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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