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Discounts for Students
Saving money with your Goethe Card
There are many ways for students to save a bit of money and avail themselves of discounts.
Your Goethe Card, which also serves as your student ID and proves that you study in Frankfurt, is very important for this.
- General student discounts: Many places in Germany offer a general student discount. Whether you want to to go the theatre, the zoo or the swimming pool – just make sure you always have your Goethe Card with you and ask about student discounts.
- Semester ticket: The Goethe Card also serves as semester ticket for local and regional public transport throughout Hessen. You can go as far as Mainz and south as far as Weinheim and Worms. Please note, though, that you can not use IC, EC and ICE trains.
- PASTA Ticket: Your Goethe Card also gives you free entry to the Palmengarten during the normal opening hours, but you may have to pay extra for certain special events.
- Mensa Card: You can also use your Goethe Card as electronic payment in the cafeteria and so avail yourself of the cheaper student prices for food.
- University sports: Students at Goethe University can engage in a wide range of sports at low cost – there is something for everyone. Go to the university sports pages here.
- Culture Ticket: This is a new feature of the Goethe Card – free access to many of Frankfurt’s museums! Go here for a list of musuems. If you enjoy regular (or even spontaneous) visits to a museum in between lectures, the MuseumsuferCard is a good deal. It offers free entry to almost all museums in Frankfurt for a whole year. The current price for students is €42. For further information, go here.
- Campus Bike: Call-a-bike is a service with stations all over Frankfurt. As a Goethe University student, you can register with Call-a-bike and then use a bike free of charge for 45 minutes.
Further information and registration
- AStA car sharing tariff: The AStA has negotiated a special deal for Frankfurt students with the car sharing provider “Stadtmobil“. For more information and how to register, go here.
- Hiring small trucks: If you are moving or just have more than usual to lug around, you can rent small trucks at affordable prices from the KFZ Referat in Bockenheim.
- Student cinema Pupille: The “Pupille“ cinema is a student-run movie club that shows select films at the Festsaal in the Studierendenhaus during the lecture period. Price: €3 (€5 for double features).
Further information: http://www.pupille.org/
Many cinemas, museums, theatres, the municipal opera etc. also offer student discounts. It’s always worth having a closer look at the prices and perhaps just ask whether they offer a discount!