German universities have an excellent reputation abroad. Berlin especially has been attracting international scientists for several years. The Freie Universität Berlin and the Humboldt Universität zu Berlin are two of the most popular universities.
It can be difficult for international scientists to find an apartment in Berlin from their hometown as often they do not speak German and do not know the German tenancy law. It can also be difficult as they are often new to Berlin and so do not know which areas are residentially preferable, not do they have time to do the necessary research when living abroad.
The IBZ Berlin provides a solution to this problem by providing world-class, fully furnished, high quality housing close to the Freie Universität .The well-located and quiet house is well connected to public transport and provides good access to both the Freie Universität campus and the city centre, as well as areas such as Dahlem or the Park Wilmersdorf that are perfect for relaxing.
The IBZ Berlin offers all the comforts of urban and green life in the city. It offers a wide range of non-academic, cultural and scientific programmes for guests, their friends and neighbours. It also has shared spaces such as the club room and the large ceremonial hall, which offer a range of entertainment facilities. We want it to make it as comfortable as possible for all our guests so they feel at home straight away.
The association IBZ Berlin was founded in 1983 as a joint venture of the Freie Universität Berlin, the Technischen Universität Berlin, the Universität der Künste Berlin, the Helmholtz-Zentrum Berlin für Materialien und Energie (HZB) and the Max-Planck-Gesellschaft, the Wissenschaftszentrum Berlin für Sozialforschung and the former Elektronenspeicherring-Gesellschaft für Synchrotronstrahlung, BESSY. Today, the Freie Universität Berlin, the Max Planck Gesellschaft and small institutions as well as private person are responsible for the association.
The association promotes the exchange of ideas between scientists, international artists and their German colleagues. The international meeting centre Berlin in particular creates a medium through which this is possible. The IBZ Berlin is a founding member of the Network of IBZ and of high-school near guest houses in Germany. Since 2009 the IBZ Berlin is managed by the Studentendorf Schlachtensee eG. Anne Krainz and her team are responsible for the management of the house.
Anne KrainzHouse Management, Rental Service, Event Management
Gajana HollandProperty management, accounting and rental management
Niels MöllerNiels Möller, facility manager at the IBZ since December 2015. Always available in cases of maintenance and repair and help with technical questions.
Badi Antadzepart-time student and assistant at the front desk
our friendly cleaning service are there whenever you need them:
Natalia PolanskiCleaning and Service
Christiane StrackharnCleaning and Service
Sabina KuzmanovicCleaning and Service
Andreas BarzDirector of the IBZ Berlin, CEO of the Studentendorf Schlachtensee eG, Spokesman Schaustelle Nachkriegsmoderne, Member of the association´s council PkmG
Jens-Uwe KöhlerDirector of the IBZ, CFO of the Studentendorf Schlachtensee eG, General Manager Studentendorf Adleshof GmbH
Dr. Ing. Andrea BörDr.-Ing. Andrea Bör is the director of administration and finance of Freie Universität Berlin since July 2017 as well as chairwomen of the board of directors of IBZ e.V.
Gesa Heym-HalayqaGesa Heym -Halayqa is the deputy head of the unit of Student Mobility - Welcome Services of the department International of Freie Universität and since 2010 member of the board of directors of IBZ e.V.
Board of directors
The five houses of the IBZ are embedded in a line of typical Berlin residential houses. At a closer look, the building complex reveals several distinct characteristics: the mixture of traditional architectural features and unique modern features makes it a very diverse place to live and defines its unique harmony.
The architect, Otto Steidle, developed the IBZ between 1979 and 1983 out of its surrounding areas: the Ruedesheimer Platz and the Rheinische Viertel. No two apartments resemble one another and so all the apartments are very individual. The 78 light and open apartments are also fully furnished, making them comfortable and homely for scientists and their families.
The smaller apartments and studios are located in the front of the house at the Ahrweiler Straße. There are three communal kitchens to be used and shared by all residents - especially those who are living on their own. The IBZ Berlin also has a gym, a billiard and table tennis room, a club, a library and a launderette.
The striking diagonal stairway in the courtyard garden unifies the apartments and connects all parts of the house. It is the perfect place for everyone to meet, chat and make friends. The trellis by the artist Erich Wiesner is also unique. He also chose the soothing colours of the house, which blend harmoniously with the surroundings and yet are unmistakably different.
Peter Latz developed the gardening concept at IBZ. The front garden echos those found at Rüdesheimer Platz. The entrances are highlighted by trees. The garden creates the perfect mixture by alternating raised beds, areas for shade plants, art and lawns as well as lower trees and plants.
On their annual summit on September 17, 2010, in Potsdam the leading Scientific Meeting Places and German academic guest houses finalized the foundation of joint association under the brand IBZ International Association of Scientific Meeting Places.
Its utmost concern is to carry on and back the success story of the German scientific guest houses and their brand in spite of strapped public budgets. Hence the association is aimed at funneling forces, boosting external effects and perception and making their facilities transparent for foreign scientists.
Simultaneously to the foundation of the IBZ association the joint web-site www.ibz-deutschland.de went live. The website contains lots of information for the scientific community concerning the IBZ, its members and facilities
Since January 2017 the IBZ Berlin is once more home to the IBZ foundation’s contact office.