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Humboldt-Universität zu Berlin - Wirtschaftswissenschaftliche Fakultät


Outside of your classes there are quite a few facilities at the Humboldt-Universität zu Berlin designed to help you with your coursework. The following sections will introduce you to some of the most useful facilities.


CMS Account



Computer pools




CMS Account

To use any of the computer-based systems at the HU, you will need to activate your HU account at the “Computer- und Medienservice”. This is the HU’s internal department dealing with everything related to computers and multimedia. Your personal HU account provides access to your university e-mail, Agnes, Moodle and the WiFi inside the buildings of HU, so there is absolutely no way around it.

To set up the account, please follow these steps:

  1. After enrollment, you will receive your student ID ("green letter") via post. Therefore it is important to give your address in Berlin during the enrollment process. Please make sure, that your name is on your postbox or state an c/o!! The "green letter" contains a PIN (personal identification number), which you'll need to apply (see field Wichtige Hinweise zur Rückmeldung in the documentation sent to you by post after you have been enrolled).
  2. To create a student account use this link: https://www.cms.hu-berlin.de/de/dl/beratung/antrag/and follow the instructions.
  3. After receiving your CMS account, you will have to change the password ONCE within six weeks. After that, your account is valid for one year. Here is the link to change the password: www.cms.hu-berlin.de/dl/beratung/passwd.
  4. If you have not changed your password within 6 weeks, use this link to reset it.

The university e-mail is very important, so make sure to check it every once in a while or set up an automatic forward of all the mails to your private e-mail account.

One of the many PC pools is located in the basement of our School and you can use your HU account to access the computers. Visit the website of the CMS to find out more about the PC pools at HU or how to set up the WiFi connection.



Moodle is an online platform where information for individual courses is provided, for example the syllabus, slides, practice exams, or other relevant study material that accompanies a lesson. Often, course supervisors or teaching assistants use
Moodle as a way of communication: announcements are usually communicated through Moodle.

Moodle also offers a discussion forum, where course participants can exchange information regarding matters related to the class. Generally, when you take a certain course you will join the accompanying group in Moodle. To access Moodle
just use your HU account. If you like to sign up for a course in Moodle you will usually need a password, which will be announced in the first session of the semester. Note that your registration for a course in Moodle is just to give you access to the learning material. It is not a binding enrollment for the module and you still have to register for the exams separately.




Agnes is the more official counterpart of Moodle. This is where the courses will be published and where you need to register for exams. The course catalogues are published on February 1 for upcoming the summer term and on July 1 for the
winter term. You can use Agnes to look at courses without an HU account, but for all further features you will need to log in.

First, notice that you can switch the language to English at the upper left of the page. To find the courses offered at our faculty, just go to “Course Catalog” on the left of the page and then look for “Wirtschaftswissenschaftliche Fakultät”. Make sure that you are checking the right semester (look towards the top of the page to choose the term).

One nice feature of Agnes is that you can use it to easily set up your schedule for the semester and get an overview of which courses take place when and where. Once you select an individual course in Agnes, it gives you an overview of the course-related information. Under the course title there is a “deadline to mark” button (don’t worry: nobody knows what this is supposed to mean), which allows you to include this course in your time table. The trick, however, is that you first have to highlight the box “make a note of this” (which can be found under the “Date/Time/Location” header) before “marking the deadline”, otherwise the course will not show up in the timetable. The timetable can be found under “schedules”. Don’t forget to save your timetable when you are done, or you will have to do it all over again the next time you log in. By putting in a course in your timetable, you are not registering for anything, so feel free to use this to save all the courses that you think could be interesting for you.

You can also use AGNES to register for exams or to see your grades (go to "Grade Overview"). It is also possible to change your address here in case you move.




The computer is an integral part of studying at Humboldt, and students can use the numerous PC rooms in the various departments of Humboldt-Universität zu Berlin. The central PC Pool is located on the Campus Mitte, in the university library (see below). The PC pools of the School of Business and Economics are located in the basement, in rooms 24-26 (Spandauer Str. 1).

At those computers students may

  • surf on the Web,
  • use any software installed, e.g. MS Office, Photoshop, SPSS,
  • use the large databases that the HU got access to,
  • use all the peripheral devices, e.g. CD/DVD burners, scanners,
  • store up to 10 MB of own files in the personal file manager.

In order to be able to use all the electronic services offered at Humboldt, you need a Humboldt Computer Account. For instructions, see above!!



If you have your own laptop, it would be well worth bringing it. Humboldt-Universität participates in the eduroam program. With this settings you'll be able to use the WiFi in 37 locations in Berlin and you get acced to some licensed services (e.g. jstor). There are two ways to use it.

