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Universities in Germany

No. University Name Logo
1 ARDEN University
2 GISMA University of Applied Sciences
3 Berlin School of Business and Innovation (BSBI)
4 University of Europe for Applied Sciences (UE)
5 SRH Berlin University of Applied Sciences
6 FOM University of Applied Sciences for Economics and Management
7 Hochschule Fresenius – University of Applied Sciences
8 IU International University of Applied Sciences
9 Munich Business School – University of Applied Sciences
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German student visas and permits

Germany is a place to be when it comes to the quality of higher education, research infrastructure, teaching methodology, low-cost studies, and career perspective. That is why many internationals continue to believe that Germany is the best place for pursuing their higher education further. Germany shares borders with nine countries: France, Luxembourg, Denmark, Belgium, Switzerland, Austria, Czech Republic, the Netherlands and Poland.

On the other hand, not every foreign person is able to pursue such a dream, right away. This because several nationalities are NOT allowed to enter and stay in the territory of Germany without enjoying the appropriate German Visa.

In our case, a visa needed is the authorizing official document required to permit a non-German national to enter and stay in the territory of Germany for the purpose of studying, in a specific intended period.

Therefore, being a foreigner who:

  • Just received the Acceptance Letter from a German University,
  • Soon is expected to get A Response on his/her University Application in a University in Germany,
  • Has to Enroll in A Foundation Course before applying to a German University,
  • Needs to Take a Foundation Course (Studienkolleg) to prepare for the test  “Feststellungsprüfung” – qualification assessment examination
  • Needs to Complete a Doctoral Degree
  • Wants to Engage in a Research Project in Germany

 

… YOU will HAVE to apply for the appropriate German Study VISA at the Embassy or Consulate of Germany in your country to enter and stay for the intended period in Germany, in case you come from one of these countries.

In case you need to remain in the territory of Germany for more than 90 DAYS or 3 MONTHS, you will be called to also get a Residence Permit early enough after your arrival in Germany.

Speaking of the appropriate time, there is no fixed period which you should make the visa application, but it is highly suggested to do it early enough in advance of your planned travel to Germany.

Typically, 3 (three) months before the start of planned studies, worked suitably for many who already went through the same experience.

But, let us see together what else you need to know about getting a German Visa for study purposes.

(Visa for Language Learning)

A German language course visa is the type of educational visa issued for foreigners intending to complete an intensive language course lasting 3-12 months. The courses the visa applicants are expected to complete shall contain a minimum of 18 hours of lessons each week.

With a German language course visa you can’t:

  • convert it into a student or student applicant visa
  • change it into a work permit
  • undertake any gainful employment
  • start university studies
  • apply for university admission

As we stated earlier, the place where you should apply for your visa is the German Embassy or Consulate in your country.

First, you need to schedule an appointment for a visa interview. You should offer your visa application documents on the day of the interview.

Additionally, you will need to respond to the interview questions that the consular officer prepares to examine you closely as a potential visa candidate.

Leave A Visa Appointment Soon ENOUGH!

Before doing anything else, in order to apply for the Student Schengen Visa, you need to set up a visa appointment at the German Embassy or Consulate in your country!

Check up for the available dates and make the appointment in the online system on the website of the German Embassy or Consulate in your country, soon after you will be able to plan your departure time.

Visa Interview

A visa interview is a moment where you meet with the consular officer directly as a visa applicant. At the same time, you need to present all the visa required documents, as your consular officer asks for them in an orderly. During a visa appointment, the officer also makes you question about the application, as well as personal ones which you have to answer carefully and truthfully.

Registration at the Resident’s Registration Office

  • Foreigners who seek to remain in Germany for more than 2 MONTHS must get the Confirmation on Registration “Meldebestätigung”. To get such a confirmation a foreigner must apply at the local Resident’s Registration Office or “Einwohnermeldeamt”.
  • Foreigners who seek to remain in Germany for more than 90 DAYS or 3 MONTHS need to possess the proper residence title. In our case a Residence Permit “Aufenthaltsgenehmigung” is the appropriate title, intended for study purposes. A residence permit will be issued only upon the application of the visa holder at the Alien Registration Office  “Ausländerbehörde“ in the city where your university is located.

