Start of studies

A warm welcome to h_da!

Welcome, first-year students of the winter semester 2022/2023!

Courses start on 17.10.2022 (see semester dates). Normally, introductory events take place beforehand, attendance of which is voluntary but highly recommended. 
We have compiled initial, important information regarding the start of studies on this page. You will find current dates on this page, probably from the beginning of August. 

Your first steps as a student

  1. Activate your student account to gain access to your
    student email and to the self-service portal my.h-da. Follow the information and tutorials on this (in German).
  2. Find the central contact points at h_da for possible concerns during your studies in the PDF "Help Yourself" (in German).
  3. Find out about ways to finance your studies.
  4. Find out more about the learning platform ‘Moodle’, which you can register to via your h_da account.

Central events

Information days for international students

05. & 06.10.2022

Further information follows


Central first semester welcome (h_da premiere)


Further information follows


Good to know:

Are you one of the first in your family to start studying? With the study start program from ArbeiterKind Hessen (German), you will be accompanied through the first months of your studies.

At the "virtual info booth" of the ITT (Studierendenwerk) questions about the start of the semester and everyday study life will be answered, among other things.

For the start, it can be helpful to reflect on your own goals in your studies, to become aware of ideas and expectations, and to get to know yourself better as a student. The handout My Studies - A Recipe for Success from the Central Student Advisory Service helps to keep an overview. You are also welcome to arrange a counseling session.

Virtual campus tour

A virtual visit to the campus is now also possible.


Tips for student life in Darmstadt

Get to know Darmstadt better:

With the interactive city map of the city of science Darmstadt. As a new student in Darmstadt it is very useful to have an overview of the area of validity of the semester ticket (in German).

Leisure activities

Popular leisure options in the city are listed here. From sports to culture and science, there are plenty of tips on the website of the city of Darmstadt (in German).


As a World Heritage Site, Darmstadt maintains a wide variety of cultural offerings. The Mathildenhöhe is definitely worth a visit for those interested. This also includes the State Theater of Darmstadt, to which you have free admission as a student of the h_da. How this works is explained on the page of the AStA of the h_da (in German).


For spontaneous activities, current events in Darmstadt are listed here (in German). From bar events to lectures and concerts, the offer is varied. The same applies to events organized by the Intercultural Tutoring Team of the Studierendenwerk Darmstadt.

Shared flat search

Looking for a flat-share: The tutoring team "ComeTOgether" helps with the search for a flat-share, e.g. with this FAQ to prepare for the search for a flat-share.


Student advisory service

Telephone consultation

Phone number: +49.6151.533-5555







Personal consultation (Darmstadt)

Schöfferstr. 3, Building C23, Room 01.05





Studies from A to Z

We have listed the most important study terms on the page Studies from A to Z (in German).


Studying during the pandemic

  • Important pandemic-related information, and the current regulations and stipulations these give rise to, are available at the FAQ on Studying and seminars.