About us

The Studierendenwerk Paderborn is one of 12 Studierendenwerks in North Rhine-Westphalia. Nationally, 57 Studentenwerke and Studierendenwerks are members of the “Deutsches Studierendenwerk” (DSW). The Studentenwerke and Studierendenwerk are modern service providers with a social mission. They contribute to and support the social needs of a university.


As the Studierendenwerk Paderborn we are responsible for the students of the following universities:

• University of Paderborn

• Hamm-Lippstadt University of Applied Sciences

• Catholic University of North Rhine-Westphalia, Paderborn Department

Responsibility for student financing, Office for Education Funding, Paderborn Student Services:

• University of Paderborn,

• Hamm-Lippstadt University of Applied Sciences

• Catholic University of North Rhine-Westphalia, Paderborn Department

• Theological Faculty Paderborn

• University of Applied Sciences for Business, Paderborn and Marburg Department


The Studierendenwerk operates the Mensa Academia, the Mensa Forum, the restaurant Mensula (a training institution for prospective cooks), the Caféte – an important meeting place for breaks – the Bona Vista where you can quickly get coffee and snacks to go and the Grill|Café that has a stage where students can perform. 

The Mensa Basilica in Hamm and the Mensa Atrium in Lippstadt also offer a combination of Mensa and cafeteria meals. Here, we offer breakfast, dinner and delicious snacks and drinks.

Our food services are open to students, staff members at the HSHL and guests.

Student housing

One of the key concepts of the residential communities is the development of social skills. Our competent staff, at the housing office, carefully selects roommates to promote a better mix of undergraduate and graduate students and also to encourage cultural integration, which leads to the internationalization of the university.

The rent includes all utilities.

Financial Aid

The Financial Aid Office advises and assists students in applying for not only federal financial aid (BAföG), but also for student loans.

Day Care Center

The child care specialists at the day care center MS-Kunigunde and Uni-Zwerge provide competent full-time care for children from the age of 4 months to 6 years.

Promotion of cultur / International Relations

The promotion of culture by the Studierendenwerk Paderborn primarily fulfills a social function. The aim is to initiate and maintain the communication between the different institutions of the University of Paderborn and the city of Paderborn.

The establishment of a European wide university system, the globalization of the universities and the thereby the globalization of the bachelor and master degree programs all mean one thing: the need to make the integration of foreign students at European universities as easy as possible.

The Studierendenwerk supports this where possible.


The <link internal-link link im aktuellen fenster>“Consulting/Social” division is the point of contact for information about social issues in everyday student life.