Cost of Living in Germany
Team Careers360, 14 Aug 2018

Cost of Living in Germany - Germany is one of the most popular countries in the world for Indian and other international students. This may be due to the cost effective nature of education in the top German student cities. Not only is the quality of education in Germany brilliant, but so is the quality of student life. In most cases, the cost of living in Germany is also very accommodating for students which constitutes some of the reasons why Germany is a popular student destination.

 

The average living costs vary from city to city due to a variety of factors. The monthly expenditure for a single person is the highest in cities like Munich and Hamburg whereas the cost of living in Germany for cities like Stuttgart and Leipzig are considerably lower. Despite this, the cost for basic groceries and amenities are nearly the same in all German cities and are highly affordable. These costs can futher be reduced for students living in a shared flat or a student hall of residence for the duration of their study in Germany.

 

Top Universities for Education in Germany

Education in Germany is not only cheap but is also commendable in quality. Some of the world’s highest ranked universities are in the top German student cities and education in the domains of Engineering and Technology as well as Arts and Humanities in Germany is undeniable praiseworthy.

Some of Germany’s top universities on the basis of subject rankings for students seeking to study in Germany are given below.

 

Top Universities for Education in Germany

Domain

University

QS World Ranking

QS Subject Ranking

City

Arts and Humanities

Humboldt University of Berlin

121

24

Berlin

Free University of Berlin

130

26

Berlin

Ludwig Maximilian University of Munich

62

46

Munich

Engineering and Technology

Technical University of Munich

61

25

Munich

RWTH Aachen University

144

31

Aachen

Technical University of Berlin

147

39

Berlin

Life Sciences and Medicine

Heidelberg University

64

40

Heidelberg

Ludwig Maximilian University of Munich

62

43

Munich

Technical University of Munich

61

85

Munich

Natural Sciences

Technical University of Munich

61

20

Munich

Ludwig Maximilian University of Munich

62

33

Munich

RWTH Aachen University

144

36

Aachen

Social Sciences and Management

Humboldt University of Berlin

121

71

Berlin

University of Mannheim

338

75

Mannheim

Free University of Berlin

130

85

Berlin

Top German Student Cities for Education in Germany

Some of the top German student cities are hubs where not only education is of high quality, but the student life is highly accommodating for both Indian and other international students who want to study in Germany. The cost of living in Germany for the best of these students hubs vary from city to city with the average expenses for a single person as shown as well as the notable universities for students who want to study in Germany.

 

Top Cities for Education in Germany

City

Notable Universities

Ave. Living Expenses

(excluding rent/accommodation)

Berlin

Humboldt University of Berlin, Free University of Berlin, Technical University of Berlin

765

Munich

Technical University of Munich, Ludwig Maximilian University of Munich,

807

Dresden

Technische Universitat Dresden

756

Aachen

RWTH Aachen University

738

Bonn

University of Bonn

790

Hamburg

University of Hamburg

812

Stuttgart

University of Stuttgart

735

Frankfurt

Goethe University Frankfurt

794

Cologne

University of Cologne

751

Leipzig

University of Leipzig

734

Cost of Living in Germany for Students

 

Specific cost of living in Germany for students differ in different cities in different categories. For example, considering the cost of cars in different cities, Bonn has the cheapest rates, but on the other hand, Aachen has the cheapest rates in the domain of entertainment. The various living expenses for students who want to study in Germany can be divided into the following categories:

 

1. Rent and Residential costs

Housing costs in Germany can range from around €200 to €900 per month depending on the type of accommodation as well as the locality of the accommodation found. The average monthly rent for a fully furnished studio in a normal locality is approximately €600 but this can also vary depending upon the city of accommodation i.e. the accommodation for a single student in Munich would be much higher than that in Frankfurt.

Students also have the option of seeking accommodation in student halls which offer living accommodations at considerably lower prices compared to single studio apartments. The range of single student accommodation in a student hall ranges from €150 to a maximum of €400 which is much more feasible for students.

The added benefit of living in a student hall is that students don't have to pay separate costs for basic amenities such as electricity, internet etc. On the other hand, a student living in an apartment would have to pay an additional cost of approximately €150 for basic amenities which is why most students opt for accommodation in student halls over individual accommodation.

 

2. Food and Drink

Where the cost of eating out at restaurants varies for different German cities, the average cost for groceries generally falls under 100 per month. Therefore, cooking at home is often the better option for students who want to study in Germany due to its cost efficiency.

The average cost for eating at a normal and inexpensive restaurant is in the range of €8 – 14 whereas that of eating a three course meal at a mid range restaurant varies staggeringly with a range of €30 – 60 for two.

