Your UniCard officially identifies you as a student of our university, accompanying you throughout your studies. You use your UniCard to pay in the refectories, you need it for photocopying and printing, and it serves as a library card and as your personal public transport pass.

Information about the “9-euro ticket”

In the months of June, July and August 2022, your UniCard with a current MDV stamp will be treated like a “9-euro ticket” and be valid nationwide throughout the entire period as a ticket on all means of local public transport (RB, RE, U-Bahn, S-Bahn, bus, tram, etc.).

More information is available from the Studentenwerk Leipzig.

Features of the UniCard

Your UniCard officially identifies you as a student of our university, accompanying you throughout your studies. You use your UniCard to pay in the refectories, you need it for photocopying and printing, and it serves as a library card and as your personal public transport pass.

Use your UniCard to pay at the seven refectories and nine cafés run by Leipzig Student Services. Remember to put credit on the card first!

  • You can top up your card with cash at the machines in the entrance area of each refectory or cafeteria.
  • You can use AutoLoad to top up your card automatically at the till.
    If your credit is used up or has fallen below the limit you have set, you can automatically top up your card when paying at one of the refectory tills.  To do this, you will first need to set up a SEPA direct debit with the Studentenwerk Leipzig. You can use the card service portal to set how much credit will be added to your account.
    If you would like to use AutoLoad, please register at the Student Service Centre (SSZ).
    Learn more

 

If you wish to use our photocopiers, you will need to add copy credit to your UniCard. The accounts for your refectory and copy credit are separate and you top them up at stations.
Top-up stations for your photocopying account can be found at three locations:

  • Bibliotheca Albertina (2nd floor, open access and behind the gate on the ground floor)
  • Campus Library (photocopying room on the ground floor)
  • Law Library (2nd floor inside the Petersbogen building).

Please note that the copy credit is only stored on the card chip. In the event of a technical problem or if you lose your card, it will not be possible to use or reclaim any remaining credit.

Important: your photocopying account is not the same as your printing account for the University Computing Centre!

You can top up your printing account by moving credit from your refectory account to your printing account at a transfer machine. This credit is then registered under your university login and no longer on your card. You can find these machines at a number of locations, including the Neues Augusteum (2nd Floor, outside room A 252) and inside the Geisteswissenschaftliches Zentrum (Beethovenstraße 15).

If you have any questions about your printing account or refunding your printing credit, please contact the University Computing Centre (URZ) by email.

Your UniCard allows you to borrow media at all of the branches of the University Library. You will find your eight-digit library number on the back of the card. If you lose your UniCard, please do not forget to block your library account.

MDV stamp during the winter semester 2021/22

In order for your UniCard to be valid as an MDV public transport pass in the  winter semester 2022/23, please remember to get it stamped again after you have re-enrolled.

Changes to the MDV network (December 2019) 

In December 2019, the area served by the Mitteldeutscher Verkehrsverbund (Central German Transport Network) was extended to also include the train routes of the districts of Anhalt-Bitterfeld, Wittenberg and the city of Dessau-Roßlau (“MDV-Nord”). This extension is not covered by the MDV part of the Leipzig University semester fee. If you wish to travel to the extended MDV area, you must make sure that you purchase the applicable additional ticket from the MDV range. For more information about the MDV network, please refer to the Studentenwerk Leipzig website.

Using your UniCard as a public transport pass

You can use all public transport available in the relevant part of the MDV network, such as trams, buses, and suburban and regional trains. Please make sure that your UniCard has been validated and clearly displays a stamp for the current semester. As a ticket, please use your valid UniCard together with an official identity document (with a photograph).

In the winter semester 2022/23, newly enrolled students can already use public transport one month before the start of the semester.

You are only entitled to use public transport if you are carrying your UniCard. Your enrolment certificate alone is not a valid ticket.

