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.
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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
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.