Legal & social advice for international students

What to do if your landlord doesn't pay back your deposit, your boss doesn't pay the minimum wage in your part-time job, you have problems with your residence permit or you have been treated unfairly and unjustly in discriminatory ways?

There are many ways for students to get information, seek advice and claim your rights.

Legal Advice

Legal Advice at AStA (TUHH)

Students at TUHH are automatically insured for legal protection. The legal advice is regularly offered by a lawyer at ASTA's office. Following fields of law are covered:
- General administrative rights protection
- Real estate
- Damages and compensation for damages
- Employment Law



Public Legal Advice (ÖRA)

Hamburg residents with low income can turn to ÖRA for low-cost legal consultation, dispute settlement and mediation assistance in all legal fields.


Broschure (pdf)


Bucerius Law Clinic

The Law Clinic is a cooperation of Bucerius Law School and Diakonie Hamburg. Law students who wish to use their skills and knowledge offer free legal advice for people in need of legal counselling. The focus of the advisory activity is on social justice, immigration law, family law and labor law.

Further information (English)

Website Law Clinic (German)


Refugee Law Clinic

The Refugee Law Clinic Hamburg (RLC) is a student initiative at the University of Hamburg (UHH). Law students are trained to give free legal advice for refugees.



Consumer Advice Center (Verbraucherzentrale)

Information and advice on (almost) any issue that you as a consumer might experience with companies or in using products. Some examples: contracts, broadcast license fees, insurance, saving energy etc.

Multilingual brochure
Website (German)

Social Advice

Counselling Centre for Social & International Affairs – BeSI (Studierendenwerk Hamburg)

The Counselling Centre for Social & International Affairs – BeSI at the Studierendenwerk Hamburg assists you in resolving social, personal and economic issues that arise in connection with your studies.


Counselling and information referring any sort of discrimination