Students at Leipzig University receive a student ID in the form of a chip card at the start of their studies. This is their UniCard. Upon presentation of a valid ID card, the UniCard will be issued to the student (or to an authorised person acting on the student's behalf). It is only valid with a current semester imprint. You must get this from a validation station after receiving the UniCard, and renew it every semester. The UniCard combines many functions: you can pay without using cash in the cafeterias and mensas of the Leipzig Student Services, it serves as a photocopy card and library card, and as proof of payment of the basic fee for the semester ticket. But there are many additional functions you can access at any time through the Self-service function on the university website.
After your removal from the register of students (Exmatrikulation) the UniCard will lose its functions as a student identity card. You can turn in your UniCard and apply for the refund of the deposit within two semesters after removal from register. However, this is not compulsory.
Semester imprint and locations of the validation stations
Your UniCard is only valid if it bears the current semester imprint, which you must obtain at a validation station each semester. When the green arrow flashes, insert the UniCard into the slot, as illustrated on the machine. The card is drawn in and after about fifteen seconds comes back out with the new semester imprint. The imprint must be updated for the following semester after you have registered according to the rules.
In addition to the validity period, payment of the basic fee for the semester ticket is also shown on the UniCard by the “SB” imprint. This validates the UniCard as a ticket for certain times of day (Monday - Friday between 7 p.m. and 5 a.m., on weekends and holidays all day) for Leipzig public transport (LVB). Anyone who wants to use LVB buses and trams all day can additionally buy the semester ticket. For further information on the basic fee and the semester ticket for the LVB go to the pages of Leipzig Student Service.
Locations of the validation stations
Goethestraße 6, Entrance area
current semester imprint
Chemical Institutes, Faculty of Chemistry and Mineralogy: Johannisallee 29
Dean’s Office, Faculty of Medicine: Liebigstraße 27b
Geisteswissenschaftliches Zentrum/GWZ: Beethovenstraße 15
New Augusteum, University Campus, Augustusplatz
Self-service functions on the Leipzig University website
The following operations can be carried out via the self-service functions on the university website using your password and TAN(s):
- Printing enrolment certificates
- Re-enrolling for the next semester (cashless payment of the semester fee or alternatively printout of bank details and the semester fee due)
- Notification of changes
- Generating and printing a TAN list
International students receive their access data on enrolment. If you should lose your access data, it can be reissued in the International Centre on presentation of your photo ID.
National students are sent the access data by post. If you should lose your access data, it can be reissued at the Servicepoint UniCard or in the Student Service Centre (SSZ) on presentation of your photo ID.
You can request a new TAN list by e-mail from the Servicepoint UniCard. In this case two “old” TANs will be generated with which you can create a new TAN list using the self-service functions on the website. Alternatively, you can obtain a complete list at the Servicepoint UniCard or in the Student Service Centre (SSZ).
Converting the card system from "classic" to "desfire” cards
Starting in October 2010, Leipzig University's newly enrolled students will receive UniCards with a Mifare desfire chip and students already at Leipzig University will also be issued this card. Converting the card system ensures the highest possible security for the UniCard. Current UniCards with the Mifare classic Chip will still be valid.
How do I know if I have a UniCard classic or a UniCard desfire?
The blue, older UniCards are basic classic cards.
You can tell whether you have a newer green UniCard or a classic or desfire card by the serial number on the back of the card: the serial number for the UniCard classic has seven digits, while the UniCard desfire has 17 digits. In principle, all cards issued after mid-August 2010 are desfire cards.
Purse function: Mensa and photocopying
There are two different "purse" accounts on the UniCard: one for the Mensa (dining hall) and one for photocopying. These accounts can only be topped up with cash at one of the designated machines.
Locations of the card loading stations for the copier account
Here you will find a list of all card loading stations for the copier account on your UniCard:
You can load your printing account for printouts in the University Computer Centre by transferring money from your Mensa account.
The UniCard also serves as a library card. Your user number is on the back of the (green) UniCard. It is the top number printed in bold. Many of the older blue UniCards do not have a user number for the University library. However, this number can be put onto the UniCard chip retroactively. It is not necessary to change the card. Please take your UniCard and the library card to the Servicepoint UniCard during office hours.
Lost or faulty UniCard
If you lose the UniCard or it is faulty, the remaining credit on the Mensa account can be paid out. For this you will need the card number that is printed on the back of the new (green) cards. You can also find out the card number at the Servicepoint UniCard. When you have the number you can request the remaining credit at the Student Service Centre (SSZ).
To block the library card please contact the library direct (ausleihe(at)ub.uni-leipzig.de). If you lose your UniCard or it is faulty, no money can be paid out from the copier account.
To be issued with a new UniCard, please come to the Servicepoint UniCard during opening hours and bring your enrolment number with you.
Any problems with your UniCard?
I cannot use my card at the copy machines although I can pay my food in the Mensa:
Sometimes your copy account can be blocked. Please take your card to the copy machine or upload station you used last time. Should it be necessary, you can also visit the Servicepoint UniCard where we can unblock your account.
I cannot pay in the Mensa with my UniCard although I can use it at the validation stations and copy machines:
Maybe your Mensa account is blocked. Just take your card to the Student Service Centre and have it unblocked by Leipzig Student Service (desk 5).
The photograph on my UniCard gets paler and paler:
Within these last months we discovered that sometimes photographs on desfire UniCards can fade away. This might be due to plasticizers which are added to see-through protective wrappers or clear plastic windows in your wallet. You can avoid this fading of your photo when you store your UniCard somewhere else.
In case your photograph is already very pale and poorly visible just go to the Servicepoint UniCard and we replace your card for a new one.