Discounts and Concessions
It pays to make Greifswald your main residence
Students who are renting an apartment or a room in Greifswald also use the amenities and roads here. A lot of work is invested into these by the local authorities – and taken for granted by the students. The local authorities ensure that their citizens can use these amenities and services - they maintain, repair and improve them and construct new ones. Theatres, sports grounds, swimming pools, roads, squares, cycling paths, bus routes, cultural events and community services – if we want Greifswald to remain an attractive town for our students, we have to invest in these services.
The town can only offer and improve these services for its citizens if enough funds are available.
But ... Government grants to local authorities depend first and foremost on the amount of people who have registered their main residence in a town. Many students do not register at all or only register their place of residence as a Zweitwohnsitz (secondary residence) which means that no funds are allocated to the local authority. Since Greifswald has the extra burden of maintaining and improving services and infrastructure for its students, the town coffers are strained more than in other towns.
This is why the Hanseatic Town of Greifswald is asking its students to register Greifswald as their main residence. Students who do this enjoy the following benefits:
Benefit number one (a permanent benefit):
Students who register their address in Greifswald as their main residence receive the Kultur und Sozialpass (KUS), a cultural and community pass.
Benefit number two, (a one-off benefit):
The Hanseatic town of Greifswald raffles 40 sailing passes for a day trip on the brigantine ‘Greif’. Only students of the University of Greifswald who have registered their address in Greifswald as their main residence are allowed to take part in the raffle.
The Hanseatic Town of Greifswald owns the training ship ‘Greif’. On the few days during the season on which the ship is moored, it can be visited in its home port in Wieck. From April till October the brigantine sails around the Baltic Sea. Supervised by an experienced crew, co-sailors can help on board depending on their skills. Those feeling courageous can climb up into the shrouds. If you feel a little less courageous, you can peel potatoes for a savoury meal.
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The town of Greifswald provides a Culture and Community Pass (Kultur- und Sozialpass). Students who register their address in Greifswald as their main residence are automatically entitled to the KUS. Applications for the card are available from the Sozialamt (Social Welfare Office). You will need a passport photo, a national ID card or passport and a student ID card.
The KUS entitles you to various discounts. An eight-journey pass for the Greifswald buses only costs € 6.20, for example, and is available from the bus driver. A discounted monthly bus ticket can be applied for at the Sozialamt and costs € 17.40.
If you present your KUS at the box office before the show, the local theatre, Theater Vorpommern, will grant you a 50% discount on tickets in the first three price categories. Entry to the zoo is half price for KUS bearers and the Mietverein (rental association) will waive the registration fee for students and offers a monthly membership at the reduced rate of € 3.50.
Read more about all of the available discounts on the Sozialamt’s KUS page.
If you are exempt from the radio and television licence fee or if you receive a BAföG student grant, you are entitled to a special discount from Deutsche Telekom (Sozialanschluss or ISDN-Sondertarif). Your telephone provider must be Telekom. The discount is only available on landline calls and deducted from your monthly call fees. If you don’t make many calls, you won’t be able to use up your full allowance.
You will have to fill in an application form which is available from the following freephone number: 0800 3301000. Alternatively it can be collected from Telekom, Schuhhagen 21, 17489 Greifswald.
The ISIC card, an international student identity card recognised in more than 90 countries, entitles you to free or reduced entry to many cultural attractions. It is available from travel agents near the university, for example, upon presentation of the following:
- Current certificate of enrolment or student ID card
- Passport / national ID card / Children’s passport
- Passport photo
- € 10.00
The student ID card is valid for 16 months.
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