Average student living costs vary greatly depending on where you go to university, the course you study and your personal needs. Each month, you’ll have to pay for rent and utilities, books and equipment, clothes, insurance, food and other personal necessities.
Please note: An increase in BAföG requirement rates was decided in 2019. The next stage of the increase will take effect from the winter semester 2020/2021. You can find out whether you also benefit from this in a discussion with your adviser!
If you do not have the financial means to afford your studies either on your own or with the help of your parents, you may apply for financial support in accordance with the Federal Education and Training Assistance Act (“Bundesausbildungsförderungsgesetz”, better known as BAföG). Students are legally entitled to apply for BAföG funding under the terms of the Act if they cannot afford their studies in any other way. BAföG is the most affordable way to fund your time at university as within a standard period of study (“Regelstudienzeit”), half of the money you are awarded is provided as an interest-free loan and the other half as a grant, i.e. you don’t have to pay it back!
Even if you are not sure whether you are entitled to funding, it’s definitely worth applying or to visit us beforehand for personal consultation!