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.

Pandemic-related relaxation of UniCard validation requirements to end from 1 October 2021

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 will end 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.

Important: UniCard Service Point Has Reopened

We are once again offering personal consultations. Please book an appointment in advance. Please note that the Student Service Centre has moved to Goethestraße 3–5.

If you are unable to book an appointment, you can of course contact us by email and we also still issue and replace UniCards by post:

  • If you have lost your card, please apply for a new UniCard by sending an email to unicard(at)uni-leipzig.de. Your new student card will be sent out to the postal address you have stored in AlmaWeb. Please pay the €10 fee using the enclosed invoice. 
  • If the stamp is illegible, your card is damaged or the picture is not clear enough, please send your UniCard to us along with the application form. Your new student card will then be sent out promptly to the postal address you have stored in AlmaWeb. In the stamp is illegible or your card is damaged, we only replace the UniCards. We do not send out the new cards in advance. In this case, it does not cost you anything to renew your UniCard.
  • If you have changed your name, please apply for a new UniCard by email. Your new student card will be sent out to the postal address you have stored in AlmaWeb. Please pay the €10 fee using the enclosed invoice.
  • New students will receive their UniCards by post. They will be sent out to the postal address you have stored in AlmaWeb.

If you have any questions, please contact us exclusively by email.

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 2021/22, please remember to get it stamped again after you have re-enrolled.

Features of the UniCard

The chip card in detail

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).

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.

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.

In the winter semester 2021/22, newly enrolled students can already use public transport one month before the start of the semester. As a ticket, please use your valid UniCard together with an official identity document (with a photograph) and a copy of your enrolment certificate.

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

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)
    opening hours: Monday to Friday: 8am to 5pm
  • Neues Augusteum, Augustusplatz campus, ground floor (two machines)
    opening hours: tbc
  • Faculty of Chemistry and Mineralogy, Johannisallee 29, ground floor
    opening hours: tbc
  • Geisteswissenschaftliches Zentrum, Beethovenstraße 15, ground floor – currently not available
  • Library of Medicine and Sciences, Liebigstraße 23/25
    opening hours: Monday to Saturday: 8am to midnight

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.

  • Once we have printed your UniCard, an email will be sent to your student email address.
  • We will then send your student ID card by post to the German address you have stored in AlmaWeb.
  • Please make sure that this address is current and complete!
  • If you do not receive your UniCard within 14 days, please contact the UniCard service point by email.

We will start printing UniCards for international students on 28 September 2021.

Please note that your UniCard can only be sent to you by post if the address you have saved in AlmaWeb at the time of printing is in Germany. If you do not have a current German address on file at that time, you can pick up your UniCard in person at the beginning of October. To book an appointment, please use the link that will be sent to your student email address once your UniCard has been printed. 

Please bring the following with you to your appointment:

  • ID document
  • Collection slip (you will receive this with the email once the card has been printed).

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.

UniCard for returning students: Have you already been enrolled at Leipzig University in the past and now decided to resume your studies? Then 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 bring a new photo with you.

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

Problems with Your UniCard

When requesting a new UniCard, you can also use the opportunity to submit a more recent photo. 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.

  • Please log in to the Identity Manager (IdM) portal and upload your photo for your UniCard there. It should be a recent portrait shot of you in passport photo quality (at least 150 x 200 pixels, maximum 450 x 500 pixels, JPEG format).
  • 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 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, please come and see us during our UniCard service point office hours in order to request a new card. This service costs 10 euros.

  • Please have your official photo ID ready (ID card, passport or driving licence).
  • Make sure your old library card is blocked by the University Library.
  • Have the Studentenwerk Leipzig transfer the remaining balance of your refectory account to your new card.

It is not possible to refund the remaining balance of your photocopying account. This does not affect your printing account.

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 come to the UniCard service point to renew your card free of charge.

Please request a new card. This is the only way you can be sure that your UniCard will still be accepted on public transport.

Please come to the UniCard service point to renew your card free of charge.

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.

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.

  • You can claim your remaining refectory credit from the Studentenwerk Leipzig. Please send them an email.
  • The UniCard service point can tell you the remaining balance of your photocopying account. Please contact us by email. Your copy credit can be refunded here:
    Studentenkopierdienst/Mobilblitz (Vodafone store) 
    Neumarkt 27, 04109 Leipzig

  • Please contact the University Computing Centre (URZ) by email regarding the refund of your printing credit.

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