With a German bank account, regular payments such as rent and insurance are easier to handle. The broadcasting fee is the model for financing the public broadcasters in Germany.
It is advisable to open a bank account in order to process the payment transactions. The German account is used to receive scholarship or salary payments, for example. In addition, a German bank account is a convenient way to make payments for rent, insurance or electricity and internet bills.
To open a bank account you need:
- a valid identification document (identity card or passport),
- a registration certificate or residence permit
- a tax identification number (tax ID)
The TU Dortmund University usually transfers the net salaries to a current account. Cash payments are unusual in Germany. Please, review our respective website for further information on employment contracts and taxes.
You can open an account at any German branch or online bank. It is a good idea to compare the current account offers beforehand. The banks hardly differ in their offers and services, but in their fees. You should therefore get information beforehand. Branch banks can be helpful compared to online banks, as they offer a higher level of advice.
Important note: You will receive a registration certificate after you have registered your residence. You will receive the tax identification number automatically by mail after you have registered your place of residence.
In the following you will find links to some banks with branch offices in Dortmund (no claim to completeness):
- Sparkasse Dortmund
- Dortmunder Volksbank (DE)
- Deutsche Bank
- Postbank (DE)
- ING (DE)
- Deutsche Postbank (DE)
On this page we can only provide information on this topic, but we cannot provide comprehensive advice or make recommendations.
In Germany, the public radio and television stations are financed by broadcasting fees (Rundfunkbeitrag, but also called ARD ZDF Deutschlandradio Beitragsservice) paid by all citizens. The broadcasting fee is charged at a flat rate per apartment. The actual number of receivers is irrelevant. The monthly contribution per apartment is currently 17.50 € (as of April 2020).
You can easily register online or make changes to your personal data (e.g. after a move within Germany). If you do not register online, you will automatically receive a letter from the ARD ZDF Deutschlandradio contribution service.
Important note: As a resident of the guest house of the Gesellschaft der Freunde der Technischen Universität Dortmund e.V. (DE) you do not need to pay the broadcasting fee.
Registration and further information can be found on the official website of the broadcasting fee (DE) (Rundfunkbeitrag).
If you need help in filling out the forms, please contact us.
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The campus of TU Dortmund University is located close to interstate junction Dortmund West, where the Sauerlandlinie A 45 (Frankfurt-Dortmund) crosses the Ruhrschnellweg B 1 / A 40. The best interstate exit to take from A 45 is "Dortmund-Eichlinghofen" (closer to Campus Süd), and from B 1 / A 40 "Dortmund-Dorstfeld" (closer to Campus Nord). Signs for the university are located at both exits. Also, there is a new exit before you pass over the B 1-bridge leading into Dortmund.
To get from Campus Nord to Campus Süd by car, there is the connection via Vogelpothsweg/Baroper Straße. We recommend you leave your car on one of the parking lots at Campus Nord and use the H-Bahn (suspended monorail system), which conveniently connects the two campuses.
TU Dortmund University has its own train station ("Dortmund Universität"). From there, suburban trains (S-Bahn) leave for Dortmund main station ("Dortmund Hauptbahnhof") and Düsseldorf main station via the "Düsseldorf Airport Train Station" (take S-Bahn number 1, which leaves every 20 or 30 minutes). The university is easily reached from Bochum, Essen, Mülheim an der Ruhr and Duisburg.
You can also take the bus or subway train from Dortmund city to the university: From Dortmund main station, you can take any train bound for the Station "Stadtgarten", usually lines U41, U45, U 47 and U49. At "Stadtgarten" you switch trains and get on line U42 towards "Hombruch". Look out for the Station "An der Palmweide". From the bus stop just across the road, busses bound for TU Dortmund University leave every ten minutes (445, 447 and 462). Another option is to take the subway routes U41, U45, U47 and U49 from Dortmund main station to the stop "Dortmund Kampstraße". From there, take U43 or U44 to the stop "Dortmund Wittener Straße". Switch to bus line 447 and get off at "Dortmund Universität S".
The H-Bahn is one of the hallmarks of TU Dortmund University. There are two stations on Campus Nord. One ("Dortmund Universität S") is directly located at the suburban train stop, which connects the university directly with the city of Dortmund and the rest of the Ruhr Area. Also from this station, there are connections to the "Technologiepark" and (via Campus Süd) Eichlinghofen. The other station is located at the dining hall at Campus Nord and offers a direct connection to Campus Süd every five minutes.
The AirportExpress is a fast and convenient means of transport from Dortmund Airport (DTM) to Dortmund Central Station, taking you there in little more than 20 minutes. From Dortmund Central Station, you can continue to the university campus by interurban railway (S-Bahn). A larger range of international flight connections is offered at Düsseldorf Airport (DUS), which is about 60 kilometres away and can be directly reached by S-Bahn from the university station.