Registrations

Registry office
Electricity provider

Landline telephone

Telephone fee reduction
Radio fees

Exemption from radio fees

 

Registry office

If you have just moved to your study location, it is necessary that you (depending on where you live) will register for a main- or secondary residence at the respective registry office of the city or district. According to the  Lower Saxony Reporting Act the registration must take place within a week.

The location of your main residence is decisive for the fact where you are entitled to vote and have to file a return. A secondary residence may be subject to charges (secondary residence tax, radio fees). As a rule, you will find the contact point for housing allowance, parental allowance, residence permit etc. at your respective city or district.

City Office Clausthal-Zellerfeld

 

 

Electricity provider

After moving into a flat of one’s own, it is indispensable to register with the public utilities or another electricity provider. The utilities statement mostly takes place via the landlord. There are different regulations regarding which extra costs are due or have to be paid by oneself, respectively. Heating-, electricity- and gas costs as well as costs for water are often separately charged. If you are living at the student dormitory, everything is included as a rule – only electricity might be paid separately according to consumption.
In Hildesheim, the public utilities (EVI) offer a special Electricity tariff for students.

 

Landline telephone

If you want to use a landline telephone you have to look for a provider and register with him, so that he will activate your connection. Nowadays, as a rule telephone connection is offered as a bundle together with connections for internet and/or cable TV.

Telephone fee reduction

At the Telekom, BAföG recipients have the chance to apply for a so-called social tariff. Accordingly, one receives a monthly reduction of up to 6.94 euros for all standard calls made via the landline of Telekom. Calls via other providers as well as connections to service- or mobile numbers are not included. The application must be filed with the submission of a valid BAföG notification at a T-Punkt of the Telekom. The reduction is valid for one year each.

You will find the application form of the Telekom PDF here.

Radio fees

For every flat, a radio fee of 17.50 euros is due – no matter who has what kind or number of radio sets. Every adult tenant (or owner) or every person registered with the flat is a fee debtor. A flat-sharing community is jointly and separately liable, which means that every resident can be charged. As a fact, only one resident has to pay (as long as not all are exempted, see below). The community can decide who has to pay and the fee is divided among all.  The other residents should de-register with the contribution service, stating who pays the fee for the flat. You have to clarify with your flatmates whether the radio fee is already being paid. If this is not the case and you are obliged to pay, you will have to register with the radio contribution service.

Within a dormitory, all depends on the structural pre-conditions: if the rooms open into a generally accessible corridor, the full radio fee has to be paid for every room. If the rooms are separated from the generally accessible corridor or staircase by means of an own apartment door, for which only the residents of the shared flat do have a key, though, only one fee is due.

Exemption from radio fees

BAföG recipients and other recipients of social benefits can be exempted from the fee as long as they do not live with their parents. The application for exemption is valid from the following month of the date of request on. A retrospective exemption will only be possible if a respective application is made within two months of the decree of the BAföG notification.

If one or several residents of a shared flat are exempted from the obligation to contribute, this does not automatically apply to the flatmates.

It is different with married couples or registered civil partnerships: if one of them is exempted, that applies to the other – as long as they are living together.

Under certain conditions, disabled students can be exempted from the radio fee/have the fee reduced via application.

Just send the application for exemption from radio fees together with the necessary proves directly to the radio fee contribution service.