Indian students are often looking for information about the living costs in Germany, as this is one of the most important factors that students consider when making a decision about where to study. Berlin and Munich are some of the most expensive cities in Germany for students from India, but there are also cheaper cities where you can live relatively comfortably. In this article, we’ll provide you with a detailed overview of the living costs in Germany for Indian students and help you make an informed decision.
The average cost of living in Germany varies from area to area, but on average you should be able to live comfortably for about US$1,000 a month or less.
In fact, since you don’t have to pay tuition fees at German universities, the only real monthly costs you need to budget for are your accommodation and everything it takes to get by (food, etc.).
The biggest cost is usually your accommodation. In some German cities, it can add up to around €600 a month — but there are solutions if that seems unaffordable.
For this reason, there are many people who choose to rent an apartment or share a house with other students.
In order to get the best accommodation suited to their needs, it is important that they take into account several factors, such as location, neighborhood, heating and electricity costs, as well as the cost of a bicycle and public transport.
When looking for apartments or rental houses in Germany, it is also important that the applicants search for short-term contracts for one or two years. As well as being able to find something suitable for your budget, you can also get the opportunity to make friends and acquaintances with other students in your new city.
Inexpensive accommodation options
- Students can rent a room in a shared house, apartment, or flat for €250-500 per month.
- A dormitory room costs an average of €200-300 per month.
- Living in a college hostel is the cheapest option.
- International students may also live with a German host family.
How much will it cost to study in Germany?
The cost of living may vary depending on whether you are studying in a big city or a small town. However, one advantage of studying in Germany is that the tuition fees are either very low or do not exist at all. In most public universities, there is no tuition fee. If you want to study at one of these universities, all you have to pay is a semester fee of around 250 EUR which covers administrative costs and also entitles you to use public transport for free.
For private universities and some public universities, however, students have to pay around 1,500-18,000 EUR per year.
If you want to study for free in Germany and want to get a degree from a public university, there are certain criteria that need to be fulfilled by you. You need to prove that your grades are good enough and show that you possess sufficient knowledge about the subject matter. You also need to prove that your German language skills are good enough for the course that you want to enroll in.
Rooms and apartments in German cities
Germany is a beautiful country in the heart of Europe with a rich heritage and tradition. The cost of living in Germany is affordable. The cost of living in Germany is much lower than in the UK or many other European countries.
A single room could cost you around 200 euros per month, while a one-bedroom apartment would be between 400-500 euros per month.
Student Accommodation is usually more expensive than apartments as they are usually fully furnished, come with internet and other amenities that you don’t have to pay for separately as compared to apartments where you have to share bills for utilities and internet with flatmates.
Rent prices depend on whether you live alone or share an apartment with someone else (flatmate), which can cause rent costs to be much higher than before.
The annual student budget in Germany comes up to 964 euros. This amount includes the basic costs including food, clothing, books, and transportation among others but not any accommodation charges. It does not include any optional expenses like going out on weekends or travelling abroad during holidays etc
Food costs in Germany
Food is the biggest expense for college students in Germany. The average cost of food is about €166 per month, which covers groceries and eating out. This number can vary greatly depending on your lifestyle and preferences.
However, there are many ways to save money on food costs, here are some tips:
- Get a meal plan through your university if possible. It’s usually cheaper than eating out at restaurants every day.
- Make your own meals if you have access to a kitchen instead of eating out at restaurants or buying prepared foods from the grocery store (it’s also healthier!).
- Buy groceries like vegetables and fruits that are in season because they will be cheaper than those out-of-season items (the price difference can be as much as 50%). Think about what you need most when shopping so that nothing goes to waste or gets thrown away after being forgotten in the fridge for too long!
The good news is that living costs in Germany, especially for groceries, are pretty affordable. Here’s a rundown of what you can expect to pay for some items you’ll probably be buying on a regular basis.
