Vote For Low Cost
We are a non-profit association. We want to make it easier for students from lower-income families to gain access to university education by offering affordable accommodation. By the way, our homes cost less than others by far and we are the only ones who do not charge anything for applications.
Vote For humanism
Yes, we feel committed to the social democratic understanding of education and advocate that free access to university education is not blocked by financial hurdles.
Vote For privacy
We regard students as fully-fledged adults who shape their own lives. That is why we treat them with respect, respect their privacy, do not enter inhabited dormitory rooms and adhere to the principle: as little control and as much freedom as possible.
Vote For community
Our common rooms and events offer the opportunity for students to get to know each other better. Life in the dormitories should be organised by the students in self-administration according to their own needs. To this end, each accommodation elects its own representatives, who organise parties, cultural and sporting events, etc. in addition to working together with the administration.
Vote For fairness
WIST only intervenes if it is necessary to maintain the substance and quality of the rooms and their furnishings and to comply with the dorm rules.
We have no parenting duties towards the residents of the accommodation.
An accessible vision for more education.
On 2 March 1960, the WIST (Economic Aid for Students) was launched in the festival hall of the Chamber of Labour of Upper Austria under the chairmanship of Dr. Victor Kleiner. The other founding board members were the deputy chairmen Dkfm. Ing. Ramsauer Franz and Dr. Kellermayr Josef, secretary Dr. Zeitlhofer Hubert and deputy secretary Doz. Dr. Straßer Rudolf, Treasurer Dir. Dr. Singer Hans and Deputy Treasurer Prof. Hemmelmayr Richard, as well as the Advisory Board members Prim. Dr. Kecztele Viktor, OMR Dr. Seitlinger Josef, LR Prof. Demuth Stefan, BStv. Grill Theodor, BR Dipl. Ing. Prammer Karl, Dipl. Ing. Hoch Alfons and Dr. Marle Ferdinand.
The Upper Austria Accommodation Vienna / Wist Franz, in Vienna’s 7th district was opened in a Vidobona house planned by Linz architect Prof. Arthur Perotti.
The youth hostel at Gründberg is taken over by the city of Linz as a student accommodation.
The WIST House Linz was built by Merkur Versicherung Graz according to plans by architect Gustav Lassy and leased to WIST Upper Austria on a general basis.
The property, which was taken over from Sozialbau on a rental basis, was closed again in 2008 due to the location and low demand.
The Upper Austria Accommodation in Graz was built by the Eisenbahnsiedlungsgesellschaft Villach according to plans by architect DI Schifko. It went into operation in 1985 and was handed over to WIST-Styria in mid-2007.
The Dr. Ernst Koref House, built according to plans by Prof. Riepl, was the first WIST Upper Austria accommodation that was not rented.
WIST Upper Austria opens the former nurses’ home in Kaisergasse.
The building in Garnisonstraße was planned by DI Bernhard Rosensteiner and built together with the housing cooperative Familie.
Mag. Michael Cetinkan, MBA
“Education is not for the conceited. But for the hungry, it is the motor for a successful life.”
GR Manfred Schauberger
“WIST is the centre – of student housing!”