  • Here you find a configuration guide (only in German). Do not hesitate the ask other students to help you with the configuration!!
  • Another way is to connect to "HU VPN". Start your browser and open the page http://ssl.cms.hu-berlin.de/. Please note, that you need your student account. You can start a WiFi-session at the bottom of the page. You must allow the installation of Network Connect, but won't need further configuration.

For more information, see www.cms.hu-berlin.de

If you want to use your own computer or laptop in the Humboldt-Universität Berlin make sure you have a current and updated antivirus program and preferably a vpn software running on your pc. Here you can find a list of antivirus programs and a vpn software free for trial.



Library - Grimm Zentrum

HU’s central library is the “Grimm-Zentrum”. Home to over 2.5 million books, it is considered one of the biggest university libraries in Germany. Housed in a modern building, the library is named after the famous German brothers. Of all of HU’s libraries, this library has the most extensive opening hours (from 8 am till midnight on weekdays and from 10 am to 6 pm during the weekend).

The Economics library is integrated into the “Grimm-Zentrum”, which means that if you would like to use or borrow course related textbooks, or most other textbooks for that matter, the “Grimm-Zentrum” is the place to go. It is located relatively close to our School’s building and thus you will find most students of our School studying there.

Besides the “Grimm-Zentrum”, the HU has 11 other libraries, which are open to you as well. Of these libraries, the “Campus Nord” library is probably the most interesting, since it is also fairly centrally located (next to the “Mensa-Nord”), has some Economics books and the longest opening hours on weekends. The Theological Department across the street has its own library, which you may use
to study as well.

The other option are our school’s study rooms (rooms 222 and 219). As a special service, the faculty building stays open on Saturdays in the last few weeks before exams. The dates are announced by the StuRa, our students union.

Grimm Zentrum
Geschwister-Scholl-Straße 1
10099 Berlin

Online Catalogue: http://opac.hu-berlin.de
Webpage: http://www.ub.hu-berlin.de

Opening Hours:
Mon-Fr 8:00-24:00
Sat-Sun 10:00-18:00

For more information on the location and opening hours of all HU’s libraries visit www.ub.hu-berlin.de.



The “Mensa” is the student cafeteria run by the “Studentenwerk Berlin”. Most Mensas are open between 10 am and 6 pm, but you should know that lunch (“Mittagstisch”) is only served between 11 am and 2:30 pm. Most Mensas serve at least three different varieties of warm meals and (especially the larger ones) often provide a rich variety of fruits, vegetables, drinks and desserts. Cafeterias offer a narrower variety of foods and are more focused on smaller meals and snacks, such as sandwiches, brownies, and yoghurts.

The largest HU-Mensas are the “Mensa-Nord” and “Mensa-Süd”. The advantage of the “Mensa-Süd” is that it is located right on “Campus Mitte”, in the main building. The “Mensa-Nord” on the other hand is slightly less centrally located, but offers the largest variety of meals and drinks and is therefore very much appreciated among students.

There is also a little cafeteria inside our school, which is relatively small and thus offers a smaller variety of foods but excels in its service quality. As an added bonus, you can also find the student-run “StuRa-Café” in the back of our school where you can get cheap coffee and a few cold beverages. The “StuRa-Café” is run by the students union and relies on the students participation.

The Mensa is the student cafeteria run by the Studentenwerk. Most Mensen are open between 10 am and 6 pm, but you should know that lunch (Mittagstisch) is only served between 11 am and 2:30 pm. Most Mensen serve at least three different varieties of warm meals and (especially the larger ones) often provide a rich variety of fruits, vegetables, drinks and desserts. Cafeterias offer a narrower variety of foods and are more focused on smaller meals and snacks, such as sandwiches, brownies, and yoghurts.

Payments at the Mensa are made through the so-called "MensaCard". It is used for many purposes; not only can it be used to pay in the “Mensen”, cafeterias and coffeebars of Studentenwerk, the card is also used for printing, scanning and copying in the libraries. You can get a "MensaCard" at the check-outs (Kassen) of the “Mensen” and cafeterias. Please make sure that you bring your student ID with you. Charging your “MensaCard” can be done at charging machines (for example in the Grimm Zentrum or larger “Mensen”).

Finally, some libraries provide lockers for students that can be used with a “MensaCard”. If you would like to use your MensaCard for a locker, you have to activate it first at one of the digital screens positioned relatively close to the electronic lockers.

Here are some of the many cafererias and dining halls:

Mensa Süd
Unter den Linden 6
10099 Berlin
Opening hours
Mo - Do: 8.00 - 18.30
Fr: 8.00 - 15.00

Cafeteria HU Jacob und Wilhelm Grimm-Zentrum in the university library
Geschwister-Scholl-Straße 1
10117 Berlin
Opening hours
Mo - Do: 9.00 – 20.00
Fr: 11.00 – 17.00

Cafeteria School of Business and Economics
Spandauer Straße 1
10178 Berlin
Opening hours
Mo - Fr: 8.30 – 15.00