Germany, from a student’s perspective, is a great place to study abroad. Apart from being some of the best on the continent, the universities of Germany are the least expensive ones. But, the living cost of a country can also be a huge deciding factor for someone to study in Germany. Although the residing cost depends on many things and varies over a range, we have summed it up to give you an idea.
Students usually look for student dorms to live in, which costs about 300 Euros to 400 Euros (including water, heating, and electricity bill) depending on the city you’re living. Dorms are usually available, but if you don’t get one, you can live in rented apartments, which also depends on the area. Apartments (of size 50-70 m2) for two people in the major cities but not in the downtown area costs about 850 Euros to 1100 Euros, whereas in smaller towns it’s even less expensive. You’ll also have to pay a maintenance charge in rented apartments, including garbage pickup, cleaning, water, and heating cost—maintenance costs around 100 Euros in small cities 200 Euros to 250 Euros in larger cities. Also, in rented apartments, you’ll have to pay a mandatory radio cost of 17 Euros and 50 cents, which you won’t have to pay in a dorm. So it’s recommended for a student to get a private dorm if he/she fails to get a dorm in his/her university.
For traveling, you usually get a semester ticket from your university, using which you can take unlimited rides in metros, buses, and public transport system within that city. It doesn’t allow you to travel via high-speed trains like the ICE. In some universities, the semester ticket cost is included in the fees you pay for your semester contribution. In some units, it’s not so that you can go to the local rail station of that city and by showing a card you can buy the ticket from there which costs about 200 Euros for six months.
In dorms, you will have to pay 10 Euros for the internet. In private apartments, internet cost depends on the plan you’re going to use, but you can get some decent internet packs for 10 to 15 Euros. The phone connections also cost 10 to 15 Euros per month.
Food and other expenses
The food expenses are subjective as it depends on the type and amount of food you eat. The groceries cost about 100 to 150 Euros per month in general. Meals at restaurants like Mcdonald’s, Burger King, Subway can cost about 10 to 15 Euros per day. The movie tickets cost like 10 to 15 Euros depending on the city.
A student taking a dorm will have to pay 550 to 700 Euros on average to sum it up. However, the cost will always depend on the kind of lifestyle that you live.