Here we have collected some frequently asked questions (FAQ) about our dorm for you.
By bicycle, it takes about 12 minutes to get to the „Institutsviertel“ (institute quarter), where the natural sciences faculties are located. The humanities faculties’ have to pedal 15 minutes to the city center, which is quite humane :D. The Faculty of engineering is around the corner, it takes only about 5 minutes to be there by bike. So there is plenty of time to sleep in in the morning and still be in the lecture on time. Tram line number four, which runs every 8 minutes, is a seven-minute walk away.
All in all: yes. Nevertheless, we are very blessed to be visited by our cleaning fairies three times a week. On top of cleaning the showers and sanitary facilities, they also keep the kitchen in good condition. But of course, they won’t clean up after us. We prevent the kitchen from being messy by our „Küchendienst“(kitchen duty). Twice a semester, one is responsible for clearing the work surfaces in the kitchen for one week so that the cleaning fairies can clean them up. In addition, the job of the „Küchendienst“ is to take out the garbage. Once a semester, we do a big kitchen-cleaning, where no dust is being spared. Occasionally we also clean up our living rooms together or vacuum the hallway. In general, it is clean and everyone makes sure to tidy their things promptly.
Well, there is always just a small gap between genius and madness. Hut-weekends in the rain with a piece of cake in the dry, or beds with herbs and vegetables in the courtyard, - is this genius or madness? Not thinking about the next lecture whilst having breakfast, but discussing anything and everything instead; grilling in the Seepark at the evening – sometimes living here can feel like living with siblings. And all THAT with a signature on the end of a lease agreement. Of course, you can always keep your door closed if you need quiet time to study or just have a few quiet moments, but we would be happy if even more crazy people, who are interested in spending their daily live in nice company, moved in with us. That could be at bar evenings, during joint cooking action, as part of tutorials or outdoor adventures or just at a well spent relaxed summer day at the Seepark.
As a result of the application process, we hope that the applicants are mainly people, who are interested in shaping the community whilst living with us. Submitting a narrative resumé is not a big deal, but we hope that you get an idea about us und the life here during the application process. This website provides an overview. Since there are often more applicants than we can offer free rooms, we have an admissions committee. These are people from the different floors who select the new roommates based on objective criteria.
Until the 1st April 2017 the residence was called „Evangelisches Studentenwohnheim e.V.“(evangelical student residence), briefly known as ESW and belonged to the evangelical church of Baden. Despite being church based, we always have been a very diverse group of characters, students of different disciplines, faiths and nationalities.
In 2017 the Studierendenwerk Freiburg (SWFR) took over the management. This meant not much change for us residents, we continue to shape the community in tutorials. The admissions committee selects the new applicants, and the „Heimrat“ (home council) democratically represents the self-government.