Studying at TUM with a family

NEW: Deadline extensions for parents

In order to better reconcile studying and childcare, TUM student parents have now besides the option of applying for a leave of absence also the possibility to apply for a deadline extension to their responsible examination board. More info here

 

We will be glad to help you find the perfect balance between family life and study commitments. The TUM Family Service is your first point of contact for all matters relating to family and study. We are here to help, so do not hesitate to contact us.

Get an overview of various offers.

At the TUM campuses in Munich, Garching and Freising there are several childcare facilities for students operated by Studentenwerk München.

Please have a look also at the collection of links about childcare outside our university.
We will be happy to advise you on this.

Find out about flexible childcare options at TUM. We provide support in finding solutions for childcare at home as well as at the TUM campi.
In addition, we also refer to flexible childcare options in the city/county of Munich.

At the TUM locations you will find relaxation and nursing rooms, baby-changing facilities as well as family rooms where you can retreat or spend time with your children.
The following overview provides information about existing family-friendly infrastructure at our university.

In the StudiTUM - Houses of Students in Munich, Garching and Weihenstephan there are family rooms that can be used by pregnant students or studying parents to rest, study or stay with children. You can be registered to reserve the recovery room/family room at StudiTUM Munich and the family room at StudiTUM Garching via TUMonlilne before visiting the campus. Please write an email to the Student Representative, if possible with a short explanation. Further family rooms at TUM schools/faculties.
The family room at StudiTUM Weihenstephan. is the only one on the campus in Freising and therefore available to students as well as to employees.

If you are interested in a semester or internship abroad with a child, make sure to inform yourselves well in advance about options and support services!

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We support also TUM students with any care-related questions and can offer a range of support services. You can contact us in absolute confidence.
More information on the topic of care of family members

"CHE kurz + kompact" guide on studying with caring responsibilities (in German language)
(Information brochure of CHE Centre for Higher Education in cooperation with Familie in der Hochschule e.V. association)

Information and advice services of TUM Center for Study and Teaching

Find important information about studying with a family at TUM, such as notification about a pregnancy, maternity leave for female students, leave of absence due to care for a child or family member and more.

In case of pregnancy during your studies, please notice the maternity protection regulations for female students.

Information on fees and financial aid

A leave of absence from studies is possible due to maternity and parental leave or care of close relatives. Please note you must reapply for each semester off. During the leave of absence, you can continue to study (as much as you can manage) and take exams.

A variety of foundations offer grants to students at all levels of study. 

Find here an overview of scholarships awarded by TUM or other institutions as well as scholarship search plattforms.

TUM supports its students in their search for accommodation with personal advice, information sessions, commission-free appartment listings (TUM living) and further tips.

More information on accommodation

Regular events for (expectant) student parents

Next event on October 26th, 2022 | 3:00-4:30 pm | Online via GoToMeeting |

The event gives you the opportunity to ask questions about how to best balance study with raising children, organize child care, finance and plane your studies etc. You have the chance to get to know other (expectant) student mothers and fathers and exchange experiences with them as well as with representatives from Munich Student Union, Ludwig-Maximilians-University of Munich and Munich University of Applied Sciences and from our TUM Family Service.

The event will be held in German language.

For registration please send an email to smk@stwm.de. You will then receive a link and access code to the event.

All information (also about other events) can be found here

In April 2019 the Süddeutsche Zeitung reported about our Familiencafé. Here you can find the artical.

Next event on November 17th, 2022 | 3:00-4.30 pm | in the University Community Freising (Hochschulgemeinde Freising)

Experts from Munich Student Union, Weihenstephan-Triesdorf University of Applied Sciences, Technical University of Munich and Family Center Freising will be available to answer all questions about financing, childcare and other support services. The event will be held in German language. More information here.

The University Community Freising organizes further meetings for students with children

Next event on November 23rd, 2022 | 10:00-11:30 am | Online via GoToMeeting |

The employees of the advisory network of Munich Student Union inform you about financing options for studying with children.

After the keynote speeches on the topics of parental allowance, BAföG, scholarships, student loans and other social benefits, you will have the opportunity to ask personal questions to the various experts (BAföG Advisory Service, Scholarship Advisory Service, Advisory Service Studying with a child).

Pregnant students, student parents and prospective students from all universities supervised by Munich Student Union are welcome.

The event will be held in German language.

For registration please send an email to smk@stwm.de. You will then receive a link and access code to the event.

More information also about other events here

Next event on Decempber 8th, 2022 | 4:00 - 5:30 pm | Online via GoToMeeting |

Speaker: Larissa Müller und Sabine Stöhr, Munich Student Union

Are you also wondering how to handle your studies and family at the same time? Studying with a child brings new challenges in addition to daily life at the university, performance pressure and exam stress.

This lecture will provide theoretical background knowledge as well as some tips and impulses for a family-friendly stress and time management in studies.
The event will be held in German language.

For registration please send an email to smk@stwm.de. You will then receive a link and access code to the event.

More information also about other events here

Services of the Student Unions

Munich Student Union/Studentenwerk München

The Advisory Service Studying with a child of Munich Student Union provides support on how to balance study with family life, allocates childcare places, assists in finding suitable housing and provides information on financial support for students with children.

Other Advisory Services of Munich Student Union

Brochure "Financing your studies with a child" (in German)  from German Student Union/Deutsches Studentenwerk

"Kinderteller" – free meal for kids

Munich Student Union offers all children of students a free lunch up until their sixth birthday. If you visit the Student Union Mensa with your child(ren) and purchase at least two meals, you will get the cheapest meal free. For more information, see the Studentenwerk München/Munich Student Union website.

Wimmelbild from German Student Union/Deutsches Studentenwerk

Das Wimmelbild der SFS des Deutschen Studentenwerks presents comprehensive family-friendly services on the university campus. This is intended to draw the attention of students with children to what is on offer and also to give the youngest ones something to discover.