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What is the ESNcard?

The ESNcard is the membership card of ESN which means that you can access all the services offered by ESN, its partners and, of course, our local partners. Additionally you will save a lot of money on our events, because almost all events have special discounts for ESNcard holders (trips, parties, and other activities).

With the ESNcard, you will enjoy thousands of discounts (housing, sport, food, bars, etc.) all over Europe. Moreover, you will have the opportunity to participate in thousands of events (trips, cultural events, sports activities and parties) all year long.

The aim of the ESNcard is to support and give opportunities to international students during and after their exchange.

Who can Buy an ESNcard?

The ESNcard is only sold to (international) students coming to Darmstadt. Students from Darmstadt who make Erasmus abroad must purchase the ESNcard at the local section of the receiving city. 
Further information can be found on

What do I need to get an ESNcard and where can I get it?

You will need both a printed colour passport photo and your ID (or a passport).

You can buy the ESNcard in our office during our office hour. The price is 10,- Euro.

If you don't have an ESN section in the city where you're doing your semester abroad you can try to contact your closest ESN section. However, due to legal requirements, obtaining an ESNcard in a different section, not registered at your destination university, is not always possible.

How do I register and activate my ESNcard?

Go to and activate your card by adding its number to the form. If you have had another ESNcard before, you can simply add the new ESNcard number to your user account. If you encounter any challenges, please contact us directly:

General enquiries

How long is my ESNcard valid for?
   The card is valid for 12 months from the date of acquisition. The acquisition date is written on the ESNcard by the section that distributes it to you.

I lost my ESNcard, what can I do?
   You need to contact us (the ESN section which you are a member of), to see how you can get a new one. Once you have a new ESNcard, please fill in this form.

I brought my ESNcard during my exchange, is it valid in my home country?
   The ESNcard is valid for 12 months from the date set in the front side. As long as your ESNcard has not expired, you can use it for all ESNcard discounts in Europe.

Further information about the ESNcard can be found in the ESNcard FAQ.