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Information for all university employees with family responsibilities

  • The Family Service advises and supports all university members in questions regarding the compatibility of family with studies, research and career.
  • In the event of an acute psychological crisis, students and employees can contact the Psychological (Study) Counseling Service at the Technical University of Dortmund. On this page, under "Offers for employees", you will find the info series with recommendations for new routines, good communication and manageable news flow for all university employees.
  • BMFSFJ overview of counseling and assistance services, continuously updated (06.07.2020).
  • Overview at the National Center for Early Support: Where can parents get advice now? (13.05.2020)

There is more flexibility for families in parental benefits. In order to be able to support families during the Corona pandemic, the regulations for parental allowance have been adjusted for a limited period of time. (as of 05/15/2020)
What has changed specifically? In brief:

  • Parents in so-called system-relevant occupations can defer their parental benefit months until June 2021 at the latest.
  • The partnership bonus remains in effect even if one parent works more or less than planned as a result of the current situation.
  • Families and expectant parents who experience a loss of income as a result of the Corona measures should not be at a disadvantage.
  • For more information, visit:  Current information from the federal government regarding parental allowance

The child supplement supports families with small incomes and can amount to up to 205 euros per month per child. How much child supplement you receive depends on how much income and assets you, your partner and your child have. It also depends on how many children you have and how high your housing costs are.

Income is all income received in the last 6 months before the start of the grant period. The net income after deduction of income-related expenses and allowances is taken into account.

Whether an application makes sense can be checked here:
It is not easy to answer here whether housing allowance or SGB-II benefits are more favorable instead of the child allowance; if you have questions about this, be sure to ask for advice!

Families with a low income can apply for a one-time bonus of 100 euros per child. This bonus can be used for vacation and leisure activities. This scheme will take effect from June 11, 2021, and aims to mitigate the impact of the Corona pandemic on children and young people. Read more at:

  • There are now other compensation options for parents who experience wage losses due to the Corona crisis. However, these schemes are likely to be secondary to others (e.g. short-time allowance).

A study team from the Faculty of Education Psychology and Sociology at TU Dortmund University is investigating the  Impact of Corona home schooling on parents and children.

First interim results (as of 05/20/20).


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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”.

Site Map of TU Dort­mund Uni­ver­sity (Second Page in English).