AdvisingSupport services for doctoral candidates

Doctoral candidates with children

If you have children, you can take advantage of the child care services provided by the Studierendenwerk and by the city of Heidelberg.

The Studierendenwerk also has some housing available especially for families and single parents. In order to use the Studierendenwerk services, doctoral candidates must either be enrolled at the University or have an employment contract with the University.

Kinderhausbüro / Service for Families der Universität Heidelberg

The Service for Families, part of the Office of Equal Opportunities, is the central advising office at Heidelberg University for questions regarding childcare, family issues and balancing a family and a career. The Children’s Center (Kinderhausbüro) offers childcare services covering a variety of ages and hours. Long-term, full-day childcare is available at the Crèche / Kinderkrippe 685, the Day Care Center / Kindertagesstätte INF 159, and the Kids-Club INF 370. There is a separate holiday care program to cover school vacations and holidays, a congress program to assist visiting scholars attending a conference in Heidelberg and even a backup service for short-term emergencies. The childcare services are all located on the campus in Neuenheimer Feld and have flexible hours that suit the working hours at the University.


The Studierendenwerk offers particularly reasonable prices to doctoral candidates who are enrolled at the University.

Doctoral candidates with disabilities or chronic illness

The office for students with disabilities or chronic illness is happy to advise doctoral candidates about organising university life.

They give information on such issues as barrier-free access to campus buildings and access to technical aids and assistants. The office also provides information about barrier-free housing and living with a disability or chronic illness in general in Heidelberg.

Central Advisory Office / Career Service

The Career Service advises students and doctoral candidates about career opportunities and helps them to discover their own professional competencies.

Psychosocial counselling / Nightline

The psychosocial counselling of the Studentenwerk and the Nightline are available to students from the University of Heidelberg and the University of Education.

The nightline is a telephone contact service by students, for students. Nightline gives callers the time and opportunity to talk about their concerns openly and anonymously, whether it be exam stress, relation problems or problems in a flat share.

Social counselling

Social counselling is meant to be an addition to the other counselling offers from the Studierendenwerk and the University.

Legal advice

Legal advice on a variety of issues is available from the legal advising service of the Studierendenwerk, from the Heidelberg district court (Amtsgericht) and from the student legal advising service, Pro Bono Heidelberg.

Pro Bono is a first point of contact providing legal advice to people who cannot readily afford the services of a lawyer.

Equal Opportunities Office

The Equal Opportunities Office develops gender equality measures for the university and its institutions.

Furthermore it is responsible for the systematic promotion of young female academics. Moreover they work on improving the conditions for combining scientific careers with a sustainable family life.