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Digital Student ID Card

Since 1 March 2022, as a student you can find the tile “Student ID” in the personal area of the TU app when you log in there with your university account. The new function replaces the old student ID card in the form of the UniCard, and you can generally use it for the same services as the previous card in credit card format.

A cell phone on which the name Luca Musterperson, a matriculation number and a QR code can be seen.

The UniCards in use so far will be recognized as photo ID during a transitional period until the end of 2022. If you do not have a smartphone or do not want to use the TU app, you can continue to identify yourself as a student with your (printed or digital) enrollment certificate. Both the enrollment certificate and the Student ID are only valid (as before) in conjunction with official photo ID.


You can access the Student ID in the TU app. If you are logged in with your university account in the personal area, you will see the tile “Student ID”.

To use the Student ID, you need the TU app and your university account. You can find the TU app in the App Store and the Google Play Store. Download is free of charge. Your university account was assigned to you when you enrolled. It is usually made up of the letters sm, the first three letters of your first name and the first four letters of your last name. For your university account, you also had to set a password.

Essentially, you can use the Student ID for the same services as the UniCard. With the Student ID, you identify yourself as a student in order to take advantage of the subsidized prices in the main cafeteria, for example, or of discounts off campus (theater, cinema, swimming pool, etc.). Borrowing media from the university’s libraries is also possible with the Student ID. Like the UniCard, the Student ID does not constitute travel authorization in the sense of a ticket. You can, however, use your semester ticket (NRW Ticket) directly in the TU app.

Only the first and last name and the student ID number are shown in the Student ID. A QR code is also generated, which can be used to verify student status.

The QR code itself does not contain any data. The information that the QR code displays when scanned varies from client to client. Clients are entities that can scan the QR code and might require personal data. The respective personal data are delivered via an ITMC server. The server distinguishes between clients and only supplies them with the permitted datasets.

The respective clients usually require different data: In the main cafeteria, for example, the sole deciding factor is whether the person is a student. In the library, on the other hand, the person’s identity is required, while the theater box office only wants to verify whether the QR code presented is genuine. The server only ever provides clients with that information which they actually need.

For simple verification, the QR code can be scanned using any smartphone. The QR code contains a URL that leads to an ITMC website, where student status is confirmed on a daily basis.

Both the Student ID and the printed or digital enrollment certificate are only valid in conjunction with the official photo ID.

Yes. With the Student ID, the university has developed a digital and at the same time resource-friendly version of the UniCard.

There is a transitional phase until the end of 2022, during which the UniCard will still be recognized as photo ID. Other functions, such as borrowing media from the university’s libraries, will end before then.

If you haven’t got a smartphone, you can instead identify yourself as a student with your (printed or digital) enrollment certificate. You can obtain this in BOSS under “Studienverwaltung”. This is also essential for registering your student status with the family benefits department or your health insurer.

In the library, you can use the borrowing services with a temporary ID card, which you can find in your library account (under the tab “Benutzerdaten”).

If you have a smartphone with Android operating system that does not have access to the Google Play Store, you can also download the app directly from the Service Portal of TU Dortmund University. Please note that in this case ITMC cannot guarantee any support. In addition, you cannot receive any push messages and there are no automatic updates.

If your smartphone’s operating system is generally not compatible with the TU app, you can identify yourself with your enrollment certificate as described in the previous question.

The UniCard was equipped with the debit card function of German banks. At the present time, you can still make cashless and contactless payments with it. However, the banks have terminated this system and it will expire at the end of the year. Please use up your credit by 31 December 2022 at the latest. The loading terminals on campus will only be in operation until 30 September 2022, after which they will be dismantled. If possible, please stop using the terminals now, unless you want to top up the existing amount to a sum that you can still spend.

Dortmund Student Services has decided that from now on only cashless payment is possible in its catering facilities. A variety of contactless payment options are available for this purpose. For example, you can pay with debit and credit cards, but also via mobile applications (apps, Google Pay, Apple Pay, etc.). You can find all information about the payment options on the website of Dortmund Student Services.

As the General Student Committee’s contractual partner for the theater flat-rate, Dortmund Theater has been informed about the new digital student ID card. You should therefore also be able to identify yourself there with the Student ID. If other external institutions do not (yet) accept the Student ID, presenting your (printed or digital) enrollment certificate is usually sufficient.

In terms of data, the Student ID is more economical than the UniCard. The Student ID displays personal data for photo verification and a QR code for digital verification. The technology behind it is a cryptographic data security process as well as a reference to the personal data securely stored on the ITMC server. The QR code is regenerated every 30 seconds and only valid for that length of time. Personal data are delivered via an ITMC server. Only authorized parties can access these personal data. Unauthorized access to these data is not possible. Accordingly, the QR code itself does not contain any personal data. The client concept (see the question “What information does the QR code contain?”) means that individually configured and only absolutely necessary personal data are exchanged.

In addition, the Student ID reduces the risk of data being misused because the Student ID can be blocked immediately in the event that the user is removed from the register of students or loses their mobile phone.

No, for exams you are obliged to identify yourself with the official photo ID (ID card or passport). If the examiner additionally requires that you present a printed enrollment certificate, they will inform you of this in good time.

In the fall of 2021, the Senate of TU Dortmund University unanimously decided to introduce the Student ID. The enrollment regulations were adjusted accordingly. All four groups at the university – students, university teachers, academic staff as well as technical and administrative personnel – were involved in the decision.

The UniCard for staff will continue in the present form for the time being, but it too will be discontinued in the near future. Further information about this will be provided in the course of the year.

As of 1 March 2022, students can no longer order UniCards. All cards that were ordered up until this date and for which all the necessary requirements were met (receipt of social contribution) were produced and students were notified that they could collect them. Beyond that, no more UniCards will be issued.

The payment function will only remain activated until 31 December 2022. Accordingly, from January 2023 onwards it will no longer be possible to make payments with it on campus. Please note that for accounting reasons you can only pay invoiced amounts in full; splitting amounts is not possible.

TU Dortmund University cannot pay out remaining credit in cash. You can donate money that you are unable to spend, as has already been the practice in the past when returning a UniCard. To do so, hand in your UniCard at the central collection point, the Service Center of the Central Library. Students can then use the digital student ID card in the TU app instead of their UniCard. From 1 October 2022, it will also be possible to donate the remaining credit directly at the cash office of Dortmund Student Services. Employees can donate their remaining credit and keep their UniCard as a staff ID card. The beneficiaries of the donations will be decided at the end of the year; in previous years, donations have primarily gone to organizations that help people in need or children.

Should you have any further questions, please contact the ITMC Service Desk (e-mail to ITMC, Tel.: (0231) 755-2444).

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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 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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