The Schellingstrasse Hochbett

The Schellingstrasse Hochbett

Five minutes from the train station in Tübingen you can find the impressive Schellingstrasse Mietshäuser-Syndikat,  another French barracks (perhaps you can see a pattern forming here now). I was greeted with a delicious lunch from Uli who explained the project in full. Ten people live in the ‘Bahamas’ ground floor apartment, which is comprised of ten rooms along a long windowed corridor and high-ceilinged kitchen. The building was occupied by French socialists after the war until squatters took over in 1980. The university student union managed the building until late 2004 at which point the residents incorporated as a limited company (GMbH) and bought the buildings for €1.8m which included five apartments and two other houses.

The Mietshäuser-Syndikat is an organisation which provides technical and financial support to fully mutual cooperatives in a similar way to how Radical Routes operates in the UK. They only fund properties which are fully mutual, gather twice a year to discuss issues and new applications and each coop pays €0.31/m2 to the syndicate – as one of the bigger coops Schellingstr. makes a pretty sizeable ‘solidarity payments’.

Most of the flats have a hochbett (high bed) in the corridor and that’s where I would be staying for the next few days…