HAW Hamburg’s electronic student card is a chip card with multiple functions:
- Personalised student ID card with photo
- HVV semester ticket for Hamburg’s public transport system
- HAW library card
- Cashless payment function for the cafeteria (Studierendenwerk Hamburg)
- Access to electronically secured rooms on the HAW campus
The chip card is your student ID card for the duration of your studies at HAW Hamburg.
All you need to do is validate the card at the beginning of each semester following successful re-registration. The functions are valid for one semester only.
Chip Card Services Offices
Chip Card Services Office
Ulmenliet 20, room 0.09
Chip Card Services Office
Berliner Tor Campus
Stiftstrasse 69, room 0.77
As a result of the Executive Board's decision to limit on-campus operations, the office is closed to the public until further notice.
The chip card is available at the beginning of the semester in our Chip Card Services offices. You must present valid picture ID and your preliminary public-transport semester ticket, which you will have been sent with your enrolment documents.
If you are unable to present your semester ticket due to loss or theft, you will be required to sign a declaration to this effect.
We will take the photo in our office. It is not possible to use other photos.
The first chip card is provided free of charge.
The following documents are accepted as ID (provided they are valid!):
- Personal ID card (students from the EU and Switzerland only)
- Residence permit
- Officially certified copy of your ID card or passport
- Receipt from application for an ID card or passport
'Validation' means updating your student ID card for the new semester. To do this you need to place the card in a validation station. The card will be checked, and if the data is accurate it will be printed with the new 'valid until' date (the end of the semester). The semester ticket will also be updated. Please check the printed details following validation.
If the new details are not correct, please contact the Chip Card Services Office.
Before extending the chip card, the validation station checks that you are permitted to re-register, whether you have re-registered properly, and whether the semester contribution has been paid.
Bergedorf Campus (Lohbrügger Kirchstraße 65)
- 2 x main building, outside lecture hall S, room 0.45
- 1 x main building, to the left of the cafeteria entrance
Berliner Tor Campus
- 2 x Berliner Tor 5, foyer
- 2 x Berliner Tor 7, ground floor, photocopy room
- 1 x Berliner Tor 21, 3rd floor, photocopy room
- 1 x Stiftstr. 69, ground floor, outside room 77
- 1 x Alexanderstr. 1, ground floor, assembly room
- 1 x Finkenau 35, ground floor, corridor
- 1 x Finkenau 35, basement, rear exit
If you are not in Hamburg when your chip card expires, please send us your card together with an envelope addressed to you and request that we validate it.
Please make sure you have re-registered for the semester so that we can validate your card and send it back to you free of charge!
Your chip card is a high-tech piece of ID, so please look after it carefully!
The card can be damaged if you expose it to heat (direct sunlight, washing machine, the microwave) or bend it (by using it as an ice scraper, carrying it unprotected in your back pocket, etc.). Please also remember that your semester ticket is only valid if the photo is clearly identifiable and the writing legible.
The rewritable TRW (Thermo-ReWrite) strip at the bottom front of the card is especially sensitive to abrasion and scratches, similarly to a DVD or BlueRay disc. This is why it is important to carry your card in a card holder. Free holders are available from the Chip Card Services offices.
A replacement card will be issued free of charge in the following cases:
- Name change
- Electronic malfunction of an otherwise undamaged card
- Theft that has been reported to the police and assigned a file number
To receive your replacement card, please bring the completed form (see below) and valid ID to the Chip Card Services Office.
A replacement fee of €30 will be charged in the following cases:
- Theft that has not been reported to the police
- Loss of card
- Mechanical damage, e.g. worn out TRW strip, bent or cracked card
Please transfer the €30 fee to the following account:
Recipient: HAW Hamburg
IBAN: DE78 2000 0000 0020 1015 45
Reference: 3510102050-1 first name, surname
To receive your replacement chip card, please present confirmation of payment (a stamped copy of the paper transfer receipt or a printout of your online account) together with your completed application form (see below) and valid ID at the Chip Card Services Office.
