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Living Cost in Germany

If you are planning to live in Germany, you have to know approximately how much ordinary life will cost you.

Living cost in Germany is not considered expensive compared with many European countries like UK, France, Denmark, the Netherlands or Italy. But for sure, the cost of living is more expensive than in developed countries.

Briefly, we will discuss generally the cost of living for international students in Germany.

Generally speaking, living costs include rent, food, clothing, transportation, health insurance, entertainments, etc. are estimated for an international student to be 700 to more than 900 Euros as of 2020, of course depending on your lifestyle, as well as in which part of Germany you will live in.

For example, the student who lives in a one-room apartment in the center of Frankfurt and he/she eats at restaurants will spend clearly at least 300 Euros more than a student who lives in a student dorm and eats at the university´s cafeteria.

Please note: In most cases, living costs are high at the beginning when you arrive in Germany. The main reason is that you have not yet received a student ID that could save monthly hundreds of Euros for you. In case you get your student ID from the university, you will take the Student ID´s advantages to save a lot of money. In addition, you are allowed to work certain hours per week in this way, you can cover a large percentage of your living costs. Many international students can cover 70% to 100% of their living costs.


If you are planning to rent an accommodation in Germany, please keep in mind you must pay a deposit (in German Kaution) to the accommodation´s owner (landlord/leaser). This amount of money is about one or two months of the rent, this amount remains by the leaser to ensure that the tenant will cover any damages that occurred to the accommodation by him.


  1. You can save hundreds of Euros if you share your flat with someone else, or you rent a room in a house or in a shared flat.
  2. It is not easy to find accommodation within a short time! You have to arrange your accommodation in advance before you arrive in Germany to avoid stress and staying overnight in hotels which will cost you a lot of money. In normal cases, if you request an estate agent to find your accommodation, you will be charged from 600 to 1000 Euros depending on the accommodation’s rent.