Learn more under Registration at the Resident’s Registration Office for Study Purposes

The fee for a German student visa application is 75,- EUR.

Student applicants have to pay the visa fees by bank transfer. Cheques or credit cards are not accepted. The money order must be in the name of the Embassy/Consulate in your home country and not older than two months.

Please be aware that you will not get reimbursed the visa fee if your application for a student visa gets rejected.

The processing time for a Germany long-stay study visa may take from 6-12 weeks from the application day. While Germany short-stay study visas are usually decided within 15-30 days by the German missions abroad.

Federal States of Germany

Berlin
Hamburg
Baden-Württemberg
Bavaria
Brandenburg
Bremen
Hesse
Mecklenburg-Western Pomerania
Lower Saxony
North Rhine-Westphalia
Rhineland-Palatinate
Saarland
Saxony
Saxony-Anhalt
Schleswig-Holstein
Thuringia

Before even thinking to perform a freelance job in Germany, you must understand the legal environment for self-employment here. This because the profession you’ve chosen to pursue, defines your eligibility for becoming a freelancer here. If the profession you’re thinking of exercising here is acknowledged as a liberal professions ‘Freibe Berufe’, you’ll be able to be a freelancer ‘Freiberufle’. Otherwise, if the job is listed as a commercial profession, you’ll only be able to be a businessperson ‘Gewerbe’.

A metropolis of millions steeped in history on the Elbe River: the Free and Hanseatic City of Hamburg is a German state, the country’s second largest city and the most important center for foreign trade in Germany all rolled into one. Huge container ships sail daily through the “door to the world”, Hamburg’s overseas port. Every third container comes from China or is being shipped there.

Facts & figures
Population: 1.8 million
State capital: Hamburg
Surface area: 755 km2
Gross domestic product in € million (2019): 123,270 (9th place)
Gross domestic product per capita in € (2019): 66,878 (1st place)
Unique: The Elbphilharmonie is Germany’s most spectacular concert hall.
Seats in the Bundesrat: 3
Ranked first place for: Highest pay per employee (2019) – € 53,051 per year.
Special fact: St. Michael’s Church, known as the Hamburg Michel, has Germany’s biggest tower clock: its four hands each have a diameter of eight metres.

https://www.hamburg.com/private-institutions/

english.hamburg.de

We can do anything. Except speak standard German,“ they say in Baden-Württemberg. This official site humorously presents the “Ländle“ where four dialects are spoken.

Facts & figures

Population: 11.1 million
State capital: Stuttgart
Surface area: 35,751 km2
Gross domestic product in € million (2019): 524,325 (3rd place)
Gross domestic product per capita (2019): 42,290 (4th place)
Unique feature: besides many world-famous companies, Baden-Württemberg is home to 277 hidden champions.
Seats in the Bundesrat: 6
Ranked first place for: Spending on research – more than five percent of GDP.
Special fact: Baden-Württemberg has more hours of sunshine per year than any other German state.

www.baden-wuerttemberg.de

Cheerful and laid back, and sometimes a little stubborn: tradition is something that’s important to the Bavarians. In Germany’s largest state, you can see people wearing dirndls and lederhosen any time and anywhere. And tourists as well as the locals visiting the world’s largest fair, the Oktoberfest in the state capital of Munich, often wear complete traditional costumes. Situated in the south-east of Germany, Bavaria is also famous for its industry in the automotive, mechanical engineering and electronics sectors. 

Facts & figures
Population: 13.1 million
State capital: Munich
Surface area: 70,552 km2
Gross domestic product in € million(2019): 632,897 (2nd place)
Gross domestic product per capita (2019): 48,323 (3rd place)
Unique: Home to Bayern Munich – Germany’s best football club.
Seats in the Bundesrat: 6
Ranked first place for: Lowest unemployment rate (August 2020) – 4.1 percent.
Special fact:  Bavarians love white sausage and wheat beer.

www.bayern.de

Prussia’s glory and Babelsberg’s glamour: Brandenburg is the German state that surrounds the exciting metropolis of the country’s capital city, Berlin. The sparsely populated state in the northeast is covered with forests, crisscrossed by canals and home to approximately 3000 lakes. The state capital is Potsdam and it’s very proud of its Rococo jewel: Sanssouci Palace. The Viadrina European University in Frankfurt (Oder), a showcase project, has been teaching German and Polish students together since 1991.

