What is the HFU-Card?

A multifunctional chip card, the HFU-Card is the official ID for students, lecturers, and staff at Furtwangen University. The gradual introduction of this new ID system aims to improve the provision of services and to facilitate and automate administrative processes within the university. 

HFU-Card functions

  1. University member ID

    • StudentID function
    • University ID function

    Important note: students must renew their HFU-Card every semester (following successful reregistration). The InterCard machines needed to do this are situated in front of the cafeteria on the Furtwangen campus (Building A), in front of the Examinations/Registration Office on the Villingen-Schwenningen campus (room B 0.05), and in front of the Examinations/Registration Office on the Tuttlingen campus (room A 2.10).

  2. Electronic key

    For access outside official HFU opening hours

  3. ID for library access

    • To all HFU libraries
    • To libraries of the BW Cooperative State University in Villingen-Schwenningen

    Note: Library users must use their HFU-Card to pay interlibrary loan charges and any library fines.

  4. Electronic wallet with payment function 

    • Effective in all refectories and cafeterias of the Studentenwerk Freiburg (Freiburg, Furtwangen, Kehl, and Villingen-Schwenningen)

Further functions are in development. 

All HFU-Card holders using the HFU-Card for cashless payments in the cafeteria receive a discount (approx 10 per cent) on the listed prices.
In the SWFR refectories, cashless payment with the HFU-Card is the only accepted form of payment. In exceptional cases, you can top up the card with cash.

Visitors can buy a refectory card (MensaCard).

  • The MensaCard is intended for use by visitors and staff from other institutions and agencies.
  • The card is available in the cafeteria in Furtwangen and in the refectories on the other campuses of the university.
  • The MensaCard is issued upon payment of a €7 deposit, which, along with any balance remaining, is refunded upon return of the card. 


Issuing the HFU-Card

The HFU-Card is issued to all new students in the first week of lectures.

  • At Furtwangen: Examinations/Registration Office, A 1.19
  • At Schwenningen: Examinations/Registration Office, B 0.05
  • At Tuttlingen: Examinations/Registration Office, A 2.10

Staff and professors can pick up their university ID from:

  • Furtwangen: Human Resources Department 
  • Villingen-Schwenningen: Human Resources Department 
  • Tuttlingen: Human Resources Department 

Loading your HFU-Card 

To use the payment function of the HFU-Card, you must first load the electronic wallet with money.
Machines for loading money onto the card (using an EC card) are situated in the following campus locations 

  • Furtwangen: entrance area, Building A
  • Furtwangen: in front of the cafeteria
  • Furtwangen: in the refectory
  • Villingen-Schwenningen: in front of the Examinations/Registration Office (B 0.05)
  • Villingen-Schwenningen: at the BW Cooperative State University, in the foyer opposite the library
  • Tuttlingen: in front of the Examinations/Registration Office (A 2.10)

You can also load money onto your HFU-Card using an EC card at the cash register in the refectory or the cafeteria. In exceptional cases, you can load the card using cash at the cash register in the cafeterias in Furtwangen and Villingen-Schwenningen. 

Paying with your HFU-Card

Please touch either side of your HFU-Card on the card reader at the cash register. You do not need to remove the card from its protective cover. The payment will be made within two seconds.

Problems with your HFU-Card? 

If your HFU-Card is lost or damaged, please contact the 

Furtwangen Admissions Office, A 1.25
Telephone +49 (0)7723 920-1232
Email f-card@hs-furtwangen.de 

If you lose your HFU-Card, you will not be entitled to reimbursement of any remaining credit; a replacement card will be issued for a fee of €10.