How much does it cost to live in Germany?
Compared to other European countries, Germany is not overly expensive. The price of food, accommodation, clothing, cultural activities, etc. is equivalent to the EU average. In fact, the cost of living is relatively low compared to Scandinavian countries.
Be it the room in a dormitory, the pizza in a restaurant or the bottle of beer in a student club – everything costs money. Prices differ a lot not only in the big cities but all across Germany. While life and study in Munich is rather expensive, staying in Leipzig for example is much cheaper.
On Facebook we asked our fans, how much money they need every month. On our map you can see, where they live and how high their monthly expenses are:
Budget per Month (Click on the map)
“In Heidelberg I survived on 600 a month, with subsidized rent. BW also requires 600 a month to get a visa. that’s keeping a very strict budget and not allowing much travel and extra stuff”, explains Donna Nicholls.
It’s almost the same with Kaushik Narasimhan from Mannheim: “As any help forum would say, largely depends on individual lifestyles. But if one can cook a bit by themselves, with reasonable recreation and leisure activities, 550 – 600 Euros is a lot.. Eat out once a day – Add 100-125 Euros approx. Always eating out – 750 – 800 Euros a month overall.. That is estimated with a rent of 250 Euros and health insurance of 75 Euros plus all other costs. I eat out occasionally and it usually doesn’t exceed 630-640 Euros for me personally..
For Shankar Nero from Aachen life is a little cheaper: “Well, need to take note that i am sharing my room with another person.. so … the break down of the expenses would be as following: Rental 175 Euros, Insurance 80 Euros, Mobile Phone: 10 Euros, Foods: ca. 100 – 150 Euros (Its even more cheaper sometimes since i cook together with some other friends), Misc.: 50€ (inclusive occasional entertainment). Like most students in the state of Northrhine Westfalia he owns a semester ticket, which allows him to use the public transport system all across the state.
Way up North Nareendran Raja studies in Emden for his masters. “I pay 150 Euros for my rent and 75 Euros for my insurance. and 80 Euros for cooking and 20 Euros for other expenses like phone and voip and 30 Euros for leisure time. Totally my expenses are 350 per month.”
Usman Ilyas, who studies at the University of Kiel needs a bit more cash in his pocket: “Here is a little break down of monthly expenses: Rent 167 € (depending on dormitory may be up to 240 Euros), Health Insurance ca. 67 Euros, Mobile phone 15 Euros, Food 100-150 Euros enough (with sometimes eating out) in case of self cooking, Misc. (medicines, occasional entertainment, Deutsche book) 50 Euros. So overall 450 € are enough to spend an average life.”
|Rent (incl. additional charges)||170,- or 281,- Euro|
|Food||50,- or 159,- Euro|
|Clothing||10,- or 51,- Euro|
|Transport (car/public transport)||Nil or 81,- Euro|
|Health insurance||79,- or 59,- Euro|
|Telephone/internet/radio & TV licence||20,- or 35,- Euro|
|Work/study materials||10,- or 33,- Euro|
|Leisure activities||10,- or 63,- Euro|
|Total||349,- or 762,- Euro|
So, students can also live spending 350 Euro to 500 Euro as well.
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How much does it cost on average?
1 loaf of bread € 1.50 – € 3.00
1 kg of apples € 2.00
1 kg of potatoes € 1.00
1 liter of milk € 0.50 – € 1.00
1 bottle of mineral water (0.75 liter) € 0.30
1 cup of coffee at a café € 2.50
1 glass of beer at a pub (0.3 liter) € 2.00 – € 3.00
1 pair of shoes € 30 to € 100
1 t-shirt € 7 to € 50
1 pair of trousers € 30 to € 100
1 cinema ticket (concessions price) € 4 to € 8
1 theater ticket (concessions price) € 6 to € 30
1 ticket to the museum (concessions price) € 2 to € 8
It is difficult to say exactly how much money a student in Germany needs per month. The cost of living varies from city to city. Generally students can live on less money in smaller cities than in large cities. And, of course, the amount of money you will need greatly depends on how economically you live.
Paying the rent
Renting a flat comprises the largest portion of one’s monthly expenditures. However, the rental prices in Germany vary greatly. Depending on the city in which you live, you will likely pay between 185 and 345 euro per month for accommodation. The rental prices in some large cities like Hamburg, Munich, Cologne or Frankfurt am Main are much higher in comparison. If you are looking to live cheaply, it might be a good idea to take a room in a student hall of residence or a shared flat
Average monthly expenses for rent and utilities
Room in a student hall of residence: € 200
Room in a shared flat: € 245
Flat by yourself: € 315
Source: Deutsches Studentenwerk, 18th Social Survey
Students are eligible for numerous price concessions. With your student ID, you can receive concessions on tickets and entrance fees to theaters, opera houses, cinemas, museums, public swimming pools and other cultural venues.
The cheapest cities in Germany
Chemnitz is the city with the lowest rents. Following suit on ranks two and three are Dresden and Jena – two more East German cities. This is one of the results of the 19. social survey of the German student union.
A student in Chemnitz has to pay approximately 210 Euros for rent and running costs. Very striking: Among the Top 10 of the cheapest cities in Germany, eight of them are in East Germany – except for Oldenburg and Bamberg.
In contrast to that the biggest cities are with Berlin as the only exception – the most expensive ones. Up front is Munich, where you have to pay a whopping 138 Euros more every month for a room of approx. the same size as in Chemnitz. Almost the same amount as in the Bavarian capital is charged in Cologne, Hamburg and Frankfurt/Main.
Overview of all 54 cities evaluated:
|Rank||Destination*||Costs for rent incl. running costs||Rank||Destination||Costs for rent incl. running costs|
* Only those destinations were considered, which were based on data of at least 50 students.
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