I A - Office of Student Affairs

Student ID and semester ticket on one card

The campus card serves as both your student ID and your Semesterticket, which allows you to travel on the local public transportation systems. This student ID also allows you to access a range of computer-based services.

Handling your student ID carefully

Please handle your student ID with care. Should you damage it by laminating, hole-punching, bending, breaking, etc., and the Semesterticket can no longer be read by the ticket inspector, you will have to pay a fee for a replacement student ID.

You need your Campus Card?

For newly enrolled students at TU Berlin

You can request your student ID including the Semesterticket (VBB ticket ABC) and upload a photo for your student ID when activating your IT account.

To avoid error messages or delays while printing your student ID card, please pay close attention to photo requirements in tuPORT. The photo should have a neutral background. Therefore, please use a photo that is also suitable for an identity card. If you do not have a recent photo, you can also use a selfie taken with your smartphone. Please make sure that your face is not covered by objects or similar.

All student IDs incl. semester ticket (VBB-Ticket ABC) will be sent by post. If you have used an address in a foreign country in tuPORT, we will not send your student ID by post. Your student ID card will be deposited for you in the porter's lodge in the main building of the TU Berlin for collection. You will receive more information about this by e-mail as soon as your student ID card has been issued.

Have you lost your student ID?

You are a student at the TU Berlin and have lost your current student ID? Please send us an e-mail with a photo and the following information: reason for your concern (loss/defect), first name, last name, date of birth, matriculation number, course of study, degree objective (e.g. Bachelor, etc.) and a proof of payment of 16 euros. The 16 euros are payable exclusively by bank transfer to the following TU Berlin account:

Berliner Volksbank
IBAN: DE69 1009 0000 8841 0150 03

Additionally, please provide your TU Berlin mail address, as we can only reply to this mail address. If you do not have access to the TU-Berlin account, we ask you for an official proof of your person in order to match the data.

The photo should have a neutral background. Therefore, please use a photo that is also suitable for an identity card. If you do not have a recent photo, you can also use a selfie taken with your smartphone. Please make sure that your face is not covered by objects or similar.

You will receive an email from us with further information once your student ID incl. the VBB ticket ABC is ready to be picked up from the University.

I think my student ID might not be working - what should I do?

It can happen that your ID is defective through no fault of your own. If your Semesterticket could not be read electronically during an inspection, you will receive a receipt with a transaction number from the respective transportation company. Your student ID will not be confiscated. Please check first whether the chip on your student ID card is really defective (e.g. at a BVG customer center).

Should your card be defective, you will receive information how to get a new card free of charge. Please contact the TU Berlin's responsible office for student ID cards by e-mail as soon as possible (within one week) with the following attachment: a photo of your current student ID, the receipt from the transportation company with the transaction number and a photo for your new student ID.

You yourself are required to provide proof of a valid ticket to the transportation company as soon as possible. As a rule, you will need to present a photo of your newly issued student ID as well as your current enrollment certificate when doing so. TU Berlin will not contact the transportation company on your behalf. Please see here for relevant contact forms:

  • BVG
  • S-Bahn Berlin 
  • DB Regio
  • Other transportation companies: Other transportation companies do not provide contact forms for this issue. Please use general contact forms, or email addresses and other contact options provided. Please see the websites of the relevant transportation companies for further details.

You have changed your Name and you need a new student ID?

After you have applied for a name change in tuPORT and we have processed this request , you must apply for a new student ID.

To do this, please write us an e-mail with the following content: Reason for reissuing the student ID (name change), matriculation number, your name before name change, your name after name change and a photo of yourself (according to the above specifications). The application for the student ID in case of data change is free of charge for you. Please note: The old student ID will be not valid any more after applying for the new student ID.

You have newly enrolled at TU Berlin before the summer semester 2022 and have not yet collected your requested student ID card?

In this case we will send your student ID by post . Please write us an e-mail with the following information: first name, last name, date of birth, matriculation number, degree programme and prospected final degree (e.g. Bachelor, etc.).

Returning the student ID card

Your student ID card is property of TU Berlin. If you have completed your studies, exmatriculate for other reasons, or were exmatriculated, you must return your studen ID card by mail to the Office of Student Affairs.


