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Info Brochure for residents

We have compiled all important information for the residents of our dormitories in our info brochure. Here you will find everything you need to know: from “autoload” to access authorization.

You can download the brochure as PDF by clicking on the cover.

FAQ – All about housing

How long can I stay in the dormitory?

How long can I stay in the dormitory?

In total, the maximum period of residence for students who are fully entitled to live in our dormitories is 10 semesters (5 years). We will remind you by e-mail three months before the end of the semester that you can extend your rental agreement for another semester.

You can also extend your rental agreement for more than 10 semesters with voluntary work or with a justified application.

As before, there is no exceptional right of termination for your rental agreement, not even in the course of the current corona pandemic. However, upon request we offer you the possibility of subletting your room if you cannot or do not want to use it yourself. 

For residents with limited residence rights, an extension of the contract is only possible if there are still free apartments available in the following semester. Priority is given to students who are fully entitled to residency. The maximum period of residence is still limited. Please refer to the corresponding paragraph in your rental agreement.

Authorization - can I apply for a place in a dormitory?

Authorization - can I apply for a place in a dormitory?

You can always submit an application, regardless of whether or not you already have an admission. This question of enrolment only becomes relevant for you when you decide whether you want to sign our rental agreement.

Enrolled students from the following universities are given preference when it comes to signing a rental agreement, because they are fully entitled to live there.

  • Johannes Gutenberg-University Mainz (incl. Studienkolleg and University of Music)
  • University of Mainz
  • Bingen University of Technology

Students of other universities will receive a lease offer if all applications from students of the above mentioned universities have been offered a rental agreement. Students of other universities are only entitled to residency with restrictions. Please note that rental agreements can be extended after one semester if there are still free places available in the following semester. Priority is given to students who are fully entitled to residency.Select "x_Other university" in the application form. The maximum period of residence is limited. Please note the corresponding paragraph in the statutes of the dormitories of the Stw Mainz

Externals, non-students are also restricted in their right of residence. Rental agreements will only be sent out once the two groups mentioned above have received offers. The above-mentioned information on the extension of the lease is valid accordingly. Please select "x_no university". If we still have free places after the allocation to students, we will send you a rental agreement offer.

Why does my rental agreement expire at the end of the semester?

Why does my rental agreement expire at the end of the semester?

We offer you a temporary lease for one semester, but you can extend it every semester (for more information, see "How long can I stay in the dormitory?" in FAQ).

The end of the semester is therefore also the end of the contract. On request, we offer you the possibility of subletting your room if you cannot or do not want to use it yourself. You can find more information about subletting and what you should know about it on the homepage under Sublease.

All-inclusive rental - what does that mean?

All-inclusive rental - what does that mean?

We offer you an all-inclusive rental. This means that there are no additional costs for water, electricity, internet and waste disposal besides the monthly rent.
 
Not included in the rent:

  • Broadcasting fee (further information here)
  • Washing costs - anyone who wants to wash their laundry has to pay for it. A washing machine load costs € 1.80, a dryer load € 0.80
  • For our key emergency service outside of the working hours of the janitors we will charge a fee
     

I don't have an admission yet, should I sign the contract anyway?

I don't have an admission yet, should I sign the contract anyway?

If you have not yet received an admission or if you do not yet know whether you will study in Mainz or Bingen, you will have to weigh up and decide for yourself whether you want to accept the contract or not. The validity of the rental agreement is not dependent on this.

Submit the enrolment certificate 

After receipt of your enrolment certificate you must submit it for the current semester, preferably via the rental portal.

Without enrolment certificate

If you are not enrolled, according to §1 paragraph 4 of the statutes you have to pay the current social contributions in addition to the regular rent. Enrolled students pay these social contributions directly to the universities (JGU, HS Mainz, TH Bingen) and are forwarded by them to the Stw Mainz for social services.
 

Autoload - How can I register for the automatic refill of my StudiCard?

Autoload - How can I register for the automatic refill of my StudiCard?

Autoload is a service for an automatic refill of your StudiCard. 

Find more information about how to get Autoload an how it works here!

If you don’t want to use our Autoload service, there are vending machines in the dormitories where you can load your StudiCard with your secret code. For example to pay with you StudiCard for the washing machine and dryer.
 

How do I reach the emergency service?

How do I reach the emergency service?

In case of emergencies such as fire, explosions, water damage with running water, power failure, vandalism or for the chargeable emergency key service outside the working hours of the janitors, if you are locked out, you can call the emergency service.

For your information - during the working hours of the janitors the key service is free of charge.
 

Something is broken in my room/dormitory, what do I do?

Something is broken in my room/dormitory, what do I do?

