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Student ID card and Semester ticket

When you enrol at the beginning of your degree course, you will be given a Student ID card. This card will be needed for pretty much everything, so you should always have it with you.

The Student ID card is a blue chip card which has multiple functions. It is, for example ...

  • your method of payment for the canteen and cafeteria at the Cologne site, as well as for various other services of the Cologne Student Services Provider
  • Library ID Card
  • Photocopy Card
  • Semester ticket for the VRS, AVV, and  VRR districts (see Semester ticket)

Your chip card also gives you access to the main building in Cologne through the rear entrance, as well as access to the WIZ in Dagobertstraße, the IT room in the library.

Please note: Every semester, once you have reregistered, you will also need to re-validate your card for the coming semester. There is a machine for this purpose, located next to Room 2 at the rear exit of the University.

Support Chip Card

For assistance with new, defective or lost chip cards, please contact the IT department.
You can send an email to: Chipkarte(at)hfmt-koeln(dot)de

The department’s office hours are 11:00 to 12:00 on Tuesdays and Thursdays in room 204 on the second floor of the building at Theodor-Heuss-Ring. At HfMT, please ask for Personnel/Finance/IT.

If you are experiencing problems with your chip card, please get in touch using:

Payment System for the Canteen and the Cafeteria at the Cologne Site

You can top-up your Student ID card with credit using your EC card. There are machines for this purpose located in the canteen and near the computer terminals in the university foyer. Alternatively, you can top-up the card with cash in the cafeteria (minimum Euro 5)

Photocopier Card

Once your card has credit on it, you can also use it for the university photocopiers. You will find these on the mezzanine level, on the left around the corner from the lifts, and in the library. Copies cost Euro 0.05 (A4), or Euro 0.10 (A3).

Library ID Card 

On the reverse side of the chip card, you will find your lender number for the library. You can use this to borrow books and sheet music from the library or order them online. Further details can be found in the library on the 4th floor, or in the local libraries at the Aachen and Wuppertal sites.


  • Your Student ID card serves as a ticket in the VRS area (Cologne site), VRR area (Wuppertal site) or AVV area (Aachen site).
  • The Semester ticket is only valid when used in connection with an official photo ID card – in each case valid for one semester and can be used 24/7 across the whole VRS network, including Sundays and public holidays and periods when there are no lectures.
  • Valid for use on all buses, trams and underground, and for 2nd class travel on local trains (S-Bahn), regional trains (RegionalBahn) and regional fast trains (RegionalExpress), across the VRS, VRR and AVV price zone.
  • Not valid on IC/EC, ICE or Thalys trains, or on car trains or night trains.
  • At the Weekends, between 7:00 pm and 3:00 am on the following day, you may take a bicycle with you free of Charge.
  • At the weekends, between 7:00 pm and 3:00 am on the following day, an additional person or up to three children may travel with you free of charge. This special offer is valid for the whole day at weekends and on public holidays.
  • Children under the age of 6 years may always travel with you free of charge.
You can find further information here: 


  • The NRW ticket also entitles you to travel on buses, trains, regional trains (RegionalBahn) and regional fast trains (RegionalExpress), across the whole state of North Rhine Westphalia.
  • Not valid on IC/EC, ICE or Thalys trains,  or on car trains or night trains. 
  • Outside of the VRS area, you may not take   bicycles or further persons with you on your NRW ticket.
  • Children under the age of 6 years may travel   with you free of charge.
It is important that you always have both tickets with you. If you forget your ticket, please speak to the train attendant. You can, for example, present your ticket in the passenger centre at the main station within a period of 14 days. In this case, you will not have to pay the usual fine of Euro 40 but instead just a processing fee of Euro 7.