Our Dormitory


Com­mu­ni­ty, com­mit­ment, respon­si­bi­li­ty and afforda­ble rents—that’s what the Geschwis­ter Scholl e.V. stu­dent dor­mi­t­ory, or the Scholl­heim for short, stands for. It owes this uni­que com­bi­na­ti­on to cha­rac­te­ristics to the fol­lo­wing attributes:

1. Space for community

The 214 sin­gle rooms and 55 apart­ments of the Scholl­heim form resi­den­ti­al com­mu­ni­ties of dif­fe­rent sizes: the so-cal­led cor­ri­dors. Each cor­ri­dor com­pri­ses of the rooms in it and the neigh­bor­ing apart­ments. In addi­ti­on, each cor­ri­dor has a kit­chen; lar­ger cor­ri­dors have an adja­cent living room as well. Each cor­ri­dor has new­ly reno­va­ted sani­ta­ry rooms with show­ers and toi­lets. The resi­dents of a cor­ri­dor form a cor­ri­dor com­mu­ni­ty, which ent­ails shared tasks like gar­ba­ge dis­po­sal and clea­ning, but also offers crea­ti­ve oppor­tu­ni­ties to shape one own’s com­mu­ni­ty. The lat­ter is pro­vi­ded, for exam­p­le, by dai­ly cont­act with the other resi­dents in the com­mu­nal kit­chen, which is an ide­al place for dis­cus­sions and joint acti­vi­ties such as coo­king evenings, games evenings, excur­si­ons and parties.

The­re are also many oppor­tu­ni­ties to meet other stu­dent resi­dents, or „Schol­lis”, out­side indi­vi­du­al cor­ri­dor com­mu­ni­ties, for exam­p­le in the inner cour­ty­ard or the bar. Addi­tio­nal­ly, various com­mon rooms for indi­vi­du­al or group acti­vi­ties like the work­out room, music room, table ten­nis room, bil­li­ard room, work­shop room, media room or stu­dy room. For lar­ger com­mu­ni­ty events like par­ties, the semester’s gene­ral mee­ting or group work­outs, the main hall in House 1 is perfect.

2. Residents (Schollis)

The Scholl­heim offers a home to many dif­fe­rent stu­dents: the­re are curr­ent­ly 269 resi­dents, all stu­dents of public uni­ver­si­ties in Munich. The resi­dents are equal­ly fema­le and male, and one third of all resi­dents are inter­na­tio­nal stu­dents from all over the world—nevertheless, predo­mi­nant­ly Euro­pean stu­dents make up the Scholl­heim com­mu­ni­ty. Stu­dents from all fields of stu­dy resi­de here, wher­eby the tech­ni­cal cour­ses of stu­dy are some­what more stron­gly repre­sen­ted due to the imme­dia­te pro­xi­mi­ty to the Tech­ni­cal Uni­ver­si­ty of Munich (TUM).

New admis­si­on decis­i­ons are made by the stu­dent resi­dents them­sel­ves in an admis­si­on com­mit­tee, which is part of the stu­dent home self-admi­nis­tra­ti­on. An applicant’s per­so­na­li­ty, com­mit­ment, eco­no­mic cir­cum­s­tances and social eli­gi­bi­li­ty are at the fore­front of decis­i­on-making. The­se cha­rac­te­ristics should be com­mu­ni­ca­ted in an applicant’s let­ter of moti­va­ti­on. This sel­ec­tion pro­cess is inten­ded to ensu­re that new resi­dents can fit in well with the dormitory’s community.

Zita­te aus Berich­ten von aktu­el­len und ehe­ma­li­gen Schollheimbewohnern:

