The university library website helps you to find the availability of a book, article, etc. and the location where it is available at. In case of a non-availability, you can also reserve the book and get it issued when it gets available. The webpage also has information about publishing and you can book a discussion room in the Library for group work.
The university offers several software licenses for free for students, which usually includes, for example, Microsoft Office, statistical software, and antivirus software. You can find a list and instructions here.
Unfortunately, the website is only in German.
On Alma, you have to register for the courses and the exams (if you want to take them). Registration usually starts a month before the semester ends. An email is sent to students by the examinations office.
On Ilias, lecturers may provide information and material for the courses.
Krankenversicherung (health insurance)
There are two types of health insurance in Germany:
- The compulsory health insurance (public), which you had to provide to register
- Private health insurance
All students are required to have an insurance plan in Germany, but depending on where you come from, you might be eligible to use the plan you already have in your home country. You should consult the university’s international office for more details.
Private health insurances might only be relevant to cover costs that are not payed by the public health insurance, like privileged care during a stationay stay at a hospital (e.g., a single room).
Haftpflichtversicherung (liability insurance) - highly recommended
Personal liability insurance covers you in cases of accidental damage to a third party or their property. In Germany, you are legally responsible for any damages caused to others by your person. It is important to note that this is restricted not only to damages one has personally caused but also holds for damages caused by one’s children, one’s pets, and so on. You are liable for all your estate. Income and liability claims will not be waived unless the damages in question have been completely paid. Consequently, personal liability insurance is one of the most important insurances one should hold when living in or traveling to Germany.
It is worth noting that private liability insurance often includes a version of legal costs insurance. In fact, a feature of personal liability insurance is to verify and possibly dismiss legal claims for damages. Typically, spouses are also insured without any surcharge. Children are also usually covered under their parents’ policy. These additionally insured persons (spouse, children) should be explicitly mentioned in the certificate of insurance.
International students holding personal liability insurance in their respective home countries should check whether insurance cover is provided while they are in Germany. Credit card holders should check whether their credit card comes with personal liability insurance valid while the cardholder (or his/her spouse and children) is abroad.
A basic German liability insurance costs between 50€ and 100€ per year.
To open a bank account, you will need:
• your passport or equivalent
• address in Germany
• tax identification number (TIN) – from your home country and/or Germany. Find your TIN here (OECD homepage)
• officially you will also need the confirmation of your registration (see 1), but most banks do not ask for this anymore
All these banks have English websites and online banking services:
- Commerzbank Tübingen
- Karlstraße 4, 72072 Tübingen, Hotline: 069 / 5 8000 8000
- Deutsche Bank
- Am Lustnauer Tor 1, 72074 Tübingen, Hotline: 069 / 910 000
- (only accepts German TIN, takes 4-6 weeks!)
- Kreissparkasse Tübingen
- Am Lustnauer Tor 3, 72074 Tübingen,
- Phone: 07071 / 205-1570, -1560, -1571
- Email: email@example.com
- online bank
- support in 6 languages
Whenever you move within / to Germany, you need to register yourself officially in that city within two weeks of you moving there. There is some leeway for that deadline, especially since it might take a while to get an appointment. Before you make an appointment, you need a form from your landlord that states when you moved in (they should give it to you without asking).
You need to be registered to open a bank account in Tuebingen.
The documents to be carried for your appointment will be mentioned via email after your appointment is booked. In many cases, the following documents need to be provided:
1. confirmation of the landlord/landlady (Wohnungsgeberbestätigung)
2. copy of passport or identity card (EU)
3. (for married individuals) marriage certificate translated into German and notarized.
A copy of your rental contract only needs to be submitted on request.
About four weeks after your registration, you will receive a letter with your German tax ID.
Phone: 07071 / 204-2020
Getting accommodation is not easy! Apply early. Here is a list of accommodation websites you can apply at:
You can find dormitories offered by the university in and around Tübingen and by other organizations here:
For Private shared apartments (although the offers on the websites may overlap):
It is important to react to new offers as quickly as possible. On some of these websites it is possible, for example, to download the app and get push notifications for new offers, which might help.
There are two different kinds of trains in Germany, regional (RE, RB, S-Bahn) and national (ICE, IC, EC). Each region has its own regional train company.
With the semester ticket, you can use all regional trains in the Naldo area.
- Information about semester ticket
- All of Naldo is covered by the semester ticket; a map can be found here
- Buying semester ticket: https://www.dbregio-shop.de —> Semestertickets —> Naldo Semestertickets —> Uni Tübingen
The buy a ticket for faster (national) trains outside of naldo you can go to bahn.de
Timetables for all buses in and around Tübingen can be found here.
There are several websites and offers of the university of Tübingen where you can get help and information:
Organizing your Studies: https://uni-tuebingen.de/en/study/organizing-your-studies/
Help Desk for International Students: https://uni-tuebingen.de/de/182215
Consulting for international Students: https://uni-tuebingen.de/en/international/study-in-tuebingen/advice-and-counseling-for-international-students/
Central Student Consulting: https://uni-tuebingen.de/en/studium/beratung-und-info/zentrale-studienberatung/
Get a buddy for yourself: https://uni-tuebingen.de/international/sprachen-lernen/international-zuhause/buddy-programme/
Intercultural Program by Tu: https://uni-tuebingen.de/international/studierende-aus-dem-ausland/erasmus-und-austausch-nach-tuebingen/tue-vipp/
Information about Semester or year abroad: https://uni-tuebingen.de/fakultaeten/philosophische-fakultaet/fachbereiche/neuphilologie/englisches-seminar/international/studying-abroad/
Tuebingen research campus: https://tuebingenresearchcampus.com/en/tuebingen/general-information/