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The Family Service supports

Care of relatives

TU Dortmund supports people who care for relatives: Our care helper will be happy to provide you with information.

When close relatives need care, this often comes unprepared. With the high emotional burden come many new tasks. Caregivers have no time off work, vacations cannot be used for recreation, there is no time for personal friendships and activities, and sometimes the understanding of outsiders is diminished. Care and support often have to be organized in a very short time. Many caregivers are also working full time or studying and are unsure how much understanding their superiors or teachers have for their private situation.

Our caregiver helpline is your first point of contact on campus for questions about caring for family members in this difficult situation. How can university members reconcile care and work/study? Where can I find on-site counseling services and contact points? Who are the contact persons within and outside the university?

© Felix Schmale​/​TU Dortmund
Care guide: Ulrike Grates

Our care helpline does not offer care advice, but information that will give you, the person seeking advice, an orientation for the first steps. Discussions are treated strictly confidentially.

Please feel free to make a personal appointment.


More information for family caregivers

This Internet database is a service of the City of Dortmund - Social Welfare Office/Specialized Service for Senior Citizens. If you are a caring relative, friend or neighbor and would like to organize support for someone in need of help, you can access a wide range of care services in Dortmund. The Dortmund Care Guide provides you with a comprehensive overview of various providers within the city area.

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The city of Dortmund, in cooperation with numerous partners, offers a selection of information and services for older people on its websites. The contact details of the senior citizens' offices in the 12 city districts can be found under the heading "Senior citizens in the city district".

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Here, a nursing expert and a medical specialist are available to provide expert advice on dealing with dementia patients.

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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).