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Cost of living in Germany

While most students can study in Germany for free, the cost of living is inevitable. The cost of living in Germany is more expensive in some places than in others - for example, Munich, is considered the most expensive German city to live in, and the cost of living equals about € 12,000 (~ US $ 13,900) per year. By comparison, the average cost of living in Germany is around € 10,200 (~ US $ 11,800).

Rental will be your biggest monthly expense, whether this is cheaper if you live in a shared apartment (average rent of € 280 / ~ US $ 340 per month) or student residence hall (€ 234 / ~ US $ 290 per month).

Based on data from DAAD, the average monthly cost is as follows:

  • €168 (~US$205) for food
  • €42 (~US$52) for clothes
  • €94 (~US$115) for transport
  • €31 (~US$38) for telephone, internet and TV license
  • €20 (~US$25) for work/study materials
  • €61 (~US$75) for leisure activities

Finding the cost of living in certain cities in Germany (and comparing them with the average cost of your home city) Numbeo is a useful tool.

You need a study visa for Germany if you are a citizen or a citizen of the EU, Liechtenstein, Norway or Switzerland. Alternatively, expect to pay € 60 (~ US $ 74) for your student visa, but there is also a deduction or wait for Schengen visas. To fulfill visa requirements, you will need to show proof of, or access to, approximately $ 8,700 (~ US $ 10,680) per year or € 725 (~ US $ 890) per month to cover your living expenses.

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