Tips and tricks for first-years

Tips and tricks for first-years

We have collected some of the most frequently asked questions and answers and information that could be helpful for many first years at the university. The list is constantly being expanded. If you still have ideas, do not hesitate to send them to us.

I’m completely overwhelmed and don’t know how any of this works
First: take a deep breath and stay calm. Many student associations (Fachschaften) offer an orientation week (“O-Woche”) to help you get a first impression of the university structures, to create your timetable and to get to know some of your fellow students. If you have the opportunity to participate in the O-Woche, make sure you do!

Do I have to study every day from now on?
Revision is good and important and of course a big part of studying. But also remember that studying is not only about improving your CV. Get involved, learn a foreign language that you always wanted to learn, look beyond your field of study and try out new things. Studying is the best time for personal development and for overcoming old patterns of thinking. Above all, do not forget to enjoy your time. There is nothing wrong with studying one or two semesters longer!

How do I find out what’s going on at the university?

  • Have a look at the AStA homepage: (
  • Like the AStA on Facebook: (
  • Follow the AStA on Telegram: (
  • Follow the AStA on Instagram: (@asta_uni_due)
  • Have a look at the student newspaper “ak[due]ll” which is available on campus- You can also have a look at their homepage and follow them on Facebook and twitter:,,
  • Facebook group „Uni Duisburg-Essen: Kultur, Events & Partys“:
  • Leaflets, e.g. in the AStA offices in LF (Duisburg) T02 (Essen)
  • Pages of student associations on Facebook

For lots of information about the university, such as the Semesterticket, dining hall menus, shuttle bus schedules, etc., download the mobile app “MyUDE“:

Where can I find the AStA?

I don’t understand the names for the rooms and buildings.
In Essen, the letters and numbers represent certain things. The first letter represents the color of the building. The first number represents the entrance you need to take. The second letter represents the corridor and the second number the floor. The last letter and number indicate the room itself. So, the Room T02 S00 K15 is in the T building, you need to take the entrance 02, it is on the ground floor in the yellow corridor and the room is called K15. The color codes work like this: T is for green (Tannengrün), V is for blue (Veilchenblau), R is for red (Rostrot) and S is for yellow (Sonnengelb).

In Duisburg, the first two letters indicate which campus/campus area and the numbers indicate the floor and room. So, LA026 is on the L campus (“L-Bereich”, in building A, ground floor, room 26.

I have questions about my student card:
Contact the student secretariat and have a look here.

How does the Semesterticket/student ticket work?
Detailed information about the area of validity, what/who you can take with you and where you can print it out can be found here.

I have difficulties paying the Mobilitätsbeitrag/Semesterticket contribution:
Should you find yourself in a financial emergency, the student body (through the AStA) can cover the cost of the Semesterticket. More information is available here. 

I need social or legal counselling
The AStA offers both free of charge!
Social Counselling
Legal Counselling

I have general questions about studying
Student Associations
General Student Advisors

How can I use Nextbike?
You can find a detailed demonstration here.

We offer “Umsonsträume” for foodsharing in Duisburg and Essen.

Is attendance compulsory?
Basically no. Only in exceptional cases such as language courses or modules defined in the module manual. In case of unauthorized compulsory attendance, please report here:

I want to get involved, how can I do that?
There are several possibilities. It is best to take a look at the two “markets of possibilities” during the orientation week. Overviews of the university groups can be found here and here.

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