Facts & figures
Population: 2.5 million
State capital: Potsdam
Surface area: 29,486 km2
Gross domestic product in € million (2019): 74,330 (11th place)
Gross domestic product per capita in € (2019): 29,541 (14th place)
Unique: Home to Germany’s leading film studio in the Babelsberg district of Potsdam. This is also where “Babylon Berlin” was made

“Bremen in three minutes.“ Is that possible? It is – on an official tour with the “City Informants of Bremen“. Learn about the history of the tiny state, which has consisted of two cities since 1947. Bremerhaven‘s own website has been integrated into Bremen‘s.

Facts & figures
Population: 0.7 million
State capital: Bremen
Surface area: 419 km2
Gross domestic product in € million (2019): 33,623 (16th place)
Gross domestic product per capita in € (2019): 49,215 (2nd place)
Unique: The Town Musicians of Bremen – a donkey, dog, cat and a cockerel that find a better life for themselves by showing courage and sticking together in this popular fairy-tale.
Seats in the Bundesrat: 3
Ranked first place for: The smallest of Germany’s states
Special fact: This city-state comprises two cities: Bremen, plus Bremerhaven around 60 kilometres to the north.

www.bremen.de

Down-to-earth in the heart of Germany: The state of Hesse stretches from the Sauerland district in the north to the Oden Forest in the south. The state capital, Wiesbaden, the city of villas and wines, invites visitors out for a leisurely stroll. With the largest airport in Germany, Frankfurt is a hub for international trade. Automotive and mechanical engineering, the chemical and the electro industry play a major role in the economy.

Facts & figures
Population:6.3 million
State capital: Wiesbaden
Surface area: 21,115 km2
Gross domestic product in € million (2019): 294,477 (5th place)
Gross domestic product per capita (2019): 46,923 (5th place)
Unique: Johann Wolfgang von Goethe was born in Frankfurt in 1749.
Seats in the Bundesrat: 5
Ranked first place for: Largest proportion of woodland within the city – more than 42 percent.
Special fact: Frankfurt almost became the capital of the Federal Republic of Germany in 1949.

www.hessen.de

A natural paradise: More than 2000 lakes, over 350 kilometers of coastline along the Baltic Sea, along with spacious fields and forests characterize the countryside of the most thinly populated state in Germany. Mecklenburg-Western Pomerania‘s most important industry is tourism. The home state of Chancellor Angela Merkel is also where the largest water sports region in Central Europe is located.

Facts & figures
Population: 1.6 million
State capital: Schwerin
Surface area: 23,180 km2
Gross domestic product in € million (2019): 46,567 (14th place)
Gross domestic product per capita (2019): 28,940 (15th place)
Unique: Home to Usedom, Germany’s largest island
Seats in the Bundesrat: 3
Ranked first place for: Germany’s state with the longest coastline – 2,000 kilometres.
Special fact: The most national parks in Germany, 3 out of 14, are to be found in MV.

www.mecklenburg-vorpommern.de

Diversity, tradition and the spirit of innovation: Lower Saxony, which is the second-largest state in area in the Federal Republic of Germany, stretches from the North Sea island of Borkum to the Harz Mountains. In between, you’ll find Hannover, the state capital, the Luneburg Heath and Germany’s most fertile fields. Two thirds of Lower Saxony’s acreage is used in agriculture, but the most important industry is the automotive industry.

