Combining a career with family responsibilities

Students with Family Responsibilities

Quite a few students are responsible for their families in addition to their studies. Some take care of their children, others care for relatives. The Office of Family Services contributes to the establishment of family-friendly conditions during studies and offers comprehensive support on topics such as maternity protection, childcare, studying abroad with a child, and more.

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Maternity protection

Students are also covered by the provisions of the German Maternity Protection Act. What rights do pregnant students have?

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In order to combine studies and family, good childcare is essential. The University of Bonn cooperates with various day care centers.

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Family allowance, parental benefit and more

Thanks to BAföG, parental benefits, child benefits and maternity benefit, student parents are financially secure. Who is eligible and how can I apply?

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Studying abroad with a child

Studying abroad is a great experience for students with children. Here you can read useful information about the organization and financial support and find your person of contact.

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Caring for family members

Combining studying and caring for family members? Some students are facing this particular challenge. We are happy to advise and support you!

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Family apartments

Students with children can apply for family housing in a student dormitory. Under certain circumstances, they can also claim accommodation benefit. 

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Diaper changing and parent-child rooms  

Parent-child or diaper changing rooms are located in several institutes and buildings at the University of Bonn.

Short-term support for parents in the finishing or qualification phases of their (doctoral) degree program

Parents who are in the final phase of their studies or doctorate can apply for short-term support (max. 400€ for a total of 6 months) until October 1, 2021. The aim of the support is to help reduce the daily workload - for example by financing additional childcare - in order to give parents more time to write their theses.

Vacation childcare

The Office of Family Services at the University of Bonn provides regular vacation childcare services open to the children of University members aged between four and 13. Care is provided annually at the following times on the University Sports facilities on Nachtigallenweg: 

  • The second week of the Easter holidays
  • The second week of the fall holidays
  • The last three weeks of the summer holidays 
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Free baby and children's clothes

Students and low-income employees can pick up used baby and children's clothes free of charge at the Office of Family Services after making an appointment by phone (+49 228 / 73-72 73).

  • Winter and summer clothing in sizes 56 to 104
  • Socks, overalls, sleeping bags, caps

University members who would like to donate used children's clothing are welcome to contact us as well.

With this service, the Office of Family Services would also like to contribute to sustainability.


Avatar Lehr

Xenia Lehr

+49 228 73-65 65

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Lisa Kunde

+49 228 73-72 73

Please also read

AStA: Studying as a parent 

The General Students’ Committee (AStA) also provides individual advice and support to students with children.

Learn more 

Starting your studies

Starting a degree opens a new chapter in life. Find out about digital studies and more.  

Learn more

Financing and support 

How can studies be financed? Find out here what you need to know about BAföG, scholarships and more.

Learn more

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