Student Card

The Student Card is your TUM student ID in the form of a multifunctional chip card.

Important notice concerning Student Cards

At the beginning of the winter semester 2020/21 on October 1st 2020, Student Cards must be validated again. Validation is only possible after enrollment for winter semester 2020/21, but then at any time.

Locations of the validating stations

The following regulations apply for the use in MVV:

  • An official ID must be carried along as before. Valid Student Card and ID together are valid as a ticket.
  • Students who are in their first semester in summer semester 2020 or winter semester 2020/21 and have not yet received a Student Card will receive their Student Card in due course. The prerequisite for this is a German residential address. If you come from abroad and have provided your foreign registration address, please send your German address to studium(at) so that we can send you your Student Card.
  • Please note that a certificate of enrollment is not a substitute for a validated Student Card.

How do I get the Student Card?

You will receive the Student Card as soon as you are fully enrolled at TUM for the respective semester and have received a notification from us by e-mail.

  • Your Student Card will be automatically sent by post to the address you entered in TUMonline at the time of enrollment, if the address is located in Germany.
  • If you have entered a German address in TUMonline only after your enrollment, please inform the student information by e-mail and we will then send your card.
  • If you do not have a German address by the beginning of the semester, you can pick up your Student Card at the Service Desk at the earliest from 21.09. on (and 3 working days after enrollment) upon presentation of your identity card or passport (original) (opening hours: Monday, Wednesday, Friday 09:00 a.m. – 12:00 p.m.). Other persons can also collect your Student Card upon presentation of a power of attorney (the person collecting your card needs to present his or her identity card as well).

When will the Student Card be sent to me?

  • It may take up to 7 days after your enrollment to receive your Student Card by post. Please only contact us in case you have not received the Student Card after this time period.

  • Please note that if you enroll after the start of the semester, you will not have your Student Card for the beginning of the semester. This means that it is not possible to use the semester ticket from the beginning of the semester but only from the time when you are enrolled and have actually received your card.

You will receive the Student Card as soon as you are fully enrolled at TUM for the respective semester and have received a notification from us by e-mail.

  • In case you changed your study program at TUM or get re-enrolled, a new Student Card will not be printed automatically. The previous Student Card can simply be re-activated at any validation machine. If you do not have your old Student Card anymore or if it is defective, please ask for a new Student Card at the student information by e-mail.

Further information will follow. Please contact the TUM Global & Alumni Office.

Further information about the Student Card

Please note: Your photo must meet the following minimum requirements:

  • Size: at least 102x135 pixels
  • Format: jpg or png
  • Data size: Max. 500kB
  • Aspect ratio (width-to-height) approx. 3:4
  • The face should be the predominant image in the photo, taking up 70 to 80 % of the height of the space.
  • The face should be evenly and well-lighted with clearly recognizable eyes (no shaded glasses or hats).
  • The image should not contain other people or objects.
  • Head cover of any kind is not permitted (Except if worn for religious reasons).
  • The background may not contain distracting contours.
  • Here are some samples of correct photos (PDF, 565kb)

Please note: The photo you upload in your TUMonline account (e.g. during the online application) will automatically be used for the Student Card. If you want a different photo on your Student Card, and the Student Card has already been printed, we have to issue a new card, which is connected to a fee of 15 euros.

  • Student I.D. (with photo)
  • MVV ticket
  • Access badge
  • Library card (barcode on back)
  • Student services electronic payment card (i.e. for canteen, cafeteria)
    • used for payment in canteens and nearly all cafeterias and espresso bars
    • used for payment at most beverage, snack and ice cream vending machines
    • used as a deposit for bottles or dishes
    • used to make copies at TUM (only on the Munich Student Union copiers)

The Student Card is a contact-free card, meaning it simply needs to be held up to the card reader to be scanned or to make credits or charges.

Note: If you store multiple cards with payment functions in your wallet, they can interfere with each other!

The Student Card is only valid from the beginning of the semester. Only then are all functions available.

