Accommodation in exchange for assistance
The accommodation in exchange for assistance project was launched by the Munich Student Union and the Neuhausen Seniors Club in the 1996/97 winter semester. As of 2015, "accommodation in exchange for assistance" is also run in Freising. As part of the "accommodation in exchange for assistance" project, students can lodge inexpensively in the homes of senior citizens. In exchange for their good-value housing, students offer their elderly landlords assistance with day-to-day-tasks.
Approximation of value 1m² living space = 1 hour of assistance per month
Overhead costs are normally charged at a flat rate.
Type of assistance
The type of help agreed upon between landlord and student lodger can enter into all areas of daily life. For example, students may help to do the shopping, assist in dealings with public institutions, offer support in the household or garden, or accompany their elderly landlord on visits to the doctor or walks in the park—whatever the particular situation calls for.
Although the Wohnen für Hilfe project is not focused on generating revenue, the financial benefits of being exempt from paying rent can in case of doubt be relevant for your taxes, with duties such as shopping or the like being rated as a mini-job. Due to potential questions regarding taxes and social insurance, we recommend that you take legal advice regarding this issue. Your tax advisor, the tax office in charge of your income tax payment and the minijob-center will be able to offer more information.
Interested students in Munich or within Landkreis Munich should please contact:
Seniorentreff Neuhausen e.V.
Wohnen für Hilfe
Brigitte Tauer / Ursula Schneider-Savage
80634 München (=U-Bahn Haltestelle U1 Rotkreuzplatz)
Tel.: + 49 89 1392 8419 -20
A short introduction to accommodation in exchange for assistance is held every Friday at 12.00 h. One-to-one talks take place after this introduction. Please be prompt!
International students should be aware that elder people often do not speak any foreign languages. Proper knowledge of German is recommended.
Applicants should bring along a passport photo, their ID card (Ausweis) or passport, their matriculation certificate (Immatrikulationsbescheinigung—may also be provided at a later date) and the €3 registration fee.
The most furnished rooms are located in the City of Munich and surrounding suburban areas.
Interested students in Freising should please contact:
Tel: +49 8161 600 486
Flexible dates upon prior agreement.
More information (in german) can be found on the info-page of the Landratsamt Freising:
Interested students in Gauting should please contact:
Wohnen für Hilfe
Martina Ottmar / Inga Schauder
82131 Gauting (= S-6 direction Tutzing, station Gauting)
Tel.: +49 89 452 086 77/-78
Flexible dates upon prior agreement. Applicants should bring along a passport photo, their ID card (Ausweis) or passport, as well as their matriculation certificate (Immatrikulationsbescheinigung—may also be provided at a later date). A proper knowledge of German is recommended. One-to-one talks take place.
Interested students in Fürstenfeldbruck should please contact:
Wohnen für Hilfe
Münchner Str. 32
82256 Fürstenfeldbruck (= S-4 direction Geltendorf, station Fürstenfeldbruck)
Tel: + 49 8141 519 - 5632
E- Mail: firstname.lastname@example.org
Flexible dates upon prior agreement. Applicants should bring along their ID card (Ausweis) or passport.