Start of studies

A warm welcome to h_da!

Despite the current situation and the everyday restrictions that have to be applied to contain the pandemic in many areas of public life, we are pleased to welcome new students in the winter semester 2021/2022! We have compiled initial, important information on the start of studies on this page.

Online or face-to-face?

Darmstadt University of Applied Sciences is currently planning to design the winter semester 2021/22 as a transition semester. Prof. Dr. Manfred Loch, Vice President for Studies and Student Affairs: "All students should have the opportunity to come to campus again, but not yet for every course. There will be attendance focuses for courses, such as labs, tutorials or small groups."

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.

Main offers for first-year students

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 .

Leisure activities

Popular leisure options in the city are listed here. From sports to culture and science, there are plenty of tipson the website of the city of Darmstadt.


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 .


For spontaneous activities, current events in Darmstadt are listed here. 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

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Studies from A to Z

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