Before you can use the Student Card for the first time, you must validate (activate) it at one of the available stations.
Validation is required:

Validation deletes the information strip (TRW Stripe) on the front of the card and reprints it with the new validity date.

After re-enrollment, you can immediately validate your card - it is not necessary to wait for the official start of the next semester. 

Note: If enrollment has not been renewed or your semester fees have not been received by TUM, the validity date of the card cannot be extended.

How to Activate your Student Card:

Insert the card into the slot of the validation recorder. The display indicates the direction in which you are to insert the card. If you insert the card incorrectly, simply wait until the machine releases your card.
During this process, your Student Card will be drawn into the machine twice. Wait for the process to be completed; do not try to force the card out of the system!  Only remove the card once you have heard a beep. After removing the card, check to see if the MVV logo is clearly imprinted on the card. If the logo is not fully legible or completely imprinted on your Student Card, repeat the validation process. If after repeating the process several times, the logo is still not correctly imprinted on your card, please go to the  Admissions and Enrollment Office straightaway (Serve Desk, Main Campus).

    TUM Main Campus

At the Main Campus, Arcisstr. 21, 80333 München, you'll find two validating stations in the lobby of the admissions office, located to the left and right of the staircase leading to the library.

    TUM School of Education

At the Marsstraße 20-22, you'll find one validating station in Room 130 (Departmental Student Council "Lehrertum") during opening hours.

    Garching Campus

At the Garching Campus, you'll find two validating stations near the entrance to the Mechanical Engineering Department, on the left near the lockers behind a column.

Two more stations can be found near the entrance to the Computer Science Department off to the left (past the cafeteria and the restrooms) built into the wall.

One more station can be found in the department of chemistry, near the entrance of the Cip-Pools.

One more station can be found in the department of physics.

    Olympiapark Campus

At the Olympiapark Campus, you'll find one validating station across from the cafeteria next to the 'Geräteausgabe' (equipment desk).

    Weihenstephan Science Center

The stations at the Weihenstephan Science Center can be found in the staircase near the mailroom and in the entrance of the library.

    Straubing Center of Science

At the Straubing Center of Science, you'll find the validating station in the library near the lockers.

You can reload your Student Card with cash at any charging station in the Student Union. Card charging stations are available in all canteens and cafeterias of the TUM Student Union. There are also various Touch Points (including hot drink machines and snack machines) where you can reload your card. The Student Card can be loaded with the following amounts: €5, €10, €20 and €50.

Another option is to use autoload, a system for automatic top-up via direct debit. More information about autoload is available from the munich student union.

We recommend that you take good care of your Student Card to ensure its longevity. You should avoid:

  • bending the Student Card (risk of breakage and contact wear)
  • introducing a slight curve in the card (problems with recording data on the TRW Stripe during validation)
  • washing it or bringing it into contact with other liquids or chemicals
  • exposing it to high temperatures
  • getting the Student Card dirty
  • storing it near a debit card

In order to protect the Student Card against damage, you should keep it in a protective plastic cover. Your bank will usually provide such protective plastic covers free of charge.

Re-issuing the card in case of loss or defect

  • You need to apply by e-mail to the student information if you would like to request the re-issuing of the card.
  • In case of loss, improper handling or negligent damage of the Student Card a fee of 15 € will be charged for the reissue. Further information on payment is available by e-mail upon request.

Re-issuing the card in case of theft

  • A new issue of the card is free of charge if you enclose a police theft report with your e-mail. Otherwise, a fee of 15 € needs to be paid.

Please note:
If you return your Student Card - for example due to a defect - please note the chip number in advance or take a photo of your Student Card. The chip number is located on the right in the middle of your Student Card. It is only with this number that the Studentenwerk can allocate the remaining credit on the card.

The payment function of your card has a limited validity. When your card expires, you can renew it at the Studentenwerk's Info Points and at any staffed cash desk in the Mensa.

The Student Card becomes invalid when you withdraw from TU München.

For further questions about the Student Card, please contact the formerly SSZ Service Desk.