Living in Wuppertal

Services offered by the University of Wuppertal

Guest account

During your stay at the University of Wuppertal, you can apply for a guest account at the Zentrum für Informations- und Medienverarbeitung (ZIM). Guest accounts are intended for people who are neither employees nor students of the university. This entitles them to use the services of the ZIM, including email and internet. Further information and the online application formular can be found here.

User support

For support with computers and services of the ZIM as well as the university network, please contact the ZIM User Support Office.

Building:  T.11.06
Phone: +49 (0)202 439 3295
Email: zimber{at}
Office hours: Mondays to Fridays, 8:00 a.m. to 6:00 p.m.

During your stay at the University of Wuppertal, you can request a guest pass which enables you to use the canteen and the cafeterias of the Hochschul-Sozialwerk Wuppertal (HSW) at a lower cost.

In order to identify you as a visiting scientist, please have the guest pass form filled out and signed by your academic supervisor at University of Wuppertal (see Download Center). Then, please submit the form either in person (Grifflenberg Campus, Gaußstr. 20, Building O, Level 06, Room 10) or via email to The guest pass will be issued by the International Center.


The Hochschul-Sozialwerk Wuppertal (HSW) offers a wide selection of inexpensive, healthy and tasty meals and drinks in seven on-campus canteens, cafeterias and restaurants. Vegetarian and vegan meals are also available.

Please bring your guest pass at all times to get the discount.

The University of Wuppertal offers a variety of sport activities to all of its members including students, staff and visiting scientists.

The on-campus fitness centre BergWerk, which requires a gym membership, offers strength and endurance training at the highest level.

The library of the University of Wuppertal is on the Grifflenberg campus (Building BZ.7). In order to books for free, you need to apply for a library card. The application requires letter of consent from your supervisor, which you need to submit with your online application.


The Sprachlehrinstitut (SLI) of the University of Wuppertal offers a German evening course "German in the Evening" for international students and visiting scientists. Apart from learning German, the course provides an opportunity to connect with other people who have just arrived in Germany, as well. Through selected topics and class activities, you will be introduced to the German language and culture and to various facets of student life in Germany and in Wuppertal in particular. You can find more information here.

Finding the right balance between studying, doing a doctorate or working while raising children is a special task for anyone. The Familienbüro of the University of Wuppertal offers support and advises university members on all matters relating to family care.

When you are in need of psychological counselling, employees of the University of Wuppertal can find support here.

Contact person:
Dipl.-Psych. Dr. Britta Marfels
Building: M.11.01
Telefon: (0202) 439-2999
E-Mail: marfels{at}

Useful tips

You can buy groceries cheaply at the supermarkets at, for example, „ALDI“, „LIDL“ or „PENNY“.

In addition, you can find, amongst others, Asian, Italian, Turkish and Russian supermarkets in Wuppertal and in the surrounding area.

Please keep in mind that the supermarkets are open from Monday to Saturday, only. They are closed on Sundays and public holidays.

Wuppertal is very well connected to the surrounding region. Buses, trains or the suspension railway can be used as means of transportation. A car is therefore not absolutely necessary. Please find more information here:




Bergische Universität Wuppertal


Abt. International Office
Gauss-Str. 20
D-42119 Wuppertal

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