Housing options

Students usually live in shared flats or in a student residence. The student residences are usually equipped with a bed, desk, chair, cupboard and a washbasin with mirror. In addition, there are common rooms such as WC’s, bathroom and kitchen. Shared flats are shared by at least two students. In this case the rent will be divided accordingly. Of course, there is also the possibility of renting your own apartment, but there are correspondingly higher costs per month.

Costs of living

The cost of living for a student in Germany averages 800 – 900 Euros per month.

Here is an example list of costs:

Monthly costs
Rent (incl. utilities) 323.00- Euros
Food 180.00- Euros
Clothing 42.00- Euros
Travel costs (car/public transport) 94.00- Euros
Health insurance and medical expenses. Medicines 80.00- Euros
Telephone/Internet/radio & TV licence, postage 31.00- Euros
Work materials/learning materials (books etc.) 20.00- Euros
Leisure, culture and sport 61.00- Euros
Total 819.00- Euro

There are also semester fees to be paid. Higher costs are incurred especially at the beginning of the semester

Payment Methods

In Germany, it is common practice to keep a current account and automatically process monthly recurring fixed costs via standing orders – for example rent, health insurance, telephone, Internet, etc. All shops accept cash and most shops accept credit or debit cards.

Infrastructure

The world-famous German motorway is, of course, something very special for many people. With a very good motorway network it is relatively easy to get from A to B. Especially in those sections where driving at unlimited speed is permitted. Those who do not like to travel by car can switch to the railway network, which sometimes ensures a much faster arrival at their destination. The ICE is not only very fast, but generally offers very good service, WiFi, a bistro and comfortable – very quiet – seating options. Furthermore, German cities have a very good public transport network, most of which can be used free of charge by students. Whether underground, suburban train, tram or public bus – if the plan says that the bus will arrive at 14:32, then it will usually arrive at 14:32.

Looking for accommodation

The housing market varies greatly from region to region. For example, prices rise annually in Munich, Hamburg, Stuttgart or Frankfurt. A 1.5-room apartment of 25 sqm for 850 Euro per month incl. utility costs is often the case. In other cities, however, and especially in rural areas of Germany, property prices are far below this level. We are happy to advise you and help you to find an apartment that is priced to your satisfaction.

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Public authorities

In Germany, everyone is obliged to register their new place of residence and themselves as new citizens at the Residents’ Registration Office – often also called the “Bürgeramt” or “Bürgerbüro”.

It is necessary to do this shortly after moving to a new address. In addition, a residence permit must be applied for at the Aliens Department in good time. Our consultants are always at your disposal to fill out the forms and make an appointment.

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