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Cost of Living in Germany for Indian Students

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03 December 2022

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Overview

 

With world-class education and a wide range of English-taught course options, Germany is a perfect study-abroad destination for international students. The plenty of research opportunities and no tuition fees in public universities are the core reasons that international students choose to study in Germany. In Germany, people are welcoming, and there are a lot of places to explore and enjoy. It is one of the most popular European countries for academic excellence and a high standard of living. Before moving to study in Germany, the cost of living is one of the major things that students would like to consider. In this blog, let's discuss the cost of living in Germany for international students.

 

Expenses

Amount in Euros

Amount in INR

Total Living Cost

800 euros - 1200 euros per month

67,782 INR - 1,01,676 INR per month

Accommodation Expenses

150 euros - 500 euros per month

12,709.5 INR - 42,150 INR per month

Food Expenses

150 euros - 250 euros per month

12,709.5 INR - 21,182.5 INR per month

Transportation Cost

100 euros - 150 euros per month

8,473 INR  - 12,709.5 INR per month

Miscellaneous Expenses/  Personal Expenses

50 euros to - 200 euros per month

4,236.5 INR - 16,946 INR per month

Utilities (electricity and water)

150 euros - 300 euros per month

12,709.5 INR - 25,419 INR per month

Health Insurance

1000 euros*

84,730*

 

Cost of Living in Germany

 

The cost of living in Germany is quite affordable; it is around 900 euros per month. This cost includes Accommodation, traveling, food, utilities, and some miscellaneous expenses. Whereas if we talk about the range, it is somewhere between 800 euros to 1200 euros per month. However, the cost may differ from city to city and according to students' preferences. The living cost in Germany is very low compared to any other study-abroad destinations like the UK, US, and Australia. 

 

Accommodation Costs in Germany

 

There are two types of options for accommodation facilities in Germany for international students; one is university accommodation, and another is private Accommodation. 

 

University Accommodation

 

Various universities in Germany offer on-campus accommodation for international students. The cost of university accommodation is comparatively low than private Accommodation; it is somewhere between 150 euros to 200 euros. Generally, in this accommodation type, students have to live in a shared room. Moreover, there are some advantages of this type of Accommodation as well. Choosing university accommodation reduces traveling costs up to a great extent as students can easily cover the university distance by walking.  

 

Private Accommodation

 

Private Accommodation costs a little higher than university accommodation; it is around 200 euros to 500 euros. Choosing private Accommodation has some advantages; students will be able to enjoy life outside the university campus freely, and they'll also learn to manage their own things and become responsible. International students are advised to find Accommodation near their university as it reduces the traveling cost.

 

Food Cost in Germany

 

While studying in Germany, students can enjoy a wide variety of cuisines. The average amount spent on food in Germany is around 150 euros - 250 euros per month. Students must avoid eating food outside (at local restaurants and café) daily as it may affect their health and increase the cost of living. You can purchase groceries and fresh veggies from supermarkets and cook them yourself.

 

Transportation Costs in Germany

 

The transportation cost in Germany is about 100 euros - 150 euros per month. Students can minimize their traveling costs by choosing university accommodation or renting a place near the university. In Germany, you will also find student concessions on public transport.

 

Miscellaneous Expenses/ Personal Expenses

 

Since student chooses to study abroad, they also wish to explore the local market and try out exciting activities. As a tourist attraction, there are plenty of things to explore in Germany. It would be best if you experience the social lifestyle lived by the natives. You can visit clubs, museums, and amusement parks and try out local cuisines. You can also go for shopping or watch a movie in the theatre. All this will cost you around 150 euros to 250 euros per month.

 

Health Insurance Cost in Germany

 

Health insurance is a very significant factor when choosing to study in Germany. Students can get their health insurance as soon as they reach Germany. The average cost of health insurance in Germany is 1,000 euros per year. 

 

Tips to Manage the Living Cost in Germany

 

It is very important to plan the budget in advance and manage the expenses accordingly. Here are some tips to reduce the cost of living in Germany.

  • Students must prefer to study in affordable cities in Germany to reduce the cost of living. Germany's most affordable cities include Berlin, Hamburg, Frankfurt, and Bielefeld. 
  • Students must do part-time jobs to bear their own expenses. They can earn a minimum wage of 10 euros per hour through a part-time job. 
  • Choose the supermarkets wisely to purchase groceries. You can inquire from the localities regarding the places from where you can purchase your household stuff at an affordable price. 
  • If you are planning to manage the living cost on a low budget, then you must look for a roommate and share your apartment. 
  • Choose the transportation that is cheaper, or you can also use a bicycle to cover short distances. 
  • Moreover, there are various scholarships in Germany that may cover the cost of living for international students. So you can apply for those scholarships. 

 

Options for Part-time Jobs in Germany

 

A German student visa allows international students to work part-time for up to 20 hours a week. Some of the part-time job options in Germany for international students are:

  • Academic assistants,
  • Library supervisor,
  • Literature researcher,
  • Tutorial Assistant,
  • Waiter/Waitress,
  • Trade Fairs,
  • Courier,
  • Babysitter,
  • Cashier,
  • English Tutor, etc. 
     

Expenses

Amount in Euros

Amount in INR

Total Living Cost

800 euros - 1200 euros per month

67,782 INR - 1,01,676 INR per month

Accommodation Expenses

150 euros - 500 euros per month

12,709.5 INR - 42,150 INR per month

Transportation Cost

100 euros - 150 euros per month

8,473 INR  - 12,709.5 INR per month

Miscellaneous Expenses/  Personal Expenses

50 euros to - 200 euros per month

4,236.5 INR - 16,946 INR per month

Utilities (electricity and water)

150 euros - 300 euros per month

12,709.5 INR - 25,419 INR per month

Food Expenses

150 euros - 250 euros per month

12,709.5 INR - 21,182.5 INR per month

 

FAQs

 

Q: How much does it cost to live in Germany as an international student?
A: The average cost of living in Germany for international students is around 900 euros.  

Q: How much can an international student earn in Germany?
A: Through part-time jobs in Germany, international students can earn somewhere between 10 euros to 15 euros. 

Q: How much is the rent for students in Germany?
A: The average amount of rent in Germany is about 300 euros. Rest varies from location to location and city to city. 

Q: Which is the cheapest city to live in Germany?
A: Berlin is considered one of the cheapest cities in Germany.

Q: Can students get PR in Germany after studying?
A: Students cannot get PR in Germany directly. Firstly, they must complete their higher education in Germany and then continue working for 5 years; after that, they can apply for PR. 

 

Moreover, the students who wish to study in Germany may contact our expert counsellors at any branch of Meridean Overseas Education Consultants (MOEC). You can also take free online counselling sessions through our website. Our counsellors will provide you with the best support and guidance to take admission in Australian universities as well as for a visa. For more information or any queries, you can mail us at application02@meridean.org or call us at toll-free no. 1800-1230-00011.

 

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