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About us

We hold true to our ultimate objective of offering young people a place to live with solid equipment and at fair prices.

Following the 1st World War most students – and especially those from working class families – lived in most difficult conditions. In this situation the WIHAST was founded in 1923 to economically support the working-class students of Austria.

Fair prices since 1923

Our history

Foundation of the WIHAST<br />
Dormitory in the D´Orsay – alley 5

Foundation of the WIHAST
Dormitory in the D´Orsay – alley 5

14 students were accommodated here at first and soon the number of beds were raised to 20. A canteen supplied 30 students a day with a cheap lunch and dinner.
1923
1923

Dormitory in the D´Orsay - alley closed due to decrepitude

Temporary equipment of a large-scale apartment for 20 students in a house on Bauernmarkt 1 in the 1st district of Vienna.
1926
1926

New Dormitory outbuilding Schloss Schönbrunn

Sublesee of “Kinderfreunde”.
40 students and an own canteen were accommodated in this building.
1926
1926
Julius Tandler Heim

Julius Tandler Heim

Dormitory for unmarried students opened in the 19th district of Vienna.
The dormitory in Schönbrunn was closed down.
1928
1928

Opening of the Georg Weissel dormitory in the 9th district, Säulengasse 18

Accommodation for an additional 78 students. At this point the WIHAST supports in its dormitories approx. 140 students.
1929
1929
Rescission of WIHAST

Rescission of WIHAST

Rescission of the WIHAST through the austrofascist regime.
The dormitories are taken over by the Akademikerhilfe
1934
1934

Takeover of the dormitories

All dormitories are taken over by the German Student Union and the “Reichsstudentenwerk”
1938
1938

Revival of activities of WIHAST

Restitution of the dormitories in Billrothstraße and Säulengasse to the WIHAST.
1947
1947

Opening Wolkersbergenstraße

Opening of a new dormitory in Wolkersbergenstraße 170, 1130 Vienna (former town bar of the NSDAP). 6 dormitory beds are created.
1952
1952
Opening of the Carinthian Dormitory

Opening of the Carinthian Dormitory

WIHAST opened the Carinthian Dormitory in cooperation with the state of Carinthia.
Erlachgasse 68-70, 1100 Vienna, rooms for 82 students
1959
1959
Dr. Adolf Schärf Board

Dr. Adolf Schärf Board

Foundation of the “Adolf Schärf Board for Dormitory Construction” in celebration of the 70th birthday of Dr. Adolf Schärf.
1960
1960

Opening of the student dormitory

WIHAST: Opening of the student dormitory in Hainburgerstraße 24a, 1030 Vienna. This dormitory offers rooms for 49 students.
1963
1963

Dr. Adolf Schärf dormitory opened

Dr. Adolf Schärf opens, only a few days prior to his death, the first Adolf Schärf dormitory in the 20th district of Vienna in the Lorenz Müller Gasse 1 with 220 beds.
1965
1965

Opening Pölzer Dormitory

WIHAST: Opening of the Pölzer Dormitory.
1200 Vienna, Adalbert Stifter Straße 28 / Burghardtgasse 23 with a total of 90 beds.
1967
1967

2nd Adolf Schärf Studentdormitory

Opening of the dormitory Vindobona located in Skodagasse 20 with a total of 232 beds, the first dormitory in Vienna without gender segregation. The building was financed through a cooperation with the states of Carinthia and Burgendland as well as the “Oskar Helmer Studentenförderungswerk” a student support network located in Lower Austria. The cultural office of the city of Vienna, the respective departments of the city magistrate and the “Haus des Buches” participated in the construction of Vindobona.
1969
1969
House Margareten

House Margareten

WIHAST: The house Margarethen with 97 beds is opened with the support of federal states of Carinthia, Burgenland and the “Oskar Helmer Studentenförderungswerkes” based in Lower Austria. Closure of the Pölzer Dormitory.
1971
1971
3rd Adolf Schärf Dormitory

3rd Adolf Schärf Dormitory

Completion of the 3rd Adolf Schärf dormitory (House Panorama) in Brigittenauerstraße 224-228, 1200 Vienna. 542 beds and several communal spaces made available to students on 17 stories.
1973
1973
4th Adolf Schärf Dormitory

