Accomodation for Assistance

The new project of the Thuringian Student Union and the Friedrich Schiller University of Jena bears the promising title “Accommodation for Assistance” and aims at facilitating joint accommodation of students with citizens of Jena.

The idea is as simple as this: More than 20.000 students with a wide variety of skills and qualities attend the University of Jena, while many Jena citizens have an unused room at their disposal. Offers and requests are matched as closely as possible and follow the rule of thumb “one square meter in exchange for one hour of work each month”.

The project provides an interesting alternative to residence halls and the usual means of renting out private rooms. Such joint accommodation not only offers students affordable housing facilities during their studies, but also family-like relationships. This way, the model promotes social and emotional values such as tolerance, community, and solidarity.

Moreover, the initiative can build bridges between the young and the elderly and offer families or senior citizens new ways of shaping their daily routines. Accordingly, the project’s initiators wish to quickly fill deserted children’s rooms and empty apartments.

“Accommodation for Assistance” can be designed quite individually according to the needs of the people involved: one could mow the lawn, babysit, do household chores, buy groceries, or entertain the child in a foreign language in one’s spare time.

If you are interested, please contact the Student Union’s INFOtake located on the university campus at Ernst-Abbe-Platz 5 (phone number: 03641-930506, E-Mail). Our Information Office does its best to find the best-matching residents and will be happy to provide you with additional information, application forms, and sample rental contracts, as well as a selection of current accommodation partners.

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