The AStA social advise is the first point of contact for every student who has questions about study financing and other social matters.

If you do not have a working computer or laptop at home and you are in need, then you have the opportunity to borrow a laptop for a semester. Just write me an email and you will receive the appropriate forms, etc.

Student parents who enroll at the Ruhr-Universität Bochum and who have to cover themselves financially at the beginning of their studies can apply for social security contributions.

Among other things, student parents who are in the final phase of their studies can submit an application for a scholarship to the social counseling service. The scholarships are awarded by the association “Spielraum e.V.”, so that the social counseling service does not decide on the approval. A personal interview is required to submit an application.

In addition, the social counseling is the acceptance point for applications to the association “Help for foreign students in Bochum eV”. The association grants students, without German citizenship or equivalent under the European treaties, one-time support for living if they cannot afford it themselves . A personal interview is required to submit an application. Please bring the following documents with you when submitting the application:

  • Current certificate of study (from the fourth B.A. semester and the third M.A. semester: certificate of the previous course of study)
  • Complete statements of all accounts for the last three months
  • Certificate of Debt
  • Rental agreement, if the rental payment is not evident from the bank statements
  • Certificates of earnings
  • Anything that is suitable to get an accurate picture of your current financial situation

If possible, please make copies.

The receiving office does not decide whether to approve the applications. This is the task of the association’s board of directors, which holds a meeting about every six weeks.

Students in need can also apply for cafeteria stamps in order to get a warm lunch in the cafeteria. In order to receive the cafeteria stamps, a prior application to the social counseling is required. The following documents are required:

  • Current certificate of study
  • Complete statements of all accounts for the last three months.
  • The sales overview is also accepted for the current month.

If the application has been approved, students only have to pay a small fee to receive the cafeteria stamps.

RUB students who are unable to pay the social contribution to re-register can apply for the contribution to be paid.

There are special application phases and extra opening times for the summer and winter semesters. These are specifically announced on the AStA’s homepage.

Further information on which documents are required for submitting an application, when the application deadlines are, and which other requirements must be met, etc., are published on the website.

Advice and applications can be carried out in German or in English. The social counseling is located on the ground floor of the student house.

Currently, advice can only be given by phone or email.

Please note the following:
Corona leaflet for students of the Ruhr Uni.

NO APPLICATION, only advice!


Antje Westhues
Studierendenhaus SH 018
Universitätsstraße 150
44801 Bochum

Phone: 0234/ 32 23 05 0

Office hours

The Social Advice will be closed from 30th August until 10th September.

Mondays from 11:30 a.m. to 4:00 p.m.
Wednesdays from 12:00 p.m. to 5:00 p.m.
Fridays from 2:00 p.m. to 4:00 p.m.