Cost of Living In Germany for International Students

Germany is not the most expensive country, it is actually one of the most convenient and cheap countries for university students considering the fact that the most expensive part of tertiary education is the bulky tuition fees. However, if you don’t know it yet, tertiary education is FREE in Germany.

There are obviously some living expenses that need to be taken care of, and as an international student it is of high importance to make sure you can afford the German life. This article will focus on the basic needs and their costs.


  1. Accommodation: Housing in Germany is one of the major challenges as major university towns tend to have housing shortages. Furthermore, due to the high demand, the cost of accommodation exceeds the value of the offers.

For a small apartment, one could pay £400-£700. This does not include the additional cost of water and electricity which must also be budgeted for.


How To Find Housing

  • Information regarding accommodation can be best obtained through students who have been at the university for some time as they are the ones likely to know which residence is cheaper/closer to the stores/closer to cheap transportation.
  • In some cities, real estate agents are available to provide information regarding accommodation for students. However, this comes at an extra cost.
  • Some university student unions, international offices and secretariats also offer good advice and support in finding houses.


  1. Health Insurance

It is by law and a mandatory application requirement that every person living in Germany should have a suitable health insurance. Thus, it is very important to start thinking about this if you plan to study in Germany.


  • In Germany, one has to pay £10 for every three months in which he/she visited the doctor. Without health insurance, these costs can become very expensive as some drugs one may need to get for themselves from the pharmacy.
  • Some EU member countries’ health insurance may be exempted in Germany.
  • Students with travel insurance may be able to cover most important basic treatment.
  • The insurance from MAWISTA may be the cheapest and most convenient option for most international students.


  1. Transport
  • Transportation in Germany is quite decent, with each town having at least a bus system in Germany, and transport systems getting more robust as the cities get larger.
  • Medium to large cities often have streetcars that come every 20-30 minutes. Other options include light rail stations known as standbahn that have trains coming every 10-20minutes.
  • Tickets for public transport are bought in either cash or bank cards.
  • Check with your local public transport agency for ticket pricing options.


  1. Food

You are likely to spend about $200 on food per month.

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