The semester transport pass (Semesterticket) is based upon a so-called split-ticket (Sockelmodell). This structure is supposed to realize a fair balance between those who use public transport frequently and those who do not.
Check out the MVV page about the Semesterticket for current price listings and more.
The total price is composed of an obligatory solidary fee and an optional extra charge.
The Solidary Fee
By paying the solidary fee per semester every student gets a MVV-pass for the entire network. It is valid during low-demand hours, i.e. Monday to Friday from 6 p.m. to 6 a.m. as well as 24 hrs. on Saturdays, Sundays and public holidays. Additionally you can also use it on December 24th and 31st. Hence, you can utilize public transport to get to the next party or to go on weekend trips. By transferring the payment fee every student pays the solidary fee automatically. The ticket consists of the student card and the identity card. The student card must be valid for the current semester.
Have a look a the FAQs to find out about legal restrictions concerning the semester transport pass.
The extra charge – IsarCard Semester
Obtaining the extra charge per semester is optional and enables you to use public transport 24 hours a day, seven days a week for one semester.
The extra charge can be bought, but there is no obligation: The benefits of the solidary fee can be combined with any other MVV fare, e.g. the Ausbildungstarif II, stripe tickets, day tickets, etc. In comparison with the one-component semester transport passes (common at most German universities), the split-ticket model is a better solution for students who use public transport very often and for those who hardly do.
The payment of the solidary fee by all students makes it possible to have a more reasonably priced semester transport pass. With costs of a little more than 10 Euros per month we could achieve the least possible charge for those who do not use public transport. Even for those who do not use public transportation frequently, this amount can be less than the money spent on stripe tickets etc.
The students at LMU, TUM and HM have decided on the introduction of the Semesterticket in several ballots, most recently on an extension in the Ballot 2016 (results in German). Other colleges could also join the Semesterticket in coordination with the Studentenwerk München upon request. For further questions, please refer to the FAQs.
A brief overview (german)
Students currently enrolled at one of the following universities are entitled to obtain the semester transport pass – also enrolled PhD candidates:
Akademie der Bildenden Künste München
Hochschule für Angewandte Sprachen / Fachhochschule des SDI München
Hochschule für angewandte Wissenschaften München (Hochschule München)
Hochschule für Musik und Theater München
Katholische Stiftungsfachhochschule München, Abteilung München
Technische Universität München
Hochschule Weihenstephan-Triesdorf, Standort Weihenstephan
Hochschule für Politik München
Hochschule für Philosophie München
Students enrolled at other universities in munich, or students not studying in munich, are currently not entitled to obtain a semester transport pass. Reasons can be found here.
With the IsarCard Semester and the solidary fee you can use the entire MVV network (see graphic below). This includes the use of regional trains until the last stop in the network, for example on your way home. On the way to Landshut, for instance, your ticket is valid until Moosburg and you can save more than 10 € compared to the price of a single ticket. In this case, it is important to keep in mind that your train actually stops in Moosburg; otherwise, your connecting ticket (from Moosburg on) will not be valid.