The UniCard at a glance

Validate your UniCard

End of pandemic-related relaxation of MDV validation requirements

During the pandemic, the rules were temporarily changed to allow student ID cards with a stamp from the previous semester to also be recognised as a travel pass, as long as students presented their card with a current certificate of enrolment and an official identity document with a photo. This arrangement applied until the summer semester 2021 and ended on 1 October 2021. With the start of the winter semester 2021/22, only a valid student ID card with the current MDV stamp in conjunction with an official ID document with a photo will be valid as a travel pass again.

To ensure that your UniCard is always valid for the current semester, please get it stamped again once you have re-enrolled. To do this, insert your UniCard into one of the special machines. It will be returned to you a few seconds later with a new stamp.

The machines can be found at five different locations:

  • Goethestraße 6, foyer (two machines)
  • Neues Augusteum, Augustusplatz campus, ground floor (two machines)
  • Faculty of Chemistry and Mineralogy, Johannisallee 29, ground floor
  • Geisteswissenschaftliches Zentrum, Beethovenstraße 15, ground floor
  • Library of Medicine and Sciences, Liebigstraße 23/25
    opening hours: Monday to Saturday: 8am to midnight.

Potential problems with validation

Please check in AlmaWeb whether your student status documents for the corresponding semester have already been generated. If this is not the case, then you have probably not yet re-enrolled. This may be due to the following reasons:

  • We have not yet received the semester fee (and any other fees you may owe) in full or at all. Please check whether you have paid.
  • You have paid, but we were unable to link the payment to you. Please check whether you correctly entered your enrolment number in the payment reference section.
  • The Student Office or International Centre is still awaiting documents from you. Please check your uploaded documents in AlmaWeb
  • You have been prevented from re-enrolling for another reason (for example, overdue health insurance payment). Please check in AlmaWeb to see if you have received any information or, if you have any questions, please contact the Student Office or the International Centre (contact for international students).

AlmaWeb

Student Office

International Centre

If the semester stamp is not clearly visible after validation, please try to validate your card again at one of the other machines. If this does not solve the problem, please book an appointment at the UniCard service point.

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If the machine withholds your UniCard, then there is a technical problem. If possible, please wait at the machine for 5–20 minutes. The machine should restart during this period and then return your card.

If this doesn’t happen, please inform us immediately by telephone or by email. doing so, please let us know:

  • Your name and enrolment number
  • Where the validation machine is located
  • What exactly the problem is (error message on the machine).

New students: Obtaining your UniCard

Your personalised UniCard is the last step on your path to formally starting your studies. You will receive your student card when you have submitted all your documents, transferred the semester fee and the UniCard fee, and uploaded your passport photo.

It costs 10 euros to issue the UniCard. We charge this fee together with the semester fee. Please refer to your provisional enrolment certificate for more information.

  • Once you are fully enrolled, your AlmaWeb applicant account will be converted into a student account and you will receive an email from our university’s identity management system (IdM). Among other things, this email will ask you to upload a passport photo for your UniCard
  • Please log in to the Identity Manager (IdM) portal and accept the terms of use for the University Computer Centre and the University Library.
  • Upload a photo for your UniCard. It should be a recent portrait shot of you in passport photo quality and in the JPEG format (at least 150 x 200 pixels, maximum 450 x 500 pixels).
  • When the upload is complete, your photo will be outlined in red while we check it. If your selection is accepted, a green frame will appear. If your photo is not suitable, we will send you an email.
  • If for technical reasons you are unable to upload your passport photo, please send the picture via email and also specify your matriculation number, full name and date of birth.

Do you have any questions or are you experiencing problems uploading your photo? Please send us an email.
If you are having problems with your login information, please contact the University Computing Centre by email.

As soon as your UniCard is has been printed, you will receive an email notification to your student email address.

