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What are the Quarantine Regulations at the studierendenWERK?

May I move in?

a.      If I am NOT coming from a risk area and did NOT spend time in a risk area up to 14 days before my arrival:

Yes, you can move into your room immediately. Quarantine is not necessary in this case.

What “traveling from a risk area” means is described in more detail on the following website.

Please verify carefully, especially shortly before departure, if you are coming from a risk area as the list including the so-called risk areas might change on a daily basis:


(website is in German, see English archive at the bottom of the page).

b.      If I am coming from a risk area (see info above) or spent time in a risk area up to 14 days before my arrival:

If you present the residence administration with a valid negative coronavirus test result, you can move into your room immediately. A 10-day quarantine is mandatory in this case. You can end your quarantine period early, if you provide the administration with a negative coronavirus test result, carried out at least five days after your arrival.

Please note: the test must be carried out in a member state of the European Union or a country that is listed here: https://www.rki.de/covid-19-tests, by the Robert Koch Institute. If, when entering the country, you already have a negative test result, the test has to be conducted within 48 hours prior to entry for it to be valid. The test certificate must be written in German or English.

Information about acceptable types of tests can be found here: https://www.rki.de/covid-19-tests (English version at the bottom of the page).

Test centers are set up at Berlin airports, the Central Station (Berlin Hauptbahnhof) and at the Central Bus Station (ZOB), which can be used by those arriving from risk areas.

Until the test result is available, which according to media reports should be within 48 hours, you may have to move to a “quarantine-suitable accommodation”. With regard to the 2-day waiting period for the test result, quarantine is also possible at a hotel or an apartment. According to the local government of Berlin, campsites, youth hostels, and all other accommodations in which guests share amenities, are not suitable for quarantine.

Daily updated information for travellers to Berlin can be found on the following website https://www.bundesgesundheitsministerium.de/coronavirus/current-information-for-travellers.html. The Robert Koch Institute can also be considered a good and reliable source.

Can I spend the quarantine at studierendenWERK residence?

The premises of studierendenWERK, which also include communal living areas, where the sanitary facilities and kitchens are shared with other residents, are not suitable for the quarantine.

To protect the residence administration staff and the other residents, we strongly recommend you to prepare yourself to stay at a hotel or an apartment which is suitable for self-isolation as long as you cannot provide your residence administration a negative test result. 

Further information about the quarantine regulations at the studierendenWERK can be found here: https://www.stw.berlin/en/housing/themen/quarantine-residences.html.

What should I do if I come from a risk area (see info above) or spend time in a risk area up to 14 days before my arrival:

For safety reasons, it is strongly recommended that you get yourself a valid test and to send your residence administration (whv.sh@stw.berlin) a copy of the test results per email.

-          If the test result is negative, follow the quarantine regulations described above for people coming from risk areas.

-          If the test result is positive, we recommend you to send the information to the residence administration per email, in order to reduce social contact and the risk of spreading the virus. In this case we ask you to follow the recommendations above for people who cannot provide a negative test result.

Please inform your residence administration about your delayed moving-in date.

We like to point out that you yourself are responsible for complying with the quarantine regulations.

Finally, please note that the rights and obligations, including the conditions of a cancelation (as described in our General Terms and Conditions), which come into effect with our receipt of the reservation fee from the student, will remain in force.

The costs for conducting a test might vary from place to place. Please verify in advance if your health insurance can cover these costs or whether you might have to pay them yourself. Make sure to bring enough money if needed.