A Studentenwerk or Studierendenwerk is a higher education facility providing social support for the students. Via the Studentenwerk, you can benefit for example from the following services: Mensa & cafeteria, social counseling, psychosocial counseling, buddy programs and services for students with children. Most dorms are managed by the Studentenwerk as well.
The Mensa offers several hot and very affordable meals to choose from every day. If you want to buy food there, you need a chip card, which you can buy at the Studentenwerk.
Here you can find the menu of the day for the Mensa Lübeck (in German only).
The cafeteria is located on the ground floor of the Mensa building. Some hot dishes (e.g. Currywurst), but also sandwiches, coffee, soft drinks and ice cream are offered here. Here it is also possible to pay in cash.
In the Study Buddy Programme of the Studentenwerk, German and international students will be brought together in a mentoring programme. The idea is to support intercultural life at TH Lübeck. Both "buddies" have the opportunity to learn more about each other's language and culture.
Furthermore, the Studentenwerk regularly organises various events for international students.
At this advisory service, experts provide information on insurance and student financing and other issues. They answer questions about scholarships, student loans and part-time jobs during your studies, but also about health insurance. Furthermore, they are the contact persons for students with disabilities or chronic illnesses.
If you have personal conflicts or problems, such as exam anxiety or problems with your self-esteem, you can contact the psychological counselling service of the Studentenwerk.
Further information and detailed contact details can be found on the Studentenwerk website.
Students with children can find a wide range of services, e.g. financial support, childcare facilities, nappy-changing facilities and opportunities for special time off. Please note that in some cases there are special regulations for international students.
You can find detailed information on the homepage of the Studentenwerk Schleswig-Holstein. There is also a comprehensive brochure (in German) on benefits for students with children.