There is more to life at Technische Universität München (TUM) than lectures and exams. Our students find a variety of ways to immerse themselves in campus life. They organize festivals. They get involved in student bodies. They join music clubs or set up creative research projects. TUM actively encourages these character-building activities.
Festivals: TUNIX, GARNIX und Co.
Each summer semester, over 150 volunteers spring into action for two major festivals: TUNIX at Munich’s Königsplatz and GARNIX at the Garching campus. The atmosphere is buzzing, young bands get a chance to perform, ice-cold beer is on top and the barbecues are sizzling. StuStaCulum is another legendary summer event. It takes place at the Studentenstadt – Germany’s largest halls of residence.
Legendary uni film club
Most weeks during term, the film club TU Film screens a new movie – showing everything from blockbusters through low-budget masterpieces to all-time classics. The historic Carl-von-Linde lecture theater is the venue. True to tradition, the club shows Die Feuerzangenbowle (The Punch Bowl) every year just before Christmas. This school-set German film from the 1940s has become a cult favorite with students.
TUM’s various student bodies (AStA and Fachschaften) represent the interests of students. They also play a major role in shaping life on campus. Get involved!
- Politics: Elected student representatives have a say in important decisions on issues such as the appropriation of tuition fees, the appointment of new professors and changes to study and exam regulations.
- Events: AStA is responsible for organizing the uni festivals TUNIX and GARNIX. Over 150 volunteers help plan and execute these events. In addition to these huge crowd-pullers, AStA also organizes many other smaller events.
Student research groups
TUM students explore and realize their innovative ideas through various student research groups. Examples include the development of a space elevator, intelligent zeppelin navigation systems and a genetically engineered 3D printer. TUM has a long and distinguished tradition of student-led research:
- Akaflieg: Taking to the skies – developing and flying gliders since 1924
- WARR: Reaching for the stars – rocket science and space
- TUfast: For motor sport enthusiasts
- eCARus: Boost for small e-cars
- Hummingbird: Gas turbines in action
- deadalus: An “intelligent” zeppelin
- TUM Phoenix Robotics: developing and constructing new robots
- TUM iGEM Team 2012: The genetic toolbox: Yeast produces beer with caffein and the taste of lemons.
Love of music: Students and university staff come together to share their love of music in Munich’s 14 academic orchestras and choirs. With such a wide choice, there is something for everyone – from ambitious amateur musicians to people who just love to sing. Academic orchestras, choirs & bands
The religious societies play an important role in campus life: The Catholic Academic Society (KHG) and the Protestant Academic Society (EHG). TUM students and staff join these societies to express their faith. A wide range of social events and courses are offered, for example salsa classes or discussion groups on technology and ethics. If someone is going through a difficult time, suffering from exam stress or experiencing family problems, the societies are there to provide support. At the start of each academic year, the societies get together to host a specialn ecumenical service.