Every student at Freie Universitaet Berlin is required to pay for the Semesterticket. The student ID card bears a forge-proof hologram (Semesterticket ) and is valid for one semester (six months) as a ticket for the public transport system within the zones A, B, C of Berlin-Brandenburg. It is only valid in connection with a passport or an identification card with a photo.
The price for the Semesterticket is renegotiated every year with the public transport company and is currently about 175 EUR. Still, the price is far less expensive than six monthly tickets for zones A, B, and C.
Every student at Freie Universitaet is also required to pay social fees (Sozialgebühren) currently about 50 EUR. These are neither study nor registration fees. Rather, they go toward the Studentenwerk, and to the AStA (Allgemeiner Studentenausschuss). The Studentenwerk deals with more basic needs, especially food and lodging. It manages the residence halls (Wohnheime) as well as the canteens (Mensen) at the university. The AStA deals with all aspects of student life.
The form (Einzahlungsformular) to pay for these fees can be obtained at the Akademisches Auslandsamt or at the ERASMUS Office. You will receive further information where to pay the fees there when you pick up this form.