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After moving to Dortmund

Registration of Residence

All residents of Germany must register with the residents' registration office (Bürgerbüro) in the city in which they live.

If you live in Dortmund long-term, you must register with the City of Dortmund within two weeks of your arrival. This rule applies to stays of 90 days or more. For shorter stays of less than 90 days, registration with the German authorities is not necessary.
We will gladly answer any further questions you may have.

The offer of the Welcome Services is exclusively directed to international guest researchers, doctoral students, postdocs and professors. Therefore, if you are an international BA/MA student, please have a look at the website for international students.

Third-country nationals with a residence permit in accordance with §§ 16-21 of the Residence Act who are resident in Dortmund, can have their registration carried out with the help of the Welcome Services team.
Send us the following documents to welcome.services@tu-dortmund.de in order to be registered:

  • Completed registration form
  • Landlord's confirmation (only in German) completed by the landlord
  • Copy of the first page of the national passport
  • Copy of the visa
  • Copy of the entry stamp
  • Current residence permits, if applicable                               

The registration documents (registration certificate, tax identification number*) as well as a letter of invitation to apply for a residence permit, if applicable, will be sent to you by mail afterwards. Please make sure that your mailbox is labelled accordingly.

*If you have already registered your residence in Germany in the past, you will have received your tax identification number with your first registration. This number is valid for life and will not automatically be sent to you again when you register in Germany again, but will only be issued upon request. You can apply for a renewed notification of your tax ID on the website of the Federal Central Tax Office. You will receive it by mail to your current registration address.

Important note: Regardless of the registration of residence carried out by us, marriages and birth certificates of children under the age of 18 must be recognized and entered into the register of the city of Dortmund ("Melderegister").  We will be happy to inform you where you have to present yourself for this step and which country-specific documents are required for this. In principle, the original documents (marriage and birth certificates) and translations issued in Germany are always required. 

Citizens of member states of the European Union (EU citizens) who move to Dortmund from abroad can only register at the Citizens' Services in the city centre. Unfortunately, the Welcome Services team is not able to handle the registration. 

The following documents are required for the registration:          

  • Identity card or passport
  • Completed registration form (only in German)
  • Landlord's confirmation (only in German) completed by the landlord
  • Biometric passport photograph and
  • Marriage certificate and birth certificates of children under the age of 18 (original and with German translation), if applicable          

You can schedule an appointment for the registration online at the service portal of the city of Dortmund (only in German). 
Please follow the instructions: "EWO Einwohnermeldeangelegenheiten" > Select number of persons (e.g. 1 person) > Select date > Enter first and last name.

The registration documents (registration certificate, tax identification number*) as well as a letter of invitation to apply for a residence permit, if applicable, will be sent to you by mail afterwards. Please make sure that your mailbox is labelled accordingly.

*If you have already registered your residence in Germany in the past, you will have received your tax identification number with your first registration. This number is valid for life and will not automatically be sent to you again when you register in Germany again, but will only be issued upon request. You can apply for a renewed notification of your tax ID on the website of the Federal Central Tax Office. You will receive it by mail to your current registration address.

If you do not belong to any of the groups mentioned above and have questions regarding the registration of residence, please contact the Welcome Services.

Change of Registration

If you move within Dortmund, you will need to re-register with the citizen services within two weeks. For this purpose you will again need a confirmation from the landlord (only in German) and the deregistration form (only in German). In addition, you must bring all your identity cards and passports to register again.

A change of registration or the deregistration of residence can be done at any registration office (Bürgerbüro) in Dortmund. Please follow the link to an overview of the different locations. Via the website you can directly arrange a personal appointment. We recommend that you try to make an appointment early in the morning, otherwise there are often no free slots available.

The webpages of the citizen services are only available in German. If you have any difficulties understanding them or if you need help with the form, please do not hesitate to contact us.

If you move to a new apartment within Germany but outside Dortmund, you must notify the registration office in the new city.

Important note: If you are moving, please inform your employer, the responsible personnel department and other relevant contact persons (insurance companies etc.) in good time.

Deregistration

If you leave Dortmund completely and travel back abroad, all you need to do is fill out the deregistration form (only in German) and send it by mail, along with a scan of your ID, to buergerdienste@stadtdo.de.

You will then be deregistered accordingly, but you will not receive a written confirmation of the deregistration. If you need one, a separate appointment must be made for deregistration. 

Deregistrations cannot be processed before the day of departure, so it is sufficient to do it after or on the day of your departure. If you need any help with the form, please do not hesitate to contact us.

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Location & approach

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.

 

The facilities of TU Dortmund University are spread over two campuses, the larger Campus North and the smaller Campus South. Additionally, some areas of the university are located in the adjacent "Technologiepark".

Site Map of TU Dort­mund University (Second Page in English)

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The facilities of TU Dortmund University are spread over two campuses, the larger Campus North and the smaller Campus South. Additionally, some areas of the university are located in the adjacent "Technologiepark".

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