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Don’t have all the information you need yet? We answer a few of the most frequently asked questions below.
About yout application
The house administration decides on the allocation of rooms: the Seniorat (three residents elected by the house community) and the study inspector (advisor and contact person of the association).
No. There is no right to a particular room, as only a few rooms become available at any one time and the house administration distributes the accepted applicants to suitable floors. Nevertheless, you can express a wish for a room, e.g. if you prefer a smaller room due to financial hardship. The house administration will try to accommodate this request if possible and available.
No. The Goebenstift is open to students of all disciplines. Currently, about a third of us are studying Protestant theology or related subjects.
About moving in
Each room has heating, a washbasin, a vanity unit, mirror, curtain rod, ceiling light and washbasin light. In addition, there are at least 5 power sockets and a LAN connection. Other furniture can be borrowed according to need and availability.
The room is rented partially furnished. This means that we provide furniture according to availability and need.
Yes, as we have a furniture cellar and attic, we can store the furniture we do not need there before arrival, so that furniture you bring yourself can be placed in the room.
Each resident gets a compartment in the fridge, freezer and food cupboard. In addition, there is storage space in a cupboard or storage room, usually one or two large compartments. Large items such as suitcases or moving boxes can be stored in the attic. Furniture can also be stored.
Yes. The Goebenstift is connected to a fibre optic line with 1 Gigabit download and 59 Mbit upload. Throughout the house, high-speed internet is available wirelessly (WLAN) and via cable. In your own room there are two LAN sockets to which devices can be connected to the internet via LAN cable.
The high-speed internet allows everyone in the house to stream, search the internet and make video calls without limits. So studying in Corona times is no problem in the Goebenstift either 🙂
Yes, we have a bicycle cellar that is not open to the public. Furthermore, there are bicycle racks in front of the house to which bicycles can be attached.
About the house and the association
The Goebenstift is a student house. That is a student residence with a shared flat character. We don’t only live next door to each other, but we all know each other at least by sight. With 36 residents, we are probably the largest flat-sharing community in Bonn. The Goebenstift or Adolf-Clarenbach-Haus was built as a place for students of Protestant theology to live and study at the same time (hence the theological library on the ground floor). It was intended to serve the spiritual education of the residents. Today, the Goebenstift accommodates students of all disciplines. It is therefore shaped not only by its history, but also by the current house community.
The house is run by a private association that serves the existence of the house. Instead of taking over the tasks of a house administration, such as room allocation, maintenance, cleaning or events, the association has handed over these tasks to the students who live in the house. We manage the house’s finances, monitor the state of the building or renovate and repair it ourselves, we organise the cleaning, keep the library up to date or organise big parties in the garden or the Refektorium. All these things give us a lots of space as a “giant flat-share” not just to live next door to each other, but to live and study together. You can find more information at Self-Government.
No. Everyone still has to provide for themselves 🙂 However, we are part of Foodsharing and grow some vegetables, herbs and fruit in our garden.
No. The association Evangelisch-Theologisches Studienhaus Adolf-Clarenbach e.V. is a private sponsor independent of the ESG Bonn. Nevertheless, we maintain an active relationship with the ESG, whose student residence is not far from the Goebenstraße.
We manage our house ourselves! We are not dependent on a central administration, but take problems into our own hands. We also organise community life together and you can always find poeple to cook or watch a movie with. Apart from your own floor, you actually get to know everyone in the house.
A convent is the term we use to describe all the students who are admitted to Adolf-Clarenbach-Haus as residents. The convent forms the basis for our self-government. It meets twice a semester and decides, for example, on new rules or purchases. The duty holders are elected at the convention meeting, where they also give an account of their work.
Yes! In order to continue to make the extraordinary way of life at the Goebenstift possible, we need your support. The association and the house community are grateful for every donation! Here you can find more information on how to donate.