Main Residence

At several Thüringian University locations, the cities offer those students, who have registered that city as their main residence, a financial incentive.  The reason for this offer is that these cities wish to preserve their population count and receive money from a federal fund for each student who moves and lives there. Each city, however, has their own regulations. More detailed information regarding these regulations may be found further below on this page.

Before you re-register your main residence, please take notice of the following tips:  

  • If you have certain types of insurance which are covered through your parents, then we advise you to check first, if these insurances will still be valid for you, if you re-register your main address. This can affect third party liability, household or legal protection insurance policies, where insurance coverage is coupled with household residency. However, this can also be given by a secondary residence by one’s parents.
  • You may only apply for housing subsidies for your main residence (as long as you are eligible).
  • Voting rights can only be practiced for your main residencial area.
  • You will have to inform the Student Finances Department about your change of main address. Disadvantages will not occur as a result of this action.
  • The re-registration of your main residence has no influence on the children allowance, since entitlement for it is completely independent of where one’s residence is situated.
  • The re-registration of your main residence also has no influence on the family mortgage support, homestead bonus and home construction promotion as long as the secondary residence remains by one’s parents.
  • Your car can be registered only at your main residence.

Regulations of the individual locations:

Erfurt

Attention: As of now, there will no longer be any semester grants in the city of Erfurt. The city administration states:

The decision of the town council at the DS Meeting 2159/10 on November 25th, 2010,  effective immediately, has been lifted and the Guidelines of the State Capital Erfurt about the  granting of a one-time student grant has been appealed.

Ilmenau

The city gives out a semester grant of 80 € for the winter semester and for following summer semester to all students that have registered Ilmenau as their main residence by the 31st of December. In order to be eligible for the student grant, students must be 30 years old or younger and must not have reached their 15th semester. The application must be submitted by the 31st of Decemeber. The application can be placed online over the following website: www.tu-ilmenau.de/studentenzuschuss.

Jena

As a little incentive, the city of Jena offers each student, who has registered Jena as their main or only residence and have not yet reached the age of thirty, a little financial support for their education. This main residence location reward amounts to 60 € per semester. The application is possible for a a maximum of 2 semesters. The application is possible for a total of 2 semesters, i.e. it amounts to a maximum of 120€ for the entire time in Jena and must be submitted to the INFOtake of the Studierendenwerk by December 31st for the current calendar year. 

It is currently not yet possible to apply for the primary residence bonus for the summer semester 2021, as the city of Jena has not yet approved the continued payment of the bonus.

Therefore, we reject applications that have already been submitted. However, it is possible to apply again as soon as the new application form is online.

 

 

 

 

 

Application form

Please fill out this application form and send it by e-mail, together with the certificate(s) of study for the semester(s) applied for and a copy of the registration confirmation from the Residents' Registration Office to INFOtake: infotake-jena(at)stw-thueringen.de. Or drop all documents in one of the two mailboxes at the INFOtake on Ernst-Abbe-Platz 5. The mailboxes are taught several times a day from October to the end of December. Because of the protection against infection, it should be avoided to visit the INFOtake personally. From now on, the processing of the main residence bonus will only be done by mail and via the mailboxes/mailboxes.
Please note the respective closing times at the turn of the year! Late arrivals cannot be considered.
The payment will be made once a year and with a time delay in the following calendar year in May, without notification by the city of Jena, transferred by the Studierendenwerk Thüringen.

Schmalkalden

The city offers all students of Schmalkalden, who have registered the city as their main residence, the unbureaucratic take-over of their semester fees in the amount of 47,00 Euro per semester. This also counts for all international students, who have registered their only living quarters in Germany in Schmalkalden.

The beginning of the semester is normally after the 1st of March. and 1st of Sept. of each year and the end of the semester is generally the 31st of Aug. of the same year, and the  28th of Feb. in the following year.
The registration of one’s main residence must have been completed at the citizen’s registration office by the 1st of April or by the 1st of October of the same year.

The semester fee payment will be returned at the end of the semester through the city of Schmalkalden directly to the account of the students.

Registration form for the Main residence location in Schmalkalden and ARegistration for form discounts

Both completely filled out forms are to be submitted at the citizen’s registration office of the city of Schmalkalden after showing one’s personal identity card and a copy of their immatriculation certificate.

Parking Permit and Reductions

An additional attractive offer the city has for those students who have registered Schmalkalden as their main residence is the unbureaucratic absorption of the annual costs for a resident parking permit. Furthermore, a reduced entrance price for events in the multipurpose room organized by the city administration (such as Multimedia Slideshows, Disco events, etc.): instead of paying 100% of the entrance fee, those students only pay 50%.

