The Deutschlandticket (D-Ticket) was introduced last year and, as is so often the case, no thought was given to students. A discounted D-Ticket for students was announced at the end of the year. In order for students to receive this at a reduced price, a majority of the student body must decide to introduce a Deutschland-Semesterticket (D-Semesterticket) as part of a solidarity model. From winter semester 2024/25, the student body will have the opportunity to introduce a D-Semesterticket for the first time. The ticket has not yet been offered by VRN for the current summer semester.


The costs for the D-Semesterticket would amount to 60% of the current Deutschlandticket price (currently 29.40 euros) per month. This would be 176.40 euros per semester, which would have to be transferred as part of the semester fee when enrolling or re-registering.



From April 29 to May 3, a vote will be held on a Deutschland-Semesterticket.

At its meeting on April 10, the student parliament decided to hold a ballot to allow students to decide on the introduction of a D-Semesterticket. Students can vote on the following question:

Soll die Studierendenschaft für die Studierenden der RPTU in Kaiserslautern das vergünstigte "Deutschlandticket" als Semesterticket im Solidarmodell einführen?

Should the student body introduce the discounted "Deutschlandticket" as a semester ticket for RPTU students in Kaiserslautern as a solidarity model?

About the Ballot Vote

The ballot vote is the highest decision-making body of the student body.

The ballot decides on a yes/no question. Every member of the student body is entitled to take part in a ballot.

The question to be voted on is deemed to have been accepted if more than 20 percent of students cast their vote and a simple majority answer the question with "yes".

The ballot is preceded by a plenary meeting for information and discussion.

The vote will be valid as of April 23 with 10,392 students enrolled at the Kaiserslautern campus and 2,079 votes cast.

Polling Stations

Students of Architektur and Raum- und Umweltplanung Building 1 Foyer opposite U62/U63.

All other students Buildings 46-225.

Polling stations are open between 9 am and 3 pm. Voting is still possible on May 2 and 3.

Apply for a postal vote

Postal votes can be requested in writing until Thursday, April 25 at 3 pm. After that, only in person to the election committee until Thursday, May 2 at 3 pm.

Apply for Absentee Vote

Electoral register

The electoral register can be viewed and, if necessary, corrected from April 18 to April 23 in 47-1120 with Ms. Wiens. Fridays from 9:00 to 13:00, on the other days from 09:00 to 12:00 and from 14:00 to 16:00.


VRN-Semesterticket vs.

  VRN-Semesterticket Deutschland-Semesterticket
Price per semester from WiSe 2024/25 165.06 € 176.40 €
Price calculation Transport association 60% of the normal price of the Deutschland-Ticket prescribed by the federal government
Area of validity VRN area, generally on all means of local public transport Germany-wide, generally on all means of local public transport
  No longer valid on Homburg-Saarbrücken route from WiSe 2024/25  
Upgrade Upgrade to the Deutschlandticket is no longer possible from SoSe 2025 -
Extension Semester connection ticket in some neighboring transport associations. Costs 200 € plus -
For whom On-campus students On-campus students
Reimbursement Students with severe disabilities Students with severe disabilities and students on a semester abroad or on vacation


In the period from January 22 to February 23, 2023, the AStA surveyed the students of the RPTU in Kaiserslautern online on their attitude towards talks with VRN on the introduction of the Deutschlandticket as a semester ticket. The survey was conducted on an AStA web server. The survey was publicly accessible; multiple participation was possible. The survey was advertised via the AStA homepage, social media, university mailings and posters at building entrances.


The survey had 966 participants. These were reduced by 42 to 924 cases as part of the analysis of duplicate cases.

The survey had three core questions:

  1. Attitude towards talks with VRN on the introduction of a Deutschland-Semesterticket
  2. Attitude towards the cost of a Germany semester ticket in the solidarity model
  3. Use of the option to upgrade the VRN semester ticket to a Deutschlandticket



If a majority of students in the ballot vote in favor of introducing the discounted Deutschlandticket as a semester ticket, all on-campus students are obliged to purchase it.


  • Guest students and secondary students within the meaning of the relevant Hochschulgesetz,
  • Students who are exclusively enrolled in an evening, online or distance learning course without compulsory attendance ("distance learning students"),
  • Students who are entitled to transportation in accordance with SGB IX and can prove that they are in possession of the supplementary sheet to their disabled person's ID card and the corresponding token,
  • Students on part-time degree studies who spend most of their time working rather than studying,
  • Students who can prove that they are taking a semester of leave or a semester abroad.

The costs amount to 60 percent of the current Deutschlandticket price of 49 euros (29.40 euros) per month or 177.60 euros per semester.

We are aware of the additional costs for a D-Semesterticket compared to the current VRN-Semesterticket. Our survey conducted in January and February shows that a simple majority of participants (just under 39 percent) would find a price of up to 60 percent of the Deutschlandticket price of 49 euros acceptable, while a total of just under 42 percent believe that a price of 40 or 50 percent of the price is already the limit. This makes it clear to us that opinions differ on the price. If the D-Semesterticket is introduced, we will keep a very close eye on price developments. Price increases that significantly exceed the annual increases of the VRN-Semesterticket could call into question the continuation of a D-Semesterticket and lead to the next ballot vote on changes to the semester ticket.