Facts & figures
Population: 8 million
State capital: Hanover
Surface area: 47,635 km2
Gross domestic product in € million (2019): 307,036 (4th place)
Gross domestic product per capita (2019): 38,423 (8th place)
Unique: The church tower of Suurhusen leans even more (by 5.19 degrees) than the “Leaning Tower of Pisa” (3.97 degrees).
Seats in the Bundesrat: 6
Ranked first place for: Generation of wind power – 11,325 megawatts in 2019.
Special fact: Nowhere else is more kale grown – or eaten in the winter as a traditional regional dish.

www.niedersachsen.de

From coal and steel to high-tech, fashion and theater: North Rhine-Westphalia, the most populous German state and the largest industrial area in Germany, is quickly becoming a megalopolis for culture and research. “NRW” boasts the most dense research network in Europe and – in addition to New York and Paris – has been named as one of the most important cultural regions in the world by the UNESCO.

Facts & figures
Population: 17.9 million
State capital: Düsseldorf
Surface area: 34,098 km2
Gross domestic product in € million (2019): 711,419 (1st place)
Gross domestic product per capita (2019): 39,678 (7th place)
Unique: NRW generates around a fifth of Germany’s GDP, making it one of Europe’s strongest regions in economic terms.
Seats in the Bundesrat: 6
Ranked first place for: Largest state by population
Special fact: Until reunification, Bonn was the capital of the Federal Republic of Germany.

www.nrw.de

Take your pick of Riesling, Müller-Thurgau or Silvaner: Rhineland-Palatinate is Germany’s first and foremost wine-producing state, harvesting two thirds of all the wine grapes grown in Germany. The official portal provides you with information on the state and its inhabitants, regional industries and popular tourist attractions of world renown.

Facts & figures
Population: 4.1 million
State capital: Mainz
Surface area: 19,853 km2
Gross domestic product in € million (2019): 145,003 (7th place)
Gross domestic product per capita (2019): 35,457 (10th place)
Unique: Nowhere else in Germany is home to more historic Roman buildings.Seats in the Bundesrat: 4
Ranked first place for: Largest wine producer
Special fact: 72 of Germany’s one hundred smallest villages are to be found here, including Dierfeld, which shared first place in this category with the Hallig island of Gröde in 2019. As of 31.12.2019, both had just ten registered inhabitants.

www.rlp.de

Saarland has been part of the Federal Republic of Germany since 1957, before which it changed its “nationality” eight times in 200 years. Its political and economic centre is the state capital Saarbrücken. The people of Saarland have named their home region the “world capital of computer science” as a result of its many renowned research establishments. Visitors can expect to enjoy people’s hospitality and great natural beauty.

Facts & figures
Population: 1 million
State capital: Saarbrücken
Surface area: 2,570 km2
Gross domestic product in € million (2019): 36,253 (15th place)
Gross domestic product per capita (2019): 36,684 (9th place)
Unique: Did not join the Federal Republic of Germany, which was established in 1949, until 1957 (“small reunification”).
Seats in the Bundesrat: 3
Ranked first place: Cars per inhabitant – 0.64.
Special fact: In the qualifiers for the 1954 Football World Cup, Saarland played Germany and lost 0:3, and then lost 1:3 to the subsequent championship winner.

www.saarland.de

Lace from Plauen, Meissen porcelain or watches from Glashütte: excellence in craftsmanship and an inventive spirit have made Saxony famous throughout the world. The free state is the most populous and densely populated state in the eastern part of Germany. The locals like to call their state capital “Florence on the Elbe River”, because Dresden is situated idyllically in the heart of the Elbe Valley and is home to some   of the most beautiful buildings of the Renaissance and Baroque periods.

Facts & figures

Population: 4.1 million
State capital: Dresden
Surface area: 18,416 km2
Gross domestic product in € million (2019): 128,097 (8th place)
Gross domestic product per capita (2019): 31,453 (12th place)
Unique: Chemnitz is home to a 16-metre high bust of Karl Marx – the world’s second-largest portrait bust.
Seats in the Bundesrat: 4
Ranked first place: Gross domestic product of the new Länder – €128,097 million in 2019.
Special fact: Melitta Bentz invented the coffee filter in Dresden in 1908.

