Welcome to the OU!

OU for winter term 2019/2020

Start: October 4th 2019,  9  a.m.
Informatikum, Vogt-Kölln-Straße 30, 22527 Hamburg
What to bring: weatherproof clothing, STiNE-username, TAN list, cup

The OU takes place in the days before the first lectures start. It’s organized by students from higher semesters to make your start into uni life as easy and carefree as possible but at the same time it’s your first official “course” at uni. It takes place from Friday the 4th of October until Friday the 11th of October with an exception for M.Sc. Intelligent Adaptive Systems. Please check out our FAQ for further detail.

During the OU you’ll get the chance to meet the other students and learn lots of things about the Uni Hamburg that you’ll need in your studies and day-to-day life. So don’t worry to much beforehand, we’ll show you all of the important stuff! To do that, we’ve planned a variety of activities. In addition to an introduction to all of the important things you’ll have to do and know for your studies, we’ve planned a scavenger hunt across the main campus and a city tour for you to get to know your new home. We’ll also show you around the “Informatikum”, the CS campus. Furthermore you’ll also get to know STiNE, the campus management system, which you’ll need to enroll in courses and we’ll help you in finding the right courses for you. There will even be two test lectures to give you a first impression of what studying will be like.

In the evenings you’ll get a chance to get to know your peers during board game nights or barbecues that will take place at the Informatikum. Even if you already have friends in Hamburg, getting to know the other students is worthwhile since working together in groups will be essential in your studies!

If you’re working or planning on working parallel to studying, try to keep the time of the OU as free as possible, especially the first Friday, as we’ll be going over some essential stuff on that day. We know it may be hard to manage this, but we promise it’ll be worth it.

On the 4th of October the day starts at around 9 a.m., with the actual OU starting at 10 a.m. with a welcome address by the head of the CS department. Because we’re expecting a large number of freshmen, you should preferably come at a random time between 9 and 10 a.m. This way we hope to keep waiting times and rush as low as possible. But don’t worry, we’ll keep you entertained until 10 a.m.

Because the welcoming address and the wait before will be outside, you should wear appropriate, weatherproof clothing. Lunch is available at the local cafeteria at reasonable prices.  Snacks and drinks can be bought in our OU-Café. There will be no throwaway paper or plastic cups. You can get a cup for a small deposit of one Euro or you may bring your own.


You probably have lots of questions. Please try the FAQs first before writing an email.

What is different for M.Sc. Intelligent Adaptive Systems (IAS)?

The OU for M.Sc. Intelligent Adaptive Systems has a special schedule and begins on Monday the 7th of October 2019,  10  a.m. It takes place at the Informatikum, Vogt-Kölln-Straße 30, 22527 Hamburg in room G-021.

Do I have to register for the OU?

No, just come to the Informatikum at the start of the OU week.

Do I have to attend the whole week?

Absolutely! The OU offers the best start into your studies.

Since we also have an extensive program in the evenings that will include lots of socializing, we would advise you to keep them free as well.

What to do if I am late/don't know where to go?

Go to the Info Point, the people there will help you.

You can also contact the Info Point by email to oe-infozentrale@informatik.uni-hamburg.de or by phone (see below).

In what language will the OU be held?

Landline: +49 40 42883-3333, Mobile: +49 175 5582723The OU will be in the language of your course, meaning in most cases that will be German.

What is a TAN list?

The TAN list includes codes that are needed to enroll or withdraw from courses. You should have received it per mail after having transferred your tuition fees. But don't worry: You can still participate in the OU if you haven't received it yet.

I am currently in the succession procedure, can I still come?

Yes, of course!

Do I have to register for courses in STiNE before the OU?

No. Please wait with module registration until the OU week, where we will show you how to do it.

Isn't the deadline for course registration before the OU?

No, for freshmen there is a different registration deadline during the OU week.

Is there any fee I'll have to pay to take part in the OU?

No, participation in the OU is absolutely free. If you want food or drinks from the cafeteria or the OU-Café however you will need to bring money for that.

Will there already be lectures during the OU?

No, there are no other courses during the OU week.

Can I bring friends/non-students along with me?

No. The OU is for freshmen only.

Where can I register for the orientation weekend (EWE)?

You can register via the form on this website or during the OU week at the Info Point.

For which courses is the OU?

The Informatics OU is for the following courses: B.Sc. Informatik, B.Sc. Computing in Science, B.Sc. Mensch-Computer-Interaktion, B.Sc. Software-System-Entwicklung, M.Sc. Informatik, and M.Sc. Intelligent Adaptive Systems.

Is your question not listed?

You are welcome to contact us by email to oe-infozentrale@informatik.uni-hamburg.de or by phone (see below).

How to get there

You can reach the CS campus (“Informatikum”) by public transport in the following way: Take the U2 to Hagenbecks Tierpark, use the far exit, take bus lines 181 or 281 to Informatikum (the third stop for the 181 and second for the 281), and then turn the corner to your right into the Vogt-Kölln-Straße. After 50m you’ve reached the entrance of the Informatikum. Of course there’s more than one way to reach your destination with the HVV, but your stop should always be “Informatikum”.



We are students from higher semesters that all got to enjoy a great OU ourselves. Now it’s time to pass the torch and give you the chance to get a head start into life as a student at Uni Hamburg. We’ll show you around the campus, what uni-life will be like and all kinds of tips and tricks to make your life easier.


During the OU there will be an extensive evening program. We’re going to organize board game and karaoke nights, a poker tournament, barbecues and a tour of the “Kiez”.
There should be something for everyone, giving you the chance to get to know each other even better!


Of course we won’t only show you the Informatikum in Stellingen. We’re also going to do a scavenger hunt at the main campus and a tour of the city of Hamburg.

Also, you’ll have test lectures at the main campus and together we’re going to find the best cafeterias and places.