and/or in a mutual agreement. When the partnership is up and running, a record of activities can be kept.

Current room offers

Osterrönfeld, house, 1 room (15 m2), own bathroom/kitchen, with elderly couple, help in house and garden desired
Further offers on request

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