Background and organisation


The purpose of the foundation for student accommodation (Stiftung für Studentenhäuser) is to provide accommodation for students of the University of Zurich (UZH) and the Federal Institute of Technology in Zurich (ETH).


The foundation was established by Swiss Re in 1963 to mark the company's centenary. Leasehold land provided by the City of Zurich made it possible to build Witellika residence (Studentenhaus Witellika), which opened in 1969.


Knowledge is the best investment in the future, which is why Swiss Re has for decades maintained a very close partnership with the ETH and UZH. A global reinsurer, Swiss Re needs highly qualified specialists in a range of academic fields. Accordingly, Swiss Re has a vested interest in contributing to Zurich as a centre of higher education by supporting Witellika residence.


Legal form


Stiftung für Studentenhäuser is a private non-profit foundation as defined in Art 80 et seq of the Swiss Civil Code (ZGB) and is domiciled in Zurich. The foundation is governed by the Canton of Zurich supervisory authority for foundations (Kantonale Stiftungsaufsicht).


Foundation board of trustees


Prof. Fritz Gutbrodt, chairman of the foundation board

and representative for Swiss Re Management Ltd

Thomas Tschümperlin, deputy chairman, representative University of Zurich

Regula Christen, representative for the ETH Zurich

Felix Schur, ETH student representative

Seraina Kaeslin,  UZH student representative

Simon Oberholzer, foundation secretary




Stiftung für Studentenhäuser

c/o Swiss Re Management Ltd.

Herr Simon Oberholzer

Mythenquai 50/60, 8022 Zürich


For all matters relating to student housing operations and lettings:

WOKO Studentische Wohngenossenschaft

Stauffacherstrasse 101, 8004 Zürich


Photography: Giorgio von Arb & Alessandro Della Bella