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Ways to the UW/H: Offers, infrastructure and information
Whether it's regular travel to campus, business trips, or getting to events: The way we organize our mobility influences the climate as well as our quality of life. With its mobility infrastructure and offers, the UW/H would like to promote an uncomplicated use of more climate-friendly means of transport. We have summarized these offers, as well as other tips and tricks around sustainable mobility, on the following page.
...with the bicycle
The UW/H is easily accessible by bicycle from Witten's city center and train station in two to three kilometers via the newly renovated Pferdebachstraße
At the UW/H there is a covered "bicycle parking garage" with 200 parking spaces in the new building. Another 200 covered and double-storey bicycle parking spaces are located at the new campus square. There are also bicycle parking spaces with hangers at five former "parking pockets" on Alfred-Herrhausen Straße as well as further bicycle racks around the main building.
There are changing rooms, showers and lockers in the wooden building right next to the bicycle parking garage. This allows all cyclists to freshen up before a day at university or work if necessary.
Bicycles can be parked safely and dryly in the bike station at the main station. Students and staff of the UW/H receive a 20% discount on a permanent parking space at the main station. This means that the annual ticket costs 80.00 € instead of the usual 100.00 €. To take advantage of the discount, it is sufficient to present proof (such as a student ID) at the bike station.
The Wabe bike café is on campus once a month next to Cafe Larix and repairs bikes for a small fee. Among other things, the repair workshop offers a "quick check" with a focus on brakes, gears and tyres - you only pay for what is actually repaired or replaced.
The next dates are:
2 May 2023
6 June 2023
4 July 2023
In each case from 11.00 a.m. to 2.00 p.m.
The university cargo bike can be borrowed free of charge at pre-arranged times from the Hochschulwerk. Detailed information can be found on the website of the Hochschulwerk.
Moreover, a free cargo bike can be borrowed from the Pottkutsche initiative free of charge in the city center.
Employees can make use of bike leasing, which allows them to choose the (electric) bike of their choice. The company bikes are insured free of charge and can also be used privately.
In Witten, more than 50 bicycles are available at ten stations from the bicycle rental service metropolradruhr, including the bicycle racks at Alfred-Herrhausen-Str. 48 and at the railway station in Witten.
The following conditions apply to students and employees of Witten/Herdecke University:
- 30 free minutes per loan.
- Any further use will be charged at €1 per 30-minute cycle.
- Discounts apply to one bike only.
- Reduced rates apply in the metropolradruhr system (in other nextbike systems, the basic rate applies there).
- metropolradruhr users can rent bicycles in all participating cities and return them throughout the metropolradruhr area.
For the free registration it is recommended to use the app of nextbike by TIER. Further steps are:
- Register with the mail address "@uni-wh.de",
- select "Students and staff of Witten/Herdecke University" as partner options,
- Verify means of payment by creating a starting credit of 1 €.
Depending on the payment method, the customer account will be activated immediately or after 2 to 4 days.
Note: A limited number of vouchers are available for external visitors such as speakers, lecturers or participants in events who do not have a university email address. The same conditions apply to these vouchers. If you are interested in this, please contact the Vernetzungsstelle Nachhaltigkeit at email@example.com.
...by bus and train
There is a direct connection to the S-Bahn at the Stockumer Straße location (station: Witten-Annen Nord). For the route between UW/H and the main train station, both a bicycle and the bus are suitable. Bus line 371 runs every 15 minutes to important junctions such as the campus, Witten main station and Witten city center.
After 20:00 (on Saturdays after 18:00), the line 371 unfortunately so far only runs hourly to the city center (always at XX:28). Alternatively, the bus line 375 always departs at XX:53 (Saturdays at XX:57) at the bus stop "Dirschauer Straße", which is about 10 minutes walk from the campus on Dortmunder Straße (from Dirschauer Straße under the tracks, see map section).
All employees have the opportunity to purchase a VRR job ticket. For UW/H employees, there is a total discount of 34 € on the price of the standard ticket. Further information on the job ticket can be found on the following page.
The BOGESTRA is currently offering a campaign that allows subscribers to use their job ticket to travel anywhere in NRW at the weekend and to take another person and/or bicycles with them. For the exact details, it is worth taking a look at the BOGESTRA website.
Students can travel on most public transport in the NRW region around the clock with the semester ticket. Further information on the semester ticket can be found on the Hochschulwerk website.
If buses and trams are extremely late (more than 20 minutes), those affected can make use of the NRW mobility guarantee. This allows train and bus passengers to be reimbursed for the costs of the alternatively chosen means of transport (such as IC, ICE or taxi) under certain conditions. It is advisable to document the delay accordingly (e.g. via screenshot).
...with the car
The parking spaces along Alfred-Herrhausen-Str. are subject to a charge (3 € per hour), although there are free parking spaces for short-term parkers (max. 15 minutes parking time).
In the parking garage located on Alfred-Herrhausen-Str., the university has rented long-term parking spaces that are offered at reduced rates. The rented parking spaces at Gleiwitzer Straße 5 are also subject to parking garage fees.
Free parking is available along Pferdebachstraße all the way to the highway. Here it is still possible to park near the UW/H without paying a fee. The walk takes about 10 minutes.
Two eCarsharing cars from the provider wuddi are available at Alfred-Herrhausen-Str. 50 and Stockumer Str. 10. Employees can use these vehicles for business trips; these trips are charged directly to UW/H. Private trips are also possible at the usual car sharing fees. Private journeys are also possible at the usual car sharing fees. Registration in the SHARE-NOW app is a prerequisite for both business and private use. Further information on registering for business use and on eCarsharing in general can be found on this page.
There are currently two charging stations for electric cars on Alfred-Herrhausen-Straße. In the future, there will be more charging points in the parking house. An overview of the charging stations in Witten can be found on the website of Stadtwerke Witten.
The UW/H has permanent parking spaces in the parking house, which are offered at reduced rates. For reasons of solidarity, user fees are levied depending on the salary level and the number of positions held by employees. Information on the tariff model for employees can be found under this link.
Along Alfred-Herrhausen-Straße there are ten barrier-free parking spaces (parking spaces for the severely disabled). In addition, UW/H has two barrier-free parking spaces each at the new building and the modular building.
...from Witten into the world
Whether studying or interning abroad, UW/H is a member of an international network of partnerships on all five continents. In addition, the International Office offers financial support for "green travel".
Personal encounters at conferences, (international) conventions or network meetings are valuable - keeping the ecological impact of these business trips as low as possible is regulated by the travel expenses guideline.
The travel expenses guideline applies to business trips. The guideline creates a standardised regulation for all employees with regard to ecological, social and business aspects as well as the tax framework.
To reduce the environmental footprint of the Erasmus+ programme, “green” travel will be financially rewarded. If you opt for a low emission form of travel (e.g. bus or train) you can apply for a one-off top-up payment of 50€ and up to 4 additional travel days. Please click here for further information.