Please Note

Due to the closing of the universities, many validation machines for student ID cards are currently no longer accessible. The MDV has therefore changed regulations until further notice. As of 1 April 2020, in case of control the following regulations apply:

  •  If the student ID card has an imprint of the past semester, the confirmation of enrollment for summer semester 2020 must be presented in case of control.
  •  According to MDV it is sufficient to show the certificate of enrollement on your cellular device.
  • If the current semester is printed on the ticket, the check is carried out as usual.
  • In addition, the student's official photo ID must always be presented.

The handing out of transitional semester tickets for international students as well as the transitional Mensa Cards will be postponed to a later date due to the closing of the SSZ. We will inform you about details as soon as possible. 

Do you have questions about the reimburstement of the semester fee? Answers can be found on our page "Exemption from Payment of the Semester Fee and Reimbursement" or further down on this page in the MDV semester ticket details section.

MDV Semester Ticket

The MDV semester ticket entitles students to use busses and trains within the MDV transport network region (as from 8/1/2019). Apart from means of transport in the inner city circle of Leipzig and Halle, seven S-Bahn lines, numerous regional railway and regional express lines as well as around 500 bus and PlusBus lines can be taken.

The MDV semester ticket is valid for students of the following universities/academies:

  • Universität Leipzig (Leipzig University)
  • Hochschule für Technik, Wirtschaft und Kultur Leipzig (Leipzig University of Applied Sciences)
  • Hochschule für Musik und Theater "Felix Mendelssohn Bartholdy" Leipzig (University of Music and Theatre Leipzig)
  • Hochschule für Grafik und Buchkunst Leipzig (Academy of Visual Arts Leipzig)
  • HHL Leipzig Graduate School of Management
  • Hochschule für Telekommunikation Leipzig (University of Applied Sciences for Telecommunications Leipzig)
  • Berufsakademie Sachsen / Staatliche Studienakademie Leipzig (BA Leipzig, University of Cooperative Education)
  • iba Leipzig Internationale Berufsakademie (iba | University of Cooperative Education)

The semester ticket is only valid with a valid student ID and the MDV imprint in combination with an ID card.

The leaflet published by Mitteldeutscher Verkehrsbund provides all information about the MDV semester ticket.

Cost & Payment

The cost for the MDV semester ticket is payed per semester through the obligatory semester fee. It must be paid by all students who have to pay the semester fee when enrolling or re-enrolling at their university/academy.

As of Winter Semester 2019/20 the contract between Studentenwerk Leipzig and MDV is extended for another five years. Since transport with the MDV semester ticket was used much more often than expected and costed out since 2014, a price increase was inevitable.

As a result, the required price increase amounts to 10.00 EUR anually. Starting with the new contract in winter semester 2019/20, Leipzig students pay 135.00 EUR per semester. The amount then increases by 10.00 EUR annually resulting in a total of 175.00 EUR for each semester from summer semester 2024. This corresponds to a monthly ticket price of 22.50 EUR at the beginning of the new contract period and 29.17 EUR at the end. For comparison: The ABO Azubi ticket (a ticket for trainees) for Leipzig (zone 110) from the regular MDV tariff offer costs 40.50 EUR per month.

More information can be found below in the detailed information about the MDV semester ticket and in our regulations.

(MDV = Mitteldeutscher Verkehrsverbund – Central German Transport Association)

MDV Region Changes

From 15 December 2019, the area covered by MDV is extended by trainlines in the regions Anhalt-Bitterfeld, Wittenberg and Dessau-Roßlau city (MDV north). This extension is NOT included in the semester ticket. For travel in the extended MDV area, a valid extension ticket is required from the last stop in the "old" MDV area. Further information on the network extension (in German only) can be found on the MDV website.

MDV Area Map

MDV Zugstrecken

MDV-Vollticket = MDV semester ticket

MDV Semester Ticket Details

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Your valid student card with the MDV validity (im)print together with an official ID card will serve as your ticket for the whole area covered by MDV. You can use all means of local transportation, including all LVB lines in Leipzig and the commuter trains (S-Bahn), around the clock and throughout the entire semester. The validity always starts from the beginning of the semester of the respective university.

New students: Students starting their first semester in WS 19/20 can use public transport one month before the semester starts. A valid ticket is

  • for first semester students enrolled at Universität Leipzig: your valid student card with MDV imprint together with your ID card (containing a photo) 
  • for first semester students enrolled at one of the other universities/academies in Leipzig: your valid student card with MDV imprint together with your ID card (containing a photo) and a copy of your certificate of enrolment
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Students of the universities/academies listed above, can take a maximum of three of their own children up to the age of 14 with them at no additional cost.

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Students holding a valid student card (with MDV imprint) can take along their bicycle free of charge in LVB busses and trains on a daily basis (also during the weekend and on public holidays), but only during the time between 7.00 p.m. and 5.00 a.m., provided there is enough space to do so. During the day between 5.00 a.m. and 7.00 p.m. you will need a special ticket (Extrakarte) for taking along your bicycle.

