The Studierendenwerk Hamburg provides social and economic support to around 73,000 students at 8 Hamburg universities. The focus of our work lies in the areas of university catering, housing, BAföG and student financing as well as social & international affairs.
Students are direct participants through their student union fee and influence the development of the Studierendenwerk through their committee representation.
The Studierendenwerk Hamburg is a public institution and provides social and economic services for students. It is financed by income from food and beverages, rental income, parental contributions for childcare, semester contributions from students and subsidies from the Hanseatic City of Hamburg for cafeteria meals, educational grants, daycare fees, etc. The City of Hamburg supports the Studierendenwerk Hamburg in the areas of housing and university catering, among others.
Studierendenwerk Hamburg is the inter-university service provider for Hamburg's students and universities. Its statutory mission (Studierendenwerk Hamburg Act, Studierendenwerksgesetz StWG of June 23, 2005) includes service and advisory services in the social and economic spheres and thus supplements research and teaching with a social dimension as a significant component of successful university policy.
With 565 employees, Studierendenwerk Hamburg supports around 73,000 students and the universities with its services in the economic and social fields. The focus of our work lies in the following areas:
. . . so that studying succeeds!
Funded by the Freie und Hansestadt Hamburg – Behörde für Wissenschaft, Forschung, Gleichstellung und Bezirke
Our services promote equal opportunities for students.
High customer satisfaction is important to us.
We improve the quality of our products, processes and services.
We work in an economically successful and responsible manner.
We use a quality management system which we continuously develop further.
All employees have a decisive influence on the quality of our work.
The work and commitment of Studierendenwerk Hamburg has been recognized by various institutions and bodies.
The Hamburg Office for Occupational Safety has honored Studierendenwerk Hamburg for its exemplary occupational safety regulations. This award is given to companies that have anchored a functioning, systematic occupational safety as an objective of their corporate policy and implement it sustainably with a broad package of measures. The Studierendenwerk is thus part of the Hamburg Occupational Safety Partnership, which has received several awards.
TransFair, the Association for the Promotion of Fair Trade in One World, has recognized our commitment to offering Fair Trade certified products in our cafeterias and cafés as exemplary. Our coffee and coffee specialties are produced exclusively from Fairtrade beans, and our bananas, drinking chocolate, a brand of tea and various types of cold drinks (e.g. LemonAid) also bear the Fairtrade seal.
In January 2020, the animal rights organization PETA awarded the most vegan-friendly cafeterias in Germany, including the teams at Mensa HCU, Mensa Stellingen and Mensa Überseering. In August 2023, "Blattwerk - deine vegetarische Mensa" received 4 stars, the highest award for vegan-vegetarian cafeterias. This honours our commitment to vegan nutrition in university gastronomy.
In addition, the Studierendenwerk Hamburg is audited and recognized according to the EC Organic Regulation.
We are subject to the controls of the Prüfverein Verarbeitung ökologischer Landbauprodukte e.V. according to the EG-Öko Verordnung DE-ÖKO-007.
Efforts in the field of environmental protection have been made in the Studierendenwerk for over 20 years. Our goal is not only to meet the current demands of students, but also to drive innovations for the future.
As a cross-university service provider for Hamburg students and the universities, we want to help shape the social development of the university area. Careful use of resources and active environmental protection are part of this for us. The Studierendenwerk participates in the ÖKOPROFIT club and has been certified here several times. In addition, we have been accepted into the "UmweltPartnerschaft" Hamburg. In this partnership, the Hamburg Senate and the Hamburg business community have agreed to promote sustainable business practices.
Our other activities include
The support association was founded by eleven committed founding members in 2009. It is a registered association and recognized as a non-profit organization. The members of the association work externally by striving to win over people and companies as donors and sponsors. And they work internally in order to identify and bring into support emergency situations of students and institutions for students. All members of the association are experts in the field of student aid and are very familiar with the worries and needs of students, in some cases for over 30 years, from their professional activities as professors, employees of the Studierendenwerk, university officials, etc.. They know where the shoe pinches!
Why does the support association exist?
Hamburg is a very interesting university location. However, as a cosmopolitan city with a highly attractive environment, it is also not a cheap pleasure. In order for talented young people from less well-off families to be able to afford to study here, they need support. This is exactly where the Förderverein comes in and tries to make an active contribution to the improvement of the study conditions with the donations made available to it and thus to sustainably improve the equality of opportunity in studying.
Why do students need your donation?
All donations directly benefit the students without any detours. In addition to emergency situations, it is often the special living situations of students that need to be supported. An affordable roof over one's head, an affordable accommodation for children close to the university for student parents are only exemplary concerns and needs. And students' parents are not always in a position to provide necessary support.
How can you donate?
Donations and assistance are possible in many ways:
What are donations used for?
Your donations will either be used directly for the purpose determined by you or for the following assistance, for example:
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