How much will you spend if you study in Germany?
We can categorize the cost into 2: Studying Expenses and Living Expenses.
Previously, the higher education in Germany was free of charge. You just needed to pay a little amount for Student Union, Administration stuffs, etc. It was around € 50 a semester. But nowadays, the German government has already started to charge the university fee. The fee and the admission system are different from each state (Germany is a federal country and education is a state matter). But there is still a state, which doesn’t charge a fee for its higher education: Berlin. But this will change in short time.
Roughly, you must prepare for around € 500 – 1000 pro semester for your university fee.
Living expenses are very dependent on your life style, which city you stay and which university you are enrolled. For rough estimation, following expenses must be taken into consideration:
- Insurance (compulsory): € 55 monthly
- Living Place: € 200 – 300 monthly
- Transportation: € 50 monthly or € 150 for semester ticket
- Meal: € 150 monthly
- Phone, internet and other communication: € 50 monthly
- Entertainment: € 50 monthly
So basically, you must consider to spend around € 500 -600 every month.
For living place, there are many options. The first and more good one is if you can stay in university dormitory (Studentenwohnheim), because normally the fee is also subsidized by the government. But the places are limited. Other option is staying in apartment, which costs you more. Another option is living in apartment-sharing community (Wohngemeinschaft), where you share a big apartment together with some people and of course the expenses are also shared.
For Transportation expenses, some universities offer semester ticket, which normally paid every semester and is included in semester admission fee. With this semester ticket, your transportation cost is much less. If you stay in a small city, riding a bicycle can be an option.
Meal: The university normally has canteen (Mensa). The meal offered in Mensa is favourable price, compared having lunch in a restaurant or Imbiss (kind of snack bar). Another option is: cooking by your self.
Phone & internet: Fix phone and cellular phone are optional for your communication means. But I think, at least you must have one of them in order to communicate with other. There are many providers in Germany for this telecommunication matter. You must compare the price very carefully. And don’t forget to see the contract agreement, because normally it lasts for at least 2 years. And for student, there is also a promotional price. For internet, in some student dormitory this is already included. And in university area the internet connection is also widely available. If you take an internet connection for your own apartment, normally they offer it together in bundle with the phone connection.
Entertainment: This stuff is really based on your life style. Cinema, shopping, club etc mostly offer special price for students. Please open your eyes widely for such possibilities.