Photo: Felix Noak
Photo: Felix Noak
Photo: Felix Noak
Photo: Felix Noak
Photo: Felix Noak
Photo: Felix Noak
Photo: Felix Noak

The services offered by the Psychological-psychotherapeutic Counselling, Social Counselling, Counselling for Barrier-free Studies, and the Writing Center for Berlin students, are listed here.

Social Counselling Centre

Social Counselling

The Social Counselling Centre is responsible for students and in studying interessted people of the following universities: Freien Universität, Hochschule für Wirtschaft und Recht, Evangelische Hochschule, Charité.

  • How can I finance my studies and the final stages of my degree?
  • Do my parents have to support me or could I get BAföG?
  • Who can help me when I have problems with administrative offices?
  • Questions about health insurance, housing subsidies, or child benefit?
  • Pregnant – what now? Child(ren) and studying – how to combine the two?
  • Entitlement to social services – too complex? Or do you have more specific questions?
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Overview of funding

Study financing is usually a mix of several financing options. Watching this jungle of possibilities is not always easy.
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Students with Children

For students with children, we have created a counselling service, aimed at both German and international students.
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Financial Support

studierendenWERK BERLIN’s Social Counselling Centre can financially support students in some situations. You can find out what support is available to you by speaking with your Social Counselling Centre.
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International Students

Whether you have come to Berlin for one semester or for a full study program – we at the Social Counselling Centre would like to support you.

Events (only in German)

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Die Sozialberatung tritt an Berliner Hochschulen mit Vorträgen auf und berät zu verschiedenen Themen. Sie beteiligt sich auch mit Vorträgen und Ständen auf Informationstagen der Hochschulen und auf Messen.
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Ottilies Café

Eine Veranstaltung für Studentinnen.


Thielallee 38
14195 Berlin (Zehlendorf)
Frau Bendigs
030 93939-9022
Frau Steinbach
030 93939-9024
Open Consultation Hours
Monday and Wednesday
from 10 am to 1 pm Availability by Phone
in general
from Monday to Thursday
from 10 am to 3 pm and
Friday from 10 am to 1 pm outside of the opening consultation hours
U-Bahn: U3 (Thielplatz or Dahlem Dorf)
FUB: 0,5 km


Our range of tasks and our offer

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Social counselling service

A team of qualified social workers will gladly help and assist you in many personal, social and financial issues, such as:

Howdo I finance my studies and my degree?

Do my parents have to support me or would BAföG be an option for me?

What and who can help with hassles with the authorities?

Questions about health insurance, housing allowance, child benefit?

Pregnant - what now? Child (ren) and studying - how does that work?

Social rights - too complex, or you have specific questions?

Our offices are located in Friedrichshain, Charlottenburg and Dahlem.

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Psychological-psychotherapeutic counselling service

The counselling services are aimed at all students studying at Berlin universities.

There are many different aspects to studying, and it makes demands on all parts of your daily life. Things don’t always run smoothly. Even if you can deal with many challenges on your own, there can still be issues for which might you need professional advice.

We are legally required to maintain confidentiality. You can find us in Charlottenburg and in Friedrichshain.

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Writing Centre

Competently dealing with texts, as a reader and also as a writer, is indispensible for successful studies. Writing can also be a tool for learning and thinking, rather than a hurdle.

The counselling services are aimed at all students in bachelor-, master- and state exam degrees.

It is our guiding principle that one can learn academic and scientific writing and that this is a process in which we would like to guide and support you.

Our team of trained writing advisors offers personal advice on academic writing as well as workshops and groups at the Hardenbergstraße and Thielallee sites.

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Counselling service for barrier-free studies

Our services are aimed at students or prospective students with disabilities or chronic diseases. This includes, in addition to students with walking disabilities or hearing-impaired or visually-impaired students, also students with chronic diseases such as e.g. Morbus Crohn, cancer, HIV infection, rheumatism, diabetes, epilepsy or any other non-visual impairments. Of course, our consultations are confidential and, on request, also anonymous.

The counselling centre provides integration assistance in according with the Berlin Higher Education Act. This entails integration aids such as study assistance, text book allowances or other technical aids.

Our offices are in Friedrichshain, Charlottenburg and Dahlem.

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