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Student Card

The Student Card is a multifunctional chip card that acts as the TUM student I.D.

Important Notice

Due to current restrictions in university operations, validation of student cards is currently not possible. Studentcards that were validated for the winter semester 2019/20 are therefore currently valid until further notice. Please also refer to www.tum.de/corona for current information.

For first-year students newly enrolled for summer semester 2020, the Student Card will be sent by mail to the address stated in TUMonline, as long as it is located in Germany. If you cannot provide an address in Germany, please contact our student information via email as soon as you are in town.

Submitting a photo for your student ID 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!

Validating the Card (Activation)

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).

Location of the Validating Stations

    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.

Loading the Card

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.

Storing the Card

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.

Loss, Theft or Damage

Please report the loss, defect or theft of your Student Card personally to the Admissions and Enrollment Office at the Service Desk. The Service Desk will also issue your new Student Card.

Note: The Admissions and Enrollment Office does not report loss or theft to the library! Make sure to have your library number deactivated in one of the branch libraries as soon as possible in order to prevent misuse.

If the Student Card is reissued by the Admissions and Enrollment Office, a new library number will be assigned. Please have your library number then changed accordingly in one of the branch libraries at TUM.

Reissue of Student Cards in the Event of Loss or Defect

  • To receive a new student card can only be processed personally at the service desk.
  • In the event of loss, abuse or deliberate damage to your Student Card, you may purchase a replacement for a fee of 15 €.
  • You can pay this fee in the bursar’s office (Room 1157) at the following times: Monday, Wednesday and Friday from 9 a.m. to 11.30 a.m. Please bring your receipt to the Admissions and Enrollment Office.
  • Outside the bursar’s office regular business hours, you may pay the fee directly to the Admissions and Enrollment Office.

Reissue of Smart Cards in the Event of Theft
Reissue is free of charge if you present an official police report of the theft. Otherwise, you will be required to pay the €15 fee.

Please note:

Make sure to take a picture of your student card or to note down the "Chip Number" before you hand it in. The Chip Number is located on the right in the middle of your student card.

The student union needs this number in order to allocate the remaining balance on your student card. 

How to find the Chip Number on your Student Card

Renewal and Expiration

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.