  • German students: We will post your UniCard to the German address you have saved in AlmaWeb. Please make sure that this address is current and complete! If you do not receive your UniCard within 18 days after it was printed, please contact the UniCard service point by email.
    Further information: Change your address in AlmaWeb (“Account” > “Change contact information”)
  • International students: You will receive your UniCard from the International Office during your personal enrolment from 28 September to 4 October 2022. If you do not receive your card there, you can book an appointment at the Servicepoint UniCard. You will find information here from 4 October 2022.
  • People enrolled at the Studienkolleg Sachsen: You will receive your UniCard from the Studienkolleg Sachsen. If you have any questions, please contact the Studienkolleg Sachsen.
  • Participants of the International Coaches Course (ITK): You will receive your UniCard at the Faculty of Sports Science. If you have any questions, please contact the ITK staff directly.

We start printing cards for new students approximately 5 to 6 weeks before the start of the semester. If you are newly enrolled at Leipzig University and your UniCard has not been printed yet, please check all the necessary steps:

  • Are you already fully enrolled? If you have any questions about this, please contact the Student Office or the International Centre (international students). If you can find your student status documents for your starting semester on AlmaWeb, then you should be fully enrolled. This will depend on the following:
    oder die (internationale Studierende). Wenn Sie Ihre Studienbescheinigung für das Startsemester im Almaweb finden, dann sollten Sie vollständig immatrikuliert sein. Dafür ist es erforderlich, dass:
    • You need to have paid the semester fee, which includes the fee for the UniCard, in full. Check the amount due in your provisional enrolment document on AlmaWeb as well as the amount you actually paid, and please also check whether you may have mistyped the amount.
    • You must have submitted all the necessary documents (see the provisional enrolment document on AlmaWeb).
    • Your health insurance provider needs to have transmitted your insurance status to us electronically (see the provisional enrolment document on AlmaWeb).
  • Have you uploaded your photo to the IdM portal? Your UniCard can only be printed if a photo is available. IdM portal
  • Are you enrolled elsewhere and attending Leipzig University as a “Nebenhörer”? In this case, you will not be issued a UniCard – unless you request one by sending an email to the  Student Office or the International Centre (international students) and pay the fee of 10 euros.
  • Were you already enrolled at Leipzig University in the past? In this case, your UniCard cannot be printed until you contact us by email as a returning student. Please do not send us the email until your student status documents for your starting semester are available on AlmaWeb. Please remember to tell us your enrolment number. Send an email to the UniCard service point

UniCard for returning students: Have you already been enrolled at our university in the past and now decided to resume studying? Please come to the UniCard service point to have a new student ID card issued.  You will receive your new UniCard when you have submitted all your documents and transferred the semester fee as well as the UniCard fee. You are welcome to upload a new photo in advance in the Identity Manager (IdM) portal.

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Foto: eine grüne Tafel beschrieben mit Willkommenssprüchen in verschiedenen Sprachen
Photo: Leipzig University

Request a New UniCard

When requesting a new UniCard, you can also use the opportunity to upload a more recent photo to our IDM system. To ensure that your new photo is taken into account when reprinting your UniCard, please do not apply for a new UniCard until you have successfully uploaded your new photo: Upload a new photo in the IDM system

Upload a new photo in the IDM system

If someone hands in your UniCard to us, we will usually inform you by email within two to three working days. If you do not receive an email from us, you can apply for a new card by email or in person.

Request by email

Please send us an email from your student email address. Provide your enrolment number and your reason for requesting a new UniCard. We will send you your new UniCard, along with an invoice for 10 euros, to the postal address you have saved in AlmaWeb.
Send email

or

Apply in person

Please book an appointment and bring an identification document. We will create a new card during your appointment. We charge a fee of 10 euros for this (payment by EC card or invoice). Please bring an official photo ID (identity card, passport or driving licence) with you.

