Welcome to SUB KiStE - Child, Study, Parenthood - the network for students who are parents or those who (want to) become parents.
The SUB KiStE offers network and exchange opportunities for student parents. An exchange meeting takes place every semester. If you have specific questions or tips, the best thing to do is to register in the forum with your campus account and exchange information with other (future) student parents.
The SUB KiStE members meet up once a semester for an informal get together.
This semester's exchange and networking meeting took place on the 21th of October 2021.
The date for the next meeting will be announced at the beginning of FS2022.
If you want to stay up to date, sign up for the newsletter.
Do you have difficulties in complying with compulsory attendance due to pregnancy or looking after children? Then you can refer to Article 16 of the Regulations for the Equality of Women and Men at the University of Bern:
"Pregnancy, as well as the care of children, shall be taken into account when granting exceptions to provisions on the temporal organization of studies in study and examination regulations.
(„Schwangerschaft sowie die Betreuung von Kindern sind bei der Gewährung von Ausnahmen von Bestimmungen über die zeitliche Organisation des Studiums in Studien- und Prüfungsordnungen zu berücksichtigen.“)
Here you will find information about the child- and family-friendly infrastructure at the University of Bern. The SUB aims to continuously improve and expand the infrastructure provided.
There are toy boxes with toys for all ages at various locations. You can find a list here:
There are already five parent-child rooms, which serve as work and play spaces during childcare bottlenecks, as meeting rooms, for breastfeeding, or as a quiet room. These rooms are accessible to students and employees of the University of Bern.
You can breastfeed and pump milk here:
Changing tables are available in all wheelchair-friendly toilets and in the following rooms:
Highchairs for toddlers are available in the following canteens and cafeterias:
Basisbibliothek Unitobler & Library Münstergasse have areas for children to play (incl. children's books).
The Bern University Childcare Foundation (Stiftung Kinderbetreuungsangebot Hochschulraum Bern KIHOB) promotes and ensures supplementary family care and support for the children of members of the University of Bern and the University of Teacher Education Bern (PHBern) and other persons from the university environment.
The occupancy times in the KIHOB daycare centers are determined semester by semester and can thus be adapted to the current timetable and your needs. Further information is available here.
Childcare (age: 4 months old to 7 years old) for participants in internal or public conferences and congresses. Registration by the institute or the conference or congress organization, at least 2 months before the desired childcare date. Further information in German is available here.
In the event of extraordinary, short-term care bottlenecks in the family (e.g. illness of the child), KIHOB also provides care at home. The journey by public transport from Bern Länggasse should not take longer than 45 minutes. A reservation can be made from Monday to Thursday between 8.00 and 20.00 (2-6 hours/day). For further information in German please see here.
The KIHOB also looks after children (age: 4 months to 7 years) of participants in meetings. Meeting childcare is also available to members of the University of Bern who do not otherwise use any of the services offered by the KIHOB Foundation. Childcare hours: Monday to Friday, 17.30 to 20.00.
For more information in German, see here.
The Social Fund is available to SUB or MVUB members and mobility students in acute financial emergencies. To bridge financial difficulties, the Social Fund Commission can grant an amount of up to CHF 5000 in the form of a support contribution or loan. Further information is available here.
The purpose of the Social Fund Foundation ("Stiftung Sozialkasse") of the University of Bern is to support enrolled students who are in an acute financial emergency (unforeseen, through no fault of their own and not permanent) and who are foreseeably (i.e. one semester, in justified exceptional cases a maximum of two semesters) about to complete a Bachelor's or Master's degree. The information sheet on submitting an application, the forms "Budget Statement" and "Financing Plan" are available on the unibe-website under Student Financing. Further information is available here.