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On 01.07.1991 the Studentenwerk Freiberg was re-established as one of four Saxon Studentenwerke. Despite its legal independence, it is closely linked to the TU Bergakademie and the Mittweida University of Applied Sciences. It looks after students in the fields of educational support, housing, catering, social affairs and culture. The Studentenwerk thus tries to help shape the "living space" of the university and is structured under the direction of:

Managing director

Schmalz, Thomas
Phone:  03731 383100 03731 383100
Fax: 03731 383102
09599 Freiberg, Agricolastraße 14-16

into the following departments:

General management / Housing

Dr. Rieß, Christiane
Head of Housing Department and Head of Administration Department / Deputy CEO
Phone:  03731 383454 03731 383454
Fax: 03731 383102
Agricolastraße 14-16
09599 Freiberg

Educational support / BAföG

Geißler, Isolde
Ausbildungsförderung, Abteilungsleiterin
Phone:  03731 383282 03731 383282
Fax: 03731 383281
Petersstraße 5
09599 Freiberg


Poppe, Holger
Head of students Catering Departement
Phone:  03731 383340 03731 383340
Agricolastraße 10 A, 09599 Freiberg
Weststraße 11, 09648 Mittweida

Social services

Liebernickel, Antje
Abteilungsleiterin Soziale Dienste
Phone:  03731 383 208 03731 383 208
Fax: 03731 383 102
Petersstraße 5, 09599 Freiberg

Culture and communication

Schröder, Christian
Leiter Kultur und Kommunikation
Phone:  03731 383200 03731 383200
Fax: 03731 383102
Agricolastr. 14/16, 09599 Freiberg

The German Studentenwerk

For more than 80 years, the Studentenwerke and its umbrella organisation, the Deutsche Studentenwerk (DSW), have been successfully committed in Germany to the social, economic, cultural and health promotion of students. As a modern service companies, 58 Studentenwerke now offer their services to around 2.2 million students. With their services, they contribute to the efficiency of the studies and to the profile building of the universities - so that studying succeeds!

The DSW coordinates and supports the work of the Studentenwerke, represents their interests towards other university associations and organisations and informs the public. It is responsible for the socio-political interests of the students.

The history of the Studentenwerk

Due to the financial hardship after the First World War, the students at the individual university locations in Germany formed aid organisations to make their studies easier for their fellow students who were financially worse off.

When, in July 1921, the Erlangen Student Day decided to combine all these economic institutions at each university into a single economic body with legal capacity, Freiberg refrained from doing so for the time being. One was content with the establishment of an economic office created by the student body alone. It was not until July 1925 that the "Freiberger Studentenhilfe e.V." was founded as the fiftieth of the business organisations existing at German universities. This laid the foundation for today's Studentenwerk Freiberg.
Gradually, the areas of student support developed, which are still the pillars of the Studentenwerk today. So-called "Freitische" were offered, the precursors of the subsidised canteen. Furthermore, loans were granted (today's BAföG) and overnight stays were arranged.

In 1933 the legally independent local Studentenwerke were dissolved and transferred to the Reichsstudentenwerk in Berlin, which was founded in 1934. At the end of the Second World War the property of the Reichsstudentenwerk on the territory of the Soviet occupation zone was confiscated. Despite extensive efforts by the university management, the work of the Studentenwerk could not be resumed for the time being.

In the GDR, the higher education institutions were not only responsible for teaching, but also for all areas of student supervision.