20th social survey of the Student Unions of Germany
The social survey for the economical and social situation of students in Germany has been performed by the "Institut für Hochschulforschung" at the behest of the "Bundesministerium für Bildung und Forschung" in a three-year rotation since 1951.It captures the social and economical conditions under which a degree is successfully completed, and with it the social infrastructure provided by the state, universities, student unions and other institutions.
In the whole of Germany, 15,128 students took part in the 20th social census. 372 of these were covered by the Student Union of Niederbayern/Oberpfalz, meaning they were students of one of the universities in Regensburg, Passau, Deggendorf or Landshut.
Below we have compared the statistics of "our" students to those of the average student in Germany.
The most important characteristics of "our" students:
The 20th social survey revealed that students of the Student Union Niederbayern/Oberpfalz are, on average, 1.2 years younger than the national average.
42.5 percent of our students have at least one parent with an academic degree, 57.5 percent don't. The national average for students with an academic background is 77 percent.
- 63.8 percent of our students are doing a Bachelor- or Master degree, the national average is 74 percent.
- 15 percent are aiming for a Staatsexamen, 15 percent are studying to become teachers.
- Only 0.4 percent are still doing a Magister or a Diploms, the national average is 8 percent of all students.
10.3 percent of our students stated they had health issues. That is 3 percent more than the German average.
23 percent of German students have a migration background, at the universities of Niederbayern/Oberpfalz it is only 16.1 percent.
50,4 percent of our students are male, 49.6 percent of our students are female. The national average is 53 percent male, 47 percent female.
- 92.5 percent of our students are funded by their parents, on average they receive 506€ a month. In contrast, only 87 percent of all German students are funded by their parents, and these receive an average of 476 Euro.
- 60.4 percent of our students have jobs, earning an average of 260€. The average for the whole of Germany is 63 percent have jobs, earning an average of 323€ a month.
- Only 23.2 percent of our students receive BAföG, which is a lot less than the national average of 32 percent. Our students receive an average of 386€, the German average is 443.
- 6.1 percent of our students have scholarships, the German average is 4 percent.
- 4.3 percent finance their degree by taking out loans, the national average is 6 percent.
On average, our students have access to 841,30 € per month. This is 22,70 € less than the average German student.
However, the monthly income is widely spread:
- 33 percent of our students have access to less than 700 € a month
- 22 percent of our students have more than 1.000 € a month available
- Students in our area spend an average of 288 € on rent, that's roughly 23 percent of their income. The German average is 298 €.
- 31 percent have a shared apartment
- 10.3 percent live with their partners
- 18.3 percent have their own flat
- 24.3 percent still live with their parents
- 19.9 percent live in student housing, that's roughly 10 percent more than the national average. The average rent for student housing is 250€, that's about 35€ more than the national average.
Most of our students - 64 percent - are satisfied with their current housing situation.
On average, our students spend 36.3 hours a week in class and on their studies. They spend an average of 6.4 hours a week at work. This means they work about 20 minutes more than the average German student, who spends 35 hours a week on his degree and 7.4 hours on his job.
22 percent of our students work so much, that they can only study part time. About half our students have to work for a living.
In Niederbayern/Oberpfalz only 16.7 percent did a semester abroad during their degree, the national average is 30 percent.
Our students have lunch in our mensas about 2.6 times a week, but about 68 percent would go more often if they didn't have classes at lunchtime. 62 percent say they simply don't have enough time. Our mensas and cafeterias are particularly popular because of their nearness to the universities and the large variety of high quality food. The reasonable prices are also a deciding factor for many of our students.