Student ID Card Functions

The electronic Student ID Card unites a number of different functions on one smart card. The University of Greifswald’s ID card provides five functions: Identification function, library function, Mensa (cafeteria) function, printing and copying function, and access control function.

Identification function

You can present the Student ID Card as proof of student status at the University of Greifswald. This gives students access to price reductions, e.g. in the local public transport network (monthly tickets) or in the Pomeranian State Museum, and also grants access to certain student parties.

Students' Registration Office

Ms. Miriam Klank
Tel.: +49 3834 420 1296
Fax: +49 3834 420 1282

Mensa (cafeteria) function

The ID card serves as proof of student status at Studierendenwerk (Student Services) Greifswald’sMensas and also enables students to pay for their food electronically at student tariff. The ID card can also be used in the cafeterias at the universities of applied sciences in Stralsund and Neubrandenburg. In order to be able to use the ID card to pay for your food, you will need to top it up with cash at one of the self-service machines.

Locations of self-service machines:

  • Mensa "Campus Loefflerstraße" (2 machines)
  • Mensa am Berthold-Beitz-Platz (3 machines)

The self-service machines can be found in both locations along the central hallways.

If you lose your ID card or your ID card no longer functions correctly, it is possible to have the remaining credit on your card returned by visiting the Studierendenwerk’s head office, Am Schießwall 1 – 4, 17489 Greifswald  To do so, please obtain a fully completed form from Ms. Finkenrath, Planning and Construction Department or the Students’ Registration Office.

If you have an NFC-compatible smartphone, you can view the card’s current credit amount with the following apps:

Android: App "Mensa-Guthaben"

iOS: App „Mensa-Balance“

Studierendenwerk Greifswald

Ms. Carolyn Bothe
Tel.: +49 3834 86 1764
Fax: +49 3834 86 1766

Library function

The Student ID Card also serves as identification for using Greifswald’s University Library. It can be used to borrow resources from the University Library, either at the self-service machines or the information desks.

If you have any questions regarding your user account, please contact the information desk at the Central University Library, Felix-Hausdorff-Straße 10.

University Library Greifswald provides introductions for freshers and regular guided tours (Tuesdays at 3.00 p.m.).

Further information on using the library can be found on the University Library’s webpages or obtained from the information desks at all three library locations.

Central University Library

Information Desk
Tel.: +49 3834 420 1515
Fax: +49 3834 420 1501

Login function for PaperCut

Users can use their Student ID Cards to log in at the multifunction printers. However, printing, scanning and copying is only possible if the ID card has been topped up with credit. This can be done via bank transfer or by paying cash at one of the computer rooms. More on PaperCut.

Locations of Multifunction Printers:

  • Central University Library, Felix-Hausdorff-Straße 10
  • Old University Library, Rubenowstraße 4
  • Departmental Library, Ernst-Lohmeyer-Platz 4
  • Computer room in the Language Centre, Ernst-Lohmeyer-Platz 3, Room 1.12
  • soon coming: Ernst-Lohmeyer-Platz 3, first floor

Central University Library

Mr Knut Bollin
Tel.: +49 3834 420 1550
Fax: +49 3834 420 1501

Access control function

The University operates an electronic access control system, which means that a number of buildings or areas can only be accessed with an ID card.

If activated in advance, the ID card provides you with access to various rooms (laboratories, computer rooms, offices, etc.). If you require activation, please contact the member of staff who is in charge of the keys for the respective area.

The person responsible for your area is listed on the Planning and Construction Department’s German webpages [de] under the section ‘Schlüsselverwalter’. If you require access to various areas or experience any problems with the ID card, please always contact Ms. Finkenrath, who is overall responsible for access control.

The ID card has to be activated at an activation point prior to initial use. Due to the required formatting of the card, the process can take up to 10 seconds. During activation, it is important that the ID card is held steadily in front of the reader and not removed too quickly, as otherwise formatting will not be possible and it will not be possible to use the ID card as a key.

In order to permanently use the ID card as a key, it will need to be reactivated at an activation point every seven days. If you have not updated your ID card within seven days (break between semesters, illness, etc.), you will need to reactivate it prior to use. The 7-day deadline has been installed to avoid possible abuse (e.g. due to loss of the ID card). A list of locations for the online activation points can be found in the file ‘online activation points [de]‘.

LED information at online readers:

green = access granted
blue = update in progress
red = access denied

If the red LED is displayed, please contact the member of staff who is responsible for granting access to the respective area, or the member of staff who is overall responsible for access control.

During the update process, please also make sure you hold your ID card steadily in front of the reader and do not remove it too quickly.

Planning and Contranction Department

Nicole Finkenrath
Tel.: +49 3834 420 1212
Fax: +49 3834 420 1231