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Cafeteria on the North Campus © Roland Baege​/​TU Dortmund

In spring 2022, a survey on the catering was conducted together with AStA and Studierendenwerk Dortmund.

Nutrition is a relevant building block for more sustainability. Therefore, together with the Studierendenwerk and the AStA, a survey was conducted to find out what the eating habits of visitors to the refectories are like, what they want from university catering and how important sustainability, animal welfare and environmental protection should be in the menus.

More than 3000 TU members took part in the survey. Most said they were satisfied overall and used the catering services several times a week. About 33% of the participants eat vegetarian, 14% vegan. Accordingly, there were mainly suggestions and wishes for an increased vegan/vegetarian offer. The majority was also in favour of labelling with a CO2 balance.

You can find the entire evaluation in the article on the canteen survey.

Location & approach

The campus of the TU Dortmund University is located near the freeway junction Dortmund West, where the A45 crosses the B1/A40. The Dortmund-Eichlinghofen exit on the A45 leads to the South Campus, the Dortmund-Dorstfeld exit on the A40 leads to the North Campus. The university is signposted at both exits.

The "Dortmund Universität" S-Bahn station is located directly on the North Campus. From there, the S1 runs every 20 or 30 minutes to Dortmund main station and in the opposite direction to Düsseldorf main station via Bochum, Essen and Duisburg. In addition, the university can be reached by the bus lines 445, 447 and 462. Timetable information can be found on the homepage of the Rhine-Ruhr transport association, and DSW21 also offers an interactive route network map.

One of the landmarks of the TU Dortmund is the H-Bahn. Line 1 runs every 10 minutes between Dortmund Eichlinghofen and the Technology Center via Campus South and Dortmund University S, while Line 2 commutes every 5 minutes between Campus North and Campus South. It covers this distance in two minutes.

From Dortmund Airport, the AirportExpress takes just over 20 minutes to Dortmund main station and from there to the university by S-Bahn. A wider range of international flight connections is offered by Düsseldorf Airport, about 60 kilometers away, which can be reached directly by S-Bahn from the university's train station.