4th Adolf Schärf Dormitory

The 4th Adolf Schärf dormitory is opened in the Tendlergasse 12, 1090 Vienna with 282 beds.
1978
1978
64 beds in the 5th Adolf Schärf Dormitory

64 beds in the 5th Adolf Schärf Dormitory

The 5th Adolf Schärf dormitory is opened in Hirschengasse, 1060 Vienna with 64 beds. At this address the main administration of the WIHAST is located today after it was moved in 1988 from Säulengasse to Hirschengasse.
1988
1988
Cooperation with the Akademikerhilfe

Cooperation with the Akademikerhilfe

WIHAST: Together with the Akademikerhilfe the dormitory in Starkfriedgasse 15 in the 18th district of Vienna was opened. 70 beds are available for its residents.
1989
1989
389 beds in the 6th Adolf Schärf Dormitory

389 beds in the 6th Adolf Schärf Dormitory

The Dr. Paul Schärf dormitory is opened in the Lorenz Müller Gasse 1a with 389 beds.
1994
1994
Handelskai 78 opened

Handelskai 78 opened

WIHAST: Together with the Akademikerhilfe a new dormitory with 111 beds is opened at Handelskai 78, 1200 Vienna.
1996
1996

Forsthausgasse 2 - 427 new beds

The 7th Adolf Schärf dormitory with 427 beds is opened in the Forsthausgasse 2.
Dr. Schärf Board: Restoration of the dormitory in Lorenz Müller Gasse 1, 1200 Vienna is started.
1998
1998

2 new dormitories & one reopening

WIHAST: Opening of the dormitory in Forsthausgasse 16 in the 20th district.

Opening of the Ernst Höger Dormitory in Wiener Neustadt.

Restoration of the dormitory in Säulengasse 18, 1090 Wien started

Board: Reopening of the dormitory in Lorenz Müller Gasse 1, 1200 Vienna.
1999
1999
Reopening Georg Weissel Dormitory

Reopening Georg Weissel Dormitory

WIHAST: After its restoration the Georg Weissel dormitory in Säulengasse 18, 1090 Vienna, is reopened.
2000
2000
Enlargement Wiener Neustadt

Enlargement Wiener Neustadt

Opening of the second part of the dormitory in Wiener Neustadt – the dormitory now offers 224 beds.

Board: Closure and start of the restoration of the House Pan-orama in the 20th district – with 17 stories and more than 500 beds our largest dormitory.
2001
2001

Board: Reopening of House Panorama

2002
2002

Restitution of the Julius Tandler Dormitory

WIHAST: The Julius Tandler Dormitory in Billrothstraße 9 was closed forever and returned to the city of Vienna.

The construction of the 3rd part of the dormitory in Wiener Neustadt is started.
2003
2003

Restoration Hotel Anatol

Board: Restoration of Hotel Anatol

WIHAST: Opening of the 3rd part of the dormitory in Wiener Neustadt. Now with 336 beds.
2004
2004
Ground-breaking ceremony St. Pölten

Ground-breaking ceremony St. Pölten

WIHAST: Ground-breaking ceremony for the dormitory in St. Pölten and small restoration in Hainburgerstraße 24a.
2005
2005

Restitution Erlachgasse & Restoration

Restitution of the house in Erlachgasse 70 to the Construction Cooperative and restoration of the floors FG16, offices HG23, energy grid SK20.
2006
2006
September: Opening St. Pölten

September: Opening St. Pölten

WIHAST: Opening of the dormitory in St. Pölten, Herzogenburgerstrasse with 122 beds.
several restorations in dormitories in Vienna
2006
2006
Why WIHAST?

3200 beds

in Vienna, Wr. Neustadt and St.Pölten

During the years independent WIHAST associations were created in Upper Austria, Salzburg, Innsbruck and Graz.

Together with the Adolf Schärf Board for Dormitory Construction the WIHAST administers today 16 dormitories with approximately 3200 beds in the cities of Vienna, Wr. Neustadt and St. Pölten.

The democratic principle of student self-administration, which has its roots in the founding time of the WIHAST association, is realised in every one of our dormitories.

Only through the collective actions of the students and the WIHAST we are able to continuously improve our dormitories. The WIHAST holds true to its ultimate objective of offering young people a place to live with solid equipment and at fair prices.