The Studierendenwerk Paderborn provides social services for approximately 20,000 students at the Paderborn campus and approximately 4,500 students at the Hamm and Lippstadt College. For us, establishing the right conditions for affordable and successful studies are important, but we also find it important to adhere to social responsibilities by consciously implementing not only social, but also economic and ecologic standards.

Since the Studierendenwerk Paderborn manages large residential communities and dining facilities, which means a large resource input, we are comparable to a large company. We aim to keep environmental pollution caused by our operations down to a minimum. This is a task a lot of groups at the university are involved in – the students, our guests, the staff of the University of Paderborn and Hamm-Lippstadt College, and the Studierendenwerk Paderborn team.

Our main focus lies in saving and efficiently using energy, waste prevention, and social fairness.

The Studierendenwerk tries to establish long-term structures in its operation processes to achieve better protection of the environment.

But we are not alone in our commitment: Together with 9 other companies and institutions, we are a part of the project “ÖKOPROFIT” that is supported by the experts at the B.A.U.M Consult GmbH. With special regard to environmental protection, the project’s aim is to find solutions and implement measures to reduce costs. For example, workshops on environmental protection and energy management, workplace health and safety, and waste prevention provide the necessary know-how. All the partners of the “ÖKOPROFIT” project exchange information on a regular basis and we are advised by experts from “ÖKOPROFIT” after on-site inspections.

There are two main focuses in our overall aims: technical improvements and the enhancement in our operating processes.


Carsharing- available directly on campus in Paderborn
Use a car flexibly, without owning it: What already is a part of everyday life in big cities can now be had in Paderborn. Available immediately, there are two Ford Fiestas and a Ford Transit Connect directly on campus next to the administrative office of the Studierendenwerk Paderborn: in front of the residence hall Mersinweg 4d.
Additional locations in Paderborn: there is zwo vehicles at the “mobithek” on Bahnhofstrasse- next to the main train station and another car on Rathenaustraße 79 - 83, at Franz Kleine Automobile.
An attractive one-time registration fee as an introductory offer: Students € 9.90
All others € 19.90
Offer expires December 31, 2016. Thereafter, the fee will be €49.90.

Usage costs:
Rate including fuel: € 0.19/kilometer.
Additional hourly rate: daytime- €5.00, nighttime, €1.50.
Once registered, the Ford Carsharing offer can be used nationally. Currently, there are around 2,000 vehicles available in 300 cities at 1,700 DB Flinkster and Ford Carsharing stations.
This offer is a cooperation with Ford Kleine, DB Flinkster and the Studierendenwerk Paderborn.

The Studierendenwerk Paderborn supports the additional mobility offer by providing a pick-up/return location for the vehicles and by issuing cards at the housing office in the lobby of the administrative office on Mersinweg 2.

Students in Paderborn are already mobile thanks to the semester ticket, but every now and then there might be a need for a car or a utility vehicle. With Carsharing, this is no longer a problem. In addition, Carsharing is a form of sustainable individual mobility, much like carpooling. Fewer cars and parking places are needed.

How do I sign up?
Simply register online at and reserve a car: online fee- €49.90.

OR: to take advantage of the great introductory offer, go directly to our housing office or Ford Kleine. There you only need to fill in a form and show your student ID card and driving license in order to receive your customer card at a special rate. That’s how you sign up!

Further information available at

Concrete Measures

Climate protection can already start with the small things. Through many small, quick and, in part, cost-neutral measures a lot can be achieved with minimum resources. Climate protection on the campuses in Lippstadt, Paderborn and Hamm concretely means the:

  • Reduction of the amount of electricity needed for lighting thanks to the conversion of the Pub into the GrillICafé.
  • Reduction of paper cups by using 4,000 Fairtrade porcelain cups 
  • Replacement of old gas heaters in the residential halls Peter-Hille-Weg 11 and 13 with cogeneration units. With these units, CO2-free electricity can be generated and fed to the power supply of the residence halls in addition to the actual task of heating. 
  • Replacement of standard bulbs to LEDs in the residence halls and cafeterias.
  • Conversion of electricity in the residence halls in Paderborn to 100% hydroelectricity. (saving 438 tons of CO2 a year for 1,322 accommodations in Paderborn)
  • Refitting of “Behörden” valves with freely accessible radiators in the residence halls.
  • Installation of motion detectors in the basement and basement hallways of the residence halls.
  • For 239 housing units in Paderborn and another 98 housing units in Lippstadt, the electricity and water consumption is billed individually for every single housing unit. In future, individual billing is planned for the remaining 1,128 units. Thus, individual consumption will be transparent for the tenants. Initially, this step was by no means a cost-cutting measure for the Studierendenwerk Paderborn, but rather required an investment in the necessary technical devices, such as electricity and water meters. In the interest of sustainability of the residence halls and having a cost efficient operation, however, it is a crucial step that allows students to not only conserve energy, but also to save money. 
  • Use of a network printer in the administration office, as well as switching to double-sided printing and recycled paper.
  • Promotion of the economic use of resources in participating university groups. For example, by supporting the campaign "too good for the bin!" of the Federal Ministry of Food and Agriculture and  making technical changes to the emergency door system in the residence halls so that they are only  used in an emergency and not constantly propped open. 

Measures in testing

In the area of technical measures and work process-related measures, further points were identified in Paderborn and Hamm-Lippstadt:

  • The building management routinely checks possible technical measures that can contribute to saving energy and protecting the environment.