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18th Social Survey (2006)

Resource Type
Dataset : Survey and Aggregate Data
  • Wolter, Andrä
  • Isserstedt, Wolfgang
  • Middendorff, Elke
  • Fabian, Gregor
  • Weber, Steffen
  • Deutsches Zentrum für Hochschul- und Wissenschaftsforschung (DZHW)
Publication Date
  • FDZ des DZHW (Distributor)
Funding Reference
  • Bundesministerium für Bildung und Forschung (BMBF)
Free Keywords
Higher Education Research
  • Abstract

    The 18th Social Survey is part of the series of studies on the economic and social condition of student life in Germany, which exists since 1951. It is a cross-sectional survey that is usually conducted every three years. The core of the Social Survey includes questions on access to higher education, structural characteristics of studies and the course of studies, the social and economic situation (financing of studies, cost of living, gainful employment, housing situation), topics relating to the fields of activity of the Studentenwerke as well as socio-demographic characteristics. The data from the 18th Social Survey provide a snapshot within the process of the Bologna reforms, which, for the students, was primarily associated with the introduction of a tiered study structure. At the same time, the legal conditions for the reintroduction of general tuition fees had been created in seven federal states ("Bundesländer"). A supplementary questionnaire for students with children was used to examine their particular life and study situation and, for the first time since 1991, to present it in a special report.
Temporal Coverage
  • 2006-05-28 / 2006-09-15
    18th Social Survey (2006)
Geographic Coverage
  • Germany (DE)
Sampled Universe
  • 18th Social Survey (2006): Students with German citizenship and educational qualifications who were enrolled at a state or state-recognised university in the Federal Republic of Germany in the summer semester of 2006 (with the exception of universities of administrative sciences, distance learning colleges and Bundeswehr universities)
Probability Sample: Stratified Sample: Disproportional
Time Dimension
  • Cross-section
Collection Mode
  • Self-administered questionnaire: Paper
    18th Social Survey (2006): Standardised self-administered survey
  • Self-administered questionnaire: Paper
    18th Social Survey (2006): Standardised self-administered survey
Data and File Information
  • Unit Type: Individual
    Number of Units: 16590
    Number of Variables: 444
    • File Name: ssy18_d_1-0-0
Application necessary under!/en/studies/stu-ssy18$?version=1.0.0
Alternative Identifiers
  • 1 (Type: VerbundFDB)

Update Metadata: 2019-08-14 | Issue Number: 3 | Registration Date: 2019-06-26

Wolter, Andrä; Isserstedt, Wolfgang; Middendorff, Elke; Fabian, Gregor; Weber, Steffen et. al. (2019): 18. Sozialerhebung (2006). Version: 1.0.0. Deutsches Zentrum für Hochschul- und Wissenschaftsforschung (DZHW). Dataset.