Study Cost in Germany

In October 2014, the nation declared abolition of tuition fees all over the country. Since then only a symbolic fee (called the semester contribution)are to be paid. This fee covers the cost for administration, cafeterias, sports areas and residential homes. Some university includes free ticket to public transport within semester and area. This fee can differ from €150 to €250 depending on university.

Beside the semester contribution fee, students should also budget for books and stationeries along with living cost.

Living cost in Germany:

Living cost in Germany for an international student is quite reasonable, especially if you compare to other European countries. An international student should consider the following things first while considering, living in a foreign country: 

Accommodation: Usually international students live in on-campus halls where accommodation cost is cheaper than off-campus accommodations. Here, students share rooms as well as other facilities like a kitchen, social area and laundry room with other students. Though on-campus accommodation fees may vary depending on cities and university, we would suggest to budget between €150 and €250 per month.

An international student may choose to live with a host family in Germany, which will give an extra facility to participate in various activities with the host and neighbors, improving German ability, exploring German culture, which is also a valuable experience. The host family may charge €400 to €700 per month.

Transport: Large cities even medium cities in Germany have good public transportation networks that use buses, trams, and urban/suburban rail lines to move people around the city. If your university include free transportation ticket in your semester contribution fee, you don’t have to worry about transport cost within your area.

Food: Minimum food cost for an international student may be as low as €100 CAD while the average may go up to €150 a month.

Here is a rough concept of the prices for some popular grocery items in Germany: 


Price in €

Rice (1kg bag)


Potatoes (1Kg bag)


Loaf of bread (500 gms)


Milk (1L)


12 eggs


Boneless chicken breasts (1Kg)


Water (1.5L bottle)


Others: Internet: International students may have to pay €29.18 per month for Internet service.

Phone: The average cost for phone might be € 20 per month.

Health Care: All international students in Germany are required to have health insurance during their stay. In fact, it is not possible to get enrolled in university if you don’t have health insurance coverage.

There are two types of health insurance in Germany:

  1. The compulsory health insurance (public health insurance)
  2. Private health insurance.

International students usually get the compulsory health insurance (public health insurance) ranging from €70 to  €80 (depending on its provider). Learn more about Health care in Germany from here.

Find more information about living costs in Germany from here:

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