If you have any questions about the semester ticket, the Department for Ecology and Mobility will be happy to help you during the specified office hours and by e-mail. You can also contact the service point on this topic. Please write to email@example.com or use the office hours of the Servicepoint.
The price for the semester ticket remains the same during the pandemic. Unfortunately, the contracting parties of the Ruhrbahn and DVG did not agree to our proposal to reduce the price. You can read a statement regarding this here.
The largest part of the semester fee that you have to pay each semester is used for the mobility fee. The mobility fee currently consists of 151,98 € for the VRR-Semester Ticket and 57,40 € for the NRW-Ticket.
The mobility contribution is a solidarity contribution and not a usage fee. In case of little or no use, the amount is non-refundable. You cannot enrole without the semester ticket, it is obligatory for every enrolled person. Only in this way can we offer you the cheapest ticket in all of NRW. This solidary contribution is democratically legitimized by ballots, which took place in 1992 (VRR ticket) and 2007 (extension to the whole of NRW) also at the UDE. These decision were approved in a strike ballot of all students of the UDE in 2015.
In order to use public transport, it is not enough to carry your student ID with you. You must have a ticket and a photo ID with you. You can find out where to get the ticket in the section “Download travel authorization”.
Basically you can use the public transport in the 2nd class everywhere in NRW (except long-distance traffic of the Deutsche Bahn or private providers). Since there is a VRR-part and a NRW-part, there are different usage rights in different parts of NRW.
Basically, the VRR regulates the tariff regulations for the semester ticket. On their website you can get more information about the area of validity, purchase of additional tickets, etc.
With your ticket you can use the price level D of the ÖPNV (public transport) in the VRR area. This includes subways, buses, streetcars as well as regional trains, i.e. Regionalbahn and Regionalexpress. You also have the possibility to take a bicycle with you all day long in the VRR area. In addition, you have the possibility to take along another person on your ticket in the VRR area on weekends, public holidays (also on 24.12. and 31.12.) and after 19:00.
The following map shows you the VRR-area:
You can also travel to the Netherlands with the semester ticket. However, it is somewhat complicated with the rights of use, because it is now important that the Semesterticket Region South is valid at the UDE. How you can use the ticket depends on the destination of your trip:
To Venlo you are allowed to take one bike all day and one person on weekends or during the week after 7 pm.
Arnhem: You can go there with the NRW part of the ticket, which is why there are no rules for taking people.
Nijmegen: Again, you use the NRW part of the ticket, so you can go there alone.
In the rest of NRW you can also use the Semesterticket, but only alone. The rest of the conditions as in the VRR-area remain, e.g. the bicycle transport is possible. Here is a map of NRW, where you can find out about the borders of NRW:
There are other cities in the neighboring areas that may be approached due to the routing of the Deutsche Bahn, also alone or with bicycle. You can find out which ones on the website of Busse und Bahnen NRW. On the map above, these routes are marked with a red line. Note that you have to buy an additional ticket in the cities themselves.
The semester ticket is available as an app for Android and iOS smartphones or as a PDF printout in HISinOne Campusmanagement. It is important that you get this travel authorization, no matter which of the two options, before you start your journey and that you have a valid photo ID with you! If one of these is not present at a ticket inspection, and you have to show it, the transportation company will charge a processing fee.
If you want to use the App-Ticket option, you will need the latest version of the myUDE app. From its home screen, you can access the travel authorization via “Mobility”.
The pdf version is available in the campus management HISinOne, there you can find it under the tab “Bescheinigungen”, also where you can download the study certificate. To access it you have to log in with your university ID. The exact path to the semester ticket is “My studies” -> “Study service” -> “Certificates”.
Further information can be found at https://www.uni-due.de/studierendensekretariat/semesterticket.shtml.
If you are written down at a ticket control even though you have a valid barcode (via app or as a pdf printout), or if a bus driver did not let you board the bus, please contact the Student Secretariat.
If you have problems downloading your travel authorization (in the app or in HISinOne), please also contact firstname.lastname@example.org or the staff of the Student Secretariat. The AStA cannot offer any technical support, as we are not the operators of the systems ourselves.
Under certain circumstances it is possible to get a refund of the mobility fee, e.g. if you exmatriculate before the end of the semester or in cases of temporary financial hardship. You can find more information about this on our special page.
The offer for first semester students before the semester starts:
Are you about to begin your studies at the University of Duisburg-Essen and are therefore taking preparatory courses? If so, since the winter semester 2015/16 you no longer have to rely on expensive individual tickets, but can apply for a Vorkursticket. You can find more information on our special page.