A Head Needs A Roof!

Apartment seekers have to compete with each other for affordable living space - that’s how it is in Marburg and, for that matter, in almost all student cities in Germany.

Eine Frau sitzt im Pappkarton mit einem Laptop auf dem Schoss

“The German student unions have started the campaign “Kopf Braucht Dach!” with the federal government to encourage states and local authorities to do more for the building of student housing, whether this be in building new homes or investing in the renovation of older buildings. Because every new living residence for students relieves the housing market and supports the lower income demanders.” Dr. Uwe, the student union manager, explains. “The goal of the campaign is to subsidise rental costs for students which are orientated on the BAfög allowance of 250 euros. For this two billion euros will be invested in the construction of 25.000 new housing residences nationwide. Alone in Marburg we need 500 extra housing residences. 1.3 billion euros have to be invested in the nationwide renovation of existing buildings - currently in Marburg seven houses have to be renovated.” Grebe continues to explain.

At the moment about 192.000 students are living nationwide in the 1700 housing residences from the student union; with an estimated warm rent from 241 euros a month.