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Please note in cases of lost cards:

  • Refectory credit: After receiving your new card, you can have the Studentenwerk Leipzig transfer the remaining balance of your refectory account to your new card. If you have set up AutoLoad for your refectory account, then you should go to the Studentenwerk Leipzig card service portal and cancel the SEPA mandate for your old card. You will need to set up AutoLoad again for the new card.
  • Copy credit: It is not possible to have the remaining balance of your photocopying account transferred, because the balance is only stored on the chip of the old card. This does not affect your printing account.
  • Library: When a new card is printed, a new library number will be generated. Your old library account will be transferred to the new account within 24 hours, including all loans. Until then, your use of the library may be restricted. Your old, lost UniCard can no longer be used for the library. To prevent misuse until your account is transferred, you can have your old library card blocked at the University Library as soon as you notice it is lost.
    Important: Your password for logging in at the library will also be set to the default (date of birth: DDMMYYY), and your PIN for the self-checkout terminals deleted. The first time you log in, use your library number as your username and your date of birth as your password. In your library account, you can then change your password and set a new PIN.

If a ticket inspector finds that your student ID card is invalid because the semester stamp is not legible, they may reject it as invalid. Please have your UniCard reprinted at another validation machine. If this is not sufficient or if the semester stamp soon becomes illegible again, then you should have your UniCard replaced at the UniCard service point. You can swap your old card for a new one in person.

If your card shows usual signs of wear, then you can have it replaced free of charge. Otherwise, we charge a fee of 10 euros to reissue UniCards. You can pay by EC card or in cash (please bring 10 euros exactly).

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Please note in cases of reissued cards:

  • Refectory credit: After receiving your new card, you can have the Studentenwerk Leipzig transfer the remaining balance of your refectory account to your new card. If you have set up AutoLoad for your refectory account, then you should go to the Studentenwerk Leipzig card service portal and cancel the SEPA mandate for your old card. You will need to have the Studentenwerk Leipzig set up AutoLoad again for the new card.
  • Copy credit: If your old card is handed in, then as long as the chip is intact the UniCard service point will be able to transfer the remaining balance of your photocopying account to your new card.
  • Library: When a new card is printed, a new library number will be generated. Your old library account will be transferred to the new account within 24 hours, including all loans. Until then, your use of the library may be restricted. This also means that your old UniCard can no longer be used for the library.
    Important: Your password for logging in at the library will also be set to the default (date of birth: DDMMYYY), and your PIN for the self-checkout terminals deleted. The first time you log in, use your library number as your username and your date of birth as your password. In your library account, you can then change your password and set a new PIN.

If your UniCard is damaged (e.g. bent or cracked) and you would like to have it replaced, please book an appointment with us and remember to bring your damaged UniCard with you. We will charge you 10 euros, which you can pay by EC card or in cash (please bring 10 euros exactly).

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Please note in cases of reissued cards:

  • Refectory credit: After receiving your new card, you can have the Studentenwerk Leipzig transfer the remaining balance of your refectory account to your new card. If you have set up AutoLoad for your refectory account, then you should go to the Studentenwerk Leipzig card service portal and cancel the SEPA mandate for your old card. You will need to have the Studentenwerk Leipzig set up AutoLoad again for the new card.
  • Copy credit: As long as the chip on your old card is intact, the UniCard service point will be able to transfer the remaining balance of your photocopying account to your new card.
  • Library: When a new card is printed, a new library number will be generated. Your old library account will be transferred to the new account within 24 hours, including all loans. Until then, your use of the library may be restricted. This also means that your old UniCard can no longer be used for the library.
    Important: Your password for logging in at the library will also be set to the default (date of birth: DDMMYYY), and your PIN for the self-checkout terminals deleted. The first time you log in, use your library number as your username and your date of birth as your password. In your library account, you can then change your password and set a new PIN.

Name changes must first be recorded by the Student Office in AlmaWeb. Once your name change has been recorded, you can apply for a new UniCard with your new name at the UniCard service point. Your old card will be swapped there for a new one. You can pay the 10 euro fee by EC card or in cash (please bring 10 euros exactly).
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If you intend to have your first name and gender adjusted, please contact the Office for Equality, Diversity and Family Affairs. The necessary document will then be forwarded to the UniCard service point and we will inform you when your new UniCard is ready for collection. Please bring your old UniCard with you to the appointment.

