№ 331/2014 from Sep 30, 2014
A new Student Service Center (SSC) opened on Tuesday at Freie Universität Berlin. The new building on Iltisstrasse 4 near the Dahlem-Dorf subway station houses all the essential services and information about studying at Freie Universität: the information desk about studying, the general student advising and psychological counseling service, the unit for international student mobility and student management, and the first point of contact for national and international application and admission at Freie Universität. In addition the building is used by the Studentenwerk for advising students about Bafög, the German government's scholarship and loan program for students, and about finding student housing. The Student Service Center is barrier-free and wheelchair accessible, and it is open year around.
The president of Freie Universität, Prof. Dr. Peter-André Alt, had this to say about the new service center: "The new Student Service Center represents a further improvement for all the students at Freie Universität. Together with our mentoring program for students, it helps to facilitate new students’ orientation at the university. It not only simplifies their getting started, but also promotes academic success in all further phases of their university studies." The Director of Administration and Finance, Peter Lange, underlined, "Pooling service areas at one location makes more visible the diversity of support services that the university provides for prospective students as well as current students from home and abroad." The new Student Service Center is part of the university’s plans to consolidate buildings on campus to help students avoid long distances.
The new building was designed by the architectural firm, braun.busse.architekten. It covers a floor space of 920 square meters and replaces three villas previously used by the university. Two- and three-stories high and with a brick facade, the building was designed to fit in with its vicinity. A representative of the City Planning Office of the district of Steglitz-Zehlendorf was involved in the review process. The energy consumption of the new building is expected to fall below the requirements of the relevant standard Energy Saving Ordinance by a third. Part of the roof has plants growing on it. The Swiss-German landscape architect handled the design of the green space.