Semester Ticket/ FAQ


Das SemesterTicket NRW/VRR ist die Kombination einer ausgedruckten Fahrtberechtigung (Ticket) & einem amtlichen Lichtbildausweis (Personalausweis oder Führerschein) mit dem alle Studierdende der Technischen Universität Dortmund ein Semester lang kreuz und quer nicht nur durch den Verkehrsverbund Rhein-Ruhr (VRR) sondern in ganz Nordrhein-Westfalen in allen Bussen, U-Bahnen, Strassenbahnen, H-Bahnen, S-Bahnen, RBs (Regionalbahnen) und REs (Regionalexpresse) in der 2. Klasse frei fahren können.

Als Fahrtberechtigung im VRR wie auch in NRW ist offiziell nur das SemesterTicket NRW/VRR in Verbindung mit einem Lichtbildausweis anerkannt.

Seit dem Wintersemester 2008/09 wird der Studierendenausweis nicht mehr als Fahrtberechtigung anerkannt. Bitte nutzt das ausgedruckte SemesterTicket NRW/VRR in Verbindung mit einem Lichtbildausweis.

Das Ticket ist für innerhalb des aufgedruckten Gültigkeitszeitraums gültig, während der Semesterferien könnt ihr also noch nicht mit dem Ticket für das Folgesemester fahren.

Hüllen für das Semesterticket erhaltet ihr im AStA.

Bei Fragen oder Problemen zum Ticket kannst du uns hier kontaktieren.


Students of TU Dortmund University are allowed to have documents pertaining to their studies authenticated by our staff. These documents are, for example, official transcripts, high school diplomas or certificates of achievements. Please make sure that you bring both the originals as well as the copies we are supposed to authenticate with you to the meeting.

Authentication can be booked from Monday to Friday at the AStA offices. You can reserve a spot here.

Authentication are done

  • during lecture time monday until friday from 10:15 a.m. until 1:45 p.m.
  • during non-lecture time monday until friday from 10:15 a.m. until 12:45 a.m.

Bring copies of the documents you want authenticated with you, as well as the originals!

If you have documents that are not in either German or English, you must bring an official translation!

We will not authenticate documents of your civil status like IDs, Visas, birth or marriage records.

This offer is free of charge and only available for students of TU Dortmund University!

Anonymous Counseling for Women* and Parents

Every Monday, 10:00 a.m. till 12:00 p.m., we offer anonymous counseling for women* and parents. Under normal circumstances, it takes place in the Frauenraum (0.504) of Emil-Figge-Str. 50. The sessions can happen during consultation hours or at an previously agreed upon time. 


Tel.: 0177 / 9118451 (Monday 10:00 a.m. till 12:00 p.m.)

Graduate psychologist Claudia Finis offers counseling hours during which she can focus on, among other topics, women*-specific troubles. 

Find here a list of specific topics:

  • Familial stress
  • Stalking
  • Gender specific discrimination
  • Pregnancy and studying with a child
  • Psychological problems
  • Relationship problems
  • Female identity / living and studying as a trans person

Or any other strains that burden you and make studying difficult. If wanted or needed for a helpful counseling, any other person can join the session, men too. 

And always keep in mind: If the house is already burned down, it’s too late to start looking for water. Meaning, please come by even when things don’t seem totally out of your control yet, so we can make sure they never get there in the first place. 

Additionally: Men are allowed to come to counseling by themselves if they are fathers and have questions regarding studying with a child. The counselor also offers the possibility of connecting with other parents to, if wanted, organize shared child minding. 

Counseling can take place in German or in English.


If you have problems or questions concerning BAföG, our lawyer Peter is here to help you. Over the years he has become an expert in dealing with everything to do with BAföG. But, should you only wonder how to correctly fill out your BAföG-Application, please contact the BAföG-Amt instead. 

It is good to know that, after sending in your application, you have a month to hand in any additional, missing documents to the BAföG-Amt! 

Currently, our consoler is only available via Email. When contacting them, please always add your phone number to the Email so you can be easily reached. 


Contact to the BAföG department from the Studierendenwerk

Counseling for International Students

Unfortunately, the international consultation is canceled from September 5th, 2022 to September 16th, 2022.

Counseling times: Tuesdays, 9:00 a.m. to 11:00 a.m.
Location: Asta-Offices (EF50)

Here we help you address questions, problems, and uncertainties that international students face. The counseling includes: 

  • Right of residence and visa extensions
  • Social benefits for international students
  • Employment law for international students
  • University admission requirements
  • Language course offers
  • Contract matters

The counseling is not binding legal counseling! Information about this can be found here.

Counseling for Those Doubting their Studies

Sometimes you only realise during your studies that the direction you have chosen does not meet your expectations, or that you would prefer to find something else to do in the next few years. The Chamber of Skilled Crafts Dortmund therefore offers counselling for students who are thinking about dropping out of their studies. Information is provided here on possible training occupations.

If you are having doubts, do contact Ms. Strassburger or Ms. Flockenhaus.

Jasmin Strassburger
Tel: +49 231 5493-451

Industrie- und Handelskammer (IHK):
Elena Flockenhaus
Tel: +49 231 5417-352
Fax: +49 231 5417-8329
Address: Märkische Straße 120, 44141 Dortmund
Visitor address: Märkische Straße 109, 44141 Dortmund

Tenant Consultation Service

Tuesday: 2:00 p.m. to 4:00 p.m.
Wednesday: 9:00 a.m. to 10:00 a.m.

in the AStA Offices (EF 50)

AStA-Office: 0231/755-2584
AStA-Consultation Room: 0231/755-7167

Hagen can offer you advice to nearly all things tenancy in Germany. What are your rights and how do you best terminate a contract? Don’t hesitate to call, email or simply walk into the AStA offices during the advice hours.

For general questions and answers about tenancy law, we refer you to our AStA tenancy law reader, which is available for download here: tenancy law reader 2016 (german)

Legal Counseling

Our legal advice service exists specifically so that questions and problems concerning legal issue can be clarified and potential further steps indicated. Due to time constraints our consultation isn’t able to replace a detailed legal advice session, but our lawyer can give a first indication if it is feasible or smart to pursue further action. If wanted, he can take the problem further.

The advice session is for students of TU Dortmund University and confined to 15 minutes per case.

To guaranty that the 15 minutes can be used to the fullest, make sure you have all possible documentation and information with you. Per advice session, a small fee of 5€ is to be paid. 

  • During semester time: Wednesday 11.30AM – 1PM
  • During semester break: Every second wednesday 10AM – 1PM Uhr 

Location: AStA-Offices (EF 50)

Social Counseling

Hours: Tuedays 2:00 p.m. – 4:00 p.m. at the AStA offices
Telephone counseling by prior appointment

(Write your phone number in the email request if you want us to call you back.)

Our social counseling helps you find answers to questions regarding financing and organizing your studies. This includes questions regarding student employment, social security or taxes, as well as social benefits such as child benefits, housing benefits, welfare, TV licence relief. Only questions regarding BAföG will not be answered here but have a special counseling service. 

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