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What does it cost to study?

Studying costs money. Your first own apartment, textbooks, clothing, food and leisure activities - you will incur some costs during your studies. In contrast to vocational training or, for example, dual studies, you do not have an income and need financial means to cover your living expenses. Expenses during your studies are mainly the semester fee and learning materials (books, computers, copying or stationery). The semester fee at TU Dortmund University is around 315 euros, is paid per semester - i.e. twice a year - and includes a semester ticket for NRW and, among other things, a theater flat for the Dortmund theaters. Other monthly costs depend heavily on your personal living situation (living with your parents or in your own apartment) or the course of study you have chosen (learning and working materials). To get a more precise idea of potential costs, you can take a look at the so-called Social Survey of the German Student Union, which regularly surveys students about their financial situation. This is what students spent money on average in 2016:

Monthly expenses for... Euro
Rent including utilities 323
Food 168
Clothing 42
Learning materials 20
Car and/or public transport 94
Health insurance, medical expenses, medication 80
Telephone, internet, radio and television fees, postage 31
Leisure, culture and sports 61
Total 819

Source: The economic and social situation of students in Germany 2016,21st Social Survey of the German Student Union

How can I finance my studies?

How can I finance my studies? Do I need a part-time job? What options are there for students to cover the costs of studying?

Before you start your studies, you should think about how you will finance your studies. Most students are supported by their parents (86%), work part-time (61%) and/or receive BAföG (25%) to finance their studies.

You should also consider scholarships when planning your studies. Top grades are not always required for a successful application. Often, for example, honorary commitment, political interest or special musical or artistic abilities carry more weight.

For a first overview on the topic, have a look at the scholarship website of the TU Dortmund or the website Stipendienkultur.

TU Dortmund University not only provides information and advice on scholarships, but is also committed to making a large number of German scholarships available to you. Information on this can be found on the Deutschlandstipendium website.

In addition, there is the possibility of financing your studies through an educational loan.

Contact persons

If you have any questions or problems regarding financing options for your studies, please contact the following persons:

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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 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 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 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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