Fill out the repair ticket and throw it in the janitor's mailbox.

Report everything
Please report damages of any kind that you notice on the dormitory grounds, in your room/apartment and on general areas (such as the corridors) to your janitor. Please fill out a repair ticket, sign it and put it in the janitor's mailbox.

Only janitor are authorized to make repairs
Please do not carry out any unauthorized repairs, e.g. under no circumstances remove the drain in the shower! In case of blockage please inform the janitor immediately. You will be charged for the costs of repairs carried out incorrectly. So please protect yourself, inform the janitor about damages and let him or a specialized company do the repairs.

I would like to move out before the end of my contract, is that possible?

I would like to move out before the end of my contract, is that possible?

Of course you can leave your room before the end of the contract, but you will still have to pay your rent. If you do not terminate your lease in due time, your lease will remain legally valid until the date confirmed by us (see general terms of lease §15) or until the end of the contract. There is no exceptional right of termination for your rental agreement, not even in the course of the current corona pandemic. However, you can apply for a permission to sublet and look for a holiday tenant. For more information about subletting and what you should know about it, please visit the homepage under Sublease.

For more information on terminating the rental agreement, see “Moving out”.

What do I do with my empty room?

What do I do with my empty room?

Your room in the dormitory is empty?

You can avoid this by subletting your room. This is very simple: You apply for subletting to the Studierendenwerk Mainz and pay an administration fee of € 50.00. You find a suitable holiday tenant for the time you need it. Please note, however, that you, as the main tenant, remain responsible for all damages that the holiday tenant might causes.

You will find more information on the page Sublease.
 

When will I receive a rental agreement offer?

When will I receive a rental agreement offer?

Summer semester: Between January and the end of March the room offers are sent out.

Winter semester: Between July and the end of September room offers are sent out.

The later the application, the later the offer
We allocate the rooms according to the date of application, i.e. the later you apply, the later we will send you an offer.

Your rental contract will be sent by e-mail

The offers for a room in the dormitories of the Stw Mainz are sent by e-mail. Your time limit for confirming the offered lease is between 1 and 3 days. After this period the offer expires and you will be automatically deleted from the waiting list. Therefore please check your e-mail account regularly.

You have been waiting for a long time and have not heard anything from Stw Mainz yet?

Have you…

  1. send an application via the rental portal?
  2. clicked on the confirmation in the e-mail sent to you directly afterwards, so that your data is transferred to our system?
  3. clicked on the link in the e-mail that is sent out every few weeks to stay on the waiting list?

If you can answer all these questions with "Yes!" and have not heard from us after some time, please send us an e-mail
Please also check the date for which you have applied.

How are the rooms in the dormitories furnished?

How are the rooms in the dormitories furnished?

We only offer furnished living space. All apartments and rooms are equipped with at least a bed, wardrobe, desk, chair, shelf and a separate refrigerator. 

A basic equipment, such as blanket, pillow, bed linen, dishes, towels is not included. You can bring these with you or order/pick them up from us.
 

How does the Internet work in the dormitory?

How does the Internet work in the dormitory?

Internet in the dormitory

We use the university network in our dormitories. It can take about 1-2 weeks until activation. 

You can find detailed information on the page Internet in the dormitory
 

Do I need a household insurance or a liability insurance?

Do I need a household insurance or a liability insurance?

We recommend that you find out whether you are covered through your parents' liability and household insurance because of a family insurance.
If this is not the case, we recommend that you take out a household and liability insurance for your own protection. However, it is entirely up to you to decide whether you follow this advice.
 

Do I have to pay broadcasting fees?

Do I have to pay broadcasting fees?

In Germany you have to pay a broadcasting fee and register for it. If you do not do so, you will receive a reminder for the outstanding amount from the responsible office. Why? 

Here you will find an explanation of the solidarity model on rundfunkbeitrag.de.

Can you be exempted or apply for a reduction?

You can find information on this on the page rundfunkbeitrag.de.

You live in a shared flat?

In shared flats only one tenant needs to pay: Please discuss this with your roommates and divide the fee between you.
 

Study on housing preferences and housing situation in the dormitories of the Studierendenwerk Mainz

Who lives in our dormitories, why do students move in there and what is important to them in their dormitory life. Apartment or shared flat, price or number of square meters, facilities or distance? Viktoria Bading and Andreas Wettlaufer answered these and other questions in the study for their master thesis under Dr. Schiener in cooperation with the Stw Mainz.

"Living preferences and living situation in the dormitories of the Studierendenwerk Mainz" is the title of the study from 2019, in which 32% of the tenants took part. Get to know the demography of the residents' structure and read what the two sociology students found out in their master thesis: Download the study.