Life on Campus

Visiting Scholar Card
Eating & Drinking
University Library
University Computing Centre
University Sports

Visiting Scholar Card

We recommend that you obtain your visiting scholar card from the Welcome Centre as soon as possible after you arrive in Heidelberg. Any visiting scholar who is teaching or doing research here without an employment contract with the University can apply for our i.d. card.

The card confirms the holder’s membership at the University and can be used to apply for a University library card, a CampusCard or a pass for the University sports centre. More information about the visiting scholar card is available here.


International scholars with a valid visiting scholar card can obtain a CampusCard. The CampusCard is a rechargeable chip card for cashless payment which allows you to eat and drink at any of the cafeterias (Mensen) and cafés run by the Studentenwerk Heidelberg (student services organisation) at staff prices.
It is also used at copy machines, the University Computer Centre (URZ), the University Library, the University sports office and the Language Centre (ZSL).

You can obtain the CampusCard at the InfoCenter in the Triplex Mensa (cafeteria at University square) or in the Zentralmensa (INF 304) by showing your visiting scholar card or work contract and by paying a 5 Euro deposit.

Eating & Drinking

The Studentenwerk Heidelberg (student services organization) runs four cafeterias and nine cafés in Heidelberg offering a wide selection of reasonably priced meals and beverages including full breakfasts, a wide main meal selection at mid-day and small meals in the evening. You can find the current menu here.

Triplex-Mensa am Uniplatz
Grabengasse 14, 69117 Heidelberg
Opening hours: Mon - Fri 11:00 am - 2:00 pm

zeughaus-Mensa im Marstall
Marstallhof 3, 69117 Heidelberg
Opening hours: Mon - Sat 11:15 am -10:00 pm

Zentralmensa (INF 304)
Im Neuenheimer Feld 304, 69120 Heidelberg
Opening hours: Mon - Fri 11:15 am - 2:00 pm

Mensa Alte PH (Keplerstraße)
Keplerstraße 87, 69120 Heidelberg
Opening hours: Mon - Thurs 11:45 am - 2:15 pm, Fri 11:45 am - 1:45 pm

Please note: There are different opening hours during semester breaks. For up-to-date information please refer to the website of the of the Studentenwerk Heidelberg.

University Library

The University of Heidelberg has one main University library and numerous smaller libraries that belong to the institutes and specialize in literature related to the appropriate subjects. You can access the University catalogue (HEIDI) on the University library web site. The catalogue also contains the library holdings of most of the institute libraries.

International scholars can obtain a library card at the University library. The staff will create a borrowing account using a user number and the appropriate personal information. To obtain a library card, you simply need to go to the lending desk and show the following documents:

  • the completed application form of the University library
  • your international scholars’ identification card (or confirmation from your host institute) or your employment contract with the University, if applicable
  • your passport or personal identification card
  • a copy of your registration of your place of residence in Heidelberg (Anmeldebescheinigung)

Please note: Generally it is possible to remove books from the library only if you will be staying in Heidelberg for three months or longer!

University Library - Main Library
Plöck 107-109, 69117 Heidelberg
Lending desk opening hours: Mon -Fri 9:00 am - 7:00 pm, Sat 9:00 am -1:00 pm

Reading room opening hours (LSA): Mon - Fri 8:30 am -11:00 pm, Sat, Sun 9:00 am - 11:00 pm

University Library - Branch Library Neuenheim
Im Neuenheimer Feld 368, 69120 Heidelberg
Lending desk opening hours: Mon - Fri 9:00 am - 7:00 pm, Sat 9:00 am - 1:00 pm

Reading room opening hours (LSA): Mon - Fri 8:30 am - 11:00 pm, Sat, Sun 9:00 am - 11:00 pm

There is more information about the institute libraries in the University library directory.

University Computing Centre

International scholars have free access on campus to the internet. You can use Microsoft and UNIX computers at the University computing center (URZ) located at In Neuenheimer Feld 293.

In order to be able to access the computers at the computer center, you must apply for a project number. The application form must be signed by the staff member at your host institute who is responsible for the computer system (EDV-Beauftragte). One or two days after submitting your application, you will receive by regular mail at your institute address your User ID which you can then activate and use immediately.

The computer center also offers laptop users the possibility to connect a laptop to the LAN (Local Area Network) either using a LAN cable or using WLAN.

You can find more information on the service page of the University computer center web site.

University Sports

All international scholars can take part in the University sports programm. In order to do so you will need a staff sports pass with a picture. You have to apply for it in person at the University sports office by showing your international scholar card or your employment contract with the University and by paying an administration fee of 5 Euro.

You can find the current programme here. Under the heading "Mitarbeitersport" you will find courses specially offered for staff, scholars and professors.
Generally the University sports courses do not require a registration in advance and are free of charge. For detailed information on this please refer to the University sports website.

University Concierge-Service

Gain more time and increase your quality of life with the Concierge-Service. They help you to reconcile work and domestic duties.
The Concierge-Service offers individual services to simplify daily routine of scientists, visiting researchers and employees of Heidelberg University as well as members of affiliated institutions which are partners of the program. For more details check the Concierge-Service website.



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