www.sachsen.de

Innovative and original: Saxony-Anhalt is able to boast the largest number of direct foreign investments of all the new German states in the east. Picturesque river landscapes along 303 kilometers of the Elbe River, romantic wine-growing districts and not one but four world cultural heritage sites characterize the countryside. With Saxony and Thuringia, this state forms the economic region of “Mitteldeutschland” (Central Germany).
Facts & figures
Population: 2.2 million
State capital: Magdeburg
Surface area: 20,446 km2
Gross domestic product in € million (2019): 63,545 (13th place)
Gross domestic product per capita (2019): 28,880 (16th place)
Unique: Birthplace of Protestantism – Martin Luther acquired his insights in the tower room of the cloister in Wittenberg.
Seats in the Bundesrat: 4
Ranked first place for: Early risers – on average, the people of Saxony-Anhalt get up at 6.39 am, nine minutes earlier than the average German.
Special fact: Jawed Karim, one of the three creators of YouTube and a co-developer of PayPal, was born in Merseburg. www.sachsen-anhalt.de

“Old salts” will feel right at home in the state nestled between the North and the Baltic Seas. Schleswig-Holstein is the most northern state in Germany and its capital city, Kiel, is a focal point of activity every year during the world’s largest sailing event, the Kiel Week. The most important industries to be found in Schleswig-Holsteins include medical technology, the maritime industry and information and communications technologies.

Facts & figures
Population: 2.9 million
State capital: Kiel
Surface area: 15,799 km2
Gross domestic product in € million (2019): 97,762 (10th place)
Gross domestic product per capita (2019): 33,712 (11th place)
Unique: Borders two seas, the North Sea and the Baltic Sea, and thus also known as the “land between the seas”.
Seats in the Bundesrat: 4
Ranked first place for: Busiest artificial waterway in the world – the Kiel Canal.
Special fact: Germany’s smallest city, Arnis with a population of 300, is to be found here.

www.schleswig-holstein.de

Goethe and Bach or Bauhaus and the Reformation: Thuringia is well known as the land of poets and philosophers. The Thuringian State Chancellery portal includes a wide range of cultural treasures between Altenburg and Zeitz, just waiting to be discovered. Information on current politics, business development and the scenic diversity of the countryside complete the picture.

Facts & figures
Population: 2.1 million
State capital: Erfurt
Surface area: 16,173 km2
Gross domestic product in € million (2019): 63,866 (12th place)
Gross domestic product per capita (2019): 29,883 (13th place)
Unique: The kindergarten was invented here in 1840 by Friedrich Fröbel.
Seats in the Bundesrat: 4
Ranked first place for: Best-known hiking trail – the Rennsteig in the Thuringian Forest.
Special fact: No fewer than four places in this state claim to be the geographical centre of Germany – albeit on the basis of different criteria.

www.thueringen.de

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Residence Permit for International Students in Germany

If you have been accepted into a German educational institution, chances are you will have to get a student residence permit to enroll.
What Is a German Residence Permit for Studies?
How to Apply for a German Residence Permit for Studies?
Cost of Germany Student Residence Permit
Duration of German Student Residence Permits
Working Rights with a Student Residence Permit in Germany
Working in Germany after your studies

A student residence permit allows you (as a non-EU citizen) to live in Germany while you pursue studies in a German university. It is issued by the Ausländerbehörde (Foreigner’s Authority) and is valid for one to two years. A student residence permit can be extended for the duration of the program, as long as your studies progress normally.

You have to apply for a student residence permit after you enter Germany. This means you also need to obtain a student visa from the German embassy or consulate in your home country before you are allowed to travel to Germany. However, certain nationalities (USA, Australia, Japan, Canada, etc.) are exempt from the entry visa.

You have to apply for your student residence permit after you enter Germany. The process is as follows:

  1. Find the Ausländerbehörde (Foreigner’s Authority) in your area.
  2. Register your address.
  3. Obtain health insurance.
  4. Prepare your documents.
  5. Submit the application to the Ausländerbehörde.
  6. Pick up your student residence permit card.

Remember: Before before you can travel to Germany and apply for a student permit, you need a student visa from the German Embassy (unless you are visa-exempt).

The cost for a German student permit is:

Category

Fee

First issuance

€110

Permit extension

€100

If you have a scholarship

Free of charge

Your student residence permit is valid for one to two years. You can extend it, provided that your studies are on the right track and you will finish during the standard timeframe. To extend your German student permit, you need a confirmation letter from your school that your studies are progressing regularly.
You have to submit the request to extend your student permit at the Ausländerbehörde before your current permit expires.

