Wohngeld (housing allowance) is a subsidy for expenses relating to living space.
According to the Wohngeldgesetz §20.2, students are generally exempt from receiving Wohngeld when they qualify for BAföG. A subsidy for living space is generally included in BAföG.
Students who are not exempt from receiving Wohngeld are typically students who do not qualify for BAföG.
Exempt from receiving Wohngeld are those who receive specific social benefits such as unemployment (Arbeitslosengeld II), social assistance (Sozialhilfe) or social benefits due to a reduction of earning capacity (Grundsicherungsleistungen bei Erwerbsminderung). The living expenses are already taken into account when receiving social benefits.
Students also are entitled to Wohngeld when
Important: Because Wohngeld is a social welfare benefit used for the assistance of ones living expenses, it is difficult for international students to apply for these benefits. In accordance to §2.3 of the Residence Act, receiving these benefits can hinder the chances of receiving an extension of ones residence permit.
The Wohngeld application "Angaben zur Miete" should be filled out at the department for Wohngeld at the Fachbereich Arbeit und Soziales in R 1, 12, 68161 Mannheim. Applications can also be found online and at the Citizens’ Service.
Wohngeld will only be granted from the month that the application is submitted and all documents are handed in.
The amount of Wohngeld is dependent
Parents who receive Wohngeld may also receive benefits for their children from Bildung und Teilhabe.