The MDV semester ticket allows you to take along your bicycle free of charge at any time of the day in the local trains within the entire area covered by MDV.

For further information about taking along a bicycle, please refer to the flyer "Fahrradmitnahme im Verbund" (Transport of a bicycle within the area) in the MDV download area at "Informationen zum MDV-Tarif" (Information about the MDV fare).

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Severely disabled people who are entitled to free transportation in local public transport (ÖPNV) in accordance with Sozialgesetzbuch SGB IX (German Social Code) (in possession of the supplementary sheet containing a relevant stamp of validity) and provide adequate proof thereof are exempt from payment. For this purpose, the severe disability pass and the supplementary sheet containing a relevant stamp of validity (Beiblatt mit Wertmarke) must be presented to Studentenwerk Leipzig for each semester to:

Uta Niedenführ
Abteilung Rechnungswesen (Accounting Department)
Goethestraße 6, room 215
04109 Leipzig
E-Mail: niedenfuehr {{ätt}} studentenwerk-leipzig {{punkt}} de

Office hours:
Tuesday 9.00 a.m. - 11.30 a.m. and 1.00 p.m. - 5.00 p.m.
Thursday 9.00 a.m. - 11.00 a.m. and 1.00 p.m. - 3.00 p.m.
Friday 9.00 a.m. - 12.00 noon

Pro-rata reimbursement of the Beitrag (fee for social benefits) paid for the MDV semester ticket upon disenrollment during the course of the ongoing semester.

The fee for the MDV semester ticket may be reimbursed on a pro-rata basis if the date of disenrollment is a date within the ongoing semester. In this case, the corresponding application must be submitted in writing to Studentenwerk Leipzig using the relevant form sheet. In addition to such application, you must also provide the disenrollment certificate (Exmatrikulationsbescheinigung) of your university or academy as well as your student card. Pro-rata reimbursement of the fee paid for the semester ticket can only ever be effected for each full month of the semester ticket not being used.

The application for repayment of the semester fee can be found in the section Exemption from Payment of the Semesterbeitrag and Reimbursement.

* Es gilt die deutsche Fassung. / The german version applies.

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If the imprint on the student ID card is not readble at ticket checks and the ticket inspector therefore rejects it as invalid, the increased transport charge is due according to the general conditions of carriage of the MDV. Students then have the opportunity to present a legible student ID card as a valid travel pass within one week at the service point of the respective transport company, in which case the full increased transport charge of 60 EUR does not apply, but still the reduced increased transport charge of 7 EUR must be paid.

This is a general regulation from the MDV transport conditions, which also apply to student ID cards as travel tickets.

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The MDV semester ticket is a ticket based on the principle of solidarity. That means all students pay a compulsory contribution regardless of their individual need and actual use of public transport. This solidarity principle makes the ticket so affordable for Leipzig students. Further information on the solidarity principle can be found on our webpage The Principle of Solidarity.

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The semester ticket comittee of Studentenwerk Leipzig was heavily involved in the contract negotiations between Studentenwerk Leipzig and MDV. The semester ticket comittee consists apart from the director and employees of Studentenwerk Leipzig, of student representatives of all eight Leipzig universities and academies. The comittee is presided by the spokesperson for sustainable mobility of Leipzig University's Student Coucil.
The semester ticket comittee advises the administrative board on semester ticket matters.

Questions on the semester ticket may be addressed directly to the department for sustainable mobility of Leipzig University's Student Council (mobilitaet {{ätt}} stura {{punkt}} uni-leipzig {{punkt}} de).

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In the download area of their website, Mitteldeutscher Verkehrsverbund is providing the latest information about the fare conditions for the MDV ticket at "Informationen zum MDV-Tarif" (Information about the MDV fare) for reference.

More information is provided on the MDV semester ticket webpage (in German).

Flyer: MDV semester ticket

"Leipzig mobil" for students

By means of Leipzig mobil, students who own a valid MDV-Vollticket can make use of the car sharing and bike sharing services offered by Leipziger Verkehrsbetriebe.

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Leipzig mobil provides for the use of car and bike sharing services offered by Teilauto and Nextbike, without needing to conclude direct agreements with both companies. LVB is the only contract partner of the Leipzig mobil user – the effect being more flexibility and less bureaucracy.

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There is no monthly basic fee for a Leipzig mobile contract, only the incurring costs have to be paid.

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Leipzig mobil includes favorable daily and weekly car sharing terms. A car in the “Mini” category for instance costs only 45.00 € for full 24 hours, including 100 kilometers, and only 55.00 € on weekends and bank holidays.

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All Leipzig mobil customer get ten hours of bike sharing to use flexibly at no extra charge every month.

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  • All details and bookings in one app
  • Flexible because of short contract duration
  • One monthly bill for all services
  • Mobility stations: all options in one central place

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