All the students pay a semester contribution during the enrollment at the university. This is distributed for TU Darmstadt, Studentenwerk Darmstadt and the AStA TU Darmstadt, which also includes the contribution for semester ticket . The distribution can be seen here.
The semester ticket is a service for students based on solidarity principle and in comparison with the normal RMV Tariff, very cheap because it is collectively paid by all the students irrespective of the usage. In cases of financial hardships, it is not reasonable to buy the semester ticket. According to specific criteria given in the constitution for financial hardship (German) , it is possible to get your semester ticket cancelled and get the price reimbursed.
In the following situations, you have the right to apply for reimbursement of the cost for the semester ticket
Exchange semester abroad
When you are for a semester abroad for minimum three months, for your studies, you can apply for reimbursement of the money you had paid for your semester ticket. You can prove this easily by getting a corresponding letter of proof from the division of international relations at the TU Darmstadt.
"because of Corona"
The fact that you are not currently in Darmstadt or the RMV area (but in Germany) because of Corona and therefore do not need the ticket is currently not a reason for a Semesterticket refund. The reasons for refunding are granted to us by the RMV, therefor asking us or the university regarding the matter will not help. We understand your situation and that many need the 125€ that the semester ticket costs more urgently elsewhere, but our hands are tied. Should a critical financial need arise, all students enrolled at the TU Darmstadt have the usual channels open to them. These include a refund for social reasons (see below) and/or an application to the “Förderverein für in Not geratene Studierende” (https://www.asta.tu-darmstadt.de/asta/de/soziales/foerderverein)
If you are currently abroad (and will be for at least 3 months of the semester) and have/will not enter(ed) Germany due to the ongoing pandemic, there are grounds for reimbursement according to our contracts with the RMV. Please contact service[at]asta.tu-darmstadt.de and describe your case. It is best to give us your name and bank details and provide us with proof of your situation (a written statement which is signed by you is enough) to speed up the process.
If you are doing an internship outside the RMV zone, for a minimum of three months, you can apply for a reimbursement. You can prove this by submiiting the offer letter and the contract of internship from the corresponding company. Important is that you submit all the pages of the contract and also signed by you and the company officials. The information needed from the contract is the place of internship and how long is the duration.Details concerning the pay and other confidential information can be made black.
If you are in posession of an identity card for severely disabled people, you can apply for a reimbursement provided that you can use the public transportation. We need a copy of your identity card for disabled people and the additional paper and the token mentioning your disability.
You get this token at the maintenance council. The validity of this token begins ideally with the semester ( 1. April or 1.October ). Discuss the details with the maintenance council so that you can use the public transportation at any time-
If you are pursuing doctoral research at the university without any attendance obligations and you live outside the RMV area, you can apply for reimbursement.The foremost criteria is that you have to get the filled application form duly signed by your respective faculty offices. Proof of your residence can be submitted either by your personal identity card or by the copy of registration at the respective city office.
You have already satified all the requirements for starting your Thesis and you live outside the RMV area. Then you can apply for a reimbursement.
The foremost criteria is that you have to get the filled application form duly signed by your respective faculty offices. Proof of your residence can be submitted either by your personal identity card or by the copy of registration at the respective city office.You select this option when you are writing your thesis with a company or an external research institute
Note : Even when you are waiting for your final grade of your Thesis or your course completion certificate, you have satisfied all the criteria for applying for reimbursement
If you applied for a holiday semester from the university due to health reasons, engagement with student groups. You can prove the status that you are in holiday semester through the letter which you receive from the university . If you have paid the fee for the following semester and then applied for a holiday semester, you would first receive your semester ticket. Then, you receive a second mail confirm/rejecting your status that your application for being in holiday semester is approved/rejected correspondingly. In certain cases, you might not receive the semster ticket. In such cases, write a mail to and we will try to clarify from the students admission office
Enrollment of study in two universities
If you are enrolled in two universities simulataneously, which are within RMV tariff region, you can apply for a reimbursement. You prove this by submitting the semster ticket issued by the second university. Obviously, you place an application in one of the student representative offices ( AStA ). Then, you get the fee which is minimum of the two reimbursed. Semester ticket of other universities cost the same. so, you can place an application very well here in TU Darmstadt .
NOTE : Do you study at TU Darmstadt and either at the Hochschule Darmstadt, Goethe-University Frankfurt, Frankfurt University of Applied Sciences, Hochschule RheinMain, Hochschule Geisenheim, Hochschule für Musik und Darstellende Kunst Frankfurt or at the Hochschule für Gestaltung Offenbach, you can also get your contribution paid to Studentenwerk reimbursed ( 80,00 €)
Do you study in a cooperation study programme between Goethe-University and TU Darmstadt, from semester to semester , you can also get your contribution for administrative costs at either of the universitie(50,00 € ) reimbursed
On health grounds
If you could not use your semester ticket for atleast three months beacuse of health reasons, you can apply for reimbursement. Health issues cannot be prdicted in advance in most of the cases. Therefore, in contrast to the above mentioned reasons, you can apply for reimbursement in the following semester.The Doctor who had treated you should provide a letter stating that it was not possible for you to use the public means of transport within RMV region for more than three months
No reasons for reimbursement
When you do not use a semester ticket because, you like to always drive your car or you travel with Bahncard 100 or have bought any IC monthly travel card or you live directly near to the university, it is not a valid reason for you to get your money reimbursed. All the students of the university pay the contributions for the semester ticket on grounds of solidarity .
Students who are also working should not posses a RMV-Jobticket parallely. Employees can avail other subsidies or social allowances from their employers instead of a travel job ticket ( although they do not have absolute claiming rights for the same )
Procedure of Reimbursement
You apply via http://semesterticket.asta.tu-darmstadt.de and load up the necessary proofs as scans. Further more we need the original copy of your student ID so that we can devaluate the semester ticket included on it.
You can either come to the AstA office and bring your student ID or send it by post to the following address:
AStA TU Darmstadt
Your application will be approved as soon as we have received your semester ticket and the uploaded proofs are complete. If any proof should be missing, we will send you an E-Mail. The reimbursement will be transferred to your bank account after the devaluation of the ticket. You can pick up the devaluated ticket in our office or we send it to you by post if you mentioned an address in Germany with your application.
If you like to get your semester ticket devaluated in the AstA office and take it with you directly after that, you have to choose the „Vor-Ort-Verfahren“ when applying. In this procedure, we first check the proofs, approve your application and after that send you an E-Mail reminding you to hand us your semester ticket within the deadlines. If you have chosen the „Vor-Ort-Verfahren“ and plan to leave the Darmstadt region within short notice, it is saver to bring the ticket to our office before in order to meet the deadline.
- Application in winter semester: Oktober 21 latest
- Original copy of semester ticket has to be in the AstA office and all necessary proofs as scans in the online system on November 11 latest
- Application in summer semester: April 21 latest
- Original copy of semester ticket has to be in the AstA office and all necessary proofs as scans in the online system on May 12 latest
If you should have been ill, you do not have to meet those deadlines. In case of illness in summer semester, you have to meet the deadline for the following winter semester. In case of illness in winter semester, you have to meet the deadline for the following summer semester. Only in case of illness you can keep using the RMV public transportation, because you do not have to submit your student ID until the end of current semester.