Please note in cases of reissued cards:

  • Refectory credit: After receiving your new card, you can have the Studentenwerk Leipzig transfer the remaining balance of your refectory account to your new card. If you have set up AutoLoad for your refectory account, then you should go to the Studentenwerk Leipzig card service portal and cancel the SEPA mandate for your old card. You will need to have the Studentenwerk Leipzig set up AutoLoad again for the new card.
  • Copy credit: If your old card is handed in, then as long as the chip is intact the UniCard service point will be able to transfer the remaining balance of your photocopying account to your new card.
  • Library: When a new card is printed, a new library number will be generated. Your old library account will be transferred to the new account within 24 hours, including all loans. Until then, your use of the library may be restricted. This also means that your old UniCard can no longer be used for the library.
    Important: Your password for logging in at the library will also be set to the default (date of birth: DDMMYYY), and your PIN for the self-checkout terminals deleted. The first time you log in, use your library number as your username and your date of birth as your password. In your library account, you can then change your password and set a new PIN.

Problems With Your UniCard

Deutsche Bahn has confiscated student ID cards on a number of occasions because they were deemed too dirty or difficult to read. We ask all students not to surrender their UniCard. The card is the property of Leipzig University and not just a travel pass, but also proof of your student status.

We are aware of a number of instances where Deutsche Bahn has confiscated UniCards that were dirty or difficult to read, on the grounds that they appeared to have been manipulated. The Central German Transport Network (MDV) has been notified of the problem and is working on a solution. To avoid this situation, please come to the service point as soon as possible if your UniCard is worn or difficult to read.

Has Deutsche Bahn already taken your UniCard?

  • You will need to contact the UniCard service point.
  • Please bring the document you were given by Deutsche Bahn with you, or email it to us.

If a ticket inspector finds that your student ID card is invalid because the stamp is not legible, you will be required to pay a penalty fare as stipulated in the MDV’s terms and conditions of carriage. Students then have one week to present a legible student ID card, which counts as a valid ticket, at the service point of the respective transport company. Doing this will mean you do not have to pay the standard penalty fare of 60 euros, but will still be charged a processing fee of 7 euros.

This is a general regulation from the MDV’s terms and conditions of carriage, which also applies to student ID cards that are used as tickets.

Please book an appointment at the UniCard service point to renew your card free of charge.
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Are you being shown the error message 448 when photocopying, or does the charging station say Karte ungültig (card invalid)? This means your photocopying account was probably locked by the last machine you used.

  • Please go back to that machine and re-insert your card to unlock it.
  • If that doesn’t work, please contact the UniCard service desk.

The photocopying and refectory accounts on your UniCard are managed separately. You can therefore continue to use your refectory account if your photocopying account is locked and you haven’t yet had time to go to the service point.

Please contact the Studententenwerk Leipzig in the Student Service Centre.

The refectory and photocopying accounts on your UniCard are managed separately. You can therefore continue to use your photocopying account if your refectory account is locked and you haven’t yet had time to go to Leipzig Student Services.

Your UniCard after studying

Your UniCard becomes invalid on exmatriculation. If you initially paid a deposit for your card, you can have this money refunded.
This applies to all enrolments prior to 1 December 2017.

If you were enrolled before 1 December 2017, you can request a refund of the deposit of 10 euros. To do this, fill in the deposit refund application and hand this and your UniCard in to the Student Service Centre within two semesters after your exmatriculation.

Please have any credit refunded to you before handing in your UniCard.

  • After your exmatriculation, you have a 30-day grace period during which you can still use your remaining refectory credit to pay in the refectories. The Studentenwerk Leipzig can refund your remaining credit. Please contact the Studentenwerk Leipzig directly.
  • The UniCard service desk can determine the remaining balance of your photocopying account. Please submit your UniCard for this purpose by post, via the letter box for time-sensitive documents outside Goethestraße 6, or during a personal appointment with us. The student photocopying service will then refund the remaining amount:
    Studentenkopierdienst/mobilblitz (Vodafone store)
    Neumarkt 27, 04109 Leipzig
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  • Please contact the University Computing Centre (URZ) by email regarding to request a refund of your printing credit.

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