Some average costs for cost of living in Germany for essential groceries varying in accordance to the city of study in Germany are given below:

 

Living Expenses in Germany for Food and Drink

Type of Expense

City

Berlin

Munich

Bonn

Dresden

Aachen

Meal (inexpensive restaurant)

€7 – 10

€10 – 15

€7 – 12

€6 – 10

€7 – 10

Meal (mid range restaurant)

€32 – 50

€40 – 60

€40 – 60

€30 – 50

€30 – 50

Meal at McDonald’s

€6.50 – 8

€7 – 8

€7 – 8

€6 – 8

€6 – 8

Domestic Beer (0.5 l)

€3 – 4

€3.50 – 4

€3 – 4

€3 – 3.50

€2..30 – 3.50

Imported Beer (0.33 l)

€2 – 4

€3 – 4.50

€3 – 3.80

€3

€2 – 4

Cappuccino

€2 – 3

€2 – 3.50

€2.30 – 3

€2.50 – 3

€2 – 3

Soft drinks (0.33 l)

€1 – 2.80

€2 – 3

€1 – 2.60

€1.50 – 2.80

€1.60 – 2.50

Water (0.33 l)

€1 – 2.50

€1 – 3

€1 --3

€1.50 – 2

€1 – 2.20

3. Clothing

Clothing is a primary cost of living in Germany which differs considerably with the expense in India. For students seeking to study in Germany, clothing expenses are by far the highest of all living expenses in Germany apart from accommodation rental expenses.

The average cost of living in Germany for clothing in different cities is nearly similar and is given below for some of the top German student cities where the costs are found to be the least in the city of Bonn. These are all prices for chain store products. 

 

Living Expenses in Germany for Clothing

Type of Expense

City

Berlin

Munich

Bonn

Dresden

Aachen

Jeans

€50 – 100

€45 – 99

€60 – 98

€50 – 120

€60 – 100

Summer Dress

€20 – 40

€20 – 50

€30 – 50

€20 – 50

€20 – 70

Running Shoes

€60 – 120

€55 – 110

€50 – 90

€90 – 120

€60 – 130

4. Car and public transport

Public transportation available for students seeking to study in Germany is easily available and very convenient. It is also very efficient and for many students, free public transportation is made available through the regular semester contribution fee, further reducing the cost of living in Germany for Indian students.

 

Living Expenses in Germany for Public Transportation

Type of Expense

City

Berlin

Munich

Bonn

Dresden

Aachen

One-way ticket (public transport)

€2.60 – 2.80

€2.70 – 2.90

€2 – 2.80

€2.20 – 2.30

€2.50 – 2.80

Monthly pass (public transport)

€80 – 81

€55.20 – 79.10

€69.20 – 95

€55 – 60.50

€50 – 70

Taxi (1km)

€1.50 – 2

€1.60 – 2.50

€0.80 – 2

€1.24 – 2

€1.80 – 1.90

Gasoline (1 l)

€1.29 – 1.50

€1.30 – 1.42

€1.20 – 1.49

€1.35 – 1.45

€1.25 – 1.40

Additionally, for students who are not fond of public transportation, or those who want the convenience of their own mode of transportation to fall back upon, a car in Germany is comparatively cheaper to buy and maintain than the price one would have to pay in India. The two most popular student cars and their variable prices for the top German student cities are given below.

 

Price of a Basic Car in Germany

Type of Car

City

Berlin

Munich

Bonn

Dresden

Aachen

Volkswagen Golf 1.4 90 KW Trendline

€18,000 – 28,000

€18,000 – 27,000

€15,000 – 18,000

€19,000 – 25,000

€18,089 – 20,000

Toyota Corolla 1.6l 97kW Comfort

€15,800 – 23,000

€15,000 – 25,000

€14,000 – 21,000

€15,000 – 25,000

€16,750 – 25,000

5. Health insurance

For students seeking to study in Germany, health insurance coverage from a different country will not hold valid, therefore health insurance will also play a part in the cost of living in Germany. The average cost for a public health insurance policy is around €80 per month on the condition that the student is under 30 years of age and has not studied more than a cumulative of 14 semesters.

For students or individuals who don’t satisfy the above criteria, the cost for a public health insurance policy increases drastically, reaching an average of around €160 per month. 

 

6. Entertainment

For students who want to study in Germany, it can be established that the ratio of their monthly expenditure (apart from rent) will definitely be the highest in the entertainment department. Most cinemas, museums, theaters etc. offer discounts to students upon presentation of student ID cards. The average prices in some of the top German student cities for the cinema and a gym membership are given below.

 

Living Expenses in Germany for Entertainment

Type of Expense

City

Berlin

Munich

Bonn

Dresden

Aachen

Public Cinema

€9 – 14

€9.10 – 12

€8 – 11

€8 – 12

€8 – 10

Fitness Club Membership

€19.90 – 49

€19.99 – 69

€20 – 45

€20 – 40

€20 – 50

Semester Contribution for Students to Study in Germany

It is a well known fact that the tuition for German students in all public universities is null and even the tuition to study in Germany for international students is quite low for public universities and even most private universities. Apart from this, students are required to pay an nominal price as a ‘semester contribution’ fee which is generally around €250 but may vary for different universities. This semester contribution provides students with a monthly pass for free public transportation, further reducing cost of living in Germany for students.

 

Discounts for Students During Education in Germany

Students in Germany receive many price concessions at theaters, museums, cinemas and other public entertainment and cultural venues by presenting their student ID at the ticket counter. Not only this, students often also receive additional offers and discounts at various restaurants and stores. This is another major reason why the cost of living in Germany for students are often lower than in other countries.

 

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