To live and to learn together

As residents of the Stift we profit from the strong communal aspect of the house. The Stift does not just offer affordable living prices, but also a good atmosphere for studying and the chance to be a part of a diverse community.

We, for example, support each other when it comes to learning the old languages or by answering all the different questions that come up over the course of our studies. In this sense it is of great value that we have students of different semesters and subjects living in the Stift. Furthermore, the house really benefits from the resident’s interests, which they share with each other through different ‘Stift-exercises’, like Latin practices, or Darts, chess and watching ‘Tatort’ together.

As a house of study and training center for religious studies, the Stift offers its residents academic support and advice through the Stiftsinspektor. In the context of the range of courses of the theology department the Inspektor also offers a course in the Stift, which pertain to their area of specialty. The residents of the Stift have access to a seminar room, as well as a furnished in-house library with over a thousand different titles.

While classes are in session, the Stift community is shaped largely by the student led government. Monday through Friday, the residents of the Stift share communal lunch and dinner together. Three days of the week, following lunch, a short plenum takes place in which all concerns pertaining to life in the Stift are handled. These plenums are the heart of our self-government. They are organized and led by a council, which consists of the Stiftsinspektor and elected residents from the Stift. The council is responsible for all current business and questions pertaining to planning and Stift activities.

At the beginning of each semester, during a weekend retreat, we decide on activities which will take place during our weekly Monday evening plenums. These activities have covered a broad spectrum, ranging from barbecues in the Stift’s garden to music and cultural events organized by the residents of the Stift to guest lecturers and panel discussions.

Your involvement in the Stift

Since the residents receive a rent scholarship, it is expected that they get involved in the Stift. They each must take over a ministry, which means taking responsibility for a certain part of the everyday life of the house. There is, for example, a ministry for application, for washing coins, for the garden or for holding devotions for the residents. In their ministry and beyond it is where everyone does their part and shares their personal talents with the house.
On top of that, every resident has to take over dinner duty once a week, do the cleaning chores on their floor and take part in the library revision, which happens once a semester.
Living in the Stift is rent-free; however, conditional to receiving the scholarship is a monthly energy fee of 92 Euro. While classes are in session there is a monthly fee of 100 Euro for the communal lunches and dinners (Stiftsrate), as well as a fee of 18 Euro for the student led self-government.
It is most likely that there will be an additional rent starting on the 01.04.2021, which will raise the monthly costs by approximately 100 Euro.

Your room in the Stift

The Stift has 35 single rooms, ranging from 12 to 24 qm, spread over three floors. Each room has internet hook-up and a personal sink. Each floor also has communal bathrooms with several toilets and showers and a communal kitchen.

Social project

Each semester, the residents choose a social project, for which they will raise money during the following semester, mainly through the proceeds of the Stiftsparty and the cultural evening. In the winter term of 2020/21, the proceeds are going towards the support of the project "Migrationszentrum für Stadt und Landkreis Göttingen". more information about the current social project [german]...