The Studierendenwerk is divided into four service areas:
- The area of commercial enterprises
- with the departments Student Housing and University Gastronomy,
- the area of consulting & student financing,
- the head office and the building and real estate administration
Staff units have been set up for the areas of Legal Affairs, Communication & International Affairs, Auditing and Quality Management as well as Childcare.
The organs of the Studierendenwerk are the administrative board and the managing director. The board of directors consists of six members.
- Chairman Prof. Dr. Reiner Finkeldey, President of the University, represented by the Chancellor, Dr. Oliver Fromm
- Representative of the professors Prof. Dr. Petra Freudenberger-Lötz
- Student representatives Robert Poschmann, Robert Wöhler
- Representative of the Studierendenwerk Employees Reinhold Wetzig, Claudia Beinhoff
- Managing Director and Budget Agent Assessor Christina Walz
Excerpts from the performance figures Leistungszahlen 2018 (PDF).
- Around 1.2 million meals were served in the dining halls
- 1.7 million euros werde exchanged in the cafeterias
- 4,875 BAföG applications received around 22 million euros in subsidies
- 1,197 applications for Aufstiegs-BAföG were supported with about 3,3 million euros in funding (only grant portion)
- 431 private apartments and private rooms in Kassel and Witzenhausen were procured
- around 1,100 places in 23 student halls were made available and managed
- in two kindergartens in Kassel and Witzenhausen up to 84 children of different age groups were cared for and flexible daycare was offered at "studykidscare"
- 1,542 people did seek advice in general social counselling
- 2,191 Therapy interviews were conducted in the psychosocial counselling centre
- 581 Legal advices were provided
The work of the Studierendenwerk is financed by:
- Turnover (55 %)
- Student Semester Fee(22 %)
- Grants from the Hessian Ministry of Science and the Arts (11 %)
- Expense reimbursements for implementing BAföG and AFBG (6 %)
- othersubsidies (5 %)
- other income (1 %)
With 80 Euros each student finances the work of the Studierendenwerk. This means that those who enrol or re-register at the University of Kassel pay this solidarity contribution together with other contributions once per semester to the University of Kassel. The amount of contribution for the Studierendenwerk is determined by the Hessian Ministry of Science and the Arts after hearing the executive board and the management.
This fee is payable by the students: Our aim is to offer high-quality products and services and to satisfy the various needs and demands of our customers.
We are happy to meet this challenge. Although all areas of performance must work economically, we make every effort to recognise and take into account the needs of our students.
Two thirds of the student semester fees are used to offer all students, and in particular the socially needy students, a healthy, tasty and inexpensive meal. For example, it is only thanks to the students' fee that it is possible to sell the particularly inexpensive and nevertheless complete meal 1 at a price between 1.90 euros and 2.10 euros, including two side dishes. In addition, the semester fees are used to finance special offers for students: Free legal advice, social and psychosocial advice as well as student financing advice would not be possible without semester fees.