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Getting Started

You're losing the overview in the load of information and fear missing important things? On this page, we list some things that you shouldn't miss at the start of your studies at KIT.

KIT Card

Your KIT Card is a multi-purpose card and serves for example as library pass. Additionally, it grants you 24/7 access to the library. To use the library, you first must register here. Important bits on the library:

  • Lockers in the basement
  • Individual and group work spaces
  • You can look for books on the library homepage and either order or take directly from the shelves. Books are to be checked out at one of the terminals on the ground floor
  • Lending period: 4 weeks, can be extended
  • See Scale of fees and charges for exceeding the deadline

Furthermore, the KIT Card acts as dining hall card. You can recharge your card at the vending machines next to the lines 1 and 2 using cash or your bank card. Before the first use your need to activate your card in the foyer of the dining hall.

  • Tip 1: There are several apps for smartphones which display the current menu.
  • Tip 2: At the lecture note sale, you can activate "Autoload". This function automatically reloads your card and you will never have too few credit at the checkout (Details).


At the beginning of your studies, you will receive a letter with username and password of your u-Account. You need this account for all IT services at KIT, e.g. registering for exams, accessing lecture documents on ILIAS and using the printing services at the SCC. You can log into all PCs in the computer rooms at the computer centre (the EM tutorials also take place there) and work there, and you can use the account for Wi-Fi access almost everywhere on campus and at most universities of the world. Of course, you can also use the printing service of the computer centre, and especially at the beginning of the lecture period this service is extremely helpful for printing lecture notes (not all of them can be directly bought). You can buy the necessary credit at the vending machine in the foyer of the SCC. You can find help with anything concerning the SCC on their homepage.

Mailing list

Please register for the official mailing lists for your programme. Then you will automatically receive all important information from the Fachschaft. Our mailing lists (also master degrees) are listed here. Additionally, you can follow us on Instagram and like us on Facebook to be kept up to date.

Study Portal

The study portal is the central contact point for registration of exams, grade table, certificates (KVV warrant and study certificates), etc. You can also find the university calendar, an interactive campus site plan and a lot more in the study portal. You can also change personal settings of your u-Account and for Re-Registration each semester. The study portal can be found on

Semester ticket and KVV warrant

The KVV domain reaches from Bühl in the south to Landau in the north and can be used with a Semester ticket without restrictions. The semester ticket amounts to about 150€ and is valid for a 6-month period. To buy a semester ticket, you need a printed study certificate (can be downloaded in the study portal, menu "certificates"), and you must show this at your preferred KVV shop. The ticket is only valid in combination with your KIT card. Without semester ticket, you can use the entire KVV network from Monday to Friday during the night (6 pm to 5 am the next day) as well as on Saturday, Sunday and on holidays for free. The KVV warrant (can be downloaded in the study portal) in combination with your KIT card is a valid ticket.

Address change

When moving to Karlsruhe, you need to register at the municipality within two weeks. If you register Karlsruhe as your principal residence, you will get several presents and automatically enter a lottery for bicycles, because the city is of course interested in new inhabitants. Additional information are given on this page.