My start at the University of Bayreuth
Welcome to the University of Bayreuth! Here you will find a study environment that is regularly awarded top marks in the rankings. It is a place where careers - and friendships - are made. You’ll soon find your feet on our friendly campus. But to make your start a bit easier, we have put together some tips and information.
Studying in times of coronavirus
The 2020/21 winter semester will be a face-to-face semester with digital components. Our goal is to offer courses in the 2020/2021 winter semester in classroom form - as far as the incidence of infection allows. Priority will be given to first-year students and students who are about to graduate.
On our coronavirus information page you will find up-to-date reports on any restrictions to the opening hours of campus facilities, a detailed FAQ section, and everything you need to know about studying in times of coronavirus.
You're most cordially invited!
The start of lectures for the 2020/2021 winter semester has been postponed until 02.11.2020 because of the coronavirus pandemic - but be sure to remember that orientation events for new students will take place from 26 to 31 October 2020. More information can be found on the Student Advising page. Please do note that our orientation week for international students will take place from 14 October until 23 October 2020. Contact the International Office for more information!
The digital information events hosted by Student Advising provide information about the next steps you need to take after enrolment.
Click your way around our green campus from the comfort of your own home!
The campus is both the heart of the University and a source of inspiration. You can get a first impression from the comfort of your sofa, thanks to our Virtual Campus Tour - for the impatient or nostalgic among you, and all those who cannot (yet) be here. Enjoy!
Your Campus Card and username
You will receive your Campus Card already validated by post. Your Campus Card serves several different purposes. It can be used as your ticket for local public transportation, your library card, or to pay for your food in the cafeteria. The card has to be validated at the start of every new semester, for example in the ZUV Building (Central University Administration). Information on your username, which is used to log on to CAMPUSonline, among other things, can be found in account information (PDF). You will find your username (bt....) on the back of your Campus Card. This will enable you to identify yourself on all online services of the University (e.g. E-mail, VPN, Intranet, E-Learning, MyFiles, ...).
The mobile user interface of CampusOnline is cmlife. With your username and your set password you can log in and register for courses and exams, create your timetable or print out certificates. An overview of the self-service functions for students is available on the website of the Student Administration Office. Here, too, you can log in with your username and the corresponding password. A manual on how to use cmlife can be found here. If you have any general questions about cmlife, the Campus Management staff department will be happy to help you.
University e-mail address:
The University sends official notifications to an e-mail address especially set up for you:
Your e-mails can be accessed via webmail at the following Internet address: https://mail.myubt.de. Further information setting-up and initial registering can be obtained from the IT Service Centre. Please make sure that e-mails reach you reliably, and that you check your mailbox regularly.
The University of Bayreuth offers a wide range of digital courses. The e-learning platform allows for an unrestricted exchange of information and materials or the submission of papers.
Please also take note of existing digital course offerings from various other providers. The respective lecturers in your degree programme decide on the creditability.
Electronic library use
Information for first-time users and details of current restrictions in the University Library and its departmental libraries can be found on the website of the University of Bayreuth Library.
Many contents are also available to University members (including students) off-campus electronically, such as the comprehensive range of e-books, electronic journals and databases. In order to further relieve the VPN service, it is currently no longer necessary to activate a VPN client for library searches from outside the campus. Instructions for activating the proxy add-on in the Firefox browser can be found here.
New languages open new doors
The Language Centre of the University of Bayreuth usually offers an information event at the beginning of the semester, which unfortunately has to be cancelled for the 2020/2021 winter semester. On 2 and 3 November 2020, however, contact staff will be available at the information desk in the GW1 foyer. Please wear a face mask.
In the winter semester, all language courses at the University of Bayreuth will take place digitally; placement tests will also be taken online (dates: 26. and 27.10.2020).
Detailed information on this can be found on the Language Centre website.
Beginning of studies at the Faculty of Law, Business & Economics
The Faculty of Law, Business & Economics (the RW faculty for short) has summarized all the important information for you on a website especially for first semester students.
Keeping your bearings
The abbreviations used by staff members and senior students can be confusing for newcomers. For example, RW, AI, and GW are different buildings on campus. To help you find your way around the University, we recommend having a look at our campus map.
By the way: Course times are often followed by "c.t.", meaning the academic quarter hour. For example, a course listed as "18 Uhr c.t." will start at 6:15 p.m.
Making friends (virtually)
Sitting in the sun on the rondelle, pub crawls, and parties in shared flats... many things that characterise student life in Bayreuth are currently not possible. But you will make up for all that! Until then, you have a few alternatives for exploring Bayreuth, making connections, networking, and learning from each other. Become part of the virtual University family!
- Student Advising has compiled tips for making friends and (digital) settling in in Bayreuth.
- As a digital alternative to the social aspect of campus life, some students have set up a Discord server to exchange information and make new contacts in an informal way. Digital events such as games nights, discussion groups, and other digitalized campus culture are in the works. The University’s own initiatives can also be reached via this channel. (The service is free and voluntary; no download is required).
- Feel like volunteering? The University group Enactus Bayreuth e.V. has opened the Instagram account @hochschulgruppen_bayreuth, where many University groups introduce themselves. Drop by, find out about the various University initiatives and be inspired by the diversity at the University of Bayreuth!
Stay up to speed with our campus app
UniNow makes it easier to organise your university life. Whether its e-mails, appointments, the cafeteria meal plan, or your current grades, you will find everything clearly arranged and up-to-date in your app. UniNow has been certified by TÜV and meets accepted software quality requirements for functionality and data protection/data security. The campus app is offered as a free Apple or Android version at the usual app stores. If you are already using the app, you will automatically be given the opportunity to update. Click here to download the campus app!
New uni, new town, new flat?
We are delighted that you have chosen the University of Bayreuth! In order to feel comfortable in your new home in Upper Franconia, you will of course need a cosy room, a great shared rental, or a nice flat where you can relax and meet your friends. To support you in finding the right place, we have some tips for you on finding accommodation, and on the housing market in Bayreuth.
Any further questions?
Student Advising is happy to help. Many answers are already there in the FAQ section. Important information for first-year students can also be found on the website of the Student Administration Office.
Please also note current information from the IT Service Centre on the use of digital services and IT solutions at the University of Bayreuth.