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Family-friendly TU Dortmund


With family justice, we ensure the best study and working conditions: Family-friendly actions enable researchers with families to plan their careers more reliably, students with families complete their studies more successfully, and international guests with families are welcome.

These guiding principles form the framework. Help us to bring family justice to life at TU Dortmund University.

Manfred Bayer

[Translate to English:] Porträtfoto vom Rektor Professor Manfred Bayer im Hörsaal © [Translate to English:] Benito Barajas​/​TU Dortmund

Guidelines for a family-friendly TU Dortmund:

  1. TU Dort­mund Uni­ver­sity believes that family orientation is a criterion for the quality of uni­ver­si­ty operations in re­search, teaching and administration.
  2. family-friendly measures are intended to support students and employees of TU Dort­mund Uni­ver­sity in being able to combine the res­pon­si­bi­li­ty for children and family mem­bers with studies and work.
  3. TU Dort­mund Uni­ver­sity is committed to doing all it can to help students with children and family responsibilities to achieve their study goals while taking into account their family circumstances. It also promotes the discussion of questions of simultaneous family and career planning throughout the entire period of study.
  4. Within the frame­work of re­search operations - especially with regard to young sci­en­tists - work processes and structures are designed in such a way that an easy and flexible reconciliation of work and family is possible. Above all, attention is paid to increasing the plannability of scientific careers in order to facilitate the conditions for starting a family.
  5. Overall, the TU Dort­mund lives the conviction that uni­ver­si­ty operations in re­search, teaching and administration are designed in such a way that family orientation is taken into account as an essential frame­work condition in all planning, realization and control processes. It is im­por­tant to sensitize for family orientation, to think about it and to promote it.


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Location & approach

The campus of TU Dort­mund Uni­ver­sity is located close to interstate junction Dort­mund West, where the Sauerlandlinie A 45 (Frankfurt-Dort­mund) crosses the Ruhrschnellweg B 1 / A 40. The best interstate exit to take from A 45 is “Dort­mund-Eichlinghofen” (closer to South Cam­pus), and from B 1 / A 40 “Dort­mund-Dorstfeld” (closer to North Cam­pus). Signs for the uni­ver­si­ty are located at both exits. Also, there is a new exit before you pass over the B 1-bridge leading into Dort­mund.

To get from North Cam­pus to South Cam­pus by car, there is the connection via Vo­gel­pothsweg/Baroper Straße. We recommend you leave your car on one of the parking lots at North Cam­pus and use the H-Bahn (suspended monorail system), which conveniently connects the two campuses.


TU Dort­mund Uni­ver­sity has its own train station (“Dort­mund Uni­ver­si­tät”). From there, suburban trains (S-Bahn) leave for Dort­mund main station (“Dort­mund Hauptbahnhof”) and Düsseldorf main station via the “Düsseldorf Airport Train Station” (take S-Bahn number 1, which leaves every 15 or 30 minutes). The uni­ver­si­ty is easily reached from Bo­chum, Essen, Mülheim an der Ruhr and Duis­burg.

You can also take the bus or subway train from Dort­mund city to the uni­ver­si­ty: From Dort­mund main station, you can take any train bound for the Station “Stadtgarten”, usually lines U41, U45, U 47 and U49. At “Stadtgarten” you switch trains and get on line U42 towards “Hombruch”. Look out for the Station “An der Palmweide”. From the bus stop just across the road, busses bound for TU Dort­mund Uni­ver­sity leave every ten minutes (445, 447 and 462). Another option is to take the subway routes U41, U45, U47 and U49 from Dort­mund main station to the stop “Dort­mund Kampstraße”. From there, take U43 or U44 to the stop “Dort­mund Wittener Straße”. Switch to bus line 447 and get off at “Dort­mund Uni­ver­si­tät S”.


The AirportExpress is a fast and convenient means of transport from Dort­mund Airport (DTM) to Dort­mund Central Station, taking you there in little more than 20 minutes. From Dort­mund Central Station, you can continue to the uni­ver­si­ty campus by interurban railway (S-Bahn). A larger range of in­ter­na­tio­nal flight connections is offered at Düsseldorf Airport (DUS), which is about 60 kilometres away and can be directly reached by S-Bahn from the uni­ver­si­ty station.


The H-Bahn is one of the hallmarks of TU Dort­mund Uni­ver­sity. There are two stations on North Cam­pus. One (“Dort­mund Uni­ver­si­tät S”) is directly located at the suburban train stop, which connects the uni­ver­si­ty directly with the city of Dort­mund and the rest of the Ruhr Area. Also from this station, there are connections to the “Technologiepark” and (via South Cam­pus) Eichlinghofen. The other station is located at the dining hall at North Cam­pus and offers a direct connection to South Cam­pus every five minutes.


The facilities of TU Dort­mund Uni­ver­sity are spread over two campuses, the larger Cam­pus North and the smaller Cam­pus South. Additionally, some areas of the uni­ver­si­ty are located in the adjacent “Technologiepark”.

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