Studying and family

Information on service offerings the University of Stuttgart is committed to for ensuring family-compatible study conditions.
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Family-friendly University of Stuttgart

The University of Stuttgart has been recognized several times over the years for being family-friendly. It is dedicated to the continued development of support offerings it currently provides for employees and students by way of family-friendly work and study environments. It is not only members of the University with family obligations who benefit from a university that is organized as family-friendly: we also win by attracting and retaining highly qualified employees, using our human resources more effectively, and reducing family-conditioned interruptions to studies. 

All University of Stuttgart members have a responsibility for implementing these goals and standards, but this applies especially to management. Our university leadership lends its active support to making career and studies compatible with family life.

As family, the University of Stuttgart understands all life partnerships which take on long-term social responsibility, including parents and children, life partners, siblings, grandparents, as well as relatives needing care.

Family-friendly infrastructure

We think a family-friendly infrastructure at both our university locations matters: we therefore set up functional breastfeeding and diapering facilities in key locations and plan to make them standard in new and remodeled buildings.

Parent-child areas are being developed in two multifunction rooms in the House of Students and ARENA2036 on the Vaihingen campus and in work rooms in the two University Library locations. In addition, Stuttgart Student Services makes family apartments available to students with children.

The „FamiliesCAMPUS Stadtmitte“ and „FamiliesCAMPUS Vaihingen“ maps feature all family-related locations for our University: childcare, diapering facilities, playgrounds, and family service points.

The family-friendly facilities offer various ways of use:

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In December of 2017, the multi-functional room at the house of students was opened. It’s located at the house of students on the 4th floor with the room number 4.006.

The room can be used as:

  • A parent child room
  • Nursing room
  • Recreational area for disabled and chronically-ill people as well as pregnant women

Apart from nursing and changing your child’s diapers, the room may be used for studying or working while looking after your child in a child-friendly environment. This way, employees can handle last-minute child-care emergencies and students are able to look after their child between lectures.

For this purpose they are offered a desk with a telephone, a changing table, a lounger with a privacy shield and the KidsBox. The room can be used by employees or students of the University of Stuttgart. You may use the room once or multiple times – either for a short amount of time or the whole day.

By making use of this room, you agree to the terms of use posted in each room. A key can be obtained from these persons / facilities.

There is no fixed claim on the room or a specific time, neither is there a preference for a specific group of people. As long as it is discussed and agreed upon, multiple people may use the room at the same time (e.g. as a recreational area and a nursing room). Currently it is not possible to book the room in advance.

In the spring of 2018, a second room was opened at campus Stadtmitte, Geschwister-Scholl-Str. 24 C. It is located on the first floor and has the room number 1.124. This room may be used as a:

  • Nursing room
  • Recreational area for disabled and chronically-ill people as well as pregnant women

For this purpose you are offered two loungers that are shielded for privacy and two desks. If you want to change your child’s diapers, please bring along your own changing mat that you can spread out on a lounger.

The room can be used by employees or students of the University of Stuttgart. You may use the room once, multiple times or regularly. The room is not designed for a whole-day use. 

There is no fixed claim on the room or a specific time, neither is there a preference for a specific group of people. As long as it is discussed and agreed upon, multiple people may use the room at the same time (e.g. as a recreation area and a nursing room). Currently it is not possible to book the room in advance.

By making use of this room, you agree to the terms of use posted in each room. A key can be obtained from these persons / facilities.

Apart from the parent child room at the House of Students (Haus der Studierenden), further facilities at the university are equipped with a KidsBox.

At campus Vaihingen and campus Stadtmitte, a Kidsbox is available for use at the respective university library.

The cluster of excellence Sim Tech has a Kidsbox available that employees of the University of Stuttgart are welcome to borrow and use at their own office.

Additional offers

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The Uni & Family Service in the Gender Equality Office is the go-to resource for all staff members and students with questions on balancing career, studies, and family at the University of Stuttgart. The manager coordinates already existing compatibility measures and develops additional ones, and she advises and support the intra-University networks. In addition, she has project responsibility for the “audit family-friendly university” and represents University management in regional and superregional networks, especially in the Best Practice Club “Family in the University.”

The University of Stuttgart has appointed two interested employees to be care-coordinators and has financed their training costs. The care-coordinators are a first point of contact for employees and students who are nursing their relatives. They offer assistence, if for exemple, the need for care arises suddenly and unexpectedly. Furthermore, they support those affected in finding further options for counselling.

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At the University of Stuttgart, there are a number of services designed to support students with children. You are welcome to join our newsletter to get information and news concerning young family lifestyle (e.g. about child benefits, maternity leave) or events for studying parents (e.g. holiday childcare programs, networking events for studying parents).

Subscribe to receive regular information (once a month) from Service Uni & Family. Just write an e-mail (without text message). You can unsubscribe at any time.

Hohenheim-Stuttgart Kids University

The Kids University is offered by the University to children between the ages of eight and twelve. Every semester, professors explain complex sets of facts relating to topics in their research fields in terms that children can understand.

Pupil Campus on Science Day

Once a year, on Science Day the University of Stuttgart opens its laboratories to let visitors explore the world of science and its insights. The day includes a Pupil Campus, a program of exploration geared to children and youth when not just besides observing and listening but doing hands-on experiments frequently is the order of the day.

Mensa: Kids eat for free

Students' children up to the age of ten can partake of meals free of charge in Stuttgart Student Services cafeterias.

Students with children are very welcome to join the regular meetings of our Studying & Family network. Here you can network with other students with children and swap experiences.

The meetings are organized by the Uni & Family Service and take place roughly once a month at the Vaihingen and Downtown campuses (Stadtmitte). All those taking part can contribute ideas, questions and suggestions and have their say in organizing future meetings. The dates of upcoming network meetings are announced on our News [de]. If you want to be kept informed by e-mail, please sign up for our Studying & Family mailing list.

In contrast to other networks, the network Uni & Care is not target group specific but designed for employees and students with nursing responsibilities or future nursing needs. During the meetings, especially general and university-specific information in regards to legal rights and flexibility programs in the nursing field as well as the need of help for family members without a level of care are discussed.

The network meets every last Tuesday of the month, alternating between the campus Vaihingen and Stadtmitte with around 10 members regularly attending and is guided by a care-coordinator and the managing director of the Service Uni & Family. Please subscribe to our internal mailing-list (write E-mail).

The virtual FamilyNETWORK entails a university-internal classified-ads service for employees and students of the University of Stuttgart. It was created in collaboration with the Service Uni & Family and the Technical Information and Communication Service (TIK) with the financial support of the collaborative research center Transregio 75 to further the exchange and mutual support between studying parents.

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