A refund will be possible:

  • for students who spend at least three months of the semester abroad due to their studies,
  • for students who are enrolled at two universities with compulsory semester tickets,
  • for students who are entitled to transportation in accordance with SGB IX and who can prove that they are in possession of the supplementary sheet to the severely disabled person's ID card and the corresponding token (the exception to the obligation to purchase is not covered by the university) and
  • for students on leave of absence.

The contract for a D-Semesterticket is concluded for an unlimited period of time.

The contract for a D-Semesterticket replaces the previously valid VRN-Semesterticket contract. When the contract for the D-Semesterticket is terminated, the VRN-Semesterticket contract becomes active again, taking into account the tariff changes that have been implemented by then. At present, a sample contract only provides for reactivation until the summer semester of 2025. We are committed to ensuring that this applies indefinitely.


The contract for the D-Semesterticket can be terminated with six months' notice to the end of each semester.

In the event of a price increase, the contractual partner has a special right of termination of three months before the start of the semester in which the price increase comes into force.

We will pay very close attention to its price developments. Price increases that significantly exceed the annual increases of the VRN-Semesterticket could call into question the continuation of the D-Semesterticket and lead to the next ballot vote on changes to the semester ticket.

The D-Semesterticket is not transferable.


It is not possible to take additional persons with you free of charge.


The D-Semesterticket is issued as a personalized digital ticket via the VRN.


The D-Semesterticket is generally valid nationwide on all means of public transport, i.e. on buses, trams, city and subway trains as well as S-Bahn, regional trains and regional express trains in 2nd class and in most cases also on ferries.

The ticket is not valid on long-distance services (e.g. IC, EC, ICE, but also RE lines operated by DB Fernverkehr AG) or with private providers.

As the D-Semesterticket is a ticket for local public transport, a semester ticket linked to this ticket would generally not allow the use of long-distance train connections such as IC/ICE. Only in very few cases do the public transport authorities have contracts with DB Fernverkehr AG of Deutsche Bahn AG that make such use possible. The student body could negotiate an independent contract with DB Fernverkehr for the use of long-distance transportation. However, this would certainly involve considerable additional costs, which would be far higher than the costs for a D-Semesterticket or the D-Ticket.


In der Vergangenheit hatten die Studierenden im Rahmen einer Urabstimmung das jetzige Semesterticket beschlossen. Die Urabstimmung ist das höchste beschlussfassende Organ der Studierendenschaft. Eine solche Entscheidung kann nicht einfach, beispielsweise durch Studierendenparlament oder Allgemeinen Studierendenausschuss, revidiert werden. Für Änderungen am bestehenden Modell bedarf es einer erneuten Urabstimmung darüber, wie dies nun der Fall ist. Es steht allen Studierenden frei sich innerhalb der Studierendenschaft für ihre Bedarfe einzusetzen und am Ende eine Urabstimmung zu initiieren, in der über die freie Wahl eines Semestertickets

"I always walk or cycle to campus." That's your point! There are few arguments in favor of a ticket.

If, on the other hand, you are traveling by car for some reason, look at it this way:

You save yourself a lot of trouble on campus looking for a parking space (a few thousand more vehicles on campus every day certainly doesn't make life any easier), costs for a parking system (which you may not even be able to use every day) and possibly longer walks because there may not even be a parking space on campus or in the close area.


The fact that you are not traveling outside the VRN zone may well apply to you. But many students feel differently every day. They regularly commute to Kaiserslautern from the Saarland or Rhineland-Palatinate regions outside the VRN zone. Depending on the area, they use a comparatively expensive connecting ticket costing more than 200 euros per semester or expensive multiple, weekly or monthly tickets, or perhaps switch directly to a car for cost reasons. For students whose home towns are a few hours' drive from Kaiserslautern, a semester ticket outside the VRN zone may also be of interest, for example for family visits. Especially on medium-length routes, journeys on long-distance trains are only marginally faster and additional expenditure on IC/ICE compared to an existing and paid ticket is therefore not economical.

In order for these students to come to Kaiserslautern, they end up having to pay significantly more or have completely different expenses with a car or end up rarely or not at all using the VRN-Semesterticket. The option of upgrading the semester ticket to the Deutschlandticket also costs significantly more for these students.



Questions about the semester ticket

Contact the Election Committee

Election Committee Ballot Vote

The election committee for the ballot vote is made up of the three members of the Presidium of the Student Parliament and the AStA officers from the Chair, Finance and Student Council departments. It therefore consists of six people.

AStA TU Kaiserslautern
c/o Wahlleitung Urabstimmung
Erwin-Schrödinger-Straße 46 Raum 207
67663 Kaiserslautern