Your HAW Hamburg chip card is also a semester ticket for public transport in Hamburg. You can use it for travel on buses, the underground, S-Bahn city trains, and local and regional trains in the fare rings A to Z of the HVV transport authority area (2nd class). An extra fee is charged for the 'SchnellBusse' express buses; please pay the driver. Up to three children aged 14 or under can travel for free with someone with a valid semester ticket.
The semester ticket is valid if the details printed on the chip card are up to date. The 'valid to' date is printed on the card during validation. The cost of the semester ticket is included in the semester contribution.
The fee for the semester ticket can be refunded in full in the following cases:
- For health reasons – for example, if you are unable to use public transport
- If you are not in Hamburg – for example, due to a practicum placement in another city or because you are studying abroad
- Because of proximity – for example, you live in the direct vicinity of the university
- For social welfare reasons
You can apply to Studierendenwerk Hamburg for an exemption. They must receive the application before the beginning of the semester in question.
If the refund is granted, please take the letter to the Chip Card Services Office before the deadline given. The office will delete the HVV stamp on your chip card. Only then will you receive your refund from Studierendenwerk Hamburg.
If you are not in Hamburg, please send us your card and the letter approving the refund before the deadline given (the letter must be received by HAW Hamburg by this date). We will cancel the ticket, inform Studierendenwerk Hamburg, and send your chip card to the address listed in myHAW if no other address is indicated.
The fee for the semester ticket can only be refunded for the complete semester. No refunds will be given for individual tickets purchased before you received your semester ticket or electronic student ID card.
If you are exempt from the semester ticket charge for the current semester, the validation stations cannot print the ticket for the next semester on your student ID card until ten days before the new semester starts – provided you have successfully re-registered!
If you withdraw from the university before the end of the semester, you can apply for a partial refund as of the day following withdrawal at the S-Bahn Hamburg's Fahrgeldstelle ticket enquiries office.
Hühnerposten 1 (Stairway B, 6th floor)
Monday: 9:00 am–5:00 pm
Tuesday: 9:00 am–7:00 pm
Wednesday and Thursday: 9:00 am–5:00 pm
Friday: 9:00 am–5.00 pm
(Opening hours can change. Please check the Fahrgeldstelle website.)
Please note that you must have your semester ticket deleted first. Please contact the Chip Card Services Office to do so. You will need your electronic student ID card and a photocopy of your deregistration certificate.
The chip card's e-wallet function allows you to pay without cash at HAW Hamburg cafeterias and cafes operated by Studierendenwerk Hamburg at the Berliner Tor, Finkenau and Bergedorf campuses. There is no fee for using the e-wallet.
The e-wallet is part of your chip card. You can top-up your balance, use it to pay, and have it paid out.
To top up your card, you can use the machines at the entry to the cafeteria at Berliner Tor 7 and at the entry to the Bergedorf cafeteria. You can also top up your card or have the balance paid out at the tills in the cafeterias or cafés (but please do so outside of the main meal times).
Exception: In the Finkenau cafeteria, you can use your card to pay only. We do not currently have the facilities there to pay out your card balance. To top up your card, please use the machines.
All tills in the cafeterias and cafes are fitted with little grey card readers which allow you to pay with your chip card. Please follow the instructions of the staff at the till. Please note that if you take your card out of the reader too quickly, the process must be repeated.
In the event of theft, the e-wallet can be locked. Please note, however, that the card is like cash and we cannot refund any funds used by or paid out to others.
If you get a new chip card, you can have the balance transferred. However, please note that it can take up to two days until the balance is available on your new card. We therefore recommend that if the chip in your old card is still working, you have the balance paid out at one of the tills in the cafes or cafeterias before switching cards.
You can also use your chip card as a library card at the HAW Hamburg libraries.
- If you do not have a library card, you can sign up online, download an application form online, or fill out an application form at one of the libraries.
- If you already have a library card, you can return it to one of the libraries and have your library account transferred to your chip card. To do so, please bring your chip card with you. You are not obligated to transfer your account and can continue to use your library card if you prefer.
- HAW Hamburg students can also obtain library cards for the libraries at other Hamburg universities, in some cases free of charge. Please contact the specific library for more information.
