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Social Department

The Social Department is your advice and contact point in the AStA for all social questions concerning your studies.

  • Advice on the AStA social fund and student finance (including BAFöG advice)
  • Social inequality at the university
  • Finding accommodation
  • Enhancing soft skills and the basics of academic work
  • Organisation of studies and orientation during studies
  • Counselling for students with children
  • Counselling for working-class students’ and networking with
  • Organisation of the lange Lernnacht
  • Organisation of book flea market/book bazaar (all information about the book flea market in the winter semester 2023/24 can be found here)
  • Organisation of the clothing and plant exchange parties
  • Organisation of lectures and courses


Whether you need help finding a place to live or organising your studies, have questions about financing your studies, financial worries or any other concerns – you will always find a contact person with an open ear. We will advise you to the best of our knowledge based on our experience and, if necessary, refer you to the relevant authorities. Your enquiries will be treated discreetly and only forwarded in consultation with you and anonymously if necessary. Please contact us by email with your request. If necessary, we will arrange a meeting.


In our “Grünschnabel” we offer you a comprehensive overview of the topic of financing your studies. From BAföG to scholarships and KfW loans, you can get an initial overview here. If you have any further questions, please feel free to contact us or the BAföG advisory service of the AStA. 


In case of financial difficulties, all students have the opportunity to apply for an interest-free student loan up to the current Bafög maximum rate. We can also provide cash and non-cash assistance, for example, for study books, etc. If you have any questions about the social fund, you can write to us at any time.


You can borrow German Youth Hostel Association passes from us in the Social Department. Just contact us by e-mail.

The big AStA book fair

This semester we will again organize the popular AStA book fair!

On November 14/15 you have the opportunity to give us your old books that you no longer need in the foyer in front of the AStA office B15 from 12pm to 3pm. We will sell these books for you, 1€ will be collected as a contribution for our department. You will set the price for each book yourself. Each person can give up to 25 books. You are welcome to fill out the registration form in advance and bring it with you on the day of the sale. Of course you can also fill it out on the spot.

The actual book fair will then take place from November 28 to 29, also in the foyer in front of B15, and will last from 10:30am to 4pm. There you can browse in a relaxed atmosphere for new literature for your studies or for books of any kind.

The return of all unsold books as well as the payment of the proceeds will take place from December 6 to 7 from 12pm to 3pm in our office (Studi-Haus, room ST 105).

If you have any further questions, please feel free to contact us at . We are at your disposal.

Here is an overview of all the information:

Book fair:

  • DROP OFF: 14./15.11 from 12pm – 3pm in front of B15
  • BOOK FAIR: 28./29.11 from 10:30am – 4pm in front of B15 
  • COLLECTION OF PROCEEDS AND NON-SOLD BOOKS: 06./07.12 from 12pm-3pm at the Social Services Department office (ST 105).

Please take note of the following information regarding book submissions: 

  • Maximum of 25 books per person allowed. 
  • You set the prices for your books yourself. 
  • Please be aware that 1€ of the selling price will go to the AStA. Consider this when determining your self-selected prices. 
  • You can find the registration form on the AStA website, which you can fill out in advance.
    registration form


Main Speaker
La-Kisha Mayer (Pronouns: she/her)

Sarah Fader (Pronouns: she/her)
Jaqueline Pauli (Pronouns: she/her)
Nils Claasen (Pronouns: he/him)
Carolyn Schrama (Pronouns: she/her)

*The speakers of the AStA perform their tasks on a voluntary basis and are therefore not available at all times. Inquiries will be answered as soon as possible according to the volunteer capacity.