As an international student in Germany, you can work part-time (20 hours per week) during the semester and full-time (40 hours per week) during breaks. This means that during a year, you can work a maximum of 120days increased to 140 full days or 240-260 half-days without requesting approval from the German Employment Agency.

However, there are exceptions to the 120-day rule for certain working categories, such as student assistants or mandatory internships.

Here are your working options if you have a student residence permit in Germany:

Part-Time Job

You can take a part-time job in Germany. Your job should ideally be related to your course of study, but this is not mandatory. You can also work at local restaurants or cafes, as a babysitter, at a shop, etc. You can only work 20 hours per week or 120 full days per year.

Internship

If you have to complete an internship as part of your study course, then the hours you work during the internship do not count towards the 120-day rule. If you are applying for an internship at your own will, then you are allowed to work only part-time.

Student Assistant

The 120-day rule does not apply if you find work as a student assistant at your university. But remember that you still have to inform the Ausländerbehörde that you have been offered a student assistant job and you want to work more hours.

Freelancing and Self-Employment

As an international student, you are not allowed to do freelance work or take up self-employment without requesting approval from the German Immigration Authority and Employment Authority.

If you meet the requirements, then you can request to switch to a German freelancer visa before finishing your studies. The Ausländerbehörde and Employment Agency will decide whether to grant you your request.

Naturally, if your request is approved, you can work as many hours as you wish, without restriction.

After Graduating

After graduating, you have two options if you want to remain in Germany once your student residence permit expires:

  • Apply for a residence permit for job seekers – if you do not have a job offer.
  • Apply for a residence permit for working – if you have a job offer.

 

Switching to a Job-Seeker Residence Permit

After you graduate (but before your student residence permit expires) you can apply for a residence permit as a job seeker. This permit allows you to stay in Germany for another six months after graduation, during which time you can look for employment.

If you find a suitable job and meet all the requirements, you can convert it into a work permit and stay in Germany indefinitely.

Switching to a Work Residence Permit

If you have a job offer as soon as you graduate, then you can simply switch your student permit into a work permit. The German residence permit for employment is issued for two years, with the possibility of extension (as long as you still have a job).

If you meet the requirements set by the immigration authorities, then you can also apply for a residence permit and work as a freelancer in Germany.

Graduates of German universities have a facilitated path to the settlement permit.

Settlement Permit for International Students in Germany

As a graduate of a German university, you become eligible for settlement after only two years of working in Germany. Eight years after that, you also become eligible for German citizenship.

The German settlement permit allows you to:

  • live in Germany indefinitely without applying for extensions.
  • change employers or professions.
  • have access to state social security and benefits.
  • move freely in the EU/EEA.

In contrast, other international workers (who do not have a German degree) have to work in Germany for at least five years to become settled residents.

If you want to stay in Germany to find work after graduating, you should start planning for this while you’re still a student. It’s highly beneficial to have proficiency in the German language to find work in Germany, as the number of jobs open to you will be very limited without it.

Students from the EU/EEA

EU citizens have the right to seek work in Germany without the need for a work permit. As an EU citizen, you will be treated in the same way as German residents in terms of access to the employment market, working conditions and social and tax advantages.

Students from outside the EU/EEA

Students from non-EU countries who wish to work in Germany after graduating can extend their residence permit for up to 18 months to find work relating to their studies. To apply for the extended residence permit, you’ll need:

  • Passport
  • University degree certificate or official document from your university confirming that you successfully completed your studies
  • Document proving you have health insurance
  • Proof that you have means of supporting yourself financially

The 18 months begin as soon as you receive your final exam results, so you should start looking for employment during your final semester. In these 18 months, you can work as much as you like and take up any kind of employment to support yourself.

As soon as you’ve found a job role you’d like to accept, you should apply for a German residence permit or EU Blue Card (similar to the US Green Card). You can remain in Germany while your application is pending.

