Cost of Living

Cost of Living in Germany – Fees, Food, Rent & Other Expenses

One of the major aspects of studying abroad is arranging finances for tuition fees and other costs associated with it. Most of the German universities are public and private universities that offer global programs.

Cost of Education in Germany

The university tuition fees are almost zero if you prefer to study at a public university. But when it comes to private universities the scenario is entirely different. In public universities, instead of tuition fees, you need to pay semester contributions. It is a fixed amount of money you should pay to the university to cover the services like administrative assistance, sports facilities, dining hall, bus facilities for transportation, etc.

University type Tuition fee (.approx) Tuition fee in INR
Public University € 250- 300 INR 20,000 – 25,000
Private University € 20,000 – 35,000 INR 17,00,000 – 30,10,000

Education in Germany is far less expensive than in other industrialized countries. The majority of public colleges offer education at no cost. The cost for private institutions is also quite low, and the majority of the fees can be paid by financial aid packages offered by numerous universities and other organizations.

You will need roughly 861 Euros per month (approximately $1,002 US dollars) or 10,332 Euros per year (approximately $12,024 US dollars) to pay your living expenses in Germany. Let’s check out the other expenses for the student in Germany.

Here is the Fee Structure at some of the German Universities

University Fees
Ludwig Maximilian University of Munich No tuition fees
Technical University of Munich No tuition fees
University of Mannheim No tuition fees
University of Bremen No tuition fees
University of Cologne No tuition fees
University of Hamburg No tuition fees
University of Bonn No tuition fees
RWTH Aachen University No tuition fees
Technical University of Kaiserslautern No tuition fees
Humboldt University of Berlin No tuition fees
Heidelberg University 9,295-28,412ar
University of Stuttgart 1500 EUR/semester
CBS International Business School 22,000-43,000 EUR/course

[Read More: List of Affordable Universities in Germany ]

Accommodation Cost in Germany for International Students

The primary expenses factor after the tuition fees is the rent. And also it is a major concern for most of the international students who received admission from Germany University. As the cost of accommodations varies from each place in Germany, how much you can save depends on the place you chose to live in/the place you got admission to.

Even though Berlin is the capital of Germany, it is one of the cheapest and most affordable places to live in Germany. Check out how much the rent would be in different places in Germany.

  • Munich - 1,094.30€ which is 92,329.37 INR
  • Berlin - 795.90€ which is 67152.47 INR
  • Hamburg – 838.94€ which is 70783.88 INR
  • Frankfurt - 868.91€ which is 73312.54 INR

Transport cost in Germany for International Students

One of the best advantages of studying in Germany is, the students can use the bus facilities for conveyance to reduce the transport expenses. As mentioned above, the semester contribution includes, the bus fare, so foreign students need not worry to move around. But to visit other places, you may need to use other ways of transport like trams, taxis, trains, etc. Bicycle is the best mode of transport, especially to crowded places.

Health Insurance costs in Germany for International Students

One thing you should be aware of is that health insurance is mandatory by law in Germany, regardless of your resident status or income. You will be required to obtain health insurance as soon as you enter the country. It costs around € 103.94 - € 111.75 per month to take the health insurance for international students in Germany.

Cost of Utilities and Bills in Germany

Other than rent and transport, you will have to pay monthly costs for heaters, electricity, water, and others. Despite a modest decrease in 2018, the cost of electricity in Germany remains high. A kilowatt-hour (CT/kWh) now costs 29.42 cents in Germany. Given this plus the normal expenses of additional facilities for an 85 m2 flat, the total monthly cost is 215.21 Euros.

If you live with roommates, these expenses will, of course, be split. In certain cases, these bills are included in your rent, so you don't have to pay them separately. This way you can reduce the expenses.

[Read More: Study In Germany : Tips for Selecting the Right University ]

Top FAQs Asked by Students Travelling to Germany

Munich is typically the most expensive place in Germany followed by Frankfurt, Stuttgart, and Heidelberg. The biggest expense in Germany is the house rent. If compared with the North, the south of Germany is the most expensive region to live in.

As mentioned above, Berlin is the cheapest place to live in Germany. From rent to utilities the expenses vary in a great range in Berlin than other places.

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