The Cost of Living in German University Cities

How much does it cost to study in Germany? Usually, when someone asks this, they're talking about the cost of tuition. But the cost of living is another factor that you should consider when deciding which university is right for you.

Cost of Living in German University Cities (per month)

Monthly rent in selected German university cities (in €)

Monthly rent in selected German university cities (in €)

This number can vary widely, but the average German student spends 794 € every month overall, according to the German Centre for Higher Education Research and Science Studies (DZHW).

This total includes:

  • Rent
  • Health Care
  • Transportation
  • Clothing
  • Phone/Internet
  • Learning Materials
  • Leisure

The biggest cost for students in Germany every month is rent. On average, students spend around 34% of their income every month in rent, or around 298 € on average.

Students who live in dormitories pay less, on average 240 € per month. If you prefer to live alone, you can expect to pay significantly more, approximately 357 € in total.