If you read the notice „Kartendatum ungültig” (invalid card date) when topping up your card at the charging terminal, the card cannot be charged anymore, but instead only the still remaining balance may be used up.

At the beginning of each semester, we offer our student restaurant card service called Mensakarten-Service. On selected dates we are available to you directly at the student restaurants for hand-out, replacement, extension of validity, and any transfers regarding your card.

Students of

  • Leipzig University
  • Leipzig University of Applied Sciences; HTWK
  • HHL Leipzig Graduate School of Management
  • University of Cooperative Education Saxony; BA - Staatliche Studienakademie Sachsen

may pay directly using their student card.

Students of

  • University of Music and Theatre „Felix Mendelssohn Bartholdy“ Leipzig; HMT
  • Academy of Visual Arts Leipzig; HGB
  • University of Applied Sciences for Telecommunications Leipzig; HfTL
  • IBA Leipzig Internationale Berufsakademie
  • DPFA Hochschule Sachsen- Studienzentrum Leipzig

will pay at the student restaurants using a so-called Mensakarte (student restaurant card) handed out at various locations, for example at the SSZ.


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Students of the following universities and academies can pay directly using their student card:

  • Leipzig University
  • Leipzig University of Applied Sciences; HTWK
  • HHL Leipzig Graduate School of Management
  • University of Cooperative Education Saxony; BA
  • University of Applied Sciences for Telecommunications Leipzig; HfTL

Students of the following universities and academies will pay at the student restaurants using the Studentenwerk Leipzig student restaurant card (Mensakarte):

  • University of Music and Theatre „Felix Mendelssohn Bartholdy“ Leipzig; HMT
  • Academy of Visual Arts Leipzig; HGB

Employees will pay using the Studentenwerk student restaurant card. Exempted from this rule are employees of the universities and academies specified below; they can pay directly using their service card:

  • Leipzig University of Applied Sciences; HTWK
  • HHL Leipzig Graduate School of Management
  • University of Cooperative Education Saxony; BA

Guests of the universities and academies associated with Studentenwerk Leipzig will receive a student restaurant card for guests issued by Mr. Hoffmann (g {{punkt}} hoffmann {{ätt}} studentenwerk-leipzig {{punkt}} de).

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All students and employees of the universities and academies associated with Studentenwerk Leipzig as well as guests of these universities and academies can get student restaurant cards (see question "What can I use to pay?")

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Student restaurant cards are issued by Studentenwerk Leipzig to one person on a non-transferable basis. Students having a student card that includes a student restaurant card function will get access to this function via their university or academy. For further information, please refer to the question "What can I use to pay?"

All other students can get their student restaurant cards either from Studentenwerk Leipzig at the Student Service Center (SSZ) situated at Goethestraße 6 and/or at the beginning of the lecture period at the student restaurants and cafeterias on site in the context of the Mensakarten-Service (student restaurant card service) (current dates will be announced via notices).

Employees of the universities and academies will receive their cards at the Human Resources Department of the respective university or academy. This does not apply to employees of Universität Leipzig. Employees of the Universität Leipzig will get their student restaurant cards at the SSZ or at the Mensakarten-Service (see above).

Guests of the universities and academies will be given their student restaurant cards by Mr. Hoffmann (g {{punkt}} hoffmann {{ätt}} studentenwerk-leipzig {{punkt}} de).

Please bring along:

For students:

  • student card with a valid stamp and/or certificate of enrolment
  • in case of student cards not containing a passport photograph you will also need to bring along a valid personal document for confirmation of your identity

For employees:

  • employee identification card containing a passport photograph or Ident-No. (only applies to Leipzig University)
  • in case of employee identification cards containing no passport photograph you will also need to bring along a valid personal document for confirmation of your identity
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Yes, you can visit all our student restaurants and cafeterias – no matter which university or academy you’re enrolled at or working at.

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Our student restaurants and cafeterias are popular meeting places and places of retreat that are open to all students and employees – no matter which university or academy you’re enrolled at or working at.

Whatever university or academy you’re part of, you can go to any of our student restaurants and cafeterias – we are looking forward to seeing you – enjoy!

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Before their first use, the student cards and student restaurant cards must be charged with cash. This can be done at all of our charging terminals at all student restaurants and cafeterias or in the SSZ.

Please note that you can only charge your card with 5, 10, 20, or 50 Euros worth of cash, topping up by means of coins is not possible. The minimum amount for topping up is 5 Euros, the maximum amount is 108 Euros.

At the cafeterias, it is also possible to charge your card with the amounts stated above at the cashier’s desk.

In order to be able to pay by means of the student card or the student restaurant card for the very first time, no activation is necessary; the card only has to be charged with money and will immediately afterwards be ready for use.

Charging terminals can be found at the following locations:

  • Mensa am Park (student restaurant at the park): at the foyer in front of the student restaurant entrance
  • Cafeteria am Park: in front of the entrance to the serving counter
  • Mensa am Elsterbecken: at the foyer next to the cafeteria entrance
  • Mensa Academica: at the entrances on the lower floor
  • Mensa Peterssteinweg: at the foyer on the ground floor
  • Mensa Liebigstraße: at the foyer in the bay next to the elevators
  • Mensa an den Tierklinken: in the customer area
  • Cafeteria Beethovenstraße: in the customer area
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The student restaurants cards are always valid for one semester. After successfully renewing your enrolment, you can have your student restaurant card updated at the location where it was issued.

If the notice "Kartendatum ungültig" (invalid card date) appears, the card’s validity has expired. The card is inactive and may be updated as follows:

Validity updating procedure for students:

Students of Leipzig University, HTWK Leipzig and of HfTL may update their student identity cards at the relevant validation stations.

All other students may update their cards at the SSZ or at the Mensakarten-Service (student restaurant card service).

Validity updating procedure for employees:

Employees of all universities and academies (except for HTWK Leipzig) as well as any federal employees may update their student restaurant cards at the SSZ, at one of our student restaurants and/or cafeterias (excluding Mensa am Park and Cafeteria am Park) or at the Mensakarten-Service.

Please make sure to bring along your valid student card or employee card; without it, carrying out an update will not be possible.

Please note: Any evidently unauthorized use of a card will exclude refund of the remaining balance.

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If you have any problems or queries concerning cashless payment at the student restaurants and cafeterias, please contact: Gerald Hoffmann (g {{punkt}} hoffmann {{ätt}} studentenwerk-leipzig {{punkt}} de) or the SSZ staff.

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At the charging terminals you cannot only charge your card with money, but also see the current balance on your card.


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