Milk (1 liter): €0.97
Bread (500g): €0.90
Cheese (1kg): €7.00
Beef (1kg): €10-12
Chicken breast (1kg): €8-9
Cost of transportation in Germany
Public Transportation in Germany
Germany is a well-connected country, with a huge network of buses and trains. However, if you’re planning to travel between cities, it can be quite expensive. A train ticket from Frankfurt to Munich would cost around €60 one way, while the same trip by bus might cost €35. Prices do change depending on time of booking, time of travel and type of class but they aren’t as drastic as airfares so there isn’t much point in booking too early or trying different combinations. In case you have to visit your home country due to an emergency or if your family is travelling abroad, you can avail discounted rates under the Deutsche Bahn Specials Offers for students.
Travelling within the city or between cities
While traveling within a city or even between two neighbouring cities can be done cheaply via buses and trains; the costs could add up quickly depending on how often you travel and where you want to go. The best option would be purchasing a monthly ticket which varies from city to city but usually costs around 60€/month (Frankfurt).
If travelling on a daily basis, most local tickets cost from 2€ up to 6€ per trip depending upon the distance travelled. In this case, make sure that you validate your ticket before boarding otherwise it will be considered invalid for that journey and could lead to problems if checked by officials later on.
Driving in Germany
Unless your German is very good or someone who knows German accompanies you during driving lessons and while registering your car; learning how to drive in Germany could be quite challenging because the entire process involves plenty of paperwork which generally needs proof of residence etc., all written in German language only. Additionally, driving licenses are issued by states rather than the federal government so rules might vary slightly state wise with respect to requirements for obtaining a permanent driver’s license, etc., Also note that a driver’s license from India cannot be directly transferred to German drivers license; one needs first obtain an International drivers license from India which
Average utility bills per month in an apartment
The average cost of utility bills for a single person living in an apartment can be estimated as follows:
- Electricity and water: 40–80 EUR/month
- Internet: 35 EUR/month
- Heating: 50–100 EUR/month (depending on whether the apartment is heated centrally)
- Household items like dishwashing liquid or toilet paper: around 20 EUR/month (this can, however, vary widely from person to person)
- Garbage disposal costs 3–5 EUR per month on average
- Insurance is not obligatory, but it’s advisable. Costs depend on the type of insurance but are usually between 10 and 30 EUR per month.
Health care costs and Health insurance in Germany
As an international student, you need to keep in mind that you have to pay the same amount of money for health insurance as German students. This can be quite expensive but it is necessary as without insurance you cannot register at your university.
Every student is obliged to take out health insurance before enrolling at a university. Each month you will have to pay about 70 euros for your health insurance, which will cover all doctor visits and medication. In some cases, your insurance might even cover dental treatment and physiotherapy.
In addition to health insurance, you will also have to take out liability insurance and personal accident insurance.
You can choose between two different types of health insurance: statutory or private health insurance. You usually cannot change from one type of health insurance provider to another within your first two years in Germany. If you want to change your provider after this period, you should check whether or not you would have to pay extra charges if you make this change.
Germany is not expensive as you may think. You can enjoy a high quality of life with 1000 euros per month.
Above I wrote costs of accommodation, healthcare, transportation, utility bills, etc in Germany as an Indian student. In this post, I will tell you how to live on a budget of 1000 euros per month.
The average monthly rent costs are:
- 500 euros for a one-bedroom apartment
- 800 euros for a two-bedroom apartment
- 1000-1250 euros for a three-bedroom apartment
Average monthly utility costs are: electricity 240 euro (DE), gas 80 euro (DE). Water 50 euro (DE). You can cut down on your rent by sharing your place with friends or roommates. You can also get around 400 euros per month by buying second-hand furniture instead of purchasing brand new furniture for 1200 euros every month. Here is a list of cheaper things to buy and more expensive things to buy.
Takeaway: Cost of living depends on the place you are living in Germany as well as your lifestyle