Registration form for discounts

Both completely filled out forms are to be submitted at the citizen’s registration office of the city of Schmalkalden after showing one’s personal identity card and a copy of their immatriculation certificate.

Gera

The city of Gera grants financial support for students and trainees:

The city of Gera grants financial aid of 100 euros per calendar year to all students, trainees and vocational school students who meet the requirements regulated in § 3.  This allowance can be applied for for a maximum of three consecutive years, provided that the main residence/only residence has been continuously in Gera.

Requirements

Students, trainees, and vocational school students who register with their main or only residence in Gera for the first time as of 2016 and are still registered on 31 December of the year for which the allowance is applied for and have not yet completed their 30th year or 35th year of age in the period of support (period/calendar year for which the allowance is applied for) are entitled to apply. The 30th year of age starts with the 29th birthday and is completed at the end of the day before the 30th birthday. The 35th year of age starts with the 34th birthday and is completed with the end of the day before the 35th birthday.

Application and approval procedure

The allowance will only be granted upon written application and is subject to budget availability.
Applications for the allowance must be submitted annually from 1 January to 31 March (preclusive period) of the following year for which the allowance is applied for.


Applicants must send the completed and signed application for the allowance to the Gera municipality, enclosing the certificates of study for the period of funding (alternatively, the confirmation of the university), the school certificates issued by the vocational school for the period of funding (alternatively, the confirmation of the vocational school) or the confirmation of the training company for the period of funding.

When submitting the application, applicants must confirm that they have not yet applied for the allowance. The allowance is paid directly to the account specified in the application after verification of the residence and approval of the application, no later than the end of the III. quarter of the year in which the application is to be submitted.

There is no cash payment. A written notification of the approval of the application is not submitted.

Special arrangements for the years 2016 to 2019 (introduction)

For the period 2016 to 2019 (moving to Gera in the years 2016 to 2019) the application can also be made retroactively dated to no later than the third year following the date of residence in Gera from 1 January to 31 March (cut-off period). The allowance for the period 2016 to 2019 (moving to Gera in the years 2016 to 2019) is only paid out in the third year following the date of residence in Gera, at the latest at the end of the III. quarter of the following year.

Source: Guidelines of the Municipality of Gera on the granting of an allowance for students, trainees and vocational school students in the City of Gera, 16 June 2017

Weimar

The Municipality of Weimar grants a premium to students who transfer their main place of residence to Weimar (including districts) from 01 January 2020 onwards and provide evidence of their main place of residence on two successive cut-off dates on 31 December (1st cut-off date) and 31 December of the following year (2nd cut-off date).

This includes foreign students who register their only residence in Germany in Weimar.

The amount of the single premium is 300 euro.

Applications must be submitted in writing by 31 March of the year following the 2nd cut-off date. Payment is made to a (German) domestic bank account by 30 September of the application year (cash payments or transfers to foreign accounts are not possible).

Applications for the premium will probably not be possible before January 2022. The application requirements are met when:

  • you can prove your status as a student at a university by submitting a copy of a currently valid certificate of enrolment,
  • your first main residence in Weimar started on or after 01 January 2020 (1. cut-off date 31 December) and
  • you have maintained this registration in Weimar at least until 31 December of the following year (2nd cut-off date) (proof is to be provided by an extended registration certificate in copy),
  • you provide a valid ID card or passport,
  • you have submitted the application by 31 March of the year following the 2nd cut-off date (for applications received after 31 March, payment is made in the following year).

And this is how it works - here is an example:

  • You have moved to Weimar for the winter semester 2020/21.
  • Register with your main residence at the Citizens' Office of the City of Weimar by 31 December 2020. Due to Corona, you will need a personal appointment, so you will have time to do this until 28 February 2021.
  • Then you have to wait a few months and you must not deregister from Weimar or change your main residence to a secondary residence.
  • From 01 January 2022, you are entitled to receive an extended registration certificate from the Citizens' Office of the City of Weimar.
  • With the registration certificate, your current certificate of enrolment, your ID card or passport and the completed application form, you should go to INFOtake Weimar and submit the documents by 31 March 2022.
  • When all documents are complete and the application has been submitted correctly, the Studierendenwerk remits the € 300 premium of the city of Weimar to you by 30 September 2022.

Contact: INFOtake Weimar

Please note: registration of the main residence:
Students are required to appear in person when registering for their main residence. Due to the Corona Pandemic, an appointment must be made. Due to the restrictions currently imposed on the Citizens' Office, the City of Weimar is offering students to re-register their main residence retroactively for December 2020 until 28 February 2021. 

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