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First aid for first-semester students

Dear first-semester students,

welcome to TU Dortmund University! With your certificate of enrollment in your pocket, you are ready to start studying. But the campus is big, the abbreviations in the course catalog are confusing and the timetable is not yet set? On this page, we have compiled the answers to the most important questions about starting your studies:  From preliminary courses to service offers to information from the departments and institutes, you will find everything you need to get started at TU Dortmund University.

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We’re looking forward to welcoming you to TU Dortmund University and wish you a successful start to your studies!

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Starting your studies

When do my preliminary courses take place and how do I get off to a successful start? How do I find my way around campus? What do I need to think about before I start studying?

Organizing your studies

Where can I obtain my enrollment certificate, student ticket or transcript? How can I register for courses and exams? Where can I find learning materials?

TU Dortmund University provides numerous tools to help you organize your studies:

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Department websites for first-semester students

Where can I find information related to my specific subject at the start of my studies?

To make starting your studies easier for you, departments and institutes are putting together their own websites for first-semester students with the most important information.

Alongside your studies

Where can I find job and accommodation offers? What can I do in my free time? Where can I find the menus for the cafeterias?

Everything to do with campus life, recreation and leisure, jobs and accommodation:


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Current measures

The Winter semester 2022/23 will in all likelihood take place in presence. Current information on the situation at TU Dortmund University can be found in the FAQ.

In view of the current situation, TU Dortmund University is implementing various energy-saving measures. Some of them also affect students: Heating rooms only to a maximum of 19°C, cold water for hand washing or dimmed outdoot lighting on campus. More information

Starting your studies

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FAQ: Frequently Asked Questions

The student identification in the form of the UniCard has been replaced at TU Dortmund University by the  Student ID in the TU app. Students who don't have a smartphone or don't want to use the TU app can still present their (printed or digital) enrollment certificate as proof of their student status. Both the enrollment certificate and Student ID are (like before) only valid when combined with an official photo ID.

More information

Once you’ve transferred your social contribution, your student ticket will be sent to your UniMail address. You can ask at any time in the ServicePortal for it to be resent. You can also download the ticket directly in the TU app.
Further information

Instructions on IT services can be found in the Service­Portal. For any further questions, please contact the IT & Media Center (ITMC).
Instructions in the ServicePortal
ITMC (in German only)

TU Dort­mund University offers students a wide range of advisory services.
Central Student Advisory Service
Departmental Academic Advice
Overview of advisory services
For information about studying, it’s worth taking a look at the websites of the departmental student councils.
Departmental Student Councils (German only)

TU Dort­mund University offers a wide spectrum of information channels. News and details of events can be found on the website. Updates can additionally be found on Instagram, Facebook and Twitter. The university’s own media range from newspapers and a TV learning channel and radio station to the TU app.
Event Calendar (German only)
Latest News
TU App
Campus Media (German only)



Cafeteria menus

Location & approach

The campus of TU Dort­mund University is located close to interstate junction Dort­mund West, where the Sauerlandlinie A 45 (Frankfurt-Dort­mund) crosses the Ruhrschnellweg B 1 / A 40. The best interstate exit to take from A 45 is “Dort­mund-Eichlinghofen” (closer to South Campus), and from B 1 / A 40 “Dort­mund-Dorstfeld” (closer to North Campus). Signs for the uni­ver­si­ty are located at both exits. Also, there is a new exit before you pass over the B 1-bridge leading into Dort­mund.

To get from North Campus to South Campus by car, there is the connection via Vogelpothsweg/Baroper Straße. We recommend you leave your car on one of the parking lots at North Campus and use the H-Bahn (suspended monorail system), which conveniently connects the two campuses.

TU Dort­mund University has its own train station (“Dort­mund Uni­ver­si­tät”). From there, suburban trains (S-Bahn) leave for Dort­mund main station (“Dort­mund Hauptbahnhof”) and Düsseldorf main station via the “Düsseldorf Airport Train Station” (take S-Bahn number 1, which leaves every 15 or 30 minutes). The uni­ver­si­ty is easily reached from Bochum, Essen, Mülheim an der Ruhr and Duisburg.

You can also take the bus or subway train from Dort­mund city to the uni­ver­si­ty: From Dort­mund main station, you can take any train bound for the Station “Stadtgarten”, usually lines U41, U45, U 47 and U49. At “Stadtgarten” you switch trains and get on line U42 towards “Hombruch”. Look out for the Station “An der Palmweide”. From the bus stop just across the road, busses bound for TU Dort­mund University leave every ten minutes (445, 447 and 462). Another option is to take the subway routes U41, U45, U47 and U49 from Dort­mund main station to the stop “Dort­mund Kampstraße”. From there, take U43 or U44 to the stop “Dort­mund Wittener Straße”. Switch to bus line 447 and get off at “Dort­mund Uni­ver­si­tät S”.

The AirportExpress is a fast and convenient means of transport from Dortmund Airport (DTM) to Dortmund Central Station, taking you there in little more than 20 minutes. From Dortmund Central Station, you can continue to the university campus by interurban railway (S-Bahn). A larger range of international flight connections is offered at Düsseldorf Airport (DUS), which is about 60 kilometres away and can be directly reached by S-Bahn from the university station.

The H-Bahn is one of the hallmarks of TU Dort­mund University. There are two stations on North Campus. One (“Dort­mund Uni­ver­si­tät S”) is directly located at the suburban train stop, which connects the uni­ver­si­ty directly with the city of Dort­mund and the rest of the Ruhr Area. Also from this station, there are connections to the “Technologiepark” and (via South Campus) Eichlinghofen. The other station is located at the dining hall at North Campus and offers a direct connection to South Campus every five minutes.

The facilities of TU Dortmund University are spread over two campuses, the larger Campus North and the smaller Campus South. Additionally, some areas of the university are located in the adjacent “Technologiepark”.

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