Family at ASH Berlin

ASH Berlin helps all its members to balance work with other areas of their life. We provide the necessary support so you can take full social responsibility for your family. 

Campus with child(ren)

Sometimes it's just not possible to organise childcare or maybe you just need a quick visit to the library. At ASH Berlin, you'll find various family support structures are available whenever you need them.

All members of ASH Berlin are welcome to use the childcare facilities, with or without being registered for ASH childcare services. The keys can be collected at the reception office.    

A nursing room is located on the third floor (R323). The room is equipped with a comfortable nursing chair, a changing table and a bottle warmer. Expressed milk, bottles and jars can be stored in a refrigerator. A microwave for heating baby food is provided in the kitchen next door in room 319.

In addition to the changing table in the nursing room (room 323), changing tables are provided in all women's, men's and all-gender welcome toilets (exception: women's toilet, first floor, left side wing).

Children of ASH Berlin library users are welcome guests. A play blanket, toys and children's books are available on request. Infants can be placed in high chairs while their parents are carrying out research. The sockets on the ground floor are equipped with child safety devices. Please note that parents are responsible for their children and should ensure that other users are not unduly disturbed.

There are two children's chairs available for use in the cafeteria. There is also a children's play area with children's tables and toys.

Children of ASH Berlin students can receive a free lunch in the canteen. A complete meal for children up to 6 years of age can be selected on presentation of a canteen card and student ID card. A canteen card can be purchased for 1.55 euros directly at the cash desk in the canteen.

On the website of Studierendenwerk Berlin you can find information about the canteen card and the free children’s meal.


Your child is under one year old and you have therefore not yet found a Kita place? You have a Kita place, but only half a year later than planned? Your child's KiTa has early closing times and you have late classes or you have no childcare options at all on particular days?

For such and similar cases, ASH Berlin has set up a childcare service. Within the scope of our capacities, your child can be cared for if necessary.

Link to childcare service

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Study organisation for parents

The combination of being a student and a parent is not always easy. ASH Berlin helps you to master this balancing act.

Support for studying parents

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Study funding for parents

Financing your studies while raising a family is not always easy. Here you find a list of potential sources of income during your studies.

Study funding for parents

For students: Maternity protection and parental leave

The regulations on statutory maternity leave also apply to students, with some exceptions. ASH Berlin also offers students who become parents the opportunity to take parental leave.    

Maternity protection and parental leave

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Information and Networking for Students and Employees with Family Responsibilities

Are you a studying or working parent and/or taking care of relatives in need of care? Are you looking for contact and exchange with other students or employees with similar family responsibilities? The Family Office networks you with each other and informs you regularly about information events, etc.

Information and networking

For employees: Maternity protection and parental leave

ASH Berlin supports all employees – administrative employees, student employees and teachers – in combining work and family life. Here you will find an overview of the statutory and internal university regulations on part-time work, maternity leave and parental leave.    

 Maternity protection and parental leave for employees of ASH Berlin

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Students and employees: Vacation care and virtual child care

University employees who are (grand)parents can take advantage of the offer with virtual workshops and events, virtual childcare, and the arrangement of vacation care (from day workshops to vacation camps lasting several weeks) for their children or grandchildren between the ages of 4 and 13.

Are you interested and would like to learn more or try out the offer?

For more information and access data to the catalog of our cooperation partner voiio, please contact familienbuero@

Caring for relatives

The need to care for a family member often occurs without any prior warning and can very challenging for students and employees. To help you to with organising studies and work with caring for a relative, initial guidance and information is available here.    

Caring for relatives

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Advice and support

Counselling on compatibility of family and studies

(e.g. parental leave and care services) 

Cindy Lautenbach

Representative for students with disabilities, chron. illnesses and mental impairments, initial counsellor in cases of discrimination

Room No. 312

Office hours:

Tuesday 1 to 2.30 p.m.

You are also welcome to make appointments for counselling outside office hours. Please send me an email with your consultation request and your availability. Counselling is possible in person, by phone or online.

T +49 30 99245 283

Cindy Lautenbach

General student counselling

If you have any questions regarding the range of courses offered/ choice of courses/ decision-making advice/ application and admission requirements/ organization of studies/ social counseling/ financing of studies in the undergraduate Bachelor's and Master's programs, please contact the General Student Counselling Service

Anna Kuhlage

General Student Support Service

Room 329

Personal office hours:

Tuesday 2pm-4pm
Thursday 10-12 a.m.

There will be no in-person office hours on 9/12-23.

Telephone office hours:

Wednesday 19-21 o'clock (please make the appointment in advance by mail)

Thursday 13- 14 o'clock
Thursday 19-21 o'clock (please make the appointment in advance by mail)

You are also welcome to make an appointment outside the office hours.
Please send me an email with your consultation request and your availability.

Room 329
+49 30 99245-125