After the clear result of the student ballot held in December 2012, the semester ticket of the MVV (Munich Transport Association) was introduced in the 2013/2014 winter semester. After a pilot phase and a new vote in November 2016, the semester ticket was permanently introduced in the summer semester of 2017. In accordance with Bavarian university regulations, the Munich Student Union is responsible for implementing the semester ticket and negotiating contracts with the institutions responsible for local public transport.
Basically, all students studying at one of the following universities are entitled to a semester ticket, apart from guest students and dual students. Since the summer semester 2019, following universities have been participating:
Technische Universität München
(Technical University of Munich),
with the exception of the departments Straubing and Singapore
Hochschule für angewandte Wissenschaften München – Hochschule München
(University of Applied Sciences Munich)
Katholische Stiftungshochschule, Abteilung München
(Catholic University of Applied Sciences, Munich department)
Hochschule für Musik und Theater München
(University of Music and Performing Arts Munich)
Akademie der Bildenden Künste München
(Academy of Fine Arts Munich)
Hochschule für Angewandte Sprachen/Fachhochschule des SDI München
(University of Applied Languages/SDI)
Hochschule für Philosophie München
(Munich School of Philosophy)
Hochschule für Politik München
(Bavarian School of Public Policy Munich)
(Weihenstephan-Triesdorf University of Applied Sciences),
with the exception of the department Triesdorf
Hochschule für Fernsehen und Film München
(University of Television and Film Munich)
Hochschule der Bayerischen Wirtschaft
Further universities may participate in the project following an internal vote. However, implementing the ticket requires a time frame of at least 12 months, and the semester ticket can only be introduced at the beginning of a new summer semester.
The MVV semester ticket
The MVV semester ticket consists of two parts: a mandatory solidarity fee paid by all students, which allows students to use MVV services with their valid student ID within a certain time period, and the ticket “IsarCard Semester”, an optional purchase at MVV machines or ticket desks, which entitles students to use public transport in the entire MVV area at any hour of the day.
More information on the Munich semester ticket and its history can be found here: http://www.semesterticket-muenchen.de/
The Solidarity Fee
The solidarity fee for the MVV semester ticket, which is mandatory for all students, is 67.40 euros per semester in the summer semester 2019 and winter semester 2019/20. This entitles students to travel in the MVV area with their student ID during following hours:
- Monday to Friday between 6:00 p.m. and 6:00 a.m. of the following day
- Saturdays, Sundays and on bank holidays at all hours
You are allowed to travel second class within the entire MVV area and with all modes of MVV transport (S-Bahn, U-Bahn, tram, bus and authorised regional trains). Only a valid student ID in combination with an official photo ID qualifies as your ticket - your certificate of matriculation is not sufficient!
The solidarity fee is collected by the universities
Only severely handicapped people can apply for exemption from this fee if they are in possession of a pass entitling them to travel on public transport free of charge (including the corresponding certification by the Office for Families and Social Affairs/Amt für Familie und Soziales).
If you have any questions regarding the charges of the solidarity fee or the issuing of a student ID that can be used as an MVV ticket as explained above, please contact the university you will be matriculating or re-registering at. More detailed information can be found on the individual universities’ websites:
Technical University of Munich with the exception of the departments Straubing und Singapore
Weihenstephan-Triesdorf University of Applied Sciences with the exception of the department Triesdorf
Any more questions?
If you have further questions regarding the general concept and implementation of the solidarity fee of the MVV semester ticket, please have a look first at the frequently asked questions and their answers on this page.
If you now still have questions left, please contact the department Central Administration and Social Services of the Munich Student Union.
Tel: + 49 89 38196-201
Fax: + 49 89 38196-133
Here you can find the current “statute of the Munich Student Union concerning an additional monetary contribution for the access of students to local public transport” as a pdf file. Please note: only the official publication of the statute at the universities is binding for the effectiveness of the statute in accordance with § 7.
The IsarCard Semester
The IsarCard Semester is an optional season ticket that is valid for one semester and entitles its holder to unlimited second-class travel within the entire MVV area with all modes of MVV transport (S-Bahn, U-Bahn, tram, bus and authorised regional trains).
The IsarCard Semester for the winter semester 2019/20 costs 195.70 euros. It can be purchased at the MVG ticket machines, machines at the S-Bahn stations, the customer service centres, the private ticket outlets of the MVV and BOB as well as in the MVV regional buses. The IsarCard Semester is only valid in combination with a valid student ID (not your certificate of matriculation) and an official photo ID. The IsarCard Semester can be purchased every semester, so that two IsarCard Semester tickets per year cover two semesters, that is an entire year of transportation. The IsarCard Semester is only valid if presented with a valid student ID containing the MVV logo. It cannot be returned after the semester has begun (e.g. following de-registration).
Please note! Important information for students of the Munich University of Applied Sciences:
When purchasing the IsarCard Semester at a ticket machine, all students of the Munich University of Applied Sciences are required to enter - instead of their matriculation number - the 11-digit card number on the back of their student ID.
If, by accident, you enter your matriculation number or the 6-digit number on the front of your student ID, the ticket will in fact be printed, but will be invalid!
In case you entered a wrong number, the ticket can be exchanged at the following locations depending on where it was purchased:
- MVG machine (ticket and receipt both have the MVG logo on them, blue machines):
Exchange possible at the MVG customer service centre Poccistrasse or Marienplatz
- DB machine (ticket and receipt both have the DB logo on them, red machines):
Exchange possible at the S-Bahn Service Centre Munich (Ostbahnhof) or at Munich Central Station
Should your student ID have been replaced by the University of Applied Sciences, e.g. due to a technical defect, its 11-digit card number will also have changed. Thus, your already existing IsarCard Semester ticket will become invalid and must be exchanged immediately. To do so, please go to a service centre of the MVV transport association for a free replacement of your IsarCard Semester ticket. Next to your ticket, a confirmation of the University of Applied Sciences that your student ID has been replaced will be required.
Be sure to hold onto both your ticket and the receipt. Store the receipt carefully and separately from the ticket, as it will be required as proof of purchase in the event of losing your ticket. A one-time re-issue in case of loss will be granted in exchange for the receipt and an administration fee.
Please do not laminate your IsarCard Semester, so that it remains clearly legible. Covers for the IsarCard Semester will soon be available at the MVV outlets or can be obtained with the student councils.
Should you lose your IsarCard Semester, please enquire at the central collection point. For all universities, this is the reception area of the Studentenhaus in the Leopoldstraße, 15. Should you find a ticket or a receipt, this is also the place to hand it in. (U3/U6 Giselastraße, red entrance next to the "Schweinchenbau").
Further information on purchasing the IsarCard Semester and its associated tariffs is available on the MVV website here.
Contact for members of the press
If you are a representative of the press, please send your request directly to the department Corporate Communications & Culture of the Munich Student Union.
Tel: + 49 89 38196-148
Fax: + 49 89 38196-144