Since April 2019 students of the University of Duisburg-Essen are able to rent bikes provided by Metropolrad Ruhr and Nextbike for free in (nearly) the whole state of NRW. Only in Bonn you have to pay a yearly fee of 3€.
The first hour of rent is free, afterwards every 30 minutes cost 50 cents. A whole day, however, will not cost you more than what they charge for 10 hours. It is cheaper to return your bike to a station before the first 60 minutes are up and grab the next bike, which is then free of charge for another 60 minutes. You can rent up to 4 bikes at a time, two of them free of charge. Please note that you have to return the bikes at one of the stations, otherwise you might be charged with an extra fee.
Before your first use, you need to register – this is free. As „partner“ you have to choose Universität Duisburg-Essen at https://secure.nextbike.net/mr/de/registrierung/
Afterwards, use your uni mail address (@stud.uni-due.de), your name and your mobile number to register.
Nextbike will send you a verification email and your personal pin via SMS after your verification. You can now log into the app using your pin.
Nextbike asks you to add a payment method after you have used your 60 free minutes. You do not have to add a payment method (SEPA or credit card) if you do not rent a bike for more than 60 minutes.
Please contact firstname.lastname@example.org for further information.