Dear first-semester students,
You’ll have lots of questions at the start of your studies – this year even more than usual due to the coronavirus pandemic. This page summarizes the answers to the most important questions at the start of your studies: Information about preliminary courses and orientation week, on services, offers and websites as well as updates on our infection control measures.
We’re looking forward to welcoming you to TU Dortmund University and wish you a successful start to your studies!
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:
Infection control measures
How will the hybrid winter semester take place? How is contact tracing guaranteed? Which hygiene measures do I have to comply with?
Current information on the situation at TU Dortmund University can be found in the FAQ.
Faculty 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, faculties 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:
Once your UniAccount has been activated, you can apply for your UniCard in the ServicePortal. When it’s ready, you’ll be notified via your UniMail address and can collect it from the central service desk in the University Library.
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.
Due to the coronavirus pandemic, only the university’s central library is open at the moment. The university is also planning to re-open the Emil Figge Library. The department libraries of Spatial Planning and of Architecture and Civil Engineering are closed, but you can order books from there. The central library’s online catalogue also lists the stock of all department libraries.
Overview of all libraries
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)
TU App (German only)
Campus Media (German only)
Search & People Search
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 Campus Süd), and from B 1 / A 40 "Dortmund-Dorstfeld" (closer to Campus Nord). 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 Campus Nord to Campus Süd by car, there is the connection via Vogelpothsweg/Baroper Straße. We recommend you leave your car on one of the parking lots at Campus Nord 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 20 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 Campus Nord. 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 Campus Süd) Eichlinghofen. The other station is located at the dining hall at Campus Nord and offers a direct connection to Campus Süd every five minutes.