FAQ

 

General

Semesterticket

Split model

Implementation and introduction

Legal Matters

Further questions can always be asked by mail to aktive@semesterticket.org.

General

What is a student semesterticket? – Generally a student semesterticket is a ticket for the public transportation (German: ÖPNV) which is valid for an entire semester (six months) for students. It is financed through a solidarity model where every student has to pay a certain amount of money to allow lower prices for everyone.

Why do we need a student semesterticket for the metropolitan area Nuremberg? — The housing market for students in the area is very tense. Many students have to commute. The universities are spread over different locations, even over different cities. This is why it is important for students to be able to use public transportation for a reasonable price.

Semesterticket

What does the new student semesterticket offer look like? — Every student pays 65€ for a solidary split ticket, which enables using public transportation in the entire VGN-area from 7pm to 6am on weekdays and 24 hours on weekends and public holidays. Additionally there will be an optional supplement ticket for 193€ that allows students to use the VGN public transportation around the clock on weekdays as well as weekends and public holidays.

Which universities will participate? — All five universities in the metropolitan area Nuremberg and their board of students‘ representatives are part of the Semesterticket Taskforce. These universities are:

  • Friedrich-Alexander University of Erlangen-Nürnberg (FAU)
  • Technische Hochschule Georg-Simon-Ohm Nürnberg (TH OHM)
  • Evangelische Hochschule Nürnberg
  • Nuremberg University of Music
  • Academy of Fine Arts Nuremberg

The current ballot will be held for all students of the FAU and the TH OHM (for they are vital for the model to work), if they both accept the offer, the three others will be able to vote whether or not to join the model.

Who is going to receive the student semesterticket? — All students, who are enrolled at one of the universities where the majority voted in favor of the student semesterticket.

When will the ballot vote about the implementation of the student semesterticket be held? — The voting period will be from 12th January, starting at 12 a.m., till 21st January 2015, ending at 12 p.m.

When will the ballot vote be counted as a success? — At each university a majority needs to vote in favor of the offer. Additionally, a participation quorum of one third of all the students has to be met.

What happens if not all universities vote in favor of the ticket? — Due to their high number of students the FAU Erlangen-Nürnberg and the TH OHM Nürnberg are vital for the implementation of a student semesterticket. If the result of the ballot vote at one of these two universities turns out to be negative it will mean the end of the entire project. A rejection by the smaller universities would only lead to them not being able to purchase the student semesterticket.

What is the split model? — With a split model a part of the costs will be covered by everyone through the solidary split ticket, while the supplement ticket is optional. The ticket as a whole can be offered for a lower price and nobody has to contribute more than a socially acceptable solidary fee.

Why is it only possible to have a split student semesterticket for the metropolitan area Nuremberg? — In Bavaria a solidary ticket may only cost up to 65€ per semester (see legal matters). With this limitation the split model is the only possible option.

Why are students at other German universities able to have a non-split semesterticket at a higher price? — In other German states the student body (represented by the student union (AStA)) is able to negotiate and sign the contract with the public transportation companies itself. Therefore they have no 65€ limit, as oposed to the student services in Bavaria.

Why do I have to buy the supplement ticket to get to class during weekdays? — The primary reason for the solidary split ticket is to make possible a lower price for the student semesterticket as a whole. In return you are able to use the VGN public transportation on weekends and public holidays all day and on weekdays from 7pm to 6am. A solidary split ticket which would allow usage during class times would cost more than the legal limit.

Are there any exceptions? — Only students with a severe disability do not have to pay for the solidary split ticket if they are entitled to free transportation according to SGB IX and can provide the supplementary papers. The application for exemption has to be submitted to the university before the payment of the solidary fee is due.

Implementation and Introduction

When will the ticket be implemented? — If the majority of the students voted in favor of the student semesterticket in January 2015 some more contracts need to be signed. We are confident that the student semesterticket can first be offered in the winter semester 2015/2016.

What does the ticket look like? — There have been no final decisions about this yet, though it is certain that the ticket will be in two pieces. On the one hand there  is the solidary ticket for all students, which is likely to be an addition or extra print on the student ID card. On the other hand there is the supplement ticket which will probably be a separate ticket.

Where can I buy the ticket? — You will receive the solidary ticket automatically, probably as an addition or extra print on the student ID card. You will be able to buy the supplement ticket directly from VGN, just like other VGN-tickets.

Will i still be able to buy the current "Semesterwertmarke"? — No. If the current offer is accepted, the new Semesterticket will replace the current "Semesterwertmarke".

Legal matters

Why are the legal conditions in Bavaria different from other states'? — In Bavaria the student body is not legally constituted and is therefore not able to e.g. sign contracts themselves. This is why the student services need to act as the contracting party, who have to comply with a legal limit for a soldiary fee of approximately 65€. Legally constituted student bodies in other states do not have this limit.

Who is signing the contract with VGN? — See the previous question. The student body is not a legal entity and can not sign contracts. Hence the contracting party will be the student services.