The legal basis and social contribution

Legal basis

The legal basis for our work is the „Gesetz über die Studierendenwerke im Lande Nordrhein-Westfalen“ (Law governing the Student Support Services of the State of North Rhine Westphalia).
We are a member of the Paritätischen Wohlfahrtsverband (Federation of Welfare Associations) and our legal form is that of an Institution under Public Law. The governing bodies of the Studierendenwerk Münster are the Board of Directors and the Managing Director. The legal supervisory authority is the Ministerium für Wissenschaft und Forschung des Landes NRW (Ministry of Science and Research of North-Rhine Westphalia).

You can find the articles of association of the Student Support Services here Satzung des Studierendenwerks.

Social contribution

In order to be able to offer you our services, we need your financial support. Our services are financed partially by the state of North Rhine Westphalia, partially by our own revenue and partially by the social contributions of the students of Münster’s higher education institutions.

In a state-wide comparison as students in Münster you pay a lower than average social contribution. Stagnating or declining subsidies paid by the state, on the one hand, as well as the development of costs for energy, groceries and the maintenance of our residential complexes, on the other hand, means we are constantly faced with new challenges.  For us as your service provider, it is self-evident that we must make your share of our financing as small as possible with a sustainable business model.