The integrated chip card can also be used for the following purposes:
- As a swipe card for access to electronically secured rooms on campus
- As a photocopy card (in progress)
- To pay for telephones and dryers in the dormitories (in progress)
A chip card system necessitates the storage of personal data, otherwise it will not function properly. To adequately address this critical aspect, particularly with regard to student privacy, the Student Union, the HAW Hamburg Executive Board, and the project managers have agreed on the following points:
- The amount of personal data stored shall be kept to a minimum.
- The student ID card shall not be used to store personal data or a record of card use.
- Wherever possible, card use shall not be recorded.
- Where card use is recorded, this shall be done exclusively on an anonymised basis (for example, using the card number).
- Card-use history shall only be accessed in exceptional cases – for example, in criminal investigations.
- Card-use logs can only be accessed by a specified group of people in accordance with the two-person rule and the use of a split password (i.e. the log data can only be accessed when a member of the Staff Council (Personalrat), who knows one part of the password, and a member of staff from the Chip Card Services Office, who knows the other part of the password, are present).
- Consultation with the Hamburg Data Protection Officer shall take place regarding all aspects of the project related to data protection on the basis of a risk analysis and process description.
The conditions governing the processing of students' personal data and access to log data are defined in agreements between the Student Union and the Executive Board.
When you receive your electronic student ID card, you will also receive an individualised data record that clearly lists which personal data will be processed.
The HAW Hamburg staff responsible for the project have chosen a secure chip card technology for the student and staff ID cards. We are not using the 'MIFARE classic' RFID chip, which has come under fire for being 'hackable'. Instead, we use the 'MIFARE DESfire' chip in all HAW Hamburg chip cards.
The MIFARE DESfire chip has its own processor and is therefore able to meet much stricter security requirements. The encryption procedure is based on the proven advanced encryption standard and is activated on the chip card three times with three different keys each time the card is used (Triple DES). The key length is 128 bits, compared to 48 bits for the MIFARE classic.
In simple terms, this means that if it took one minute to decrypt a 48-bit key, decrypting a 128-bit key would take so long that the universe could re-form multiple times.
No! The individual card applications (cafeteria, access, library, printing and copying) are completely separated in the card's chip. The electronic applications can only access that part of the card for which they have the required keys. Just as you cannot open your letterbox with your door key, the card reader for electronic access to particular rooms cannot access the e-wallet.
Your photo is deleted directly after the card is issued. If you require a replacement card, the Chip Card Services team will take a new photo.
The chip card cannot be located, as the transmission range of the RFID chip is only 10 cm. The radio communication is also encrypted.
- Photo (CMYK)
- Doctor title (if applicable)
- First name
- Surname prefix (e.g. 'von' or 'de')
- Title (e.g. 'Count', 'Baroness', etc.)
- Student number
- Chip card serial number
- Period of validity (printed on card when it is validated)
- HVV semester ticket
- Library account number (on the back)
- Library barcode for borrowing (on the back)
- Status (HAW Hamburg student)
- Personal ID number (for cafeteria discount)
- Student number
- Valid from (date of validation)
- Valid until (end of the semester for which the semester contribution has been paid)
- Library account number
- Access number
- Access sequence number (for replacement cards)
- Chip card serial number
- Cafeteria project number (for use in cafeteria till system)
The food and drink you pay for in the cafeteria is recorded under the chip card serial number. This number cannot be matched to a person either by a payment system or by the staff of Studierendenwerk Hamburg. This 'anonymous number' will only be matched to the cardholder and provided to the investigating authorities in the event of a serious crime.
When you enter and exit electronically secured areas using the card access system, the date, time and access ID are saved. This log data is automatically deleted after six weeks. The data will only be accessed and analysed in the event of a crime such as theft or vandalism. Access to this data is protected by a split password: one part of the password is held by the Staff Council (Personalrat) and the other part by the Chip Card Services Office (which administers the chip cards).
The only people with access to your card data are the staff of the HAW Hamburg Chip Card Services Office. This data is only accessed to produce the card and to provide chip card support. All staff have signed a written statement requiring them to protect the confidentiality of this data.