Wil­li Müller-Basler
„Fast 50 Jah­re spä­ter kann man erken­nen, dass eigent­lich „das Scholl­heim“ mich zu dem gemacht hat, der ich heu­te bin. [...] Dass ich dabei Freun­de fand, die mich bis heu­te durchs Leben beglei­tet haben und als Bes­tes, eine tol­le Frau […]“
Alf Urban
„In der gemein­sa­men Frei­zeit spiel­ten wir Tisch­ten­nis, radel­ten zu Bade­seen und durch Parks, gin­gen ins Kino und zum Eis­essen. Auch an den Wochen­en­den blieb eine Mehr­heit lie­ber zusam­men als zu den Eltern zu fah­ren.“
Loren­zo Frick
„Damals, im Dezem­ber 2015, lud mich mein Flur mit mei­nen 19 neu­en Mit­be­woh­nern sofort zur Flur­hüt­te ein. Und ich bin immer noch so froh, dass ich damals zuge­sagt habe. Die­se drei Tage mit mir eigent­lich völ­lig Frem­den in einer Selbst­ver­sor­ger­hüt­te nahe Berch­tes­ga­den soll­ten mich so rich­tig in den Flur inte­grie­ren. Es war ein Sprung ins kal­te Was­ser.“    MEHR LESEN »
„Aber hier im Wohn­heim habe ich genau das bekom­men was jeder Stu­dent braucht: Freun­de, mit denen man zusam­men lebt, die einen unter­stüt­zen, mit denen man spon­tan die Nacht zum Tag macht, gemein­sa­mes Kochen und Essen, Gele­gen­hei­ten neue Men­schen ken­nen­zu­ler­nen in der frem­den Stadt, Fei­ern orga­ni­sie­ren, Ver­ant­wor­tung über­neh­men…“    MEHR LESEN »
Johan­nes Krämer
„Unse­re Flur­ge­mein­schaft ist Gott sei Dank sehr koch- und fei­er­freu­dig. Es gibt qua­si jede Woche Flu­res­sen, die von Klein­grup­pen orga­ni­siert wer­den und immer ein gelun­ge­ner Tages­ab­schluss sind. Außer­dem ver­geht kein Wochen­en­de, an dem wir nicht im Wohn­zim­mer einen klei­nen Par­ty­a­bend mit­ein­an­der und mit ande­ren Freun­den feiern.“
Lau­ra Weber
„Ich lie­be es, auf die Fra­ge mit wie vie­len Leu­ten man zusam­men­lebt „17“ zu ant­wor­ten und den ent­setz­ten Gesichts­aus­druck zu sehen. Wobei ich es mitt­ler­wei­le als „leer“ emp­fin­de, wenn mal meh­re­re Flur­is gleich­zei­tig weg sind und man sich kei­nen weni­ger vor­stel­len kann.“        MEHR LESEN »

3. Self-Administration (HSV)

Argu­ab­ly the most important fea­ture of the Scholl­heim is that it is not mana­ged by an exter­nal insti­tu­ti­on like com­mer­cial dor­mi­t­ories or dor­mi­t­ories of the Stu­den­ten­werk Ins­tead, Schol­lis them­sel­ves par­ti­ci­pa­te in the Schollheim’s orga­niza­ti­on within the frame­work of the dormitory’s self-admi­nis­tra­ti­on (HSV). The fun­da­men­tal frame­work that enables resi­dents to live tog­e­ther in an order­ly man­ner is ancho­red in the housing con­tract and the house rules. Howe­ver, the­re are many more are­as of the Scholl­heim that are orga­ni­zed, regu­la­ted, exe­cu­ted and mana­ged by stu­dent invol­vement within the HSV. The­se include the plan­ning of dorm trips, the orga­niza­ti­on of sport­ing, cul­tu­ral or fes­ti­ve events, the design of the dorm’s own news­pa­per „Scholl­zeit” and the ope­ra­ti­on of the dorm’s own bar, to name just a few. Clo­se coope­ra­ti­on with the dorm’s sup­port­ing asso­cia­ti­on is also important for the Schollheim—here, main­ly the dor­mi­t­ory manage­ment, the dor­mi­t­ory coun­cil­ors and the board of trus­tees are responsible.

Fur­ther infor­ma­ti­on on this topic can be found here: Self-Admi­nis­tra­ti­on.

4. our belief

Logo of the Schollheim with portraits of Hans and Sophie Scholl

Statue of Hans and Sophie Scholl in front of the dormitory

Portraits of the members of the White Rose in the entrance area

Picture of the 6th leaflet of the White Rose in the entrance area

The Scholl­heim is named after the Scholl siblings: two cou­ra­ge­ous young peo­p­le who sacri­fi­ced their lives for free­dom and demo­cra­cy during the second World War. Sin­ce its foun­ding, the dor­mi­t­ory has con­side­red it a cen­tral goal to moti­va­te cur­rent gene­ra­ti­ons of stu­dents to com­mit to the values of demo­cra­cy. The­se values include an inte­rest in poli­ti­cal issues, a wil­ling­ness to stand up for others, to take respon­si­bi­li­ty and, last but not least, the con­vic­tion that self-mana­ged initia­ti­ves are well sui­ted to ser­ve the inte­rests of many. Accor­din­gly, the spon­sor of the dor­mi­t­ory expects all resi­dents to get invol­ved, exch­an­ge ide­as, deba­te, streng­then and deve­lop their social skills. For this very reason, acti­ve par­ti­ci­pa­ti­on in the dorm’s com­mu­ni­ty, invol­vement in the HSV and the assump­ti­on of com­mu­ni­ty respon­si­bi­li­ties is expec­ted of each resident. 

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