University Gastronomy | German Student Union

Standstill in turnover and guests

One of the few open refectories of the Studierendenwerk Bielefeld, which is allowed to offer not only to-go but also on-site consumption: the refectory building X on the university campus of Bielefeld University.
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One of the few open refectories of the Studierendenwerk Bielefeld, which is allowed to offer not only to-go but also on-site consumption: the refectory building X on the university campus of Bielefeld University.

The turnover of the Deutsche Studentenwerke (DSW, German student union) has remained constant for years at € 446 m. But since March, their proven innovative power has been particularly in demand. Corona drives creativity.

When the world did not yet know about Corona - in 2019 - the 57 student unions in Germany had a turnover of €446.6 m. A meagre increase of 145,613 euros over the previous year, +/- 0.0 percent - and a continuing trend. In 2018, the increase in turnover was 0.7 percent, in 2017 a small minus of 0.7 percent was the bottom line. In short: stagnation.

Also unmoving: the number of students. In 2019, a marginal increase of 0.1 percent to 2,504,504. Only private universities and distance learning courses are recording growing numbers.


Mobile, part-time, dual - studying in change
Digital subjects, dual studies, part-time students. Jana Judisch, press spokeswoman for the largest student union in the German capital, sees this as a reason for declining sales: Berlin, with almost 157,000 students, has to cope with a minus of 10.7 percent (previous year -5.5 %). As the runner-up, Munich was able to gain another 5.1 percent. In the previous year the increase was still 7.1 percent.

Ranking der Hochschulgastronomie 2019

Quelle: Deutsches Studentenwerk (DSW)
R.(R.)StudentenwerkGesamtumsatz 2019 in €1vs. '18 in %
11Berlin20.184.315-10,7
22München16.604.6205,1
33Dresden15.010.3890,5
44Hamburg14.768.0871,9
57Thüringen13.115.4450,1



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