Living Expenses for Students in Germany

Updated: Oct 1

The "Hub of Innovation & Research ", Germany is quite reasonable compared to other countries. This can also be one of the reasons for its popularity among students from around the world. Add to that is its diversity and impeccable cultural heritage which makes it visit thousands from various parts of the globe.

Imagine you’re planning to study and live as an international student in Germany,

but, the next moment you start thinking of how hard it will be to deal with all the responsibilities and challenges studying abroad. Sounds a bit scary, right?

This article covers all the details one needs to know.

Tuition Fees: The majority of Universities carry free- tuition education. The only university payment one needs to take care of is semester contributions tickets like sports facilities, university bus ticket, dining halls etc.

House Rent: Rent differs from region to region and type of accommodation. The average rent can be from 300-500 euros. The south of Germany is the most expensive area to live in Germany. For example, renting a one-bedroom apartment in Stuttgart costs 846.43€ on average, while a similar apartment in the North, costs 560 € on average. Thankfully for students, student dorm accommodation provided by Unis are much more reasonable than apartments.

  1. South

  2. West

  3. North

  4. East

The list shows from most expensive to cheapest regions to live in. Choosing the ideal place to live can save you a lot of money.

Food and Drinks: If you want to save on food bills, you better start learning how to cook on your own. The price for a meal may vary from 8-15 € . If you take, the courage to learn some basic cooking skills you’ll save some additional money for sure.

Transportation Cost: As a student one will need to travel around, so making a prominent selection will not only save time but money also. As mentioned above, the semester contribution will cover the bus ticket. A monthly ticket costs 70-150 € on average.

Utilities and Bills Cost: Besides housing rent, you will need to cover monthly bills for heating, electricity, water, and garbage. The total monthly cost is 100-120 € and in some cases, these bills are included in your rent. When searching for accommodation, you have to look out for cold rent and warm rent. Warm includes all these extra expenses.

Health Insurance: There are two main types of health insurance plans in Germany: Private Health Insurance and Public Health Insurance. Depending on what you need to be covered and how much you’re willing to pay. Usually, student health insurance is subsidized and public health insurance costs between 80-100 €.

Other Expenses: Other than basic needs, one can always have some other personal expenses like you might want to buy yourself some pair of jeans, shoes etc. The average cost might range from 100 - 150 €.

Big cities like Munich or Frankfurt are much more expensive than cities like Leipzig. Don't worry, in Germany, you have a bunch of options and there will be one that will match what you can afford.

Tips to reduce cost:

  • Try using a bicycle as a mode of transport.

  • Have a roommate to share your rent and other utility bills.

  • Shop in flea markets to reduce your expenditure.

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