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Surviving at TUM

This site compiles the essentials for your stay in the Physics Department. If you find that there is anything missing, we would like to know it to improve this guide.

Useful contacts

Academic Advisors

Dr. Maria Eckholt
Office for International Affairs
Physics Department, Room 2049
Tel. 0049 89 289 14461
Fax 0049 89 289 14474

Prof. Stefan Schönert
Chair for Experimental Physics and Astroparticle Physics (E15)
Physics Department

International Office

Petra Ritter and Dörte Ptassek
Counseling and mentoring of international students
Arcisstraße 21, 80333 Munich
Tel. (089) 289 25017
They can assist you if you encounter any problem related with coming to or studying in Munich.
Eva Pettinato
Mentoring programme for international students (TUMi)
Arcisstraße 21, 80333 Munich
Tel. (089) 289 25477
TUMi can assist you if you encounter any problem related with living in Munich.

Faculty Student Union

Physics Department, Room 2257
Their physics forum: information and discussions about the department,
the studies, parties, market place and others.

Studying at TUM

Lecturing period

Winter semester
Summer semester
October - February
May - July

Examinations normally take place within the two weeks after the lecture period. However, some exceptions may take place.

Specific dates, deadllines and holidays can be found in the TUM website.

Library and study rooms

To access the library, you only need your student card, and to borrow books, you will have to register in the counter to activate your card for this purpose. Here you can check the online catalogue.

Main campus library
Arcisstraße 21, Munich
Main building, 1st floor
Opening hours:
Mon.-Fri. 9 am-12 pm
Sat.-Sun. 10 am-10 pm
Physics library
James-Franck-Str. 1, Garching
Physics Department, 1st floor
Opening hours:
Mon.-Thu. 9 am-4 pm
Fri. 9 am-1 pm
At the moment under renovation,
please refer to the library
of Mechanical Engineering!

Study rooms and study spaces are spread all over the department: the top 3 are an open area near the Medienlabor (room 1112), room 2270 and the main hall.

Computers and WiFi

There are three computer places in the faculty (two CIP pools and few computer in the main hall). WiFi is available in all university buildings in Munich and Garching. To connect to the net, you have to download and install the VPN-Client using your mytum account. Detailed infos follow here (you will need to log-in).

Room finder

Here you will find the room finder of the physics department.


Fellow programme

We pursue that every exchange student coming to the physics department has a TUM full-time student as "fellow", who can help her/him with practical and study-related questions. For international master students is this service available upon request.

International get-together

Once per month we have an informal meeting of incoming students and fellows. This get-together is open to all TUM physics students: no matter if permanently residing in Germany, just coming for an exchange programme or being an international full-time student.

International Day

Do not miss our International Day!!! (Planned for May 2015)

TUM international (TUMi): Mentoring and orientation for international exchange and full-time students at TUM

TUMi offers orientation weeks at the beginning of each semester. This includes assistance with administrative issues right after your arrival (registration, residence permit, enrolment, public transport etc.) and a cultural programme, to get to know Munich and the surrounding area. Do not miss their Stammtisch during the semester :-)

Remember to register well in advance to ensure you a place, typically a month before the beginning of lectures!

Sports: TUM Campus in Olympiapark

Their catalogue of activities is available online and as hard copies in our office. You will be able to register in campus during a week at the beginning of the semester or at any time in their facilities in Olympiapark.

Music: Orchestras and choirs

For orchestras and choirs there is plenty of choice within the Universities: Akademischer Orchesterverband München (Universitäts-Orchester); Universitätschor München; Campus-Chor Garching; Garchinger Sinfonieorchester; Sinfonietta, Sinfonieorchester der Münchener Universitäten; Ensemble Sinfonietta Auswahlorchester für Kammermusik; Symphonisches Ensemble München (SEM); Sinfonisches Orchester München-Andechs; and Fraunhofer-Patentstelle für die Deutsche Forschung PST.

Campus Garching

Campus Cneipe

Kneipe in German means pub and the Campus Cneipe is C2 . This is the ideal place to meet after classes for a drink, a snack, some music or even a Pub Quiz!

Address: Lichtenbergstraße 2, 85748 Garching b. München.

MVV Munich Transport

Semester ticket

The Munich public transport authority (MVV) offers a semester ticket for students, enabling you to use trains, subways, trams and buses at a lower rate. The semester ticket is available in two forms: the basic semester ticket and the IsarCard Semester.

Learn more about it in TUM's website as well as under Semesterticket.

MVV Nightlines

When the subway service is over, if you live in Munich you can rely on the night buses. Check their lines and schedules.

Bayern Ticket

Planing an excursion over the weekened? The Bayern ticket might be a good option if you are travelling inside Bavaria. Either as a single ticket or as a group ticket (up to 5 people), it is valid from Monday to Sunday for one day of your choice from 9 am until 3 am of the next day, and on Saturday, Sunday and bank holidays from 0 am until 3 am of the next day.

But be careful, it can ONLY be used on all local trains [Interregio-Express, Regional-Express (RE), Regionalbahn (RB), S-Bahn] and local transport networks [Münchner Verkehrsbund (MVV), Verkehrsverbund Nürnberg (VGN), Augsburger
Verkehrs- und Tarifverbundes (AVV), etc.]. It is better if you ask before!

DB Reisezentrum
München Hauptbahnhof
Bahnhofplatz 2
Mon.-Sat. 6 am - 10 pm,
Sun. 7 am - 10 pm