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Since 2013, we have been working as a volunteer project group to create affordable, self-managed and ecologically sound housing for over 250 people on the conversion site "US Hospital" in Heidelberg. This includes a new four-story wooden building, which, building on the basic idea of the "Collegium Academicum" (CA) dormitory that existed in Heidelberg's old town until the 1970s, will provide affordable and self-determined living for 176 students, trainees, and doctoral candidates, as well as making democracy tangible and promoting cultural and social exchange in an educational context. The first residents of the new wooden building are scheduled to move in in December 2022.
In addition, starting in winter 2023, approximately 50 young people will live in community in an adjacent old building as part of an orientation year. In addition, eight apartments will create further living space in this building, six of which will be rent-controlled social housing. The two large buildings will be complemented by a former gatehouse, which will house a self-managed café that will be open as a meeting place for the residents and the district.

How to support the project?

With innovative wooden construction and creative conversion, a new living space is being built on land previously used by the military. The project is called Collegium Academicum and it will provide not only affordable accommodation for over 200 young people but also give room for creative ideas and lively exchange. More...

Interdisciplinary program, orientation year and project-based learning: the educational concept of the CA involves various academic subjects and deals with the big picture – it encourages critical thinking and fosters initiative. More...

Sustainable thinking right from the start! Resource-aware solutions are at the center of both structural design of the house and future building operations. In community life, the keyword to our sustainability concept is sufficiency. It means to be able to focus on things and objects that really matter in life and to find ways to treat the environment in a responsible manner. More...

Self-development through autonomy! The CA is a democratic, self-managed organisation with structures that are transparent and built on consensus. This is what makes us independent, community-oriented and openminded. More...

Our project is supported on a collective basis through many contributors. In terms of funding, we want to be as open as possible by providing an overview of the costs and funding contributions. More...

What our supports say about us:

Der Feuer Voigl

You share our vision of a self-managed house community and you would like to contribute to its realization?

Support us with a direct loan.

Der Fertig Voigl

You are interested in moving into the CA in December 2022 and to participate in the self-management?

Apply