MS in Germany - Expenses

Vineel Chandra

Updated on Apr 29, 2021


NOTE: The below given views/statistics are indicative. Opinions and experiences may vary from person-to-person.

Public universities of Germany say, “STUDY FOR FREE”. They offer Masters Education without any tuition fees, with just a small fee to cover administration and other costs per semester. Also, German universities are known for the lowest education costs in the world.


These costs range from €350 to €1,000 per month. Rent is cheaper if you live in a shared apartment (average rent of €298). Other average monthly expenses are as follows:-

€165 for food – The price varies on the circumstances- you can either share it with your colleagues or cook yourself.

€52 for clothes

€82 for transport - According to a DAAD study, around 10% of the total monthly budget is spent here.

€33 for internet and TV

€30 for work/extra study material

For other free-time activities - €68

And you expect to pay around €60 for your student visa.

As a pre-condition of registering at a German university, you will need a health insurance. If your health insurance is invalid in Germany, you have to pay €80 to €160 per month.


Most of the German universities are public, so you will only have to pay an administration fees which usually costs €100-€200 per annum. This fee covers the Student Organization Services and your enrolment. You will have to re-enroll every semester and pay this tax. However, there are some exceptions to this rule. In some German states, if you don’t finish your course on time, you may have to pay tuition fees.

Private institutions are primarily dependent on tuition fees for their finance (though some also receive support from foundations). For international students, they charge up to €20,000 per year.


The German Academic Exchange Service (DAAD) provides support for German and international students to gain funding to live and study in Germany for free or at a more affordable cost.

Viel Gluck!



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