Technische Universität Berlin
Studierendensekretariat (Office of Student Affairs)
IA 1
Straße des 17. Juni 135
10623 Berlin

What is a semesterticket?

In summer semester 2019, TU Berlin introduced the new student ID card with a new type of Semesterticket. The old IDs are no longer valid as of 01.04.2019.

The new plastic card has an integrated e-ticket, your Semesterticket or public transportation pass. The Semesterticket serves as your "fahrcard" - the personal subscription transportation pass of the VBB (the public transportation authority of Berlin-Brandenburg). The Semesterticket is your public transportation pass for Berlin (fare zones A, B, and C). It is valid for one semester after you have successfully enrolled or re-registered (check re-registration status in tuPORT).

New students: After successfully enrolling, you can upload a photo to your TUB account (tuPORT) and initiate the creation of your student ID. If you have a German address, the ID will be sent to you by mail. The integrated Semesterticket will already be activated, but is only valid from the first day of the semester, not before.

If you re-register before the deadline, the ticket on the card is re-activated for the relevant semester. Should you wish to be exempted from the Semesterticket or terminate your enrollment, the ticket will be automatically deactivated from the relevant date.

In the event of loss, both the Semesterticket and ID will be automatically deactivated once a new ID has been requested and created.

Your public transportation pass is invalid once your enrollment has been terminated. It can no longer be activated with this student ID. If you take public transportation, you will be riding without a valid ticket. In case of a ticket inspection, you will have to pay a fine.

The validity of the student ID card (e.g. for discounts) must be proven by a current enrollment certificate.

Exemption from the Semesterticket

An application for exemption from the Semesterticket fee can only be submitted online via tuPORT.

 The application via tuPORT is only valid for the following reasons:

  • Degree program (further educational master's program or PhD studies)
  • Holiday semester
  • Part time studies

In other special circumstances, you can submit an application for exemption from the Semesterticket fee to the Semesterticket Office directly. More information is available on the application for exemption.

Application deadline

The application for exemption has to be principally submitted until the deadline for re-registration. If you first enroll at TU Berlin, please submit this application in parallel to you enrollment.

Please only submit this form only once in a semester and not in the Office of Student Affairs and the Semesterticket Office in parallel.

For each started month we keep 1/6 of the ticket fee. This means if you apply after the beginning of the month, the semester ticket for that started month will not be refunded.

Recall of the exemption from the semester ticket

If you want to recall the exemption from the semester ticket during the current semester, you can inform us by e-mail. But beware: You will have to (re-)pay the semester ticket in full. In addition, you need to apply for a new student ID. The reissue of the student ID is necessary and you need to pay for it because the semester ticket (e-ticket) cannot be reactivated on your student ID within this semester.

If you have submitted an application for exemption to the General Students’ Committee (AStA), which was approved, you must contact the General Students’ Committee (AStA) and withdraw your application there. Please also send us the confirmation of the withdrawal of the semester ticket exemption by e-mail.

Please transfer the full semester ticket amount to the TU Berlin account. You can find the reason for payment and the bank details of the TU Berlin in the app "Zahlungsverkehr" (Payment overview) in your tuPORT. A transfer is of course no longer necessary if you have already paid the full semester ticket amount for re-registration and have not yet applied for a refund for it via tuPORT.

As soon as the full semester ticket amount has been credited to your TU Berlin account and, if applicable, we have received confirmation from the semester ticket office by e-mail, please wait for our confirmation before applying for your new student ID card in your tuPORT. You can find more information about the reissue of the student ID above.

Reimbursement after delayed enrollment

If your enrollment at TU Berlin was delayed, you may be entitled to a partial refund of your Semesterticket. Further information about a possible refund can be found in the payment app in tuPORT. Please note that only full months can be reimbursed.

You must request the reimbursement via tuPORT. Do NOT submit an application for exemption from the Semesterticket due to delayed enrollment.

Exmatriculation: Refund

Information about the refund can be found here.

Exmatriculation: Refund

Information about the refund can be found here.

Subsidizing the Semesterticket fee

You can apply to the General Students’ Committee (AStA) to receive a subsidy for the Semesterticket fee. You need to be able to demonstrate when doing so that payment of the fee would cause you considerable hardship.

  • Marker  Campus Center
  • Marker  Semester Ticket Office