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The universities are responsible for research and education – the Studierendenwerke are there to support students in Germany in economic, social, cultural and health matters.
The Studierendenwerk München Oberbayern is a public-law institution (Anstalt des öffentlichen Rechts) and, according to the Bayerisches Hochschulinnovationsgesetz (BayHIG, Bavarian university regulations), is responsible for
“...the economic and social support and assistance of students studying at state universities, in particular by setting up and running childcare centres, constructing and running student halls of residence, running gastronomic services, offering advice and counselling as well as providing other services regarding cultural and social matters. By carrying out their duties, the Studierendenwerke are to contribute to promote international relationships.” (https://www.gesetze-bayern.de/Content/Document/BayHIG-G4)
With a staff amounting to more than 500 employees, the Studierendenwerk München Oberbayern looks after roughly 137,000 students who are studying at the universities in Munich, Martinsried, Garching, Freising, Rosenheim, Burghausen, Mühldorf a. Inn, Traunstein and Benediktbeuern.