39 STUDIUM STUDIES Students are not alone at the Technische Universität Ilmenau. From the application phase on they have online guidance, and up to the end of their studies someone is always there to help. In the first two semesters students are guided by students in advanced semesters, the tutors, and from the third semester on by university faculty, the mentors. Especially for students in engineering degree programs, we have established the Basic Engineering School, giving young students essential competencies under expert guidance. The TU Ilmenau is a campus university; that means the walks are short. Everything is easily reachable by foot: the lecture halls and laboratories, and the dormitories of the Thuringian Student Association. Going from the residence to class, to the modern library, to the cafeteria, to sports or shopping, the goal is only a few minutes away. According to the cost of living calculator of the university online portal www.unicum.de, the city Ilmenau belongs to the three most reasonable university cities in Germany. Students at the TU Ilmenau do not pay study fees. As at every German higher institution of learning, there is only a semester contribution of about 93 Euros, which already includes a train pass for all Thuringian local trains. Whoever changes their main residence to Ilmenau obtains a student surplus of 80 Euros per year from the city Ilmenau. If more than 2,000 students move to Ilmenau, this will go up to 100 Euros.
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