Social Counselling

Social Counselling

We offer help and support with social, personal and financial questions and concerns. For example, visa and workers’ rights, tips for jobs searching, health insurance, financial problems, accommodation, contacts to other students, language difficulties, and much more. Our service is free and confidential! We invite you to visit us during our open hours, you can also make an appointment via e-mail!



  • provide information about job seeking, accommodation, medical and other general insurances as well as student discounts and benefits.
  • offer counseling regarding student financial aid (except for BaföG), e.g. student loans, scholarships, emergency funds, ALG II (unemployment pay), child benefits, housing assistance and child support as well as special benefits for students with disabilities or chronic diseases, and students with children
  • help with decision making regarding personal problems and conflicts, difficulties organizing your daily life and your curriculum or requests to change your field of studies or switch universities.
  • help you find solutions for pressing financial problems, emergencies and outstanding debts.
  • help you choose the right day care option for your child and find a flat suitable for families.
  • provide advice regarding studying with disabilities or a chronic disease.
  • assist with questions regarding work permit and right of residence, filling out forms and applications or communication problems with the respective authorities.
  • inform you about local structures, e.g. counseling options, self-help groups, student initiatives and networks.
  • put you in contact with external counselling services for further support if required.

We are here to help!



The elevator is located on the left side of the foyer of Otto-Berndt-Halle. Social counseling service is located on the first floor above the Bistro in rooms 104, 112 and 113. The rooms are accessible with wheelchairs.

Please note: Since communication with the Studierendenwerk Darmstadt via e-mail is not encrypted, we can't guarantee confidentiality for any information that has been transmitted to us in this way!


Social Counselling

Mensa Stadtmitte

Alexanderstr. 4
64283 Darmstadt
Fax: 06151 16-29819


Anika Kessner
Room 104
Tel (06151) 16-29858


Open counselling:
Mon 10:30 am - 12:30 am
Wed 10:30 am - 12:30 am
and on appointment



Gaby Ruschka
Room 113
Tel (06151) 16-29860


Open counselling:
Tue 12:30 am - 02:30 pm
Wed 12:30 am - 02:30 pm
Thu 10:30 am  - 12:30 am
and on appointment



Margarete Halvani
Room 112
Tel (06151) 16-29859


My office ist closed at Tuesday 01/10/19!!!

Open counselling:
Mon 12:30 am - 02:30 pm
Tue 10:30 am - 12:30 am
Thu 12:30 am -02:30 pm
and on appointment


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