The Cost of Studying in Germany

Germany is a nation with a lot of history. Right from Hitler to its world class universities, Germany is a topic of discussion almost everywhere. Have you kept Germany as an option for further studies. 16 states of Germany had canceled tuition fees for its domestic and international students. They only had to pay a little amount to cover administration costs per semester. It won’t last for long, because Baden-Württemberg already announced in 2016 that it is going to re-introduce tuition fees for non-EU students.

GERMAN universities
Source: Newsroom – University of Richmond

Living in Germany as a student is very different than any other country. First of all, you need to know a little bit of German. It is a tricky language, but once you get a hang of it, you’ll manage easily. Germany’s capital, Munich is costlier than other cities. In Munich the average living costs is €10,800. It is a lot lower in other German cities, around €9,600 per year.

Let’s breakdown the annual figures given by DAAD: (all costs are monthly calculations)

  1. Living costs – if you live in shared rented apartment, it will cost you €298. It will cost €240 to live in a student hall or dormitory.
  2. Food costs – on an average food will cost around €165. You will save a lot more if you work at a restaurant and you get one or two meals a day there.
  3. Clothing costs – this is completely personal and you can cut this cost completely by not shopping anything, unless you absolutely need it. It will cost around €52.
  4. telephone, internet, and TV license costs around €33
  5. Work and study materials will cost you €30. If you get sponsored by your university, you are given a particular sum every month to cover these costs.


On an average, tuition fees come up to €300 per month. This cost isn’t included in the above breakdown.

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