As far as the expense is concerned it may vary from each city. In an expensive city like Hamburg, Munich the monthly expense might cost up to 1000 euros. On the other hand, in some cities like Berlin, Leipzig it might cost up to 500 to 700 euros per month. It all depends on which city your University is located. If you are really concerned about your finances, it’s better to choose a University in a non-expensive city.
The cost of Living in Germany is reasonable when compared to other European countries. An average monthly expense for an International student will be around 850 euros. It might vary depending upon the city. The variation will be more or less 200 euros.
Let’s breakdown the monthly expenses.
The apartment rent also varies from city to city. In Berlin, the monthly apartment rent will be around 300 to 400 euros but in an expensive city like Munich, Hamburg it might cost around 350 to 500 euros per month for rent. You will be spending half your monthly expense in paying the rent for your accommodation.
There are shared and un-shared apartments in Germany. In a city like Berlin the shared apartment might cost within 300 euros per month while the un-shared apartment might cost around 600 to 800 euros per month. Most of the International students opt for shared apartment. Because they have advantage on either sides like the apartment rent is less when compared to un-shared apartment or at the same time, they can also meet new people and hangout with them.
A typical shared apartment consist of a shared kitchen with necessary cutleries, oven, pan, stove.., shared/unshared bathroom, a common living room, separate bedroom for each members in the room. An apartment can be shared with 4 or 5 people which solely depends on the capacity of the apartment.
If you are really concerned about your finances and you don’t know how to cook, we’d say you better start to learn cooking.
Because in an average restaurant a meal will cost around 40 euros.
At the same time, in a cheap restaurant a meal will cost you around 10 euros.
But on the flip side, if you know how to cook the monthly expense for food will be around 120 to 150 euros.
As it is mandatory by law, everyone in Germany should have a Health insurance. A public Health Insurance will cost around 90 euros per month whereas the private Health Insurance will cost around 35 euros per month. You can opt for any of the Health Insurances, know more about Health Insurances in Germany.
As you will be paying your semester fee around 250 to 300 euros, you’ll be getting a card.
With the help of that card you can travel either in bus or train in the surrounding areas.
So, you’ll not be spending much in transport unless you’re a wanderlust.
On average a one way ticket in Germany will cost around 2 euros.While the taxis cost around 1.50 euros per Kilometer.
The miscellaneous expenses can be cosmetics, movie ticket, parties, mobile bills and other unavoidable bills. The mobile bills will cost around 20 euros per month and the other things you won’t be spending on every month. So on average let’s assume 50 euros for miscellaneous expenses.
To sum up, the monthly expense in a non-expensive city will be 350 euros (Accommodation) + 150 euros (Food) + 90 euros (Health Insurance) + 20 euros (Transport) + 50 euros (Miscellaneous) = which gives a rough sum of 660 euros per month.
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