The EU Blue Card may be preferable if you intend to live and work in another EU state. You can ask the foreign residents’ registration office for advice on which permit to apply for and what documents you’ll need. If you decide to apply for the Blue Card, you must have been offered a job that pays at least €53,000 (~US$57,844) a year, or at least €41,808 (~US$45,629) a year for mathematicians, engineers, natural scientists, technicians or physicians.

If you’d like to stay in Germany and become a permanent resident, you can apply for a ‘settlement permit’ as early as two years after receiving your permanent residence permit or EU Blue Card.

Cost of Living in Germany

  • Tuition fees: In Germany, most public universities do not charge tuition fees for both domestic and international students. However, there might be small administrative fees ranging from €100 to €500 per semester.
  • Accommodation: The cost of accommodation can vary significantly based on            the location and type of housing. On average, students spend around €300 to €600 per month on rent for a shared apartment or dormitory. Rent in major cities like Munich or Berlin can be higher.
  • Food: The cost of food depends on personal preferences and eating habits. On average, students spend around €150 to €250 per month on groceries and eating out. Cooking meals at home is generally more cost-effective than eating in restaurants or cafes.
  • Health insurance: Health insurance is mandatory for all students in Germany. The cost of health insurance for students is approximately €80 to €120 per month, depending on the provider and coverage.
  • Transportation: Public transportation in Germany is well-developed, and many cities offer discounted semester tickets for students. The cost of transportation varies, but students typically spend around €30 to €80 per month on public transportation.
  • Books and study materials: The cost of books and study materials can vary depending on the course of study. On average, students spend around €20 to €50 per month on books and supplies.
  • Miscellaneous expenses: This category includes expenses such as mobile phone bills, internet, leisure activities, clothing, and personal care items. It is difficult to provide an exact estimate, as it depends on individual choices, but an average of €100 to €200 per month is a reasonable estimate.

Overall, considering these factors, the estimated annual expenses for a student in Germany can range from €8,000 to €12,000 or more, depending on the location and personal lifestyle choices. It’s essential to note that these figures are rough estimates, and individual circumstances may vary.

Student Accommodation

If you’re hoping to study in Germany, whether you’re already in the country or looking to move there, finding the right place to live is going to be at the top of your list! Unlike many other countries, students in Germany (domestic or international) are not automatically given accommodation when they register at a university, you will need to find your own.
Rent in Germany
Student Halls/Residences
Flat share (Wohngemeinschaft or WG)
Private Accommodation

(Average Cost = €850 per month)

In Germany, rent is divided into two parts. Kaltmiete or basic rent (also called cold rent) refers to the basic price of the room/flat you are renting. This excludes any additional costs like utilities (water, electricity, heating, internet or cable).

When you add the cost of utilities to the basic rent, it gives you the Warmmiete or total rent (also called warm rent). This is the amount that the tenant usually pays the landlord.

You might also be asked to pay a Kaution, or deposit, as a security amount at the beginning of your tenancy. The deposit is returned to you once you move out provided you leave the room/flat in a good condition.

(Average Cost = €240-260 per month)

More than 40% of students who study in Germany opt to stay in student residences. Popular and affordable, most university towns have one (or more) student halls. Accessibility to transport to University is easier.

If you’re living in a student dorm, you may be living among other students in the same house. You will have your own room, but it is likely that you’ll share bathrooms, the kitchen and certain other spaces like a common/living room.

How to secure accommodation at student halls

The best place to find information on what student dorms are available is your university’s Students’ Union (Studentenwerk). Alternatively you can look at a database on the official Study in Germany website or the DAAD website.

(Average Cost = €363 per month)

In a flat share, a group of students privately rent a house where they can have their own room but share the kitchen, bathrooms and some other living spaces. All members of the house also share the cost of utilities like electricity, water and internet.

How to secure accommodation in a flat share

There are dedicated websites like WG-GesuchtWG-SucheUniplaces and Homelike that advertise flat shares in German cities, and they’ll also help you with the paperwork. Other places you can look include notice boards in your university’s Students’ Union and International Office.

(Average Cost = €800-850 per month)

If you aren’t looking to share your house, you can also rent an entire apartment for yourself. This is the most expensive kind of accommodation but if you have a partner or are moving with dependents, then it is a good option for you.

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