How Much Does it Cost to Study in Germany?

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Meridean Overseas
Meridean Overseas

Updated On 27 February 2023 & Read Time 5 minutes

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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 plethora of research opportunities and zero tuition fees in the public universities are the core reasons that international students choose to study in Germany. It is one of the most popular European countries for academics.  You might think that it is an expensive country to live in. Let us help put your worries to ease. If you are curious about the cost of living as an international student in Germany, we suggest you read on.

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, local commute, food, utilities, and some miscellaneous expenses. However, the cost may differ from city to city and according to students' preferences.

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 lower than that of private accommodation; it is somewhere between 150 and 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 travel costs up to a great extent as students can easily cover the university distance by walking or by taking the university bus service.

Private Accommodation

Private Accommodation costs a little higher than university accommodation; it is between 200 and 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 costs of commute.

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 to 250 euros per month. But eating out daily  may increase the cost of living. You can purchase groceries and fresh veggies from supermarkets and cook them yourself. 

Entertainment and Transportation Costs in Germany

The transportation cost in Germany is about 100 to 150 euros per month. Students can reduce their travelling budget 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 students choose to study abroad, they also wish to explore the local market and try out exciting activities and explore Europe. You can visit clubs, museums, and amusement parks and try out local cuisines. You can also go 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. You should have insurance to cover you in the case of a medical emergency so you dont make a huge dent into your expenses. 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.

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 Assistant

  • Library Supervisor

  • Waiter/Waitress

  • Trade Fairs Ushers

  • Courier Delivery Agent

  • 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.

 

Students who wish to study in Germany may contact our expert counsellors at Meridean Overseas Education Consultants (MOEC). You can also take free online counselling through our website. Our expert counsellors will provide you with the best support and guidance. For more information, contact application02@meridean.org or 1800-1230-00011.

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