Your ecUM – Electronic Card – University of Mannheim

The ecUM, your digital student ID, combines many services of the University of Mannheim in one single card:

  • as a student ID card (with a stamp of the period of validity)
  • as a library ID card (with personal global user ID)
  • for cashless payment at the Mensa, EO Cafeteria and Café Soleil
  • to use the lockers at the University Library
  • for different functions at the self-service terminals
  • to transfer money to your print account
  • Semester ticket

As an employee of the University, please take note of our information on how to use the ecUM (in German).

  • I am a first-year student. How do I get my ecUM?

    • Login to Portal² at portal2.uni-mannheim.de with your
      • Uni-ID and your
      • password for your Uni-ID.
        Your personal Uni-ID is automatically created and you can retrieve it from the online application portal. Please note that you need to change the initial password at https://passwort.uni-mannheim.de.
    • Go to My services / photo upload chip card and upload the photo which will be printed on the ecUM.
    • As soon as the enrollment process has been completed, your ecUM is created. Afterwards we will inform you via e-mail with information on when and how you will receive your ecUM.
    • We will send your new ecUM by post to the postal address you provided.
    • As soon as you have received your ecUM, you need to
      • go to https://passwort.uni-mannheim.de to activate your card.
      • go to one of the self-service terminals at the university to validate your ecUM. The stamp of the period of validity will be printed on your card, if you enter the card and press the “Return” button in the menu to retrieve it. The stamp will be automatically printed on your card.
  • Where can I pick up my ecUM?

    First-year students
    As a first-year student, the ecUM will be send by post to the postal address you provided. Please go to https://passwort.uni-mannheim.de to activate your ecUM, as soon as you have received your card.

    Students in need of a new ecUM
    You need to apply for a new ecUM which you can then pick up at the InfoCenter of the University IT (Schneckenhof Süd) on presentation of the enrollment certificate and a valid ID or passport. Where can I apply for a new ecUM?

    Visitors at the University of Mannheim
    Visitors can obtain a non-personalized card against a deposit at the Infothek in the Mensa.

  • How can I validate and re-validate my ecUM?

    You need to validate your ecUM by printing a stamp of the period of validity on your card. Each semester, you need to re-validate the card. Please validate or re-validate your ecUM at the self-service terminals at the university. In the section For which services can I use the self-service terminals? you will find more information on the location of the self-service terminals.

    The stamp of the period of validity is printed on your card, if you enter the card and press the “Return” button in the menu. The stamp will be automatically printed on your card.

  • Where can I apply for a new ecUM?

    If you loose your ecUM, the card is defect or your status at the University of Mannheim changes, you can apply for a new ecUM in Portal². Please login to Portal² with your Uni-ID and your passwort and go to My services – photo upload chip card and select the button indicating you want to apply for a new ecUM.

  • How much does my ecUM cost?

    We provide you with your ecUM free of charge.

    You have lost your card? If you have lost your ecUM, you will have to pay a fee in the amount of EUR 15, in accordance with the  General Statutes of Fees of the University of Mannheim.

    You have changed your name or your ecUM is broken? We are happy to provide you with a new ecUM free of charge.

  • Semester ticket and ecUM – what do I need to know?

    As student at the University of Mannheim, you can buy your semester ticket here:

    • Using your ecUM as semester ticket: You can add your semester ticket to your ecUM, if you buy your semester ticket at the self-service terminals by using your ecUM.
    • Buying your semester ticket online: You can buy your semester ticket online:

    Please note that the semester tickets bought in the VRN online shop or in the VRN ticket app are not printed on the current ecUM. This means that you need to take your ecUM as well as the printed copy of the online semester ticket with you.


    Information on the free semester ticket and the improved reimbursement policy for students

    Free semester ticket for public transport

    Students who register a Mannheim address as main residence for the first time receive one semester ticket issued by the transport company VRN free of charge . The ticket is issued for the semester in which the students newly register a Mannheim address as main residence (or change the registration from second place of residence to main residence). Please note that this offer does not apply to students of the University of Applied Labour Studies (HdBA) or international exchange students studying at the university for one semester. De-registering Mannheim as main residence and then registering a Mannheim address again does not qualify students to obtain a second semester ticket for free. For further information, please see: 

    Free semester ticket for public transport

    Improved reimbursement policy for students
    Students who have already purchased a semester ticket and are then admitted to another university outside the area covered by the public transport company VRN benefit from the new reimbursement policy : Per day of use , the price of two single tickets in tariff zone 2 is deducted from the price of the semester ticket. If you are eligible to return your semester ticket against reimbursement, you need to apply for reimbursement until the 31th day of use. For further information, please contact the rnv customer service center(Mobilitätszentrale Mannheim) at the Stadthaus in N1 (Phone: +49 621 465–4444)

  • For which services can I use the self-service terminals?

    As a student, you can use the following services at the self-service terminals:

    • validating and renewing the validity of  your ecUM
    • buying the semester ticket 
    • transferring money to your print account
    • paying library fees

    You will need your:

    • ecUM 
    • Uni-ID (user ID)
    • password for this ID

    Please note that you will need to top up your ecUM before using any fee-charging services.

    The self-service terminals are located here (please note the opening hours of the individual buildings):

    • Foyer of A 5, 6 building A
    • A 3 in the library
    • Ehrenhof West in the photocopying room of the Library
    • L 7, 3 in the foyer on the ground floor
    • Mensa (near the Infothek)
    • Schneckenhof Süd in the foyer of the Business Administration Library (near InfoCenter)
    • Schneckenhof foyer (near Campus Shop)
    • Westflügel near the central lending desk of the Library
    • L 1, 1 Express-Service
  • Paying with ecUM – Where can I top up my ecUM?

    Paying with ecUM
    In the Cafeterias and the Mensa, you can always use your ecUM card for payment. You can also use ecUM for payment in the institutions of the Studierendenwerk as well as for coffee and washing machines. We recommend that you use ecUM for all payment on campus so that you can benefit from the lowest price. In all Cafeterias and the Mensa, there is at least one register where you can pay in cash, but due to the increased work an extra 25% are added to the price which you would pay using ecUM.

    Where can I top up my ecUM?
    You can top up your ecUM at some of the registers in the Mensa, in the Café Soleil and in the Café EO. We recommend using the Autoload process of the Studierendenwerk Mannheim. Topping up your card at the cashless Autoload terminals (right next to the self service terminals) is fast and comfortable:

    FAQs autoload ecUM

    Do you need help? Please contact the InfoCenter of the University IT, if you have problems using the self-service terminals. We will help you as quickly as possible and in an uncomplicated way. We are located in Schloss Schneckenhof Süd but are also happy to help you by phone at +49 621 181–3027 or via e-mail at infocenter rz.uni-mannheim.de .

  • I have lost or recovered my ecUM. What should I do?

    You want to block or reactivate your ecUM? Please log in with your Uni-ID (user ID) and password:

    Blocking and Reactivating your ecUM