The following post is your guide to apartment living at both the Paul-Zobel-Straße and the Adalbertstraße/ Melchiorstraße apartments. Please read this information carefully.
Adalbertstraße: The trash/recycling bins are located between the two buildings in the courtyard area behind the Adalbertstraße apartments and in front of the Melchiorstraße apartments. If the gate is closed you can use your house key to open it.
Paul-Zobel-Straße: Trash can be thrown down the garbage chute on every half floor, and the recycling bins for paper and plastic are right out front of the buildings and require a house key. There are large bins at the northeast corner of the building (near House 27) for all three shades of glass.
How to separate your trash: Germans take recycling very seriously, and you should take care to put your garbage in the appropriate receptacle. Below are pictures of bins and a description of what items belong in each.
Altpapier: (paper, cardboard)– BLUE bin
Wertstoff/ Verpackung: (recyclable packaging, plastic, aluminum)– YELLOW bin
Wertstoff/ Verpackung: plastic, aluminum, and other packaging items that can be recycled belong in this yellow bin. Things that belong here are marked with a green dot “Der grüne Punkt” (the same image depicted on the bin pictured above).
Glas (glass and bottles)–GREEN AND/OR BROWN bin
Please sort glass according to color:
Buntglas–colored glass, i.e. green (grün) or brown (braun)
A note on bottles: Most bottles, both plastic and glass, will have a Pfand, or deposit that you can get back from the store you bought the bottle from. Supermarkets like Kaisers or Aldi have machines in them that look like this:
Insert your bottles into the hole and get your receipt once you are finished depositing all of your bottles. Bring the receipt to the cash register and they will give you the amount of money shown on your receipt (or deduct it from your grocery bill if you are buying other items).
Restmüll (garbage)– BLACK bin
This black bin is for regular trash and/or items that do not belong in any of the other bins because they cannot be recycled.
CHANGING TOWELS AND SHEETS
The week of May 26th you will get new new towels and clean bedsheets. Half of the rooms will be taken care of on Tuesday and the other half on Friday. The apartments on Melchiorstraße will be done on Tuesday, May 27 and those on Adalbertstraße will be done on Friday, May 30. Please have all personal belongings off of your bed and out of the way, so that the cleaning staff can take care of this for you. If any personal belongings at all are left on the bed the cleaner will not change the sheets and you will have to wait another 2 weeks for the next time they come. It would also be nice of you to collect all of your towels and place them in a pile together (perhaps in the bathroom).
Sheets will be changed every other Wednesday (June 4, June 18). Please have all personal belongings off of your bed and out of the way, so that the staff can take care of this for you. If any personal belongings at all are left on the bed the cleaner will not change the sheets and you will have to wait another 2 weeks for the next time they come. It would also be nice of you to collect all of your towels and place them in a pile together (perhaps in the bathroom).
While computers and other electronics usually adapt fairly well to the higher voltage in Europe if you are using an adapter, items like hairdryers may not. You should be careful when using such devices because they can cause trouble with the electrical outlets.
In order to check that an appliance is okay to use, you should look to see that it is dual voltage. Here are some instructions for doing this:
If the power goes out, first check the fuse box in the entryway to see if anything is off (in the down position). Switch it on and try again. If this doesn’t work please contact Holly or Claire, and at Paul-Zobel-Straße you can also contact the Hausmeister, Herr Krug. He has an office (bell says “Hausmeisterbüro) in building 26. His office hours are: Mondays 6-8 pm and Tuesday-Friday 8:00-9:00 am.
Adalbertstraße: In order to do laundry you must first buy tokens from the Hausmeister during his office hours (Tuesday through Friday from 8:00am-9:00am, Monday 6:00pm-8:00pm). His office is located on the ground floor of number 58, first apartment on the left-hand side.
Washer tokens cost 3.50 Euros, and dryer tokens cost 1.50 Euros (so it’s 5 Euros to wash and dry one load). If you want to save money and not buy dryer tokens, you can hang clothes to dry in your apartment on the handy drying rack that pulls out of the wall in your bathroom (in some apartments it is in the wall in the shower, see picture below). Check it out if you haven’t already; the air is pretty dry here, so things will dry quickly.
The washing machines are located in the basement of Adalbertstraße 58 (go down the stairs and open the door on the left hand side, go down the hall a little ways and the door is on your right). Your advisor can take you down and show you the machines and tell you how they work.
Paul-Zobel-Straße: Laundry facilities are located in the basement of building 25. Your normal room keys will work to provide entry to building 25, even if you do not live there. Go downstairs, through a large door into the bike storage room, and go to your left. Tokens for the laundry machines must be purchased from the Hausmeister in advance. Costs are: 3,50 EU for a load of wash and 1,50 EU to dry.
The Hausmeister, Herr Krug, has an office (bell says “Hausmeisterbüro) in building 26. His office hours are: Mondays 6-8 pm and Tuesday-Friday 8:00-9:00 am.
LOCKED OUT?: Please remember to ALWAYS have your key with you, and to lock your door from both the inside and out at all times, both when you are at home and when you are leaving. If you become locked out of your apartment it is your responsibility to find your roommate to let you back into your apartment.
Please be aware that the buildings where we live are not dorms. Other people live in these apartments, and you should be respectful and courteous neighbors at all times. Please keep the noise in the hallways, balconies, and outside on the street/courtyard to a minimum, especially late at night.