NRW-Semesterticket

As a student at FH Dortmund you receive a NRW-Semesterticket which is valid for 1 semester. The payment for it is included in the semester contribution, so-called »Semesterbeitrag« of approximately € 300 for each semester. The amount of money which must be paid as the semester contribution can be checked on the websites of the Office for Student Affairs (Studienbüro). You will find there also more information on the semester contribution and its calculation.

All students of Dortmund University of Applied Sciences and Arts need to pay the semester contribution. This fee is not a tuition fee but a contribution towards our social facilities. It includes subsidised meal prices in all 10 cafeterias, free access to public libraries and of course also your semester ticket, the so-called »NRW-ticket«. The ticket allows the holder to travel free on public transport, including buses, underground, tram and local trains (2nd class) in North-Rhine Westphalia (NRW).

NRW-ticket offers you a great way of getting around and seeing the region! On our website you will find lots of hints on what to visit and what to see in the NRW-region and the Ruhr Area itself! Take your pick there is something for everyone!

How to print your ticket or use it wit your smartphone ↓
  • The ticket can be printed out. If you want to print it you need to log into ODS using your FH-username and password and then click “Ticket drucken” on the right side. Follow the steps as instructed on the website. When you are finished a PDF-document will be generated that you have to print out. You can print it as often as you like. The ticket is is only valid in combination with your student-ID-card and a valid ID/passport with a photo.

  • It is also sufficient to have the ticket on your smartphone as a PDF. The print-out is then no longer mandatory. However please remember that the ticket is is only valid in combination with your student-ID-card and a valid ID/passport with a photo.


If you have trouble understanding the instructions on the website as they are in German do not hesitate to contact the International Office. We will gladly explain the process to you and help you print your ticket.


Area of validity ↓


The ticket enables you to use public transport in North-Rhine-Westphalia (NRW). This includes buses, subway trains, S-Bahn and regional trains. You are only allowed to use the 2nd class.

You can see the are of validity of NRW-Ticket at the websites of AStA of FH Dortmund  here.

Attention! Journeys in IC- and ICE-trains are not covered by the NRW-Semesterticket!

NRW-ticket is a great way of getting around and seeing the region! On our website you will find lots of hints on what to visit and what to see in the NRW-region and the Ruhr Area itself! Take your pick there is something for everyone!


Special features in the VRR-area ↓

On the weekend, holidays and after 7 pm on weekdays you are permitted to take another person along with you in the VRR-area for free.

Furthermore you are allowed to take a bike with you free of charge after 9 am.

NRW-ticket is a great way of getting around and seeing the region! On our website you will find lots of hints on what to visit and what to see in the NRW-region and the Ruhr Area itself! Take your pick there is something for everyone!


Ticket check - fare dodging ↓

If there is a ticket check on the bus or subway and you happen to not have your semester ticket with you, you have 14 days to present your ticket at the appropriate location. If you do this, you only need to pay a service charge of about 5 € in place of the € 60 fee that would otherwise be due.

If you are caught without a valid ticket in Dortmund you are to present your ticket at the service centre Hörde or at the service centre Petrikirche within a 14-day period!

In the case of you being caught without your Semesterticket in a bus or subway in a different city you need to present your ticket to the service centre of the linked transport system of that city!

Should you be caught at S-Bahn or Regionalbahn (regional train) of the Deutsche Bahn without your ticket, you need to present your ticket to a service centre of the Deutsche Bahn!


Refund of the Semester Ticket Payment ↓

Under certain circumstances it is possible to get a refund of fees paid for the semester ticket. The possibilities and the application forms can be found on the pages of the AStA (German only) as well as of the Office for Student Affairs (Studienbüro).