Oder Residence in Germany

The Finnish Union of University Researchers and Teachers offers a possibility to work and study at the Oder Residence in Germany (Frankfurt an der Oder).

Please note: Due to the uncertain COVID-19 pandemic situation, we will not open residence periods in 2021.

What is the Oder Residence?

The Oder Residence, opened in 2016, is available for use by members of the literary and cultural association Kirjallisuus- ja kulttuuriyhdistys Särö ry, the Finnish Comics Society, the Finnish Association of Translators and Interpreters, the WSOY Literature Foundation, Helsingin kirjailijat ry (Writers of Helsinki) and the Radio and TV Journalists Union, member of the Union of Journalists in Finland. The Finnish Union of University Researchers and Teachers will joined the user community of the Oder Residence in 2020.

The residence is situated in Frankfurt an der Oder, on the Oder River bordering between Poland and Germany. Frankfurt an der Oder is approximately one hour away from Berlin by train.

The residence comprises two bedrooms (one single room and one double room with a double bed), a kitchen, bathroom and a spacious common room which has a bay window with a lovely view. The total area is 86 m². Desks are situated in the bedrooms and in the common room. The bathroom is equipped with a washing machine. There is also a travel cot for under 2-year-old children.

Please note the residence is situated on the fifth floor and the building has no elevator. Thus, unfortunately the residence is not accessible for persons with moving disabilities.

Visitors have found the location of the Oder Residence on the German-Polish border, with the beautiful view over the river all the way to the Polish side, very attractive. The residence is situated in a block bustling with cultural activities. All services, including theatres, restaurants, grocery shops and concert halls, are within easy reach. Visitors of the residence can also rent a bike. The restaurants in the city of Slubice across the border are popular among residence guests as the quality is high and prices affordable. Thanks to the fast one-hour train connection to Berlin, the capital city’s varied offering is close at hand.

Cultural features of the Frankfurt-Slubice twin city, with some 75,000 inhabitants, include the international European University Viadrina, several theatres, concert halls and museums, including the Heinrich von Kleist Museum.

Oder Residence as member benefit of the Finnish Union of University Researchers and Teachers

The Finnish Union of University Researchers and Teachers offers the Oder Residence as a member benefit. Members can stay at the Residence free of charge, but the Union does not cover travel expenses, which must be covered by Residence users themselves.

Due to uncertain COVID-19 pandemic situation, FUURT will not open residence periods in 2021.

Members may submit an application for one of the available periods, preferably for the whole period. Members may apply for the entire residence or for one room only (single or double room).

Application guidelines:

Applications are submitted via application form (opens later). The application must include the applicant’s details, the period which the application concerns, and specify whether the application is for the whole residence or one room. In addition, the applicant must provide a brief specification of the purpose of the stay at the Residence, for example to concentrate on literary work, research cooperation or another purpose.

Applicants with families or research teams of two members are welcome as well. In these cases, the application must be submitted for the whole residence. One application will suffice for applicants with families or research teams of two, but the applicant must submit the details of accompanying family members or the other team member as well.

Application period:

Due to uncertain COVID-19 pandemic situation, FUURT will not open residence periods in 2021.

In general, the exact application period is announced separately. Belated applications will not be considered.


Criteria for decision-making include the applicant’s financial situation. Applicants with low research funding may be favoured.

Other issues to take into account:

The applicants’ membership in the Finnish Union of University Researchers and Teachers will be verified.

The Residence is free of charge for members, but a €200 penalty fee will be charged for any unused stays or cancellations submitted too late. Cancellations must be made no later than 30 days before the beginning of the residency period.

More information:

Miia Ijäs-Idrobo

tel. 0207 589 622, miia.ijas(at)tieteentekijat.fi