There is more to life at the Technical University of Munich (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.
Support TUM's student bodies
TUM’s various student bodies (AStA and departmental student councils) 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 university issues.
- Events: Help plan and execute huge events like the TUNIX, GARNIX and MaiTUM festivals – or simply start up your own project.
Where can I get involved?
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. Student research groups
TUM students are active in a huge variety of projects, initiatives and clubs – from business consulting to development cooperations. They campaign for human rights, coach young people and promote on-campus intercultural exchange. By applying their academic knowledge, our students often embody TUM’s mission of thinking and acting like an entrepreneurial university. In the process, they have formed friendships and networks across Europe and the rest of the world. Student initiatives
Orchestras, choirs and bands
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
Spiritual side: Religious societies
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.
The Islamische Hochschulvereinigung München (IHV) is a group of Muslim students and graduates from all Munich universities who represent Muslim student’s interest and contribute to building up bridges between cultures, religions and world views. TUM has established two prayer rooms for Muslim students and staff, one on the Munich campus and one in Garching.
The Verband Jüdischer Studenten in Bayern (VSJB) is the association for Jewish students in Bavaria and is based in Munich. Its offers a range of ativities on belief and culture, intercultural